13 Aug 2022: Maj Burhan s/o Lt Col (r) Sardar Muhammad Khan of Chitral, has been awarded COAS commendation certificate for apprehending dangerous target killer gang along with suicide jackets and IEDs.
12 Aug 2022: According to unconfirmed sources, President of Pakistan is expected to pay a two day visit to Chitral in the coming week. All eyes are on the President’s visit to see the amount of austerity he displays by way of protocol and pretext of security etc. The country is on the brink of bankruptcy and precedence set by the President in saving government money even of symbolic nature would go well with the people.
12 Aug 2022: Retd Captain (hony) Zafar Ali Khan of Zhang Bazar passed away at 98. He had the honour of lowering the Union jack and hoisting the Pakistan flag at Drosh garrison on Independence day 1947. He was the father of Engr Khalid Jamil.
09 Aug 2022: A teenage boy from Kari village committed suicide by jumping into the river from the improvised cable crossing cart over the Chitral river at Denin.
07 Aug 2022: Titular Mehtar of Chitral, Fatehulmulk Ali Naser announced his entry into formal politics by joining the PTI at a meeting with the party chairman Imran Khan in Islamabad. He will be the first Mehtar to formally join a political party. It’s to be seen if his entry into politics changes the dynamics of unhealthy tribe/clan/sect politics into merit based politics disregarding aforementioned considerations.
14 July 2022: Body of Ehsanul Haque Jan, a talented and popular son of Chitral and senior UN official, was brought from the US and laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Booni, upper Chitral.
05 July 2022: Former Ameer Jamaat Islami Chitral, Abdullah Jan passed away at his home in Goldoor Chitral Town. he was the father of Saifullah Jan, Shareefullah Jan and Asadullah Jan.
03 July 2022: Dozens of vehicles carrying tens of hundreds of visitors to Shandur on their return back were stranded at two points where mountain streams burst out with flash floods at Harchin and Shaidas gol. The route was not open till filing of this news Sunday night.
02 July 2022: On the second day of Shandur Polo festival, Chitral C team beat Gilgit C team by 11 goals to 2. In the second match Chitral B team beat Gilgit B team by 8 goals to 2. In the third friendly match Gilgit officers beat Chitral Officers team by 3 goals to 1. The final match between Chitral A team and Gilgit A team will be held tomorrow.
01 July 2022: On the first day of the Shandur Polo festival, Laspur beat Ghizer by 15 goals to 4. In the other match Gilgit D team beat Chitral D team by 6 goals against 4. In the third match Mastuj beat Yasin by 7 goals to 6 in the extended time. Despite the petrol price escalation making travel expensive, the event was well attended by spectators from both sides.
30 June 2022: Ehsanul Haq Jan, son of Shamsyar Lal of Booni lost his life in a traffic accident in the USA. Ehsan, a talented and senior UN official was living with his family in New Jersey where the accident took place.
29 June 2022: Muhammad Irfanuddin has been posted as Additional Deputy Commisioner Lower Chitral, while Fida Ul Karim has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner Upper Chitral.
23 June 2022: A queer situation has developed in the context of Shandur festival this year. Earlier it would be statements from petty politicians on Gilgit side claiming Shandur to be theirs, but this year the drama has risen to next level, where the Chief Minister of GB and the Chief Minister of KP have invited each other claiming to be the host for the tournament. Interesting drama is expected ahead. The situation well depicts the state of fiasco in governance of Pakistan at all levels.
22 June 2022: Vehicular density in Chitral bazars and transport terminals has reduced markedly after the giant leap in fuel prices. Only exception being official vehicles running on free provided fuel, which have however not been affected.
21 June 2022: Freak weather phenomenon, like the freak economic situation in Pakistan, has affected Chitral with snowfall at Shandur top, Terich, Melp and other high lying valleys of the twin districts, on 21 June, otherwise supposed to be one of the hottest and longest days in Pakistan.
DPO vows to take on drug pushers
CHITRAL: District Police Officer Lower Chitral, Abdul Haye has expressed his resolve to take on drug pushers and their collaborators. He was talking to members of Chitral Press club led by their president Zahiruddin who called on him in his office at Balach. The DPO also expressed his resolve to tackle other social evils in the area. .. CN report, 18 Jul 2020
Shandur confusion: Map will be corrected says minister
CHITRAL: Minister for parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan has said that no territory can be taken away from a unit and annexed to an other without due procedures including approval of the parliament etc. He said if Shandur has erratically been included as part of GIlgit in the Handarab Park sketch map, it will be corrected. He was responding to a point of order raised in the National Assembly by Molana Abdul Akbar Chitrali MNA from Chitral. .. CN report, 15 July 2020
NBP Chitral gets ATM facility installed at last
CHITRAL: National Bank of Chitral though the first bank to be established in Chitral in the early 1960’s has been the last bank to have an ATM facility. Even the small private banks have had the facility installed much earlier. Inauguration of the ATM machine was performed on Monday by Sartaj Ahmad Khan, President Chamber of Commerce. Other guests who spoke included President Bar Association Niaz A Niazi Advocate, and President Press Club Zahiruddin. Sartaj Ahmad Khan offered full cooperation from the chamber of commerce to the bank for extending services to the people of the area. .. CN report, 14 July 2020
Kalash summer festival ‘Uchal’ to be held from 22 August
CHITRAL: Kalash Uchal festival is scheduled to be held from 22 August 2020. A Urdu video report of Radio Pakistan Chitral on the festival is attached below:
.. CN report, 10 August 2020
Chitral Lower District Police has change of command
CHITRAL: District Police Officer lower Chitral Waseem Riaz has been posted out as DPO Bannu. Replacing him as DPO Lower Chitral is Abdul Haeye, a BPS-18 officer of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP).
Moulai Jan ustaz of Moldeh Chitral town passes away
CHITRAL: Prominent figure among the education fraternity veteran teacher Moulai Jan ustaz of Moldeh passed away after a protracted illness. He was the father of Akhtar Iqbal CEO Aga Khan Foundation, Javed Iqbal, Azhar Iqbal, Athar Iqbal, Naveed Iqbal and Saud Iqbal. His funeral prayers will be held on 07 July at 1; 30 pm at polo ground Chitral town.
One suicide, one accidental death reported in Lower Chitral
CHITRAL: A young man Iftikhar Ali age 21 years belonging to Parkusap Mastuj, staying with his relatives in Moldeh Chitral town for the purpose of taking online classes, was found hanging with the ceiling fan in his room in a suicidal act.
In another case a young labourer from Timergara Tariq Khan age 25 years lost his life when a rolling hit him on his head while he was working on a precious stone mining site at Baisti, Arkari, garam Chashma Tehsil.
PTA issues new unrealistic, unimplementable transport fares list
CHITRAL: The provincial transport authority has issued fare list for various inter city transport services. Accordingly Peshawar to Chitral fares are as follows:
Flying Coaches: Rs 423
Air Conditioned buses: Rs 496
Even a child would exclaim that these are unfeasible and unimplementable. Currently the normal bus/Flying coach are charging upto Rs 1200 per passenger and the AC bus Rs 1800 per passenger.
The government should first think what they are doing and after doing due diligence should implement it’s order otherwise the writ of the government is undermined and an undisciplined society further develops into anarchic society.