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Sunday, July 21, 2019

EEEI, #Chitral concludes ECD Female Teacher Training Program

EEEI, #Chitral concludes ECD Female Teacher Training Program

EEEI, #Chitral concludes ECD Female Teacher Training Program


By Gul Hamaad Farooqi

CHITRAL: A private education institute marked the successful completion of an Intensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program organized at Seen Lasht, Chitral.

Chitral participants of ECD reeving certificates after completing two weeks training. Photos by Gul Hamaad faroqui


15 women teachers participated in the 2 week program consisting of 125 hours and received hands on training in how to engage 3-5 year old children in an active learning environment so as to enhance their social, physical, emotional, cognitive, creative and moral development. These participates, belonging to various villages in Chitral were involved in learning about the brain, child development, preparing effective teaching aids, learning poems and stories, creative and artistic activities, etc. – all in an effort to make learning interesting and engaging for children. They presented practical lessons whereby helping each other to enhance their capacities.

The trainee teachers eagerly participated in the program with enthusiasm and were actively engaged. The visiting Consultant from Toronto, Canada, Ms. Yasmin Khan who travelled to Chitral to share best practices was very impressed by the eagerness and commitment of the participants. A local trainer with ECD experience, the Principal of the EES, Mrs. Gul Hawa was part of the faculty and local visiting ECD trainers, Ms. Rashida Rahim Baig and Ms. Farhan Mussarat Khan were invited to share their expertise.

According to the Director of EEEI,  Zohran Shah, this ECD training program, is part of a Five Year Strategic Plan of EEEI which aims to provide quality Early Childhood Education at the village level through its PARVARISH Program. The PARVARISH program will also endeavor to empower educated women in the villages to use their education for gainful employment while serving their own communities. 6 pilot ECD canters will be set up this year by the graduating teachers with management support from EEEI and financial provision from Dr. Mir Baiz Khan.






France provides €50.2m for rehabilitation of #Chitral, #Dargai hydro-power plants

France provides €50.2m for rehabilitation of #Chitral, #Dargai hydro-power plants

France provides €50.2m for rehabilitation of #Chitral, #Dargai hydro-power plants


ISLAMABAD: The government of France has provided a soft loan of €50 million (Rs9 billion) and a grant of €0.2 million (Rs36 million) for the rehabilitation of Chitral and Dargai hydropower plants.

Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Noor Ahmed, French Ambassador Marc Baréty and Country Director of the French Agency for Development (AFD) Jacky Amprou signed the Credit Facility Agreement worth €50 million and the Grant Agreement worth €0.2 million.

A statement released by the French Embassy said that the funding will allow the modernisation of the two hydropower plants as well as the upgrading of their generation capacity from 20MW to 22MW for Dargai HPP and from 1MW to 5 MW for Chitral HPP.

The main objective of the project is to provide adequate facilities for the generation, transmission, and distribution of energy to meet current and future needs of Chitral and Malakand regions. It will also result in industrial, agricultural and economic development of the regions.

France, through the French Agency for Development, is providing technical and financial support in the energy and urban development sectors of Pakistan, where €610 million financial support has been committed since 2016.




Friday, July 19, 2019

Pakistan’s #Kalash minority group faces influx of rowdy tourists

Pakistan’s #Kalash minority group faces influx of rowdy tourists

Pakistan’s #Kalash minority group faces influx of rowdy tourists


In a remote valley in Pakistan, dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring’s arrival. But, as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.

Every year the Kalash – a group of not more than 4,000 people confined to a handful of villages in the north – greet the new season with animal sacrifices, baptisms, and weddings at a festival known as Joshi.

As celebrations kick off, tourists with cameras and phones jostle to get close to Kalash women, whose vibrant clothing and headdresses contrast starkly with the more modest attire worn by many in the conservative Islamic republic.

“Some people were using their cameras as if they were in a zoo,” said local tourist guide Iqbal Shah.


Known for their pale skin and light-coloured eyes, the Kalash have long claimed ancestral links to Alexander the Great’s army – who conquered the region in the fourth century BC.

They worship many gods, while drinking alcohol is a tradition and marriages of choice are the norm – unlike in the rest of Pakistan where unions are often arranged.

However, the community is far from a liberal beacon. Members of the community often wed in their teens, with women poorly educated and expected to perform traditional roles in the home.

Stories about the Kalash are nonetheless frequently fabricated, and this has been amplified in recent years by the proliferation of smartphones and social media.

Defaming the community

One video viewed 1.3 million times on YouTube, proclaims the Kalash “openly have sex” with partners of their choosing “in the presence of their husbands”.

Another calls them “beautiful infidels”, saying “anyone can go and marry any girl there”.

“How could that be true?” asks Luke Rehmat, a Kalash journalist.

“People are systematically trying to defame the community. They are fabricating stories … when a tourist comes with such a mindset, he will try to experience (it).”

