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
Chitral — When I was going to Chitral to cover the aftermath of the shandur festival 2016, I had no idea what the region had in store for me. When you have space for one story from a region that is generally under-represented, it is inevitable that the most appalling one wins placement.
There is so much more to Chitral than just forced marriages and floods. Whether you are strolling in a bazaar or sitting on a hill overlooking Tirich Mir from the royal abode of the mehtar, the city and its people will force you to extend your trip. The air of regality, serenity and warmth is enough to lure you in. — read further from source
Chitral — The Chief Minister KP has just inaugurated the 81 Kilometer motorway project from Swabi to Chakdara. This project along with the tunnel and all would be completed in 15 months it was declared. The project includes two tunnels of two kilometers length besides five interchanges. The motorway /tunnel would be constructed by the Frontier Works Organisation.
In comparison, the Lowari tunnel was first inaugurated 50 years ago and then re- inaugurated 10 years back. According to the NHA 80 percent work has been completed, but still it is doubtful whether it will be completed in the next fifteen months, or a yet another new deadline would be given. After all what is the reason that a huge project like the Swat motorway/tunnel can be completed in 15 months but our own very Lowari tunnel can not/has not be completed in 15 years? — CN report, 27 Aug 2016.
Chitral — Counting the many peculiarities of Chitral, it can be mentioned that it is a land of seminars, workshops and meetings. NGO’s hold seminars on regular basis in expensive hotels and after the “nishastan, guftan, barkhastan’ and praying “Allah Allah, Khairs Allah” they go their way. If seminars were to be the gauge for performance of NGOs, every NGO in Chitral would emerge an ace and a champion performer. However the actual situation on ground and that projected in seminars and presentations have a decent distance between them.
Guest speakers come from down country to attend/speak in the seminars and return home after enjoying the refreshing weather and sight seeing; but for whom the seminars are held, continue to suffer lack of basic amenities, vis a vis electricity crisis, potable water, health facilities being some to mention.
One erstwhile dissident from a leading NGO, speaking to CN said if all the money spent on NGO’s seminars, meetings and workshops since their inception was distributed among the people of Chitral individually, every Chitrali would have been a rich person and much better off than what he/she is today.
In Chitral, seminars and meetings are not sole propriety of NGOs only. Even petty politicians, organisations are also very fond of ‘poor man seminars’ called meetings, in their own capacity. Many a times meetings like seminars end as if it was an end in itself and was solution to the problem, as no follow up is seen after the seminar/meeting and the issue stands as it was. — CN report, 26 Aug 2016.
Chitral — Nadir Khan, naib nazim VC Balach, Chitral town has in a press statement expressed concern over the increasing cases of shop breaks in Chitral Bazars and markets during night time. He said police has identified the culprits in a number of cases but the occurrences of shop breaks have increased instead of ceasing. He demanded more police patrolling and monitoring during night time. He also demanded marking the mid line of the bypass road and constructing footpath on it to prevent accidents. — BH Azad, 25 Aug 2016