GILGIT: The first ever Sarfaranga Cold Desert Rally successfully concluded with Babar Khan emerging as winner in “A” category, completing the 30 kilometre trek in 18 minutes and 25.13 seconds.
Qadir Nawaz Magsi stood second, with 18 minutes and 55:19 seconds and Mir Amer Magsi stood third (18:59.65) respectively. The defending champion, Nadir Magsi stood fourth with a time of 19: 10.11. As many as 73 four-wheelers and bikers competed in the rally amid applause by the spectators.
The competition of crossing the Indus River on a “Zakh”, traditional river-crossing method, was also held.
The Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman presented prizes and gifts to the winners and participants at the end of the rally. He said the successful holding of Safaranga Cold Desert Rally has enhanced the image and prestige of GB being a tourists and sports friendly province of the country.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of the first ever rally, the Chief Minister also announced to hold the rally every year with great pump and show.
He said it was a unique recreational event, which would produce positive results and congratulated the organisers for its successful holding.
The participation of a large number of people besides motorists and bikers in the rally would help improve the soft image of GB, he said.
The CM said peace has returned to GB due to the government’s successful polices and the arrival of a large number of foreign and domestic tourists to the province was a testimony towards this fact.