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MARCH 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LOCAL LENS

BY BRIAN M. GIBEL

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GILGIT-BALTISTAN, PAKISTAN

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oung boys from Shigar, in the far northern Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan, play

polo on two legs instead of four. This is a common scene here, where locals claim polo

originated. Iran might dispute that, but there is no denying strong local interest in the

sport. Gilgit-Baltistan is home to the oldest royal polo square and holds annual con-

tests with the neighboring province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is home to the highest polo

ground in the world.

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Brian M. Gibel is the cultural attaché at Embassy Islamabad. Previous assignments include Embassy

Seoul, where he was cultural attaché; Consulate General Shenyang, where he was political-economic

chief; Consulate General Shanghai, where he was assistant public affairs officer; and two additional

tours at Embassy Seoul, where he was a consular officer and deputy spokesperson.

A native of Oceanside, New York, Brian wrestled competitively for 15 years before joining the Foreign

Service. He is married to Dr. Hyun Hee Kim, a professor and academic coordinator of Hanyang Univer-

sity’s Graduate TESOL Program in Seoul. Their daughter Maya was born in 2008.