The four-day traditional Qaqlasht festival concluded on April 15 in Chitral. The festival started on April 13, featuring a number of sports competitions such as the traditional polo, tug-of-war, skeet shooting, rock climbing, zip-lining, volleyball, football, cricket, archery, paragliding, falcon prey, Jeep Rally and sports for the differently-abled people, DC Chitral included ZipLining in QaQLasht Festival 2018 for the first time.
Abdul Ghani Khan alias Dul Mama and Mir Wali alias Kuragh-o-Master inaugurated the festival. Deputy Commissioner Chitral Irshad Sodhar and all head of Departments and officials of TCKP were also present on the occasion.
DC Chitral breaks the ice as he started rock climbing personally to encourage youth to participate in this sport.
Commissioner Malakand and Deputy Commissioner Chitral distributed awards among the winners.
Qaqlasht festival was held at 8000 feet high tourist resort, attended by a large number of tourists and students.
The event was jointly organized by Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) and district administration Chitral while Sarhad Rural Support Programme, cellular company Telenor, Agha Khan Rural Support Programme, tehsil municipal administration Mastuj sponsored the festival.
Jashan-e-Qaqlasht is a 2,000 year-old-festival celebrated by the people of Chitral.
The festival was organized with the objective to protect the indigenous Kho culture and to highlight and to promote the adventure tourism in Chitral.