17 Sep 2020: As expected, the “Khatme Nabuat conference” called for in Chitral on 17 Sep by JUI, turned out to be an anti government public meeting where one percent mention was of “Khatme Nabuat” and 99 percent was anti government tirade. The Chief of JUI Molana Fazlur Rehman lashed out at PM Imran Khan and left no stone unturned to debase him and his government in every way he could, forgetting that people had gathered in honour of the ‘Khatme Nabuat’ slogan and for hearing political mudslinging.
06 Sep 2020: Six year old twin sons of Sher Juwan were buried when a landslide hit their house in Yarkhun village. The landslide was caused by a breach in the water channel running on the slope above their house.
28 Aug 2020: The Boroghil festival which was scheduled to be held on 5th September has now been postponed due to the floods and damage to roads in the area. The new date for the event has been given as 12 and 13 September.
26 Aug 2020: Rumboor valley of the Kalash inhabitants received flash floods damaging many houses and crops. Japanese turned Kalash lady Akiko Wada living in the valley and married to a Kalash, has posted damage to her house and another guest house, on the social media.
26 Aug 2020: A 24 year old man stabbed to death his 22 year old brother in Sueer village of Drosh. The cause was domestic dispute as reported by the father of the two men.
23 Aug 2020: Syed Ghufran Shah father of senior journalist Zulfiqar Ali Shah passed away in Charun . Bereaved family includes Syed Manzoor Ali Shah, Fatah Ali Shah, Abdul Wahab, Syed Abdul Nasir, Dr Yousuf Haroon, Shah Mansoor, Syed Fida Hasan Shah, Syed Mazhar Ali Shah, Syed Jawad Hasan ShahRahmat Ghazi, Syed, Seedullah Jan, Saifullah Jan, Syed Ahmad Ali, Sajjad Hussain etc.
20 Aug 2020: Commissioner Malakand division has issued special instructions to complete Lowari Tunnel approach roads by end Nov 2020. Keeping the past performance of work on the Lowari in view it would be a surprise if the approach roads are completed by Nov 2021 also. Absence of accountability is the major, rather the only reason for failures to follow such ‘special’ instructions and meet deadlines.
20 Aug 2020: Prominent personality of Bumburet, Ghulam Nabi passed away after brief illness.. Bereaved family includes Shakeel Ahmad, Sohail Ahmad, Ashfaque Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad, Ms Taqdira Khan Razakhel, beside others.
19 Aug 2020: Temperature fell for the better in Chitral town after many days of sizzling heat. Rains along with flash floods have been reported at various places including Bumburet, the tourist hot spot these days.
19 Aug 2020: Momin Shah, father of former provincial minister Saleem Khan, passed away at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Kandujal Garm Chashma on 20 Aug.
17 Aug 2020: A 19 year old young man Bashir Ahmed originally belonging to Shishi Koh ended his life by jumping into the river at Koghuzi. His brother is an employee of WAPDA at Koghuzi, because of which he was there since a long time.
15 Aug 2020: Shahzada Iftikharuddin former MNA and proprietor of Terichmir View Hotel has expressed regrets and deep condolences on the loss of precious lives and injuries due to an accident at his Hotel. He said the unfortunate accident has emotionally devastated him and his family and our hearts are all out with the victims and their families. He said he would visit Qasur to offer condolence to the bereaved families. He thanked the administration and all those who were of help during the catastrophic situation. He said Quran Khwani for the departed souls would be held by the Hotel management.
11 Aug 2020: PIA has decided to resume two weekly flights on the Islamabad-Chitral route from 16 Aug. The flights will operate on Friday and Sunday.The present fare is Rs 5900/- one way, according to the PIA manager in Chitral. However PIA fares fluctuate violently without any prior notification. The sustainability of these flights in the long run will depend on the seat occupancy.
08 Aug 2020: Hindukush Express, the luxury bus service between Islamabad and Chitral will commence operations from 12 August 2020 after the Covid-19 break. Contact Phone numbers are: 03355700800, 03005557737, 03449700113
08 Aug 2020: Mother of Prof Muhsin ul Mulk Siddiqui and an eight year old child Basharat succumbed to injuries from an LPG cylinder blast at their home in Jughoor. Two others injured are under treatment in a Peshawar hospital while another less injured was discharged from Chitral hospital after treatment.
06 Aug 2020: DPO Chitral (lower) has written a letter to DC Chitral lower to send arrested drug paddlers to DI Khan jail so that it serves a lesson for others to refrain from drug pushing. This shows the seriousness of the police to combat the drug menace in Chitral.
05 Aug 2020: A man from Arandu has been arrested in connection with the report of of dozens of goats being snatched from a shepherd in Bumburet a week ago. The man was trying to sell the goat in cattle market in Drosh. Usually such cases are attributed to intruders from Afghanistan and the case is closed, but now it was found that the culprit was our own very Pakistani.
04 Aug 2020: Rural Health Center Ayun has been locked down till further notice after eight persons including six members of staff were reported infected with the Corona virus. More tests are in progress.
