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Heavy Snow Fall in Chitral spotted new talent among people

This picture is sounds perfect as the Valentine’s day is approaching. Some made beautiful images out of snow. Where the heavy snow full has standstill the people in the district. In this post you can see some wonderful images of the fresh snowfall in Chitral and Kalasha valleys.
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Does PTI led government is delivering ? Another middle and girls primary school approved for Kalasha valley Rukmu.

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Kalasha Desh: the remote valleys of Kalasha remained isolated since last many years. There was only one high school for three Kalasha valleys when Pakistan Terek-e-Insaf came into power in Khyber Pakhtunkhaw. Unfortunately Union Council Ayun never get chance to elect any representative in national or provincial assembly, as a results their demands went to deaf ears. The 2013 elections and decision of KP people are somehow fruitful. Now 2018 is approaching and political parties have started election campaign and taking credits on their shoulders either he is district Mayor or MPA.  While talking to Ispata News Mr. Wazir Zada highlighted some of PTI’s substantial steps and projects did for the valleys. Wazir is not MPA but people says that he did more than elected representative for union council Ayun.

Progress of PTI

1. two high schools for boys (One in Rukmu valley and one in Biriu valley completed).

2. Girls high school Mumuret has been completed.

3. Middle school in Rukmu and girls primary school in Rukmu approved.

4. Minority scholarship program (39 students from Kalasha community have been got scholarships).

5. Two community based schools have been given grant for uniforms cost around five hundred thousands.

6. Purchased land for Kalasha graveyard in Rukmu and Biriu valley at a cost of 10.2 million rupees.

7. Higher secondary school for Mumuret valley has been approved.

8. Kalasha teachers have been appointed on minorities quota.

Wazir acknowledged the services of late Sardar Suran Sing minister for minorities.

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High school Rukmu building has been constructed last year and classes will be starting in March 2017

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Shaheed Osama Ahmad Deputy commissioner Chitral had been handed over documents and of purchased land for the graveyards. DC Chitral was unfortunately died in PIA plane crashed.

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In short time PTI has been established more schools than ever.

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Islamabad Declaration signed for sustainable economic growth in Chitral

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) in collaboration with the federal, provincial and district governments of Chitral hosted a roundtable on sustainable development in Chitral here on Wednesday.

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MNA Shahzada Iftikharuddin presents a souvenir to Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvoin Islamabad on Wednesday.

The participants of the ‘Devising our own destiny: a model for collaborative partnership for inclusive and sustainable growth in Chitral’ included representatives from all three tiers of the government, the donor community, foreign missions, civil society organizations and the communities from Chitral.
Chitral today is at a crossroad and has the opportunity to develop a growth trajectory which is relevant and inclusive of its people and their potential. The joint stakeholder roundtable was the first step to invite the perspective of the key stakeholders in forging the growth strategy and ensuring that the people of Chitral are an important player devising their own future.

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Wazir Zada manager AVDP is presenting a package Kalasha newly published books to CEO PPAF during the conference

Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, said in his key note address, “Chitral as a border district has strategic importance for us and its unique culture, history and social diversity makes it pivotally important for us that Chitral be preserved and promoted. It is wonderful to see such a diverse group of stakeholders come together to commit to the sustainable development of Chitral. We must link Chitral to the tremendous trade and economic opportunities that will arise from the opening of the Lowari Tunnel and the CPEC projects.”

He added, “Chitral is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters with the frequency of such disasters increasing every few years. The organizations gathered here are critically important in helping mitigate the effects of climate change and build disaster resilient communities and structures. It will take the full support, technical assistance and resources of all the stakeholders present here to ensure that Chitral is protected from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. The preservation and promotion of the unique cultural heritage of the region and sustainable planned economic growth that does not damage the fragile social balance of Chitral is also a concern.”

Qazi Azmat Isa, the CEO of PPAF, said remarked, “PPAF has invested in the social capital in Chitral for 15 years and now we are convening all the stakeholders to create a unique model of sustainable and inclusive development which will make Chitral a model district in KP. We are grateful to all the participants who have taken time out of their busy schedules to be here and particularly the people from Chitral who braved the inclement weather and blocked roads to be part of this roundtable.”

Chitral has been cut off from the mainstream because of the location throughout the year and the climate in winters. We are at a juncture in time when the Lowari Tunnel and the CPEC routes will make travel to and from Chitral much easier and therefore much more frequent. We can all come together to leverage this change in circumstances while ensuring that the development in Chitral is ecologically and culturally sustainable.

He said the key to this was going to be a transparent governance structure for the utilization of funds which will be through the Chitral Development Forum designed to coordinate, steer, guide and monitor the process of the development of the district.

