Chitral .. A meeting of PTI workers of upper Chitral was held at Booni with Gul Hayat Avocate in the chair. Workers unanimously demanded party organisation set up for the new under construction district instead of the present set up which treats upper Chitral as a sub division instead of a district. District SVP Rehmat Ghazi, VP Shahzada Sikandar ul Mulk, SVP upper Chitral Jamal Din and VP upper Chitral Sardar Hakim resigned from their recently appointed party positions to press for the fore-mentioned demand. .. Nazir Hussain Shah, 22, Dec 2017?
Chitral .. The fresh delimitation of Assembly seats bill passed by the the Senate has caused unrest and worry for Chitralis, as according to the details available, one the two Provincial Assembly seats will be taken away from Chitral on the basis of the 2017 census. The other districts in KP to suffer similarly are Abbottabad, Haripur, Charsadda and Swabi.
The bill will decrease nine National Assembly seats (seven general and two women seats) of the most populous Punjab province, and will increase five seats (four general and one women seat) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three seats of the largest province of Balochistan (two general, one women seats) and one of federal capital. The number of NA seats for Sindh province and FATA will remain the same.
It may be noted that until 1985 Chitral had only one provincial Assembly seat and in the 1970 general elections, it shared it’s sole National Assembly seat with parts of Dir and Swat districts.
Political leaders have started issuing statements of condemnation of the latest development and even started hurling threats of ‘dire consequences’ if a provincial Assembly seat was taken away from Chitral. .. CN report, 21 Dec 2017
Chitral .. A complete shutter down strike was held in Chitral bazar on the call of Tehsil Nazim to protest a controversial post in social media which hurt the religious feelings of sunni muslims. At a meeting held at the DPO’s office in which the District Nazim, Comdt Chitral Scouts, DPO, ADC, AC, District Naib Nazim,, Amir Jamaat Islami, JUI, leader participated. It was decided to set up a Joint Investigating Team to investigate as to who was behind posting the controversial and inflammatory post at a crucial time with a possible motive to ignite sectarian fire. .. CN report, 11 Dec 2017 (photo credit ‘shandurtimes.com’)
Chitral .. Spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community, Prince Karim Aga Khan addressed huge number of his followers at Booni and Garam Chashma on Saturday 09 Dec 2017.?He was received at Chitral by the MNA, District Nazim, Divisional Commissioner, the Commandant Chitral Scouts, the Regional Police Officer and other officials and at Booni by the Deputy Commissioner and Officials.
Due to inclement weather, the C130 aircraft in which he was supposed to fly could not takeoff from Islamabad in time. The AKF Helicopter Wing however took over and proved it’s worth by promptly dashing over to Islamabad in marginal weather and ferried the Imam and his entourage to grace Chitral and allay the anxiety of tens of thousands of the waiting faithful at Garam Chasma and Booni. Due to the four hour delay in scheduled departure from Islamabad and extended ceremonies at both the Deedar Gahs, the Imam decided to stay overnight in Chitral.
In his address at both the congregation venues, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan stressed the importance of education in particular and like he has proved by putting his vision into practice to show the world how education can transform the lives of people,? he paid special emphasis on it in his address. He also stressed upon the importance of living a clean, simple and honest life, of peace, harmony and coexistence and asked his followers to disseminate love and affection generously which is the need of the world today, he said. .. CN report, 09 Dec 2017
Chitral .. The scheduled visit to Chitral of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of twenty million Ismaili Muslims is awaited with much reverence and enthusiasm in this highland district. The Aga Khan is not only holy to the Ismailis but muslims from all sects respect and regard him as a benevolent personality who has served humanity in his capacity without any discrimination. He has always presented a pleasant and amicable face of Islam in international forums.
The high spread and standard of education in Chitral and northern areas is due to his noble vision that he got implemented four decades ago, and is bearing fruit today. Ismailis who erstwhile did not have much opportunities to prove their capabilities are now in the forefront in every field. Students are offered opportunities to pursue their studies from Australia to Canada and from Portugal to Kenya and Central Asia.? A better groomed, more confident generation owe their progress to the Aga Khan. The extensive influx of donor money through the AKDN has also benefited many Chitralis in different fields.? All this could not have been possible without the generosity and the charismatic personality of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan .. CN Editorial, 01 Dec 2017.
We are a people beset with myriad of paradoxes. We believe in conspiracy theories and never let a moment go by without holding the Americans and the Jews responsible for our present imbroglio, but never do something tangible to steer out the Ummah of its current catch-22 position. We make ourselves vulnerable to threats both internal and external, but never spare a moment to curse the so called western conspirators. .
?We indulge in frivolities, but at the same time blame ourselves for not utilizing time in a proper way. We talk incessantly about the importance of time, but waste it in futile gossips. We never tire of talking of the golden age of the Muslims, but idle away our precious moments in the present times.
We are a people who never get tired of shifting responsibility for the current instability, but abdicate ourselves from the civic responsibilities.? We blatantly violate the traffic rules, but rile at the traffic police for negligence of duty. We offer kickbacks to officials for getting things done, but generate a debate on the evils of corruption in seminars and talk shows.
