The horse and cattle show of Sibi, commonly known as Sibi Mela, is a historic event which has evolved since its beginning in 1885. The Mela provides a great opportunity for people to get together and mix up business with leisure.
The staff of the Livestock and Dairy Development Department as well tribesmen from across the country come to Sibi with their wonderful animals. The whole event revolves around animals and breeds, but the focus remains on the Bhagnari that is the heaviest cattle breed in the country. The Sibi Mela holds a deep cultural, social and economic significance. It is a one-of-a-kind event which can be a great attraction for tourists. The newly established Mir Chaker Rind University in Sibi can play a role by holding international conferences on agriculture, livestock, culture and literature during the annual festival.
Also, the inclusion of camel caravan trips to the historic Bolan Pass and the archaeological wonder of Mehr Garh can add a lot of gloss to the event. The federal and provincial governments should work in tandem to make the festival more attractive, action-packed and lively even for the foreigners. Also, the high and mighty of the land must spare some time to attend the event just as the Quaid-i-Azam did in 1948.
Prof Illahi Bakhsh Marghazani