Kalash Valley June 13: On 05 June IGP KPK Mr. Nasir Khan Durani visited Kalash valley, he had been met Kalasha community and promised to recruit 20 Kalasha people in special force. To fulfill the promised on 13 June Ghulam Hussain DPO Chitral Murad Khan and his fellow officers came to Police Rest House Mumuret to recruiting young boys and girls belonging to Kalasha community. 06 girls and 04 boys have been recruited from Kalash valley Mumuret namely, Khunza bibi Bilour, Thachar, Paisa bibi, Jameeda , Parsal Khan, Zaina, Zumaira , Aganzai, Sher Mohd Din and Alamgir, those selected from Kalash valley Biriu are Gulab Gul, Shaheen taj, Ubaidur Rehmat and Noor Mohd while from Rukmu valley the following people have been selected Arika bibi, Fatima Bibi, Fariyar, Ghulam Dan and Ali Zar. According sources Obidur Rehman was only one selected from Kalasha converted family the rest of 19 have been selected from Kalasha community
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Ayun 19 Oct: Ayun valley facilitated with DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) high speed internet. Source told the The Kalasha Times that connections have been distributed to PTCL’s existing subscribers today.
Ayun valley is a gateway to Kalash valleys and it’s expected that PTCL would expend the DSL service to Kalash valleys soon. The Kalasha valleys are famous tourist destination and there are internet users as well but due to poor quality internet dial up subscribers are in trouble.
CHITRAL, Oct 13: District Coordinator of Alif Ailaan, Chitral Luke Rehmat have asked the government to enforce law for provision of free education to children and making it binding on them to benefit from the facility.
Mr Rehmat told a news conference here the other day that his organisation would continue its advocacy for enrolment of children in schools.
He said the advocacy campaign was meant to ensure that not a single child remained without admission to school.
The district coordinator of Alif Ailaan said Chitral ranked second in the province on enrolment rate.
He said quality education was a must for progress and for that, a series of efforts were needed like the strengthening of primary schools and establishment of a separate university and education board.
Mr Rehmat expressed concern over the deplorable condition of public sector primary schools in the district and said there were two rooms and three teachers for five classes to the misery of students and teachers alike.
He said in light of the number of public sector schools and colleges and strength of students, the district should have a separate board of intermediate and secondary education.
The district coordinator of Alif Ailaan criticised the elected representatives of Chitral for indifference to issues and challenges faced by the education sector in the district.
CHITRAL, Oct 8: To increase enrollment in the government primary schools in Chitral, an education rally was organized by Alif Ailaan (Transforming Education Pakistan), says a press release. The rally started from Chew Bridge, the historical bridge built by Kalasha ruler Chew, and after passing through the main bazaar ended at the Chitral polo ground. A large number of students, parents, civil society and Insaf Students Federation activists took part in the rally. The students were carrying banners and placards inscribed with the messages asking students to “Study and change life.” The rally sought implementation of article 25 (A) to ensure all children in school. Addressing the students, Luke Rehmat, the district network coordinator Alif Ailaan, said “Pakistan is facing hard time in its history due to low enrollment rates and lack of education facilities.” He said 25 million children were out of school in Pakistan and so many were used dropping out after enrollment. He emphasized to enroll as many students as possible and also urged students and parents to ask their parents to follow-up their elected representatives and ask them what they are doing for education in Chitral. Luke added: “Chitral is the biggest district in KP but there is no board and university for the students although there are a large number of colleges in the district.” The participants demanded establishment of the board of intermediate secondary education and a university in Chitral. Nazir Ahmad, president ISF, Nooruddin, senior teacher, Zia ur Rehmat and others spoke on the occasion.
By: Rahmatullah Khan
No doubt, the country faced worst kinds of floods during the past some years but the losses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and particularly in the hilly areas like Chitral and Swat are unprecedented where tourism, the only main source of peoples’ income, has badly suffered.
Kalash Valleys, which are situated at West of district Chitral, are among the areas are at the verge of devastation due to flash flood, eroding the mountains, roads and agriculture fields in the valleys, created fear lest the people having unique culture (Kalash) as well as the three valleys Bamboret, Rambor and Bareer should obliterate owing to non-stop erosion.
The recent flash flood devastated the valleys, as washed away the already topsy-turvy roads towards the valleys, swept away the agriculture fields and the embankments of the rivers, rooted out the trees of different fruits.
The communication system was fully damaged, disconnected the areas and the villagers plod while reaching to Ayun, headquarter of the valleys but the apathy of the local administration of Chitral and the government to prefer to troublesome of the mountaineers.
On July 3Ist, the worst flash flood was witnessed of its history as creeks flowing water just knee-deep from the hills towards the main river, were full of the water that took away all things came in its way including, standing crops, vehicles standing in the streams, homes and eroded the remaining grounds, made the way easy to rub next if flood would come again.
Exactly after two days, heavy and unabated showers from the eastern side of Bamboret valley started, and the main river swelled, brought heavy stones from the mountains and trees specially due to deforestation.
Since all the Kalash valleys are not wide like Kalam (Swat) but very narrow, therefore, owing to lack of land, majority of the residents populated at the river sides, and the flood damaged homes coming in the non-stop flood and sub-standard protection walls constructed in some parts of the river.
The flood then washed all the link-bridges, water channels, supply water to irrigation purpose in Ayun and even the bamboret and Barir valleys, pipe for drinking water.
When the flood rubbed the bottom of the mountains, the main road from Ayun towards Rambor and Bamboret was completely destroyed the dilapidated gradually but the government machinery was least bothered to restore the communication system for over one month.
The local people say that an old frozen glacier on top of the valley crumbled, which brought trouble for the dwellers and if the whole start flowing, the whole bamboret would be converted into a dam.
Bamboret valley is lush green as compared to other parts of the district Chitral and a very famous place across the world because of people having historical culture even in this modern time, has become a tourists’ resort, despite the untoward situation in Pakistan particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, foreign tourists come to the valley to see the culture of the Kalash tribe.
The government of Pakistan is pride of having such a unique culture and has been striving to preserve it in order to attract the world towards the valleys but no facility has been given to them.
Deforestation is on pick, the trees of different expensive fruits including pine nut and walnut, are being cut ruthlessly as well for sale in the market and firewood in connivance with local administration. It is regretfully saying that there is no check by the government on the illegal cutting of forests. Deforestation maybe one of the reasons of flood and erosion of the land but the government departments should take timely action to stop the destruction.
The people of the valleys are