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.