By our correspondent
The Wakhi Tajik Cultural Association (WTCA) is in the process of finalizing the Silk Route Festival’s closing ceremony to be held in Gulmit, Gojal, on October 29, 2013.
According to the organizers, about 40 ambassadors of different countries in Pakistan have been invited to the festival and 20 of them have accepted the invitation and confirmed that they would attend the festival.
The festival is being organized by the GB Tourism Department in collaboration with a number of organizations, including the Karakoram International University (KIU), AKRSP, Serena Hotel, WWF, KADO, AKCSP and others. In Gulmit, WTCA will be organizing the closing ceremony.
The festival will start at the Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit, on October 27 and events under the festival will be held in Gulmit (Gojal), Ghulmet (Nagar) and Altit (Hunza).
A large number of legislators and government officials are also expected to attend the festival’s closing ceremony in Gumit, including Chief Minister of GB Mehdi Shah, Governor GB Pir Karam Ali Shah and Chief Secretary GB Yunus Dhaga besides other secretaries.
According to the organizers, a large variety of cultural items will be presented during the festival in Gulmit, including folk songs, traditional music and dance, sword dance, Silk Route Caravan and traditional games, such as tug of war.
It is pertinent to mention here that some legislators and politicians today announced opposition to the Silk Route Festival. During a session of the Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly, GB Finance Minister Muhammad Ali Akhtar and PMLQ’s regional president Mirza Hussain, both hailing from Nagar, objected to the decision of organizing the Silk Route Festival’s closing ceremony in Gulmit.
Mr. Akhtar and Mr. Hussain said they have not been taken into confidence on the decision to organize the Silk Route Festival in Gulmit. They also alleged that the move is intended to introduce Tajik culture in GB. GBLA Speaker Wazir Baig endorsed the objections of both legislators, saying they have not been consulted before deciding about the festival.