Chitral .. National Polio Coordinator Mumtaz Laghari said in Chitral that the possibility of transmission of polio virus from Afghanistan to Chitral cannot be ruled out and immediate steps to check it are needed. He was talking to newsmen at the polio drops administration occasion at the children hospital Chitral. Addl Dty Commissioner Minhasuddin, DHO Dr Iraruddin, EPI coordinator Dr Muhammad Irshad, Dr Tawakal and others were present on the occasion. ADC Minhasuddin talking to newsmen said polio virus detected in Rawalpindi Peshawar Gilgit nad Afghanistan has rendered Chitral vulnerable as people travel frequently to these places and therefore extra care should be taken in this regard .. Muhkamuddin, 21 Nov 2017
The recently set up MCB Islamic Bank located at Ataliq Bazar Bye pass road, Chitral City has started operations.? General Manager MCB Islamic Bank KPK Usman Javed, talking to CN said the Bank would strive to provide outclass service to it’s clients. A formal inauguration ceremony would be held at a later he said, however the Bank has effectively started it’s operations as of today, he stated.
Comment:??”It is easy to open a shop but difficult to keep it open”- Chinese proverb.? Inaugural ceremony falls in the first category. We would appreciate if the new bank instead lays more stress on daily efficient service. Good luck. .. Ahmad Ali, Chitral.
CHITRAL: A videoconferencing system is being put in place in the office of the deputy commissioner here to spare heads of various government departments in Chitral from frequently travelling to Peshawar for official meetings.
?Confirming the development on Wednesday, Chitral Deputy Commissioner Irshad Sodhar told Dawn that in line with the directives of the chief secretary, arrangements had been made to provide the facility of videoconferencing in his office so that heads of government departments could be saved from travel to the provincial headquarters for meetings.
He said he had observed soon after his posting in Chitral two months ago that the heads of departments left for Peshawar every month making the meetings in the secretariat or directorate merely an excuse while their attendance there was not necessary at all.
Mr Sodhar said the video link would decrease the frequency of travel of the officers by 80 per cent and they would go there only when it was extremely necessary and unavoidable.
He said he had made it mandatory for the officers to seek permission from his office before leaving the station.
Officials in different government departments, however, confided to Dawn that the officers were still defying the orders of the DC and left the station stealthily, but they did rush back as early as possible to escape his wrath.
They said in the past the officers left the station two days earlier than the scheduled date of meeting and returned the next week as most of them were non-locals and visited their respective villages, and all this was done on government?s expense.
Published in Dawn, November 16th, 2017
Chitral police has recovered six kilograms of hashish and 30 liters of locally brewed spirit and arrested two drug peddlers namely Muhammad Ilyas and Samiullah from Broze village of Chitral Tehsil.
CHITRAL: Tuesday was a big day for the people of Shagrom village in upper Chitral as the micro-hydropower station was inaugurated to supply electricity to them.
The villagers living in the foothills of Tirich Mir peak of Hindu Kush mountain system clapped for a long time when Chitral Task Force commandant Colonel Moeenuddin inaugurated the 50 kilowatts hydropower station.
The Sarhad Rural Support Programme had executed the project under its Programme for Economic Activity and Community Empowerment at a cost of Rs9.188 million with the financial assistance of the European Union. Colonel Moeen praised villagers for braving tough climatic conditions without having access to basic amenities.
He said he would speak to the relevant government officials for the effective resolution of the people?s problems, especially those on roads, education and healthcare.
The Chitral Task Force commandant announced the opening of a dispensary in the village and construction of two additional classrooms in and provision of basic facilities to the local primary school.
SRSP district programme manager Tariq Ahmad said the Shagrom hydropower station was one of the 25 hydropower projects financed by the European Union in remote villages of the region on need basis.
He said his organisation would help the local communities with the operation and maintenance of power stations to be run as social enterprises, whose income would be used by the community for own development.
Member of Tirich tehsil council Allauddin and community leaders Abdullah and Mohammad Samad said the supply of electricity to the village would bring about a tangible change in the lives of locals and would reduce their expenditure, mostly consumed by firewood and kerosene oil.
They said the people of the valley had waited for a long time to get electricity and the SRSP and EU deserved praise for help in that respect.