We are a people who have a propensity for short-cuts. We go to schools and universities for learning, but at the end we use unfair means to obtain degrees and get employment. We blame others for not lining up in a row outside a public office, but grease someone?s palm inside to relieve ourselves of the burden of prolonged waiting.
We are a people who preach honesty and fair dealing to others, but adopt the crooked ways to earn worldly gains.? We call our homeland the fortress of Islam, but house people like ?Double Shahs? and ?Aga Waqars? to hoodwink the innocent people. We admire people on their face, but talk ill of them at the back.
We are a people who want change in the political system of the country, but use our power of vote in the general elections in favor of the status-quo.? We glorify democracy, but feel nostalgic about dictatorship. We never take to streets in solidarity with a leader passing through hard times, but remember him as a savior of the country after he is hanged or exiled.
We are a people who propagate the teachings of brotherhood, compassion and tolerance, but when it comes to demonstrating such virtues at the opportune occasion we lose temper and publicly humiliate our fellow countryman with impunity. We always talk about presenting a soft image of our country abroad, but bring its name into disrepute by illegal activities.
We always talk tall of being a single Umma, but are divided on the grounds of sectarian, racial and ethnic affiliations. We profess to be Muslims believing in the Islamic brotherhood, but adore and take delight in ethnic and racial supremacy. We proclaim to be the followers of Islam, but never hesitate to slit the throats of the fellow Muslims in the name of Islam like the hardliner extremists who carry out acts terrorism across the country. .. Khalid Pervaiz Raza, Booni, Chitral 01 Dec 2017
Chitral : Just like fake, forged and substandard items, Chitral bazars are also full of expired items whether they be medicines, grocery items or items of daily use with life expiry printed on their covers. The shopkeepers are clever enough to present a fresh item to any one whom they think understands or will check the dates while the majority of shoppers who are illiterate or careless are dished out the expired items.
Reason for this unscrupulous conduct by the traders is the absence of any moral check on them. Though the administration of late has conducted sporadic raids on shops and fined the defaulters, but such well intended but feeble attempts to check the sale of expired items by shopkeepers will never bear fruit. The medicine to this moral ailment is the religious sermons against such sin.
The district administration instead of checking an odd shop amongst the thousands would do better to ask the imams of mosques to dwell upon this issue in Juma prayer sermons and other pre/post prayer ‘darse’. The tableeghi jamaat can play an effective role by actively preaching against this evil. .. CN report, 30 Nov 2017
The people living in the villages of Drosh, Kalkatak and Jughoor along the river said that they saw the dead fish floating above the water which was a rare occurrence for them which indicated the outbreak of a disease among the fish.
Sardar Abdur Rahman of Drosh told Dawn that he felt aghast when he noticed a large number of dead fish floating on the water near his house when he was searching for the body of a boy who had drowned in the river.
He said the people never saw in their entire lives such a large number of dead fish in the river.
Mr Rahman said dead fish was found in the downstream villages of Jinjirate, Kalakatak, Mirkhani, Damil, Kauti and Arandu.
He said he had started observing the dead fish on a daily basis and found it continued for months till the advent of winter season.
When contacted, assistant director of fisheries Amin Jan confirmed the prevalence of the disease and said the department had assembled the samples of infected fish from different points in the river from Shoghore to Arandu.
He said the symptoms of the infected fish were lethargy, external hemorrhage at mouth, ventral and near pelvic fins while infected fish tended to rest at banks where the water current was less severe.
Mr Jan said there were 22 local species of fish found in Chitral River, and the specie affected by the disease was known as snow trout.
The fisheries official said it was not a species of trout but snow trout was its pseudo name which had the largest population density in the Chitral River.
The disease may have rendered the species of fish into minority or completed annihilated it.
He said amazingly all the other species of fish were totally safe from the disease, which cannot be given a specific name as it is the combination of symptoms of different known diseases of fish.
Mr Jan said he had approached the higher authorities of his department with the proposal of sending teams of specialists to Chitral to collect samples of different parameters of the environment in the affected areas.
Published in Dawn, November 28th, 2017
Chitral .. Shahzada Siraj UlMulk, owner of ‘HiduKush Heights’ Chitral has donated a free bus service from Singoor Village to Chitral City.
According to his own words posted on facebook.. “The over-crowded jeeps and pickups transporting the public around Chitral are the most undesireable and dangerous mode of transportation. More so when sick women and children or the elderly are forced to use such transport to visit hospitals.?In its own small way Hindukush Heights has decided to contribute to improve this situation. Consequently from 01 Dec 2017 it will start a free family bus service between Singoor and Chitral at fixed timings displayed on our “Family bus stops” located at selected places along this route. It will stop for an extended period of time at the Childrens Hospital and return from there. We hope this small social service of ours will tempt others especially the government and NGO’s to start a similar service in other parts of Chitral”. .. CN report, 22 Nov 2017
Chitral .. According to provincial parliamentary secretary and member provincial Assembly Fouzia Bibi, the provincial government has issued notifications for creation of a new tehsil in upper Chitral, namely Mulkow Torkhow tehsil. This makes a total of two tehsils in upper Chitral the other being Mastuj tehsil.. She said the government was sincere in it’s promises and would shortly issue a notification for the newly created Upper Chitral District also. .. CN report, 21 Nov 2017.