CHITRAL: The four-day Qaqlasht festival showcasing an amalgamation of sports competitions kicked off at the 8000 feet high tourist resort near Booni in Upper Chitral on Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner Irshad Sudher, along with famous artiste Dul Khan and noted sitar player Mir Wali inaugurated the Qaqlasht festival by unfurling the flag.
A large number of people, tourists and students from different educational institutions attended the event on the first day.
The students presented national anthem and sang national songs.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Irshad Sudher said that Chitral was paradise for the tourists and visitors. He said the scenic district had a treasure trove of culture, beauty and above all an exemplary peaceful environment for tourist to enjoy.
There is a lot of potential of tourism in the District which needs to be explored, he stated.
In order to encourage the youth to take part in these healthy activities DC Chitral Irshad personally started rock climbing.
The official called upon the national and international tourists and visitors to come and enjoy natural beauty of lush green valleys, snow-capped mountains, rivers, landscapes, rich cultural heritage, springs, streams and serene spots.
The Qaqlasht festival is also showcasing different sports competitions including polo, sports for the physically challenged persons, traditional food stalls, cultural show, tug-of-war, skate shooting, marathon race, volleyball, cricket, football, archery and music night.
Other games like falcon prey, hockey and other activities like quiz competitions, mushaira and paragliding are other features of the Qaqlasht festival.