Polo team from Chitral visits Yasin Valley, “Jashn-e-Faqeer” celebrated

Gilgit, September 29: A polo team from the neighbouring Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa visited the Ghizar district of Gilgit-Baltistan to celebrate the “Jashn-e-Faqeer”.

According to reports, the polo-diplomacy visit was arranged to rebuild blood and cultural links between members of the Khusraway family, living in Chitral and Yasin Valley. The visitors from Chitral were given a warm welcome by residents of the Yasin Valley on their arrival in the Tehsil’s vicinity.

It is believed that a famous polo play, Faqeer Muhammad had migrated from Barenas village of Chitral to Yasin (Varshighoom) long time back. The “Faqeer Festival”, thus, was an occasion to celebrate the legacy of a polo player and rebuild the family links broken due to political changes in the region.

The delegation form Chitral was headed by Advocate Abdul Wali Khan, a known figure of the Khusraway family.  Chitral Heritage and Environmental Promotion Services (CHEPS), a non-governmental organization, also used the occasion to advocate its pro-environment agenda, it has been learnt.

The visitors were warmly received 
An aged man posing with the trophy of  a friendly match played during the festival 
In Gilgit-Baltistan offering traditional caps to guests is an expression of goodwill
Advocating for clean and green environment 
Dance and music were central items of the festival along with Polo 

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