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Mr. Haji Maghfirat Shah, District Nazim Chitral, gave a development overview of Chitral.
Mr. Shahzada Iftikharuddin, MNA Chitral, presented the challenges facing the district while Mr. Inayat Ullah Khan, Sr. Minister for Elections and Rural Development KP, shared the opportunities in Chitral.
H.E. Stefano Pontecorvo, Italian Ambassador to Pakistan, spoke about the Italian commitment to Pakistan and development in Chitral. He said he believes that Pakistan will be one of the most leading countries in the next 10 years.

Thomas Drew, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, spoke about his many visits to Chitral which he saw as a haven of peace, diversity and natural beauty. He fully supported the stakeholder commitment to sustainable development in Chitral.

A Chitral declaration to pledge their commitment to the strong, inclusive, sustainable innovative and resilient economic growth of the district was signed by Haji Maghfirat Shah and Qazi Azmat Isa.
Ms. Fozia Bibi, MPA Chitral, presented the declaration to the participants. PPAF will subsequently hold a follow-up conference in Chitral with the communities.

 

A group of Chitrali students and members of the Kalash community presented their traditional folk songs. Gulnaz, the runner-up in master chef Pakistan, created traditional cuisine for the participants to taste. Stalls displaying traditional jewellery, woodwork, textile art, dry fruits and shu weaving were also present.

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PIA plane crashes near Abbottabad, all passengers feared dead

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities said.

All the passengers on board the passenger jet are feared dead. Military said 21 bodies were retrieved from the debris of the plane and being Shifted to Ayub Medical Complex,where a special cell has been set up. An aviation official said it was too early to say anything about the cause of the crash, but it probably occurred due to engine failure.

The Islamabad bound flight PK-661 took off at 3:30 pm from Chitral and went missing near Abbottabad before the pilots lost control over the aircraft and contact with control tower around 4:22 pm . A thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area where the aircraft came down.

Former famous Pakistani singer Junaid Jamshed and wife Nahya, were also among the passengers on the ill fated plane. According to family members, he was in Chitral on a preaching tour. 31 men, nine women and two children were on board the flight, including at least three foreigners, according to local media reports.  

Civil and military rescue teams were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Five members of the crew were identified as Saleh Janjua, Aly Akram, Ahmed Janjua, Sadaf Farooq and Asma Adil. 

“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 passengers  lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago,” PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, said a statement.

Pakistan´s last major air disaster was in 2015 when a Pakistani military helicopter crashed in a remote northern valley, killing eight people including the Norwegian, Philippine and Indonesian envoys and the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian envoys.

The deadliest crash was in 2010, when an Airbus 321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into hills outside Islamabad while about to land, killing all 152 on board.

Below are the pictures of crew members 

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One shoot dead two are injured in Kalasha Desh on forest disputes

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​Kalasha valley; recent clashes between two villages Batrik and Darasguru (Phelwanadeth) on forest dispute in some parts Ac’hagha valley, the tension two groups became violent last night. According to initially sources; the people of Batrik village were constructing a building for livestock at Kandajaw area, the people of Darasguru village are claimed that the areas is their ancestral property and both side of the people are fighting case in the judiciary for a long time. According to police station Mumuret (Bumboret) the incident happened this morning around three to four A.M when they people of Darasguru interfered and tried to destroy the newly constructed livestock place, in resistance the people of Batrik opened bullet fire on the opposition and shut death a young man named Mujaidin son of Sahi Noor. He was shut on chest, and two others left injured. They injured were identified as Wali Shah Son of Taygon Shah and Najim Son Ambar Shah.

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The clash happened in dark, so it is pre-mature to say anything that, who had opened bullet fire on the deceased. Police station Mumuret under the leadership station house officer Mr. Sultan Baig, police have been left for the valley to ascertain the first investigation report on complained of Mengal Khan.

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One shoot dead two are injured in Kalasha Desh on forest disputes

​Kalasha valley; recent clashes between two villages Batrik and Darasguru (Phelwanadeth) on forest dispute in some parts Ac’hagha valley, the tension two groups became violent last night. According to initially sources; the people of Batrik village were constructing a building for livestock at Kandajaw area, the people of Darasguru village are claimed that the areas is their ancestral property and both side of the people are fighting case in the judiciary for a long time. According to police station Mumuret (Bumboret) the incident happened this morning around three to four A.M when they people of Darasguru interfered and tried to destroy the newly constructed livestock place, in resistance the people of Batrik opened bullet fire on the opposition and shut death a young man named Mujaidin son of Sahi Noor. He was shut on chest, and two others left injured. They injured were identified as Wali Shah Son of Taygon Shah and Najim Son Ambar Shah.

