Islamabad (Ishpata News) the Italian Development cooperation Head Mr. Dominico said that ‘Nature has awarded three strengths of this community. They are peace and loving people. Their culture is very ancient and very beautiful with the Kalash valleys of Chitral, and it is right to time to work for safeguarding this unique culture.
He expressed his views at the two-day conference on the second day of Kalash Language and Culture Preservation Project, Islamabad on Saturday. The minority MNA Isfandiyar Bhandara, Italian consultant Miss Paola Manfredi, leader of the All Pakistan Muslim League Taqdira Khan, Mr. Marco Technical Consultant and expert of forestry, Mr. Murad PPAF assistant Manager program Poverty Reduction , Sanniah Jabeen UNESCO consultant for culture and Member the figures from various sectors attended the meeting. He recently visited Chitral. And happy. The Chitral district administration, various institutions of Pakistan are interested in working with international community.
Osama Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner Chitral particular person owns a broad vision. Serious to protect the heritage that he said. Italy’s government is with you. However, it should remember that money is not everything. The most important thing is people’s interest. How serious they are to save their culture. They said . The Kalash valleys need to promote tourism. Because culture is alive. It is of interest to all people. The effort of our will. We take practical steps for the protection of Kalasha as UNESCO protected site. Dominico pointed to this risk. The Hindu Kush region is vulnerable to disasters. And the main reason is eliminated Forest. The re-settlement forests are highly important to protect the area.
Dr. Marco and have extensive experience in this regard. He said . Thirty million euros will be spent to improve the Kalash valleys. The valleys and on the environmental threat posed great difficulties people are having the sort of tourism. Marco made sure to make his speech. The plan not only indicates that the PPP through the work would be completed. But also will be development. In particular we will be focusing more on forestry. And forests have vanished. We will be trying to get settled. In order to reduce accident risks. They said . We will work through PPAFP. Getting benefits to local community. Minority Member of National Assembly Isfandiyar Bhandara said in his address he said that I am fully awaked of problems the Kalasha people faced. Particularly damaging Valley flood and earthquake last year is beyond description. However, in this regard, I am not unaware of the measures on the state level. He said . I am opposed to haphazard tourism Kalash valleys. That does not undermine the Kalash culture. We are keeping close ties with UNESCO to preserve its culture. Addressing the Seminar All Pakistan Muslim League women leaders from Chitral in the Taqdira Khan thanks to measures to protect the culture for financial support from USAID. And congratulated Wazir Zada and Luke Rehmat on holding a successful exhibition and conference held in Islamabad by AVDP. Particularly through the work of PPAF by the Government.
He said. After the 2015 floods and earthquakes have affected the Kalash valleys. People are living in extremely difficult conditions. The financial support of any donor agency is indeed praiseworthy. And I thank them all from the Chitral daughter. He praised the late MP Bhandara Chitral and Kalash were for those services. He said. That the late Bhandara had created a lot of respect on account of their service in the hearts of Muslims not to the Kalash tribe only. That is still alive today.And expressed good feelings and formulate action plans to address the problems of safety and culture in the area. He thanked them for providing small grant from USAID. He said. That helped to secure the disappearance of the historical folk songs Kalash in the project. And today they are the Kalash tribe in book form. The Italian guest, Mr. Dominique, Miss Paola, Dr. Marco and PPAF refers Wazir Zada appreciated interest and services highlighted the MNA Bhandara, services and the government for their efforts and thanked those announced by the Prime Minister for the construction of Chitral Mumuret Road. And demanding goverment of Pakistan Kalash culture that contribute to the provision of the national heritage and World Heritage. After the lunch break minority coordinator to Chief Minister Khyber Ravi Kumar was chief guest. On this occasion tribute by organizing a wonderful conference title and the Kalash community.
He said. They found that they can to try to solve community problems. He expressed his condolences over the killing by terrorists of two young Kalash Mumuret. And expressed sympathy. He said . Although there is very little time left. However, they will try to make full allocation for funds for the Kalash valleys. He also salute the Kalash community. That kept alive their culture despite the difficult conditions. The manager AV DP provision at the end of the conference is an example for other minorities, the Ministry of National Heritage and folk plays exclusively provided hall and technical expertise in Lokvirsa Islamabad. That was made possible by the conduct of this successful conference hall of the free provision of technical support. The conference was conducted Luke Rehmat.
