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Nazims flown to Broghil in AKF chopper to attend festival

CHITRAL: Local government members, including nazims, visited far-off Broghil valley on a helicopter of Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) to attend an annual festival there, it has been learnt. 

Speaking on the occasion, the district nazim, Haji Maghfirat Shah, said their visit to the Broghil valley was made possible by the AKF. He also announced Rs300,000 for the organizers of the festival 2016 and Rs500,000 for the arrangement of the event in 2017.

He promised to work on all proposals put forward to him by the elected representatives of the area. He said the Broghil festival would also be included in all the calendar events of the district.

A participant of the festival told ChitralToday on phone from Yarkhun Lasht that the helicopter of the AKF was being misused to entertain political figures and senior bureaucrats in the area.

He said last month the chopper made several sorties carrying a number of MNAs from Chitral to Kalash valley, Mastuj and and Yarkhun during their visit to Chitral on the invitation of MNA Iftikhar Uddin.

Meanwhile, on the concluding day of the Broghil festival, the team of Chikar beat Chilimabad in the horse polo while in the yak polo Chikar A beat Chikar B. In donkey polo Lashkar Gaz beat Garam Chashma while Chitral Scouts remained victories in the cricket final match by beating the team of Lashkar Gaz.

The Chitral Scouts also won the football match by beating Chilmarabad. A large number of people had reached the area to witness the festival where local artists also performed.

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