No Shandur festival this year

PESHAWAR, Aug 18: The KP government has decided not to hold the annual Shandur festival 2013 due to blockades of roads in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. shnThe festival is held from July 7 to 9 every year but this year due to the advent of Ramazan on July 11, the event was postponed to the last week of August. After much deliberations, the administration of Ghizer district reported that the latest rains have damaged roads leading to the Shandur pass. In Chitral too, roads and bridges have been washed away by the torrential rains. Besides, weather has also become quite cold and it would be unfavorable at the Shandur pass. Apart from the devastation caused by floods, security concerns are also believed to be a potential factor in cancelling the festival.  ]]>

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