In the main Kalash village of Bumburate a hotel manager estimates that about 70% of Pakistani tourists visiting his establishment are young men, who often inquire about where to “find girls”.

According to the tourists who spoke to AFP – most of whom were men travelling in groups – their primary interest in exploring the Kalash Valley was to learn about a new culture.

“We want to be part of this festival but it doesn’t mean that we want to mix up with girls,” says tourist Sikander Nawaz Khan Niazi from Lahore.

But friction has been increasing in recent years. In Bumburate, posters now call on visitors to seek permission from villagers before photographing and signs warn tourists not to harass women.

“If they don’t respect us, we don’t need tourists,” says Yasir Kalash, the vice president of the local hotel association.

“If they respect … our culture and traditions, we must welcome (them).”

Regulating tourism is a cumbersome but vital task for the Kalash, with money from the industry increasingly providing an important source of revenue for the community.

The Kalash – who once inhabited a vast territory stretching from the Himalayas in Kashmir to northern Afghanistan – are now one of the smallest religious minorities in Pakistan, according to Akram Hussain, the director of a local museum.

A recent survey puts their number at just 3,872, living in three remote valleys.

“We are going to die if we are not supported,” says Hussain.

The Kalash, who once inhabited a vast territory stretching from the Himalayas in Kashmir to northern Afghanistan, are now one of the minorities in Pakistan.

Kalash traditions, Hussain argues, can be expensive. Weddings and funerals require families to kill dozens of animals for the festivities, driving them into debt, forcing them to sell off land and leave their ancestral homes.

Cases of conversions to Islam of Kalash women have also been reported, while the increase in tourism has pushed some in the community to shun traditions like Joshi, according to several residents.

Others have begun wearing veils to hide their faces from the prying eyes of outsiders.

“We don’t wear veils as it is not our custom, but some wear them because people take pictures of them from all sides and it makes them feel ashamed,” says Musarrat Ali, a high school student.

The ongoing erosion of the culture at the hands of outside forces is tragic, says Sayed Gul, an archaeologist from Bumburate.

“They don’t want to participate just because of these cameras and this insensitivity,” says Gul.

“If these things are continuously happening … maybe in a few years, there are only tourists, there are no more Kalashis to participate and dance in the festivals.” – AFP 



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Climate change adversely affects fresh water resources - via APP

Climate change adversely affects fresh water resources - via APP

Climate change adversely affects fresh water resources



Dr Saeed Ahmed Ali

LAHORE, Jul 16 (APP):The major sources of Pakistan’s fresh water and power generation, the mighty Indus River and other tributary rivers originated from Himalayas and Karakorum Mountain ranges are being adversely affected by rapid climate changes in the region.

Scientists and experts believe that climate change is taking place due to increasing emission of greenhouse gases, which is also one of the main reasons for global warming. It had also a direct impact on global atmospheric conditions. The changes also affect the physical conditions of heavenly glaciers, which exist on high mountains to formulate proper glacial eco-system. The other major areas which are being affected by climate changes included human health, water related infrastructure and hydropower generation.

Talking to APP, Member Punjab, Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Rao Irshad Khan said that due to increase in global warming, water vapours are generated in abundance which disturb the hydrogen-cycle of water system. The situation ultimately resulted into irregular rain patterns causing extreme weather condition and flooding in the country. He said that due to increase in temperatures, western winds and local monsoon patterns have become harmonically strong which has shifted the patterns of monsoon from Chenab River to some 100 miles away to the Indus basin region.

Rao Irshad said, “Our Northern Areas are home to 5,218 glaciers and 2,420 glacial lakes, out of which, more than 50 glaciers have potentially been categorised as dangerous”. He said that the glaciers are receding at an average 40 to 60 metres per 10 years, which has created complications for the communities residing at the up sea level, who are under the threat of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). Recently, a week ago, the glacier `Azghor’ has outburst in Chitral district’s Golain region, following a huge flood inundated many villages, he added.

 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Country Manager, Mahmood Akhtar Cheema said that temperatures in most of the mountainous areas surpass 40 degree Celsius in summer season, which is alarming. This phenomena is caused by greenhouse gases, which are multiplying in various parts of the country at a fast pace, he added.

Cheema said that the hydrologic-cycle is being disturbed by the rise in temperatures, which has had a substantial impact on the water resources availability, changes in water quality and change in the precipitation pattern. High temperatures are disturbing the summer-winter precipitation cycle, which has a direct impact on the forest and vegetation cover, which is associated with balancing of the water-cycle, he added.

The IUCN country manager said that according to a research report, an over-whelming majority, around 85 per cent of farmers, was facing fresh water impacts, caused by climatic conditions such as change in rainfall, monsoon onset and temperatures. He said this trend suggests rural areas in Pakistan have been particularly hard hit by the climate change.

Sources in the Ministry of Climate Change said that anthropogenic activity and a climate change pattern has influenced the country`s capacity for energy generation, which has led Pakistan from water-stressed to a water-scarce nation.

