SKARDU: The Gilgit-Baltistan government will organize a car rally in freezing cold desert of Sarfranga from August 17 to 19. Addressing a press conference, Baltistan Commissioner Asim Ayub said the 30-kilometre car rally would be first of its kind in Pakistan. Around 200 national and international contenders were expected to take part in the competition. He said that a tent village would be erected near Blind Lake on August 17 while a polo match would be held on August 18 in connection with the festivities planned with the car rally. He said that various cultural activities, musical night and traditional ZAKH competition would also be held on August 18 and closing ceremony of the event would be on August 20. He informed that aim of these events was to introduce traditions and culture of this remote area in the world adding the rally would open new opportunities for the local communities by promoting tourism.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2017.