Chitral — Two elderly persons of Kalash tribe announced their conversion to Islam. In first case, an octogenarian Kalash named Lakbal from Anizh village declared himself Muslim at the Chitral Bazar Mosque. His family members had earlier converted to Islam and he was the last remaining. Molana Alhilal administered the religious oath and ritual to him. His muslim name became Iqbal. In the second case another elder Kasim from Brun Bumburet announced his conversion to Islam at Ayun Eidgah. He was named Qasim. Molana Kamaluddin administered the change over of faith ritual. The Molana said minorities have rights and we must guard them while also try to guide them and care for their after life.
Kalash youngsters have been relinquishing their religion frequently but this was the first time when octogenarians decided to do so. The Kalash tribe now reduced to 3500 persons is a fast dwindling specie and no surprise if after a few decades they disapear into oblivion and appear in history books chapters only — Muhkam Ayuni, 16 Sep 2016.
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