Keeping in view the developments in the water sector, around 142 MAF water was available in 2015-16 for agricultural use, which now has been reduced by climate change impacts, he added. He said that in spite of all the strenuous efforts, water availability is either stagnant or dwindling.

According to Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) research reports, fresh water resources are among the sectors that are most vulnerable and have potential to be strongly impacted by the changing climate issues.

The GCISC sources told APP that the incumbent government is facilitating collaboration of various local and international scientists and experts who are being engaged in research activities of water resources implications.

 Environment Protection Department Director Nasim-ur-Rehman said that the day by day increasing hot climate, changing patterns of snow melt, rise in sea level and precipitation is causing an existing social and economic pressure on natural resources. For example, poor communities residing along the delta and riversides are facing severe conditions to make their livelihoods, he added.

Nasim said that global warming and climate change issues were causing a fast glacial melting in Pakistan which could cause 60 per cent shortage of water — affecting both the energy and agriculture sectors of the country.




Monday, July 15, 2019

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt allocates a record 20bn for Sports, Tourism for next fiscal year-2019-20

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt allocates a record 20bn for Sports, Tourism for next fiscal year-2019-20

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt allocates a record 20bn for Sports, Tourism for next fiscal year-2019-20


PESHAWAR: The government of KP has allocated a record of Rs. 20 billion for a total of 75 schemes of Ministry of Tourism, Sports, Archeology, Culture and Youth Affairs including 43 ongoing and 32 new schemes for the next fiscal year-2019-20.

Presenting budget-2019-20 in the Provincial Assembly, Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra said the top priority of the govt is promotion of tourism sector and sports.

He said for tourism Rs 3.7 billion allocated for tourism promotion and destinations development through World Bank assisted under KITE program. He disclosed that Rs. 1 billion has been earmarked for tourism roads in the Malakand and Hazara divisions and for promotion of unexplored tourist spots and Rs. 150m for access to Sheikh Badin tourist site in Dera Ismail Khan.

He said that Rs.300m for various tourism activities across the province, construction of recreational park at Hund Swabi, Rs 500m for Development of 1000 playing facilities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rs 350m for establishment and up-gradation of 7 sports complexes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rs. 70m for promotion of hockey and squash throughout the province and establishment of the tourism police were the other projects enlisted in ADP. Provincial Finance Minister said that a total of Rs. 3806.000m has been allocated for 43 ongoing and Rs. 2090.240m for 32 new schemes.

There are 43 ongoing schemes for which Rs. 3806.000m has been allocated and 32 new schemes with an allocation of Rs. 2090.240m, thus the aggregated total reached to Rs. 5896.240m. In the 43 ongoing schemes Rs. 3806.000m allocated wherein it has multi-purpose gigantic sports projects from Chitral to Dera Ismail Khan, tourism projects and projects for youth affairs.

He said, despite financial crunch facing by the government, it has introducing 32 new schemes with an allocation of Rs. 2090.240m. Besides this there is a separate allocation of Rs. 5.5bn for the merged tribal districts for the development of sports infrastructure and Rs. 5.5bn has been allocated for the construction of 1000 grounds at Tehsil and District levels.

Out of the total 5.5bn Rs. 2.2bn would be spend in the year-2019-20 in the first phase and similarly in the second phase Rs. 2.3bn would be spend in 2020-21. In the overall break, the department of archeology would get Rs. 433.052m for the total 15 schemes including 13 ongoing and two new schemes.

Rs. 418.052m has been allocated for 13 ongoing schemes and Rs. 1600 allocated for two new schemes.

The department of Culture would get Rs. 200m for five schemes including two ongoing schemes with an allocation of Rs. 145.000 million and Rs. 55.000m for three new schemes.

A record increase has also been made in the sports budget that touches Rs. 6 billion.

A total of 2157.937m allocated for 33 different schemes including 19 ongoing schemes with an allocation of Rs. 1740.697m, and Rs. 417.240m allocated for 14 new schemes.  For the next fiscal year a total of Rs. 2865.251m earmarked for a total 20 different ongoing and new schemes with Rs. 1302.251m for eight ongoing projects and Rs. 1563.000m for 12 new schemes. The youth affairs Directorate would get Rs. 240.000m for a total of two schemes – on is ongoing and the other is new.

Rs. 200.000m allocated for the ongoing projects and for one new scheme, Rs. 40.000 million allocated respectively.