Elderly villager Sher Wali said the hydropower project?s successful execution would reduce the people?s expenses on firewood and kerosene oil and thus, helping the people spend more money on other purposes.
He said the electrification of the village would help children and youths continue studying after sunset, while women would also be able to do domestic chores until late at night. Later, Colonel Moeen distributed ration and warm clothes among villagers.
Published in Dawn, November 15th, 2017
An unusual dry and winter delayed weather has been causing concern to Chitralis specialty those who are well conversant with the vagaries of weather in this part of the north. An old timer talking to Chitral News said it is always right to have heat when it is hot weather and cold when it is winter time. Middle of November and still no sign of the winter cold may have a vagrant weather ahead he said.
Chitral — Chitral has another state of the art private bank the JS BANK, in it’s inventory of banks. Chitral Branch of the JS Bank started operations on Wednesday 16 Nov 2016. Located at the Ataliq Chowk, the bank is compact yet fully equipped with latest technology to cater for all kind of banking requirements. The Regional Manager JS Bank Khawar Kiani?performed the opening ritual in a simple but solemn ceremony. Bankers and prominent businessmen including President Trade Union were also present on the occasion. Owner of the premise Wg Cdr (r) Fardad Ali Shah said Chitral deserves much better facilities than we are used to. He said it is not the will of God that we live in deprivation, it is our own doing. We must reach out and embrace?the bounties God has gifted us. He said healthy competition is the path to progress and addition of JS bank will improve the banking services through competitive performance. Sweets were distributed amongst the shops and markets located in the whole area.?— CN report, 16 Nov 2016.
Chitral — The people of Chitral by and large, except those few who are addicted to duck shooting, have appreciated steps taken by Deputy Commissioner Chitral to impose section 144 and prevent the construction of artificial lakes on river banks which are used to lure in migratory ducks through decoys etc and these ducks are killed mercilessly. Speaking to CN, an elderly person said hunting was allowed in Islam as a source of food for survival and it was then carried out with simple and primitive hunting weapons. Massacring migratory birds with sophisticated weapons just for the pleasure of it is pure sadism and a very un-Islamic act, he said. Some individuals are playing a positive and active role in raising awareness about cruelty to migratory birds and Rehmat Jaffar Dost is a prominent one of them. — CN report, 06 Oct 2016
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Chitral — The Chitral bazar byepass road which has been built after a delay of 40 years, is left incomplete to face the same fate as of other projects in Chitral. The byepass road side nullas are breaking up and the black top is giving in at different places. There is no arrangement for the underground electric wiring and street lights etc for which heavy amount of money had been allocated. People from all walks of life have demanded immediate attention towards the completion of the byepass road so that people can benefit from this 50 ft wide road which is the ‘highway’ in Chitral but elsewhere it would just be a lane. — CN report, 23 Sep 2016
Chitral — Chitral based senior journalist Gul Hamad Farooqi has demanded a judicial probe into the circumstances under which his teen age son Muhammad Farhan lost his life while under treatment in the hospital, for an apparently minor ailment. He said his son died due to criminal negligence of doctors at government hospitals in Peshawar.
According to his mother Muhammad Farhan felt pain in his stomach with vomiting and he was immediately rushed to Govt Naseerullah Khan Babar Memorial Hospital (City hospital) Kohat road Peshawar on 28 July but the doctor sent him home opining that that he had minor injury in his stomach. The same was repeated when he felt again but the doctors again ignored the symptom. He was taken to Lady reading hospital but there too again doctors could not diagnose his illness correctly. He said other patient’s caretakers told him that if you do not pay at the private clinic, doctors do not take good care of patients in governments hospitals. Farooqi said he shifted his son to HMC Hayatabad, but met same brand of doctors there too, and despite his repeated request for immediate operation, doctors delayed his sons operation of appendix which caused the child to loose his life.
Farooqi has appealed to Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan, Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister KP Parvez Khattak and PTI Chief Imran Khan, Director Human Rights, Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif, president Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and other authorities for conducting judicial and departmental inquiry into the death of Farhan who died due to negligence of doctors of government hospitals.— CN report, 02 Aug 2016