Chitral: Emergency has been declared in a hospital in the remote Drosh Valley of Chitral district, KPK. More than two hundred people, including women and children, have been rushed to the emergency ward because of food poisoning caused by a wedding feast.
The patients are reportedly vomiting and also suffering due to loose motion (diarrhea).
Local reporters are saying that the hospital in the region does not have the capacity to handle such a large number of patients. Some of the people brought to the hospital have been sent home after first aid, said a reporter based in Chitral.
This is a developing story. More details will be added.
MUZAFFARABAD: An Indian soldier has been captured by the Pakistan army, while Indian soldiers have also been killed in the episode of firing across the Line of Control, it emerged Thursday.
Confusion over the capture of the soldier persists as neither Indian nor Pakistani officials are issuing any official statements on the matter, as yet.
An Indian army official based in New Delhi said, “It is confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistan side of the Line of Control”.
Avoiding connecting the capture to today’s firing incident, he said such incidents of people including civilians crossing the frontier by mistake have happened in the past from both sides.
Building a case in favour of India, he added that those who strayed are returned.
“Pakistan has been informed [of the soldier’s crossing] through the DGMO on hotline,” ANI News quoted Indian Army sources as saying.
On Pakistan’s side, two officials based in Chhamb sector said the Indian soldier with weapons was captured at 1330 local time on Thursday.
Separately, security sources confirmed the same to Dawn.com. The sources said a 22-year-old Indian soldier by the name Chandu Babulal Chohan was taken into custody by Pakistani forces.
They added that at least eight Indian soldiers were killed. The bodies of the Indian soldiers have not been recovered by the Indian Army from the site of the skirmishes at the LoC. Security sources claim an attempt to recover the bodies by the Indian Army has not been made yet as they fear coming under fire from Pakistan Army troops.
In his show Capital Talk on Geo News, Hamid Mir said that 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two sectors. Defense analyst Major General (Retd) Ijaz Awan, who was on his show, confirmed his claim.
Early morning firing
An exchange of fire between Pakistani and Indian LoC troops began at 2:30am and continued till 8:00am in the Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the ISPR statement said.
“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC.”
Shortly after the exchange of fire, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence held a joint press conference in New Delhi in which DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh alleged that surgical strikes were conducted by the Indian army on “terror launch pads along the LoC”. The strikes will not continue, he said.
The Indian DGMO claimed that “some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control”.
“The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads. Significant casualties have been caused to these terrorists and those who are trying to support them… The operations aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since ceased.”
Pakistan rubbished the Indian claims of conducting a surgical strike.
“The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects,” a military statement said.
“This quest by the Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross-border fire as a surgical strike is fabrication of the truth. Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, the same will be strongly responded.”
Also read: What is a ‘surgical strike’?
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said Pakistan’s airspace would be safeguarded at any cost. “PAF is always alert and ready to issue a befitting response to foreign aggression,” a spokesperson said.
ISLAMABAD, Sept 27 (IN): “Faces of Kalash”, a photographic show featuring glimpses of life and cultural heritage of Kalash valley was put on display here Tuesday.
The event was jointly organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Norwegian Embassy at Satrang Art Gallery to showcase the photographs captured in 1929 by Georg Morgrnstierne, a Norwegian linguistics professor who visited the region and documented the culture of Kalash extensively.
Secretary to ministry of national heritage and integration Mr. Kawani also spoke on the occasion. He emphasis to preserve the unique culture of Kalasha people. Joint secretary Mr. Mashood Ahmad Mirza was also present on the occasion. The honourable secretary said that by next year the concern ministry will be submitting dossier for the inscription of Kalasha culture on world heritage list as per 2003 convention for safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. Representing Kalasha community Mr. Luke Rehmat highlighted the Kalasha culture, festivals, history and issues of Kalasha peoples. He urged government and international community to come forward to take serious step to protect Kalasha culture. He asked government to prepare some good steps and also emphasis to provide legal protections and submission of dossier to UNESCO as earlier possible. Youhana Kalash, Parwana Jan Kalash and Rumi Khan Kalash were also participated the exhibition. The photo exhibition will continue for a week . People can visit the venue at Sereena hotel (Satrang Art Gallery)
Ambassador of Norwegian Embassy, Torr Nedrebo commended UNESCO’s efforts to support the exhibition and highlighted the achievements of the photographer who captured and documented the life of Kalash people.