The Shiekh Badin tourism site would cost Rs. 417m, formulation and implementation of Marketing mix strategy for tourist destination in KP Rs. 25m, establishment of Tourism Complex at Peshawar Rs. 80mn, Construction of Recreational Park at Hund Swabi Rs. 90m, holding of important tourism festivals in KP Rs. 100mn, small scale tourism promotion activities in KP Rs. 80m, development of entertainment areas and establishment of recreational facilities for promotion of tourism in KP Rs. 100mn, strengthening of planning cell of tourism and sports department Rs. 30m, establishment of Sports Complex in Karak Rs. 300mn, establishment of Academic Sports Degree Awarding Discipline at Islamia College Peshawar Rs. 10.000 million, Establishment of 2 Sports Stadium (1 for UCs and one for UCs in Peshawar Rs. 250mn, up-gradation of Peshawar Sports Complex, Qayyum Stadium Rs. 480mn, establishment of Sports Stadium near GT Road around UC Chamkani/Lala Kallay, Peshawar Rs. 132.760 million, establishment and Rehabilitation and up-gradation of Sports facilities in District Mardan Rs. 415mn, construction of multi-purpose International standard Indoor Gym in PK-21 District Buner Rs. 180mn and establishment of Hockey turf at Swat Rs. 80mn.

The govt has allocated Rs. 2.5 billion for roads development of tourism sites in Malakand, Rs. 2.4 billion for Hazara and establishment of Female Indoor Sports facilities at Divisional Headquarters in KP Rs. 600.000 million.

The motor-sports arena would be developed at cost of Rs. 96.000 million as the total project would cost Rs. 8.106.469 million on these ongoing project. The tourism has some key projects for the promotion of tourism sector as declared by the govt to be in its top most priority along with sports and youth affairs.

Main focus has been given for the approach roads to the tourism sites likewise a road approach to Shiekh Badin tourist site the govt has allocated Rs. 417.000 mn.‑APP




Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Chitral district ibex, markhor  protection bodies challenge inquiry into use of funds

Chitral district ibex, markhor protection bodies challenge inquiry into use of funds

Chitral district ibex, markhor  protection bodies challenge inquiry into use of funds


PESHAWAR: Several village committees tasked with protecting markhor and ibex in Chitral district have moved the Peshawar High Court against the start of inquiry by the anti-corruption establishment into the utilisation of their share in the revenue generated by the issuance of hunting permits for the two wild species.

The petition jointly filed by a dozen of village conservation committees (VCCs) has also challenged restriction placed on them by the wildlife department for the use of their share in community development projects.

The petitioners requested the court to ask the wildlife department to comply with its two relevant notifications and allow them to use their exclusive share of 80 per cent revenue generated by hunting permits for markhor and ibex for community development.

They requested the court to declare the government’s act of limiting them to use interest on the said 80 percent revenue (share of petitioners) against the scheme of management and conservation of wildlife through VCCs.

Move high court calling ACE’s step interference in their affairs

The petitioners termed the start of inquiry by the ACE interference in administrative and financial matters of privately established VCCs.

They have requested the court to restrain the ACE from creating any hurdle in carrying out community welfare works by conducting fabricated inquiries under pretext of restricting them to utilise only interest over the capital amount.

The petition said VCCs were local non-governmental and private committees of the 12 villages of markhor and ibex conservation area of Chitral comprising more than 200 square kilometres.

It said the government had established the wildlife division in 1975 to mitigate the extinction of wild species through proper scientific management principles.

The petition said community-based wildlife conservancy programme was later introduced, while the wildlife department issued a notification on Feb 22, 1997, agreeing to pay 75 per cent share of revenue generated by hunting permits for markhor and ibex in community development projects.

It said another notification as issued on Jan 12, 2002, increasing the share from 75 per cent to 80 per cent.

The petition said VCCs had been utilising that share for community uplift programmes, including establishment of vocational centres, education, electrification, supply of LPG cylinders on concessional rates, payment to watchers, and on irrigation channels, bridges and approach roads.

It claimed that VCCs had maintained proper books of accounts since their establishment to maintain transparency.

The petition said the ACE had begun illegal and mala fide inquiry against VCCs on the pretext that as per terms of partnership with the wildlife department, the capital money of the fund would not be utilised by the committees and that only interest accruing on the deposit would be utilised.

It said the two notifications issued by the wildlife department didn’t place any restriction on the utilisation of share by VCCs.

The petition said the committees determined the priorities of their communities and worked on socioeconomic development of the people through proper internal resolution.

Published in Dawn, July 6th, 2019



12 Village Conservation Committees Chitral move court against KP govt notification

12 Village Conservation Committees Chitral move court against KP govt notification

12 Village Conservation Committees Chitral move court against KP govt notification


PESHAWAR: The 12 Village Conservation Committees from Chitral district have challenged the provincial government notification on the ban over the use of their 80 percent share in the Markhor and Ibex trophy hunting permits in the Peshawar High Court.

The Village Conservation Committees filed the petition through its presidents, seeking the judicial order to set aside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Anti-Corruption and Establishment Department directions on the ban over use of their 80 percent share received through trophy hunting permits for Markhor and Ibex preserved by these villages in the district.

The petition was filed through Ghufranullah Shah Advocate. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government through Secretary Forest, Chief Conservator Wild Life Department, Director Anti-Corruption Establishment and Assistant Director Crimes, Anti-Corruption Establishment were made parties to the petition.

It was submitted that the Anti-Corruption Establishment Department had issued directions that the 12 villages could only use interest from their 80 percent shares, which is an illegal and unjustified directions on the basis of so-called and fake inquiry report.

