CHITRAL: The Chief Minister emphasized in a meeting of NHA and other concerned officials regarding the Swat motorway work progress that that phase one of the project should be completed in any case by end August 2020. This means the road going to Chitral would be further shortened by at least 30 minutes besides having a clean road through the Malakand hills and tunnels upto Chakdara. The project which was supposed to be completed end of last year got delayed due to various reasons including corona this year but now it is expected to be completed by end August., hopefully.
Chitral News Briefs
CHITRAL: One person working in the fields was reportedly murdered in the village of Kotagal Arandu near the Afghan border. His ox with which he was ploughing the field also succumbed to the bullet fire. In another incident, a person died as a result of an accident between a car and a motorbike at Khairabad near upper Drosh.
Meanwhile it has been reported that eight more persons have been tested positive for the Corona virus in upper Chitral. Seven of them belonged to down districts.
CHITRAL: The Deputy Commissioner lower Chitral has imposed Sec 144 in the district and wearing of face masks has become mandatory from 09 June 2020 for one month. The administrative measure which applies to any one visiting a public place including offices, banks, hospitals, markets, public transport Addas, riding in public transport etc. Meanwhile a second case of death due to COVID-119 has been recorded in Chitral where a person belonging to Faizabad Hone Chitral town succumbed to the virus while under treatment in Peshawar, whose body was brought to Chitral and buried under the COVID protocol.
CHITRAL: Falak Naz a PTI lady activist originally belonging to Chitral has been appointed as General Secretary of Regional Working Committee of Insaf Womens Wing Malakand Region. Similarly another lady activist Taqdira Khan Razakhel also belonging to Chitral has been appointed Finance Secretary in the same setup.
CHITRAL: A largely attended workers convention of PTI Lower Chitral was held at a local hotel. The speakers including senior leaders of the party, Sartaj Ahmad Khan, Shahzada Sikandar Ul Mulk, Israr Saboor, Haji Sultan Muhammad, Muhammad Yaqub, Raziuddin, Muhammad Nazir, Sultan Muhammad Sher, Israruddin Kasana, Haji Gul Nawaz etc expressed disappointment over the way the Party leadership is ignoring the verdict of the workers.
The speakers said, a proper exercise was carried out to determine the mindset of the workers regarding formation of the district cabinets and the workers gave their verdict, but instead of honoring the workers decision an entirely different cabinet was imposed by the general secretary Malakand region which amounted to disgracing the workers verdict. The convention decided to send a delegation headed by Shahzada Sikander Ul Mulk to meet the Chief organizer of the party in Islamabad and apprise him of the worker’s concern in this regard.
CHITRAL: Local PPP leaders Fazle Rabbi Jan, Amirullah Khan, Qazi Faisal, and Alam Zeb Advocate addressed a press conference in Chitral. The PPP leaders condemned the inability of the government to tackle the water shortage problem in the town due to the pipeline being damaged a year ago due to floods at Golen. The politicians also criticized the proposal to realign the CPEC route via Kalam Swat instead of Chitral. They said this would be a big injustice to Chitral. They also castigated the government for shelving the Chitral Garam Chashma and Chitral Shandur roads.
CHITRAL: A Chitrali scholar from Raeen Torkhow upper Chitral, AsadUl Samad son of Ex Principal Abdul Samad Khan has successfully completed his thesis on Education from Peshawar University and thus earned his PhD degree.
CHITRAL: The threat has always been looming like the proverbial ‘Sword of Damocles’ on the head of the Kalash faith, due to their being in extreme minority and poverty. Of late however, there has been a spike in the rate of conversions of the Kalash to the majority dominant religion of Islam. The increased activities of Muslim preachers in the area and the social pressure on the Kalash to change their faith has picked up pace. There are reports of Kalash to Muslim conversions from the valley’s of Bumboret and Birir involving individual girls and even a whole family.
The most effective way for the Kalash elders to check the rate of rapid conversions is to provide incentives, particularly financial incentives to the Kalash youth to hang on to their faith. International organisations set up to protect dissipating cultures may be approached to extend incentives to the Kalash. .. CN report, 01 June 2020
CHITRAL: Prominent personality of Chitral and outspoken social media activist Bashir Ahmad of Khorkashandeh Chitral town has lost his life Saturday night, after struggling with his health at the KTH hospital in Peshawar for some days. It has since been confirmed that the final cause of untimely demise was due to the COVID-19 infection which proved lethal. He was reportedly a patient of diabetes, lungs infection and cardiac problem., before catching the Coronavirus. Bashir Ahmad was an outspoken social media activist and had served with many NGOs in responsible positions e.g WWF etc. He was serving with a private company in Lahore for sometime. His Namaz Janaza was held and buried at his ancestral village in Khorkashandeh Chitral today following the SOPs for the same… GH Farooqi, 31 May 2020
CHITRAL: Dead body of a young man later identified as Shaukat Ali Shah son of Noor Ghazi of Teengarh Shishikooh valley has been recovered from the river in Gaoch village of the valley. Upon the report of the family of the deceased an FIR has been registered against unknown killers of the deceased.