GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeezur Rahman has announced “Cap Day” will be marked on an annual basis to promote the culture of the region.
He was speaking at a seminar held at Gilgit Press Club on Saturday. The event was organised by the Gilgit Arts Council and was titled ‘Promotion of Culture and Languages’.
“On this day, people will be asked to put on a white cap with a feather in it,” he said, referring to the practice of wearing these caps in G-B. “This will ensure the practice gets international recognition.”
According to Rahman, functions would be held on that day and foreigners would be invited to take part in the event. However, he did not set aside a date for this annual celebration.
The chief minister said cultural activities in the region have been suppressed by “fake sects”.
He said sects have become a part of G-B’s identity and have diluted the impact of the region’s culture. “But we are trying to give recognition to G-B’s culture and will hopefully succeed,” he added.
To nurture culture
Rahman said branches of institutions working on the protection of culture and languages will be opened in G-B over the next six months.
He added an auditorium will be constructed in Gilgit on the land adjacent to Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation’s office.
The chief minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has agreed to lease the land to G-B for 99 years.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2016.