The petitioners prayed before the high court to direct the government to act and comply with notifications issued on February 22, 1997 and January 12, 2002 to allow the village conservative committees to utilise their exclusive share of 80 percent revenue realized from issuing hunting permits for Markhor and Ibex for community development projects in reward of their exemplary role and participation in management and conservation of Wild Life over more than 200 sq KM Toshi Conservation Area, Chitral.

Hence, their impugned act to deny the same and limit the villages to utilize only interest of their share is against the scheme of management and conservation of wildlife.

Source: The News




Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Domestic tourists threatening unique traditions: Pakistan’s #Kalash battle tourism deluge

Domestic tourists threatening unique traditions: Pakistan’s #Kalash battle tourism deluge

Domestic tourists threatening unique traditions: Pakistan’s #Kalash battle tourism deluge


Bumburate: In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring’s arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.

Every year the Kalash -- a group of less than 4,000 people confined to a handful of villages in the north -- greet the new season with animal sacrifices, baptisms, and weddings at a festival known as "Joshi".

As celebrations kick off, tourists with phones jostle to get close to Kalash women, whose vibrant clothing and headdresses contrast starkly with the more modest attire worn by many in the conservative Islamic republic.

"Some people are using their cameras as if they were in a zoo," said local tourist guide Iqbal Shah.

Known for their pale skin and light-coloured eyes, the Kalash have long claimed ancestral links to Alexander the Great’s army -- who conquered the region in the fourth century BC.

They worship many gods, drinking alcohol is a tradition and marriages of choice are the norm -- unlike in the rest of Pakistan where unions are often arranged.


However, the community is far from a liberal beacon. Members of the community often wed in their teens, with women poorly educated and expected to perform traditional roles in the home.

Stories about the Kalash are nonetheless frequently fabricated, and this has been amplified in recent years by the proliferation of smartphones and social media.

- ‘Defaming the community’ -

One video viewed 1.3 million times on YouTube, proclaims the Kalash "openly have sex" with partners of their choosing "in the presence of their husbands".

Another calls them "beautiful infidels", saying "anyone can go and marry any girl there".

"How could that be true?" asks Luke Rehmat, a Kalash journalist.

"People are systematically trying to defame the community. They are fabricating stories... when a tourist comes with such a mindset, he will try to experience [it]."

In the main Kalash village of Bumburate a hotel manager estimates that about 70 percent of Pakistani tourists visiting his establishment are young men, who often inquire about where to "find girls".


According to tourists who spoke to AFP -- most of whom were men travelling in groups -- their primary interest in exploring the Kalash Valley was to learn about a new culture.

"We want to be part of this festival but it doesn’t mean that we want to mix up with girls," says tourist Sikander Nawaz Khan Niazi from Lahore.

But friction has been increasing in recent years.

In Bumburate, posters now call on visitors to seek permission from villagers before photographing and signs warn tourists not to harass women.

"If they don’t respect us, we don’t need tourists," says Yasir Kalash, the vice president of the local hotel association.

"If they respect... our culture and traditions, we must welcome [them]."

Regulating tourism is a cumbersome but vital task for the Kalash, with money from the industry increasingly providing an important source of revenue for the community.

- ‘We are going to die’ -

The Kalash -- who once inhabited a vast territory stretching from the Himalayas in Kashmir to northern Afghanistan -- are now one of the smallest religious minorities in Pakistan, according to Akram Hussain, the director of a local museum.

A recent survey put their number at just 3,872, living in three remote valleys.

"We are going to die if we are not supported," says Hussain.

Kalash traditions, Hussain argues, can be expensive. Weddings and funerals require families to kill dozens of animals for the festivities, driving them into debt, forcing them to sell off land and leave their ancestral homes.


Cases of forced conversions to Islam of Kalash women have also been reported, while the increase in tourism has pushed some in the community to shun traditions like Joshi, according to several residents who spoke to AFP.

Others have begun wearing veils to hide their faces from the prying eyes of outsiders.

"We don’t wear veils as it is not our custom, but some wear them because people take pictures of them from all sides and it makes them feel ashamed," says Musarrat Ali, a high school student.

The ongoing erosion of the culture at the hands of outside forces is tragic, says Sayed Gul, an archaeologist from Bumburate.

"They don’t want to participate just because of these cameras and this insensitivity," says Gul.

"If these things are continuously happening ... maybe in a few years, there are only tourists, there are no more Kalashis to participate and dance in the festivals." AFP




Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Resident of Kosht given Dead Line of 10 June school be locked if land owner not appointed.

Resident of Kosht given Dead Line of 10 June school be locked if land owner not appointed.

Resident of Kosht given Dead Line of 10 June school be locked if land owner not appointed.


