Silk route festival postponed in GB

File: Locals perform fold dance at Silk Route festival

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government has postponed the five-day ‘Silk Route International Festival’ scheduled to be held from September 10 in view of the ongoing political uncertainty in the country.
Talking to mediapersons after attending the concluding ceremony of a cultural festival at Hopar Nagar valley on Friday, Chief Minister Syed Mahdi Shah said that representatives of 40 countries had been invited to in the festival. However, he added the current political situation in the country due to protest sit-ins at Islamabad forced postponement of the event.
Mr Shah said that the festival was not likely to be held this year due to start of harsh winter in the region after September.
The chief minister announced that his government would organise the ‘Rama Festival’ in Astore district, next month to provide the people an alternative to the silk route festival.
Meanwhile, a large number of local people, foreign tourists, civil and military officials attended the closing ceremony of the cultural festival at Hopar Nagar.
Speaking on the occasion, local lawmaker Mirza Hussain said that main purpose of arranging the event was to highlight the cultural and historical importance of the area.
He said that area had been neglected by the government and the local community took the initiative to organise the event.
On the occasion, FCNA Commander Maj-Gen Syed Asim Munir said that the region had rich culture and traditions which needed to be preserved.
He said that the area could be turned into an attractive tourism point by arranging such programmes to promote soft image of the country abroad. Dawn