On gender discrimination-2

Published on: 09/05/2022 | Comments: No comments 

.. by Prof Rahmat Karim Baig

I had written a very short article on the subject given above and received very kind  and friendly opinions  with many nice instances  from some friends and readers. I did not write it as if I am a hardcore orthodox nor I am against female education. I fully understand the significance of female education and its role in the modern times. We have to give education to both gender equally. W e need female teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, leaders, reformers and so on. The role of females cannot be minimized. There have been highly qualified women in history who have contributed  a lot to the weal of the society of their times.

The modern burden of cost of living has put a great responsibility on both sexes. One bread winner in a family cannot afford to feed the whole family so women have to play their role but they were not idle in the past either. They took part in the farming, agriculture works, domestic duties, raising dairy products by keeping live stock and so many other duties. The Kho society has been called ‘ ourat abad’ that is a Kho family’s economic position is positioned  and balanced when the housewife is hard working and a hard task master. I think nobody will deny it or at least have the say to contradict it. Now the present situation is very different. The educated  females either in employment or jobless have forgotten their erstwhile role- to help to good house keeping. They spend a good chunk of their leisure time playing with mobile or watching TV dramas and during this process they neglect their duty as mother or a responsible member of the house to look after the kids who go out and stray and suffer badly.

I have my personal observation that kids of two years who are called toddlers are about but the mother is busy in talking  over cell phone  to some of her friends  and is obsessed grossly that the cries of her child fall on deaf ears and the father is busy with his cell, busy with facebook, so the toddler is abandoned and hurts him/herself and the parent know about it much after the damage has taken place. This side of modern life and preoccupation of parents with cell phone instead of attending to their kids, playing with them, taking them out for walk and giving them names of the natural objects around us, teaching them names of trees, flowers, crops etc. is no more done by the parents. This is negligence of the duties of raising kids and a great drawback as responsible parents. This is leading to split of the family life and members of one family live in their own virtual world and family life and bonds get hurt and sometime very badly. This phase of male female ( married) life is leading us to a dangerous path.

The west has experienced it and have controlled it after much disaster but we have to be careful from this moment onward. What I like to do is to take the middle path, the path of moderation that will keep balance but extremism is not an acceptable behaviour and may cause irremediable damages to our society. If one is not married or has got no kid then he has the leisure to play with the magic devices as long as he likes  or has endurance to bear. He/she is scot free and none will blame him/her, but for parents it becomes a big duty to attend to their kids first and have the feeling of duty as parent to raise a good member of the society. It was the old people who felt the need of raising good children with a sense of right and wrong, rights and responsibilities, love family members, love nature etc. Just procreation without taking responsibility is a disservice to the community if one fails to help his child in his/ her homework and remains focused on social media. That is an irresponsible citizenship .. Prof Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 09 May 2022

Chitral News Briefs

Published on: 19/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 18/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 15/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 14/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 10/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 08/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 06/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 06/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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

Published on: 03/07/2020 | Comments: No comments 

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.