By Gul Hamaad Farooqi

CHITRAL: residents of upper Chitral Kosht village given deadline 10 June to education department for appointment of land owner of Govt primary school No2. Women, children and aged people also came on road along with men to register their protest. They chanted slogan and demanded for immediately appointment of land owner. They said that Shamsul Qadir given his half Acre of land to education department free of cost  on  the condition that Education department will appoint him as Chowkidar (class IV). At the time he was 50 years old and on completion of 60 years of age he retired from government service only on 10 years service.



He submitted application of his son Saif Ahmad as he was entitled as land owner and employee son but education department recruited another person Azaz Ali son of Syed Wakeel Shah who is also disable and not resident of this village and in case of any terrorism attack he cannot save the children.

They said that education department should to appoint land owner or to pay them as market rate 4 million rupees. Talking to this scribe some women and men told that father of Saif Ahmad donated commercial land for school on the condition that employment will be given to his family but now they appointed an other person who is not entitle. They warned by giving deadline  of 10th June that if until completion of deadline Saif Ahmad was appointed they will lock the school and also withdrawn their children and will be admit them in an other school.

Land owner demanded from chief minister KPK, education minister and high ups of education department for appointing him against the vacant post of Chowkedar. It is pertinent to mention here that due to non-availability of Chowkidar in the school  teachers and children also suffering badly.



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Govt urged to take notice of land grabbing in Chitral - 850 acres of land grabbed

Govt urged to take notice of land grabbing in Chitral - 850 acres of land grabbed

Govt urged to take notice of land grabbing in Chitral - 850 acres of land grabbed 



CHITRAL: The local leaders of the ruling PTI have demanded of the government to take notice of land grabbing in Kagh Lusht area in Upper Chitral.

The PTI leaders including Minhajuddin, Aftab M Tahir and Advocate Ghulam Mustafa alleged that an influential family of Gilgit-Baltistan usurped 850 acres of land with the connivance of district administration.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday,

they alleged that the family grabbed a large piece of land in Kagh Lusht near Booni, the district headquarters of Upper Chitral, on the basis of fake documents.

They said that the documents regarding the ownership of the piece of land were not verified by the Achieves Library of the provincial government in Peshawar on the basis of which they took possession of the land from the former settlement officer, whose tenure spanned over nine years incessantly.

Showing the documents to journalists, the PTI leaders said that the occupants of the land recently tried to produce another letter of 1920s to establish their ownership but it also proved forged as its original copy was not available in the records of judicial council of Chitral.

They said that after their documents proved fake, the two land grabbers -- an uncle and his nephew -- filed civil case against each other in the local court, taking advantage of the indifference of the district administration and the success of any party would prove their ownership.

They said that instead of initiating criminal cases against the land grabbers for forgery and tampering with documents and dispossessing them of the illegally occupied land, the district administration was still a silent spectator.

The PTI leader said that a housing scheme was being established by the land grabbers and its plots were being sold to the gullible and innocent people of Chitral at higher rates while a shopping plaza on Chitral-Booni road was about to complete.

They demanded eviction of the land grabbers and initiation of criminal cases against them.

They said that local people would take to streets if their demands were not met.

Published in Dawn, May 28th, 2019



Monday, May 27, 2019

Shandur polo festival to attract foreign tourists, says Official

Shandur polo festival to attract foreign tourists, says Official

Shandur polo festival to attract foreign tourists, says Official



PESHAWAR, May 24, 2019: The three-day annual Shandur polo festival will begin at the world’s highest polo ground in Chitral on July 7.

Arrangements for the festival were discussed during a meeting chaired by tourism secretary Kamran Rehman here on Thursday.

An official statement said the Shandur polo festival would be organised in a befitting manner to attract both domestic and foreign tourists to the scenic region in large numbers.

“This year, the number of foreign and domestic tourists will be great compared to the yesteryears as peace has completely been restored in the province and the condition of acquiring no objection certificate for the international tourists has already been withdrawn,” the secretary said.

He said boarding and lodging facilities would be provided to both foreign and domestic tourists.

The secretary said scores of foreign tourists recently visited Kalash valleys and enjoyed the Chilimjusht festival.

He said the district government of Chitral, police, Pakistan Army and other institutions would help organise the event at the world’s highest polo ground in a peaceful manner.

The secretary said the relevant departments had been told to renovate polo ground, ensure smooth water supply and transport facility, provide other facilities to the teams, fans and tourists, and hold meetings with stakeholders.

He said Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral teams would participate in the event.

The statement said rafting in Shandur lake, paragliding, archery and kite flying would attract domestic and foreign tourists to the event in large numbers.

It added that besides a camping village, stalls would also be established to highlight and promote the works of Chitral and Gilgit’s artists and skilled people.

The Tourism Department has already launched a campaign in print, electronic and social media to promote the festival.

The statement said foreigners with valid tourist visa could go places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Chitral.

Published in Dawn, May 24th, 2019



Govt urged to save school from flash floods at upper Chitral.

Govt urged to save school from flash floods at upper Chitral.

Govt urged to save school from flash floods at upper Chitral. 


