Inaugurating the event was Director-General (Forests) Tahir Orakzai, who was joined by tourism authorities, deputy commissioner Tayab Abdullah, Colonel Mohammad Tasneem Khan, commandant of the Orakzai Scouts, project director Ishtiaq Ahmad, and deputy commissioner Tayab Abdullah at a special ceremony.
The celebration, which drew a lot of people, including kids, had stalls put up selling food and goods from the area and other regions of the country. Along with Khattak dance performances, the festival included paragliding, motorcycle, marathon and jeep races, a tent-pegging competition, a karate demonstration and camel and horse dances.
Truck art, ethnic clothing, vintage jewellery, Charsadda khaddar and chappal, Karakuli headgear, and paintings were among the items on display at the KPCTA stands. Winners of a variety of games received awards. The KP Culture and Authority (KPCTA), the Tourism Wing, and the Pakistan Army jointly organised the event. According to the organisers, it was held to introduce the tourism industry as a business in the tribal district and to invite visitors to explore the area’s beauty and experience the local customs and culture.
According to Mr. Orakzai, the occasion will promote the neighbourhood and provide new opportunities for locals to grow.
He continued by saying that there were numerous tourism destinations in Orakzai that people should visit.
The DG praised the KPCTA for its outstanding work in promoting the travel and tourism sector and for its initiatives to make travel easier for visitors.
In order to promote tourism and present a positive picture of the region throughout the world, the organisers said that the KPCTA had organised a variety of activities in partnership with the Pakistan Army and residents.
They said that those activities will help draw visitors to the region and open up job chances for locals. Before Eidul Fitr, the KPCTA, with assistance from the Pakistan Army and the district administration, opened the Orakzai tribal district to tourists. Since then, more than 150,000 tourists have visited Orakzai’s diverse regions. Youth from the area have been given training opportunities so they can become tour guides and stimulate local economies.
The celebration, according to the organisers, will also spread the word throughout the world that peace has been restored in the region thanks to the combined efforts of the Pakistan Army, law enforcement, police, local elders, and citizens.
They said that the KPCTA had also designated Sampogh Top, Nanwar Cave, and Samana Top as tourism hotspots and had finished the bulk of the work necessary to establish camping pods. According to the organisers, tourist information boards and facilitation centres with rest places have been set up.