Secretary to ministry of national heritage and integration Mr. Kawani also spoke on the occasion. He emphasis to preserve the unique culture of Kalasha people. Joint secretary Mr. Mashood Ahmad Mirza was also present on the occasion. The honourable secretary said that by next year the concern ministry will be submitting dossier for the inscription of Kalasha culture on world heritage list as per 2003 convention for safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.
Representing Kalasha community Mr. Luke Rehmat highlighted the Kalasha culture, festivals, history and issues of Kalasha peoples. He urged government and international community to come forward to take serious step to protect Kalasha culture. He asked government to prepare some good steps and also emphasis to provide legal protections and submission of dossier to UNESCO as earlier possible.
Youhana Kalash, Parwana Jan Kalash and Rumi Khan Kalash were also participated the exhibition.
The photo exhibition will continue for a week . People can visit the venue at Sereena hotel (Satrang Art Gallery)
Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms
Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers
A new population analysis of Indigenous Australians and Papuans shows they can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago. Photograph: Matt Turner/Getty Images
Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago.
Scientists were able to trace the remarkable journey made by intrepid ancient humans by sifting through clues left in the DNA of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The analysis shows that their ancestors were probably the first humans to cross an ocean, and reveals evidence of prehistoric liaisons with an unknown hominin cousin.
Prof Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist who led the work at the University of Copenhagen, said: “This story has been missing for a long time in science. Now we know their relatives are the guys who were the first real human explorers. Our ancestors were sitting being kind of scared of the world while they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea.”
The findings appear in one of four major human origins papers published in Nature this week, which together give an unprecedented insight into how humans first migrated out of the African continent, splintered into distinct populations and spread across the globe.
Willerslev’s findings, based on a new population analysis of 83 Indigenous Australians and 25 Papuans, shows that these groups can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago and that they remained almost entirely isolated until around 4,000 years ago. “They are probably the oldest group in the world that you can link to one particular place,” said Willerslev.
En route to Australia, early humans would have encountered a motley assortment of other roving hominin species, including an unknown human relative who has now been shown to have contributed around 4% to the Indigenous Australian genome. Previously, scientists have discovered that prehistoric couplings have left all non-Africans today carrying 1-6% of Neanderthal DNA.
Willerslev said the latest findings added to the view that Neanderthals and other now extinct hominins, traditionally portrayed as low-browed prehistoric thugs, were “in reality not particularly different” from our own ancestors.
Adding to this picture, a second study found that the advent of modern human behaviours around 100,000 years ago, indicated by cave art and more sophisticated tools, does not appear to have been accompanied by any notable genetic mutations.
“Your genome contains the history of every ancestor you ever had,” said Swapan Mallick, a geneticist at Havard Medical School who led the analysis of the genomes of people from 142 distinct populations.
The study also suggests that the KhoeSan (bushmen) and Mbuti (central African pygmies) populations appear to have split off from other early humans sooner than this, again suggesting that there was no intrinsic biological change that suddenly triggered human culture.
“There is no evidence for a magic mutation that made us human,” said Willerslev.
Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum in London, said the findings would be controversial in the field, adding: “It either means that the behaviours were developed earlier, they developed these behaviours independently, they acquired them through exchanges of ideas with other groups, or the estimated split times are too old.
Willerslev’s study also resolves the apparent discrepancy between genetic findings implying that Indigenous populations have been in Australia for tens of thousands of years and the fact that the languages spoken by these populations are only around 4,000 years old. “You see a movement of people spreading across the continent and leaving signatures across the continent,” said Willerslev. “That is the time that this new language has spread. It’s a tiny genetic signature. It’s almost like two guys entering a village and saying ‘guys, now we have to speak another language and use another stone tool and they have a little bit of sex in that village and then they disappear again.”
Aubrey Lynch, an Indigenous elder from the Goldfields area, said: “This study confirms our beliefs that we have ancient connections to our lands and have been here far longer than anyone else.”
