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17 Shaban 1445  

Photos: Winter welcomed in GB with ice hockey, Pakistani style

GB govt aims to celebrate a winter festival to promote tourism in the region
Photo via Instagram @ Emtiaazhussain_.
Photo via Instagram @ Emtiaazhussain_.

The three-day Shyok Fesitval kicked off in Ghanche district on Sunday, one of many events that the will mark a winter celebration in Gilgit Baltistan this year.

As the mountians in the north of Pakistan become covered by snow, the government has gone the extra mile to encourage tourism through a winter celebration.

The Shyok festival will precede a first of its kind seven-day festival in Upper Hunza, that the government hopes will attract visitors from all over in Pakistan.

Canadian High Commissioner Leslie Scanlon was the chief guest on the first day of the event, as an energetic crowd made of locals and foreigners cheered on the ice hockey match.

 A view of the Ghanche’s hockey rink, as the match kicks off. Photo via Emtiaazhussain_ on Instagram.
A view of the Ghanche’s hockey rink, as the match kicks off. Photo via Emtiaazhussain_ on Instagram.

 Deputy Commissioner Ameer Azam gifts Canadian High Commissioner Leslie Scanlon a traditional cap to kick off proceedings. Photo via Pamir Times.
Deputy Commissioner Ameer Azam gifts Canadian High Commissioner Leslie Scanlon a traditional cap to kick off proceedings. Photo via Pamir Times.

 A player recovers his footing to get back into the action. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.
A player recovers his footing to get back into the action. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.

 Three players jostle for the buck as the match heats up. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.
Three players jostle for the buck as the match heats up. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.

 The <em>goalie</em> prepares to make a stand at the goal, as the Karakorams tower over the hockey field. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.
The goalie prepares to make a stand at the goal, as the Karakorams tower over the hockey field. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.

 And of course, a festival is never complete without some local music. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.
And of course, a festival is never complete without some local music. Photo by Qasim Butt for Aaj TV.

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Ghanche

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