KP drivers depart to Cholistan for participation in desert jeep rally


PESHAWAR: A convoy of beautifully decorated 4×4 jeeps on Saturday departed for participation in the spectacular ‘jeep rally’ in Cholistan desert of the Punjab province.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly Deputy Speaker Mehr Taj Roghani was the chief guest at the ceremony held in connection with the departure of jeeps for the Cholistan race.

Sports and Tourism Deputy Secretary Babar Khan, Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, Frontier 4×4 Club President Babar Khan, jeep racers Irshadul Haq, Shakil Barqi and others were also present on the occasion.

The TCKP is sponsoring the team of 4×4 jeeps of the province in the race to be held from February 15-18. The convoy of 4×4 jeeps first gathered at the Peshawar Museum at morning and then departed for Punjab in a rally to test the skills of driving in Cholistan jeeps race by the drivers. The 4×4 jeeps were tastefully decorated highlighting the culture and tourism sights and adventure sports of the province.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Speaker Mehr Taj Roghani said that progress and prosperity were not possible without the restoration of peace and tranquillity in the country. She added that the departure of jeeps for Punjab to take part in the race was a good sign and it would send a positive message to the world that peace has been restored and tourism and sports activities are being organised in every nook and corner of the province.

She also lauded the efforts of the tourism department for attracting the international and domestic tourists to the scenic sights of KP. She added that installation of camping pods at the tourist attractions and identification and development of scenic sites were a great job to boost tourism and facilitate tourists, which should be appreciated.

“Our KP is no more a ‘no go area’ as tourists are coming in droves to enjoy holidays here owing to the robust and tangible steps taken by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government,” the deputy speaker said.

Speaking on the occasion, Babar Khan said that they decided to participate in the jeep rally with an aim to highlight and promote tourism, culture and adventure sports activities in KP. He added that this was the first time in the history that KP was taking part in the jeep rally.

He hoped that the KP team would perform well and bring laurels for the province.

Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said that the participation of KP jeeps in Cholistan rally was a right step in the right direction to usher in a new era of boosting tourism and adventure sports activities in the province.