UPPER CHITRAL: A government middle school in Dizg village is at the verge of being washed away by flash floods. Local people have called upon the education department Chitral to take immediate steps to save the public property from destruction. Govt Middle School Dizg, upper Chitral. Besides Dizg, the Government Middle School for Boys also caters to the villages of Istach, Khruzg and Mahting which have no other schools for the students of middle classes.

The school building was constructed about 20 years ago and is located in the foothills near the corner of Khotan Lasht in Dizg. For the last two years, the nullahs in the mountains have seen frequent flash floods after torrential rains. Due to the climate change phenomenon, this area is experiencing heavy and torrential rains causing flooding in all small and big nullahs in the mountains.

This year, two flash floods have already hit the school and accumulated debris and mud on its outer wall towards the mountain. Besides the school, about seven houses and private properties are also threatened by the flash floods. The locals said if the school building built at a cost of millions of rupees was damaged, children of the four villages would be deprived of continuing education.

They said by using heavy machinery the paths of the floods could easily be diverted towards the desert of Khotan Lasht. They urged the education department as well as the elected representatives to take notice of the issue and save the school from being washed away by floods. GH Farooqui



Friday, May 24, 2019

After end of NOC condition, foreign tourists throng Chitral

After end of NOC condition, foreign tourists throng Chitral

After end of NOC condition, foreign tourists throng Chitral


Chitral (Gul Hammad Faroqui) In good old days, a large number of foreign tourists could be seen visiting far-off villages of Chitral every summer. But with the passage of time as Pakistan witnessed terror activities following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and arrival of refugees in Pakistan in early 1980s, the country started losing its status of being an attractive destination for tourists.

Ayun in lower Chitral.Then came 9/11 and the war on terrorism after which the tourism industry of Pakistan saw meltdown and tourist sports in the northern areas suffered its heavy toll.

After years when foreign tourists again moved towards northern parts of Pakistan, including Chitral, they were bound to first obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the interior ministry and security agencies.

This was so cumbersome that most of the tourism avoided visiting the area. While in Chitral, each foreign tourist was forcibly provided police guards whenever they would go. This practice was taken as an irritant as the tourists could not move around on their free will.

Moreover, Kalash valleys, the most attractive destination for foreign tourists were restricted for them. The foreign tourists were not allowed to spend night in Kalash valleys. This put a very negative impact on the hotel industry of the area.

Even local media persons were also required to take NOC to prepare any report in border areas such as Kalash valleys and Broghil etc.

However, with the abolition of the NOC condition, the number of foreign tourists arriving in Chitral has increased this year.

Many tourists from European and other countries witnessed the recent spring festival in Kalash valleys. They are now visiting different parts of Chitral.

It is also expected that a large number of foreign tourists will arrive to witness the Shandur festival in the first week of July.

Local people said the government should take more steps to facilitate the tourists and ensure reconstruction of roads to the tourist spots so that local tourism industry could be promoted.




Khyber Pakhtunkhwa set to become tourist hub of Pakistan: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa set to become tourist hub of Pakistan: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa set to become tourist hub of Pakistan: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan


PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is set to become the tourist hub of Pakistan adding that all out efforts are underway to maximize the benefits from the tourism sector this year.

While chairing the fourth meeting of the task force on tourism, the Chief Minister issued instructions to all concerned departments to take initiatives aimed not only at maximizing the inflow of tourists but also to ensure that they are properly facilitated at every level.

The meeting was also attended by Senior Minister Muhammad Atif Khan, Minister for Information Sahukat Ali Yousafzai, Minister Local Government Shahram Khan Tarakai, Minister C&W Akbar Ayub, Chief Secretary Muhammad Saleem Khan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shahab Ali Shah and other officials.

While addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister stated that the district administrations in collaboration with the local authorities & TMAs shall ensure proper waste disposal and cleanliness in the touristic valleys of Galyat, Naran, Kalam and Chitral so as to keep the local environment clean and green.

The Chief Minister also directed the Health department to ensure availability of doctors and medicine in all BHUs and RHCs along with provision of mobile health facilities in the touristic valleys of Abbottabad, Manshera, Swat and Chitral in the forthcoming summer.

The Chief Minister was informed that previously tourists were hesitant to visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to lack of government arrangements and facilities. In comparison, last year witnessed huge influx of tourists who thronged the scenic valleys of the province owing to extended facilitation of visitors by concerned departments. This year, the tourism department intends to provide all out facilitation to attract maximum number of tourists in the forthcoming summer starting from Eid Ul Fitr.

The Chief Minister was further informed that in order to provide special security to the visiting tourists, the Police Department will deploy Tourist Police viz-a-viz ensuing proper Traffic Management Plan so as to avoid traffic congestions. The police will not only help in providing security but will also help in facilitating the incoming visitors.

The deployment of police is expected to initiate from Eid ul Fitr onwards which will help ensure safety of tourists and smooth flow of traffic in the scenic valleys of the province especially in Galyat, Naran, Kalam & Chitral Valleys.