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The clash happened in dark, so it is pre-mature to say anything that, who had opened bullet fire on the deceased. Police station Mumuret under the leadership station house officer Mr. Sultan Baig, police have been left for the valley to ascertain the first investigation report on complained of Mengal Khan.
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documentary film "Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal

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Canadian Filmmakers has produced an international featured documentary film on a very complex honour killings case of Kohistan’s mobile video in which five girls have been brutally murdered just for clapping. Regarding this they launch its first screening in Pakistan which had been held at National Press Club, Islamabad on 27th October, 2016.
 
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Photo Caption: Ambassador of European Union to Pakistan Jean Francois Cautian, Sonia wife of EU Ambassador, Journalist Haseeb Khawaja, and Victim  Afzal Kohistani are watching Canadian documentary on Kohistan’s  honour killings in Pakistan at National Press Club.

This has been inaugurated by Jean-Francois Cautain, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Pakistan.

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This documentary film “Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal” is all about Pakistan’s mega, high profile and complex, girls’ slaughtering for Honour by Jirga; which features victim Afzal Kohistani’s sufferings for seeking justice; the remarkable humanitarian efforts of renowned Human Rights Activist, Dr. Farzana Bari to take this case to a logical end and phenomenal role of an investigative journalist, Haseeb Khawaja, who vowed to expose by re-investigating all the cover-ups of the case of girls’ so-called Honour killings/ Jirga’s misogynistic approach and his selfless continuous help to the victim, Afzal Kohistani throughout the case.
 
This film has been produced by Digital Warriors Production (Canada) with the cooperation of Super Channel (Canada based TV Channel), British-Columbia-Arts-Council, Canada-Media-Fund & Creative-BC and its worldwide (except North America) distributor is Java-Films (France based international company).
 
HaseebKhawaja, the organiser in Pakistan for Digital Warriors Productions (Canada) & Java Films (France) who arranged everything regarding this screening gave his welcome speech in which he told the audience that, “This film portrays Pakistan’s positive image. I request to those people to must watch our documentary, who always keep criticise that foreign community only portrays Pakistan negatively. This documentary has been made with pure positive humanitarian intention by internationally renowned Canadian filmmakers. We have started a campaign across Pakistan for spreading awareness through this documentary film on Jirga’s inhuman role regarding women’s so-called Honour Killings. While on international level let me inform you, this film will be released on different big TV channels of several countries and also Canadian filmmakers will present this movie on several international film festivals worldwide.
 
Canadian Filmmakers, Brishkay (Director) spoke to the audience through Skype video call, “I hope this film reveals the larger story to the public and I hope investigative journalist Haseeb Khawaja and activist Dr. Farzana Bari and victim Afzal Kohistani get more support from the public and media because they have each worked hard to bring the whole truth out and to have justice served. Amina, Begum Jan, Shaheen, Bazigah, and Shireen (names of five murdered girls) are Pakistani citizens like all of sitting in this room. They deserve the same rights that you all have and that you all deserve. Please don’t just associate them with ideas of village life and tribal customs. They are Pakistani nationals and they deserve the same rights that you all have. I can only make a film about it. But you all can really help these five girls and women & girls across Pakistan by seeking justice.” she said.
 
While another Canadian Filmmaker, Elizabeth (Producer) spoke to the audience through Skype video call, “We want to show the world that Pakistan is not a kind of place where just bad people live, this country is also full of wonderful peaceful progressive people like Haseeb Khawaja (Journalist & Women Rights Activist), Afzal Kohistani (Victim) and Dr. Farzana Bari (Academic & Human Rights Activist) who stand against inhuman activities and performing their responsibilities to protect and promote the humanity.” she said.
 
Moreover, Human Rights Activist, Dr. Farzana Bari said, “I don’t want to see more bloodshed. Government must provide protection to me, Afzal Kohistani and Haseeb Khawaja because our lives are also in serious danger by following the Kohistan Video Case.If something happens to us or if we are not alive then the case should be registered against male family members of the murdered girls and their Jirga’s head.”
 
While victim Afzal Kohistani told that all girls in the video had been killed and the girls brought before the commission were not the same, now Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally reopened our Kohistan Video Case which was still waiting for fair justice after passing so many years. Now I am quite hopeful for transparent justice because all five girls have been killed by Jirga.
 
Further Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker and Activist, Haseeb Khawaja said, “I will never forget to do the follow up of Kohistan Video Case and will not let anyone to forget it either. Moreover, I will keep on highlighting it again and again till it reached to its logical end. And Kohistan Video Case is not my personal case and I am from one of those persons who will not get any personal benefit, even if the case gets resolved. So put aside all of your doubts and let’s become the voice of those innocent voiceless girls and set an example against Jirga’s illegal parallel judicial system. Moreover he said, the world premiere of our documentary will be held in some global human rights festival till the end of this year onwards.
 
Besides the EU Ambassador, delegation of the European Union (EU), representatives of the different embassies, NGOs/ iNGOs, Media, United Nations, Advocates, and Universities has also attended the screening.