CHITRAL 12 May: Kalash cultural centre will be a source of tourist attraction nationally as well as globally. With the establishment of this centre not only centuries old and unique culture of kalash minority would be preserved but it would be further promoted internationally.This was stated by federal minister for social welfare and special education Mrs, Zubaida Jalal on Friday while opening the newly built three story Kalash Cultural center "kalasha_Dur" (kalash house) at Bumburait some 60 km from here.
She assured the people that federal govt would extend full support for the welfare and prosperity of kalash people. She said president general Pervez Musharraf was taking personal interest in the development of backward areas. She said work on Lowari rail tunnel project had been initiated which would be completed by 2008 at a cost of 8 billion rupees. Mrs Zubaida Jalal said with the completion of Lowari rail tunnel a new era of prosperity will commence and Chitral will be connected with the rest of the country and Central Asian republics. she announced that the federal government would provide free medical treatment to the heart,cancer, hapititis and TB patients.she also announced to establish vocational centre and 50 scholarships to the kalash students through Pakistan baitulmal. Later the minister visited various parts of the cultural centre and showed keen intrest in the 3500 years old kalash antiques. District Nazim Haji Maghfirat shah, DCO Chitral Abdul Ghafoor Baig, Tehsil Nazim Sartaj Ahmad Khan, Union Nazim Rehmat Illahi minority councillor Bahram shah and an educated kalash girl Syed gul also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the problems of the area.
Earlier when the federal minister arrived at Chitral air port she was received by District Nazim, MNA Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali , DCO Chitral ,Tehsil Nazim Union nazimeen and councilors. A group of special children presented bouquet to the minister and played mili naghma on harmonium. She was accompanied by joint secretary Shafiquz zaman and Doctor Ihsan Ali of archeology department Peshawar University.