The Chief Minister also directed to ensure availability of Rescue 1122 services so as to ensure timely rescue in case of emergencies. These measures will help in providing a sense of security to the visiting tourists.

In a separate meeting, the Chief Minister also chaired a meeting regarding the Pakistan National Games which are to be held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the end of the October this year. While briefing the Chief Minister, Chairman Pakistan National Games Arif Hussain stated that games in scenic areas of the province will also help in promotion of tourism.

According to details, teams from Afghanistan will also be invited to participate in the national games which will further strengthen the friendship narrative of Pakistan at international level.

These inter-provincial games will help in preparing players for the upcoming South Asian Federation Games to be held in December this year. 8000-10,000 players from all over the country are scheduled to take part in 22-28 different games which are expected to last for one week. APP




Garbage at DHQ Hospital Chitral troubles patients, attendants

Garbage at DHQ Hospital Chitral troubles patients, attendants

Garbage at DHQ Hospital Chitral troubles patients, attendants


Gul Hammad Farooqi

CHITRAL: The garbage at the District Headquarters Hospital Chitral is posting serious threat to the health of the people visiting the hospital, while the concerned authorities seem to be least bothered.

Local sources said the garbage is scattered in the hospital for the last 10 days and no one is coming to lift it. The patients at the hospital and attendants are facing a difficult situation due to garbage at the hospital as it is creating stinky smell.



Muhammad Ilyas, president of the Class-IV employees, said while talking to this scribe  that the Municipal Administration officials are not coming to lift the garbage despite several phone calls made to them for this purpose. He said the Municipal Corporation is not sending anyone to lift the garbage and making different excuses.

A person who brought a patient to hospital said the healthy people are also in danger of getting ill due to the pollution and foul smell created by the garbage. He said it is a matter of grave concern that syringes and injections have also been dumped in the garbage which can spread dangerous diseases like Hepatitis and HIV  AIDS etc.

When our correspondent telephoned Tehsil Municipal Officer Naseer Qadir over the issue, he immediately sent a vehicle to lift the garbage.

When the issue was brought into the notice of Acting Medical Superintendent Dr Sheda, he admitted that the problem of garbage must be resolved. He immediately started inspection of all the wards and found that the cutting machine of syringes was missing from the Emergency Department. However, the same machine was available at other wards.

Trade Union president Shabbir Ahmed said TMA used to voluntarily send a vehicle for lifting the garbage, but now the problem has emerged. He said it is the responsibility of the hospital administration to repair the incinerator machine to dispose the garbage. He said there is no problem of garbage lifting vehicle as such and the real problem is about dedication and motivation to one’s job.

The incinerators in many hospitals of KP are out of order and they have made own arrangements for lifting and dumping of garbage.




Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Foreign tourists throng Chitral after relaxation of NOC condition

Foreign tourists throng Chitral after relaxation of NOC condition

Foreign tourists throng Chitral after relaxation of NOC condition


by Gul Hammad Farooqi
CHITRAL: After relaxation in the condition of No Objection Certificate (NOC), a large number of foreign tourists are visiting Chitral valley now who can be seen wandering in different bazaars.

Chitral was a famous tourist destination for foreign tourists before the 9/11 and thousands of tourists used to visit the picturesque valley every year. That boosted the local tourism industry and economy and people got job opportunities. However, the situation changed after the 9/11 and the number of foreign tourists significantly reduced due to which many hotels were closed and the business of shopkeepers was also affected.

After relative improvement in the situation, foreign tourists again started visiting Chitral, but the condition of obtaining NOC was imposed on them. The procedure of obtaining the NOC was a difficult one which forced many foreign tourists to change their mind about visiting Pakistan as they were not willing to go through the difficult NOC process before visiting their favourite places. The local administration also used to deploy policemen with the foreign tourists due to which they felt confined and their privacy was also disturbed.

The foreign tourists were also not allowed to stay the night in Kalash Valley and they had to come out of the valley before night. This practice had adversely affected the hoteling business in Kalash. So much so that the journalists were also not allowed for media coverage of Kalash, Broghal and other areas situated near the border. All these practices badly affected the tourism sector of Chitral and damaged local and national economy.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government under its policy of promoting tourism has withdrawn the condition of NOC for foreign tourists visiting Pakistan after which Chitral is again receiving a large number of tourists. Among tourists of other countries, French tourists were also seen in Chitral Bazaar buying various items.

Nasir Hussain, a tour operator, said while talking to this scribe that the relaxation of NOC condition has worked wonders for Tourism business in Chitral. He said he has brought a group of French tourists from Gilgit to Chitral and security officials have no issue with that.

The French tourists told our correspondent that they feel very happy in Chitral and like its people, culture and scenic beauty. He said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and its people are very hospitable. They said tourists from world over must come to Pakistan, particularly to Chitral, to enjoy the lovely scenery and meet the wonderful people of Kalash.



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