His Excellency Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
at the General Debate of the 71st Session
of the UN General Assembly
21 September 2016
Ladies and Gentlemen.
We congratulate Mr. Peter Thomson on his election as President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. We agree that implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda should be the focus of this Session.
We also pay tribute to Mr. Mogens Lykketoft for his capable stewardship of the 70th Session.
Today, three decades after the end of the Cold War, our multipolar world is more free and vibrant, yet still chaotic and turbulent; more interdependent, but more unequal; more prosperous, yet still afflicted with poverty.
We see spectacular progress, but also unprecedented human suffering.
The world is at a historic inflection point.
The international order established after the Second World War is passing away, but a new order has yet to emerge.
Kalasha Desh 14 August, independence day celebrated with national zeal. The mega event ‘Happy Independence Day’’ and the 70th birthday of the country was organized by Pak Army in collaboration with local residences.
Mr.Wazir Zada receiving shield from Pak Army.
People were seen very emotional on the 70th birthday, Kalasha valleys a home to unique culture, people and landscape always remained attractions for many.
Elders were seen very happy on the occasion
School children presented speeches, drama on Martyred of Army Public School, APS Peshawar. They also presented national songs and speech in different languages such Kalashamondr, Khowar, Tstromamondr (Nuristani), English and Urdu.
Kalasha students presenting national song on Urdu and Kalashamondr
They students highlighted potentials, and sacrifices of people for the cause of Pakistan. In their speeches they urged youth to play their role for better Pakistan.
On the precious occasion large number of local people were gathered at a school to pay tribute to the heroes of Pakistan.
The open air function was echoing with ‘long live Pakistan’, children, woman and students along security forces all together celebrated the independence and offered pray for peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.
Mr. Wazir Zada speaking on the occasion highlighted the values and importance of peace in the region, he appreciated the cooperation of local residence to sustain Kalasha culture throughout the long journey.
Number of people spoke on the occasion including Mr. Zahid Alam, Mr. Ayub Khan and Ms. Shahi Gul.
Islamabad 12 August 2016: A five days Collaborative Language Research Workshop held at Forum for Language Initiative, FLI Islamabad. Explaining the goal of the workshop Professor Dr. Henrik Liljegren said that ‘’the goal is to produce a linguistic profile of the languages of the Hindukush Region, an area comprising the mountainous north-eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and the northern-most part of Kashmir. The region is characterized by linguistic diversity (ab. 50 languages, incl. Indo-Aryan, Iranian, Nuristani, Tibeto-Burman, Turkic and the isolate Burushaski) and a high level of multilingualism’’.
Dr. Henrik said that ‘’we have already organized five days similar workshop for thirteen languages last year and it is continuation of the same project to get more details of the languages spoken in aforesaid Region’’.
FLI is a place for training and resource centre working to enable the language communities of northern Pakistan to preserve and promote their mother tongues.
The language of the Kalasha is a sub-branch of the Indo-Aryan group, itself part of the larger Indo-European family. It is classified as a member of the Chitral sub-group, the only other member of that group being Khowar.
Apart from research per se, Dr.Henrik Liljegren is engaged in revitalization efforts (orthography and local literature development, mother-tongue literacy, etc.), mentoring language activists from various communities to collect and organize data, and in building networks between local communities and organizations
The following language community were part of the five days’ workshop and contributed to collaborative research Dr. Muhammad Kamal Khan (Pashto), Dr. Khawaja Rehman (Kashmiri), Ms. Uzma Anjum (pothwari), Mr. Luke Rehmat (Kalashamondr), Mr. Raja Hasrat (Hinko), Mr. Shahid Rehman (Gojri), Dr. Muhammad Nawaz (Hinko) and Mr. Ghulam (Kundashahi).
On the conclusion day Mr. Fakhruddin Akhunzada emphasis on linguistic community to come forward to play their role. He said that ‘’you’re the people who understands the importance of mother tongue education and value of language and culture diversity, and you need to take lead role to preserve the small languages from extinction’’
The participants appreciated efforts of FLI and Dr. Henrik to bring them together for the wonderful initiative. They asked concerns to organized more such training workshops.