03 Aug 2020: A large number of intending tourists were turned back from the Lowari tunnel in pursuance of the KP govt decision of keeping tourism at hold during the Eid holidays. The district administration Chitral put the figure at 15000.
03 Aug 2020: A man stabbed his elder brother to death over a petty domestic quarrel in village Maroi. The elder brother who was unmarried had complained about the younger brother’s child bed wetting, after which the unfortunate incident occurred.
02 Aug 2020: Coronavirus SOPs were openly flouted at each and every Eid congregation in Chitral, like they are in mosques everyday. Prayer congregation leaders did not mention anything about precautionary measures. Some salient points of the Eid sermons were, importance of donating hides to seminary students and importance of ‘purdah’. It may be mentioned here that Coronavirus cases are silently increasing in Chitral with most cases going unreported.
01 Aug 2020: Covid-19 cases are increasing in Chitral. Many deaths in the recent past have been attributed to the virus although the victims did not report their sickness. Some doctors and prominent people are said to be in self quarantine after the attack of the virus. The positive thing is that fatalities are less compared to those recovering from the virus.
29 July 2020: Spurious and health injurious chips and snacks continue to flow in Chitral in large numbers. School children are addicted to these ‘snacks’ and the health of our future generation is being degraded by these fake and chemical laden snacks. The Administration should take steps to stop the trucks loaded with this stuff at check posts. Also shops should be warned not to sell them and defaulters punished severely.
24 July 2020 : Muhammad Yasser s/o Muhammad Yaqub, a student of Govt Centennial Model School Chitral has obtained 991 marks and has come first among all the students of government schools of the two districts
24 July 20 : The KPK government had decided to install a 14 km cable car facility between Kumrat (upper Dir) and Madaklash (lower Chitral). The facility if materialized could be a game changer for tourism in the area as both Kumrat and Madaklasht are the most scenic valleys in the region. However there is many a slip between the cup and the lip, as experience tells, but no harm hoping for the best.
23 July 20 : Brother refutes news of younger brothers suicide. Khosh Jahan of Mroi Pain said his brother had fallen off a cliff accidentally and not committed suicide. He said his brother had no financial problem. The source of the news has enmity with our family and gave out wrong information regarding the death of my brother, he said.
22 July 20 : Shahzada Nizamuddin of Kalkatak has passed away after a brief illness. He was laid to rest in Kalkatak. The bereaved family includes Shahzada Dawood Nizamuddin, Shahzada Faisal Nizamudin (sons), a daughter, Shahzada Mohiuddin ex MNA, Shahzada Chiraghuddin, Shahzada Dr Bakhtiaruddin, Shahzada Sariruddin (brothers) Shahzada Iftikharuddin ex MNA, Shahzada Khalid Pervez, Shazada Sohail (nephews) besides other family members
22 July 20 : A young jobless man Rahmat Jahan of Mroi village lower Chitral, a father of four children ended his life by jumping off a cliff. Information gathered from his neighbours revealed that he was jobless and under tension regarding meeting the coming Eid expenses.
22 July 20 : Babu Mir Haider of Balach, Chitral town has passed away. Bereaved family includes Wasim Haider (son), Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Iftikhar Ali Shah, Mumtaz Ali Shah, Dr Imtiaz Ali Shah, Muhammad Zahir Shah, Imran Hussain, Javed Ahmad, besides other family members
22 July 20 : A centenarian Aziz Abdul Aleem (age 103) has recovered from Covid -19 after being treated at the Aga Khan Health emergency response centre at Booni.
21 July 20 : Assistant Commissioner HQ Lower Chitral Abdul Wali Khan has been tested positive for Covid-19. He has led from the front since March 2020 and has gotten infected during his duties. He is under treatment in Peshawar. This was stated in a FB post by Deputy Commissioner Lower Chitral.
20 July 20 : SBP has warned that fake currency notes of the denomination of Rs 5000, 1000 and 500 have come in the market in large numbers. It warned that AF series of 500, CE series of 1000 and HO series of 5000 denomination notes are fake.
19 July 20 : Coordinator to PM, Ahmad Niazi reached Chitral along with his team. Addressing Doctors and Medical staff at DHQ hospital Chitral, he said he is visiting Chitral on the instructions of the PM to show solidarity with the medical staff for their duties during the Corona pandemic.
18 July 20 : Hundreds of affecties of Golen floods launched a protest demonstration at Mashelik (a place known for never seeing direct sun rays) on the Booni road. Protesters raised slogan against WAPDA authorities for not managing the road and the water channel, well. They said last year floods swept away the road but instead of being realigned and repaired the road was temporarily done with the result it was washed away again this year. Demonstrators lamented on the presence of corruption and absence of accountability in government affairs.
18 July 20 : PTI workers of Rumbur Kalash Valley attended a meeting under the chair of Wazirzada, Special Assistant to the CM. The progress of the valley was discussed and various proposals put up. Wazirzada said he has Rs 100 million for the development of Kalash valleys and he will spend the money with the cooperation and consultation of the Kalash community.