CHITRAL NEWS & VIEWS
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Glimpse of Chitral Valley
Chitral is the farthest North district of Pakistan. Now it has been bifurcated into two districts namely Upper and Lower Chitral. Historically it has been a sovereign territory since early history. Buddhist , Khows, Kalash and Muslims ruled chitral news valley in different intervals.
The last rulers were the Katooray tribe whose members still enjoy high positions in Chitral. The two main sects of Muslims in Chitral valley Are Sunni Muslims 70 percent and Ismailia Muslims 30 percent.
Chitral is home to the ancient Kalash tribe which makes it a great tourist attraction. It also homes Pakistan’s longest road tunnel namely Lowari Tunnel (8.5 Km). Magnificent mountains with a Terichmir peak beautiful, peaceful, and tourist-friendly people also with 6th highest peak in the world.
Chitral was always devoid of adequate communication facilities. During WW II, the ruler employed a ‘specialist’ to listen to BBC News on the only radio which belonged to the ruler and translates news about the war. I launched CHITRAL NEWS in 1993 first as a weekly Urdu newspaper named ‘Hindukush Chitral’.
In 2003 when the internet became available I transferred the paper to an online mode after renaming it as CHITRAL-NEWS. It stand out as the pioneer of honest and bold journalism in Chitral and has shown the way to many other online publications.
Published online and updated multiple times a day- CHITRAL NEWS
It is the only publication from Chitral syndicated by Google for reporting news on Chitral. Chitral News also enjoys a high page ranking of 5 on Google page rank which depicts the high quality of its readers. It has a decent presence on Facebook with over 4000 likes.
- Chitral News Briefs This page lists brief news regarding Chitral without going into the details of the news. It is essentially the crux or the takeaway from news. Read Further >>
- Proposed new Office timings I have a suggestion to amend the present office timings in the country. I suggest office timings in all government departments should be from one hour after fajr Azan (dawn prayer call)… Read Further >>
- Austerity measures, need of the hour Pakistan is sinking more and more into the fiscal deficit quagmire. Our expenses far exceed our income and there seems to be no viable economic program with the government to allay this… Read Further >>
- Proposal for prioritization in the Islamic teachings recommended curriculum I have neither the qualities of religious scholars nor hold any command on Islamic knowledge like a Maulana, even I am not from such high caliber English writers who express events clearly,… Read Further >>
- Teaching Islamic management sciences in Madaris I am not an Islamic scholar, just a simple Muslim with little knowledge and poor English . First of all I respect my friend's idea to introduce commercial education in the Deeni… Read Further >>
- A good augury for Chitral It was a pleasant surprise for all in Chitral to hear that a delegation of local political leaders including the district Nazim, the MNA, the tehsil Nazim and available leaders from all… Read Further >>
- Improvement of Education system Pakistani Nation is going through very difficult times in it's chequered history. Pak army is at war with militant Taliban in the north west of the country. It is believed that there… Read Further >>
- Abolition of death penalty The recent decision of the Federal cabinet to commute all death sentences hitherto awarded by competent courts has come as a shock to the nation. Death penalty is a part of Pakistan's… Read Further >>
- Improved education opportunities for all I strongly feel that education opportunities should be available equally to all the children and youth of the country. For that I have two proposals. Firstly, like proposed earlier by another writer,… Read Further >>
- Tampering with the clock Once again the government is attempting to advance the clock in the name of daylight saving. The experiment has already been carried out twice in the past by earlier governments, only to… Read Further >>
- Root cause of our problems Currently, Pakistan is at the cross-road of its history. Beset with numerous crises of huge proportions the country seems to be bogged down in a quagmire. The leadership is on a catch-22… Read Further >>
- A much needed Change Since independence 1947, Pakistan has been made a laboratory of politics where the general public has been subjugate under each phase of time. The vision that the great leaders had for Pakistan… Read Further >>
- A Proposed Strategy to Teach Islamic Management Sciences in the Madaris for Enhancing their Positive Role in the Society The Islamic ideological state of Pakistan is at an escalating war with the militia segment of Madaris students -the Taliban. In this CN "Idea" we recognize the complex historical and geo-political causes… Read Further >>
- Suggestion for a new system of governance in Pakistan Systems of government in practice do not come from heaven; they are man made and thus always are subject to modification and alteration according to the requirements of the time. As democracy… Read Further >>
- President’s statements These days one often comes across statements from the president saying 'Pakistan is not a failed state', 'Terrorists cannot get hold of our nuclear assets' and 'Extremists cannot take over Pakistan' etc.… Read Further >>
- Lowari Tunnel project – A suggestion Lowari Tunnel has become a reality -A dream come true for Chitralis and a milestone in the history of Chitral indeed. NHA and the Sambu construction company vehicles are plying comfortably through… Read Further >>
- Standard syllabus in educational Institutions I suggest that syllabus and text books of all the schools in the country should be the same. The syllabus should be carefully prepared by experts, keeping a balance and should be… Read Further >>
- An unfortunate threat The aggressive statement of a public representative in Chitral against the construction of a building for an educational institution is very unfortunate. The said personality who is also a religious leader was… Read Further >>
- ‘Decrying extremism’ The president of Pakistan has just completed his two days visit to Chitral. The people are indeed grateful to him for taking interest in providing an all weather road to Chitral in… Read Further >>