Dr. Kamal invited Professor Henrik to Shahid Benazir Butto University to organize such informative workshop in his campus to reach more students and mobilize their energy for the preservation of minor languages in the Hindukush Region.
Image released of terrorist killed by Pak Army on Tuesday night at Ghonabata Mumuret
Kalasha Desh 03 August. Security forces taken #revenged and provided some relief to the mourning families. Five #Afghan militants were killed in security forces operation at #Ghonabata (Shawal pass) Tuesday night.
Weapons recovered from the terrorist on Tuesday night.
Terrorist killed by Pak Army, long beared militants were killed after long exchanges of firing between security forces and terrorist on Tuesday night at #Ghonabata Mumuret. According to sources Pak Army responded to intelligence report of terrorist entering to Pak territory from Afghan side through Shawal pass.
The security forces immediately responded and successfully killed five out of ten terrorist and there is report about minor injuries of army personal during the operation.
During the recent visit of General Officer Commanding, GoC, Maj. General Asif Gafoor and his meeting with Muslim and Kalasha community, he assured both communities to take serious action against the culprits and ordered Pak Army to tackle terrorist with full force and finally Army in action and killed five terrorist on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday morning commandant Chitral scouts Col. Nizam Udin Shah met with local residents and shared the news that we had revenged the murder of shepherds and killed five terrorist. The residents of both communities shared their gratitude to Pak Army, Chitral Scouts, Police and Levis for their timely response to ensured peace in the region and given clear message to militants across the border.
Meanwhile sources had conformed that the dead bodies have been transferred to District Head Quarter Hospital Chitral for post-mortem.
CHITRAL: Still reeling from the brutal slaying of two of its people, the Kalash tribe, known to keep to itself, has urged the government step up to the plate and ensure the security of its people.
Apart from an emotional toll, the farmers have also taken an economic blow as hundreds of their livestock were stolen allegedly by militants from across the border in Afghanistan.
“The only livelihood and source of income we have is through agriculture and our livestock,” said Baaghi Gul, the sister-in-law of slain farmer Noor Ahmed. “If that too is taken away, what are we left with?” she questioned.
Her brother was among the two men slaughtered in Charagah, Bahbaret in Upper Chitral.
Ahmed’s nephew, an eyewitness, said he would also have been killed too had he not managed to escape from a hole created by water flowing through a glacier.
Talking about that brutal incident, the 16-year-old boy told The Express Tribune he and his uncles were sleeping near the animals. He added Ahmed woke up at around 5am to milk the goats when the attack took place. Ahmed called out to him, telling the boy not to come any closer as there was danger.
The teenager recalled he and his other uncle grabbed their lone pistol and ventured out, only to see Ahmed getting cut down by machinegun fire. When the assailants turned their attention to the boy, he managed to narrowly escape with his life.
The victim’s house, in mourning over the death caused by Friday morning’s attack, had an old man sitting inside—Ahmed’s father. The man was beside himself and found it difficult to overcome the grief caused by his son’s murder.
In a corner of the room of the house sat Ahmed’s wife, draped in a black chador as is customary for a Kalash widows. She has to remain in this state for seven days after the death and cannot attend any ceremony for five months. Besides her, Ahmed is survived by nine children. Three days before the attack, locals said they had seen suspicious people in the area.
This is the second such incident being mourned by the family in just a few years. Around two years ago, Ahmed’s cousin’s son was also killed and at least 500 of his goats were taken away.
Residents of the Kalash valleys believed it was just the people of their community being targeted, adding the livestock of Muslims was also present in the area.
It is not just the locals who are targeted, but also those working for their well-being. Athanassios Lerounis, a Greek volunteer, was working in the valleys a few years ago. He had, among other things, constructed a school, a museum and a place for Kalash women to wash their clothes and perform other chores. However, he was abducted in 2010. After much effort and negotiations, he was released in 2011 and later left Chitral due to the obvious threat to his security.
Another foreigner, a Spaniard called Jordi, was also killed, said a minority councillor in the valleys. She said Jiordi had been living in the valleys for some time before he was killed in 2002. A boy from Birir, living with him as a helper, was also slain. Under such circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the Kalash community fears for its safety and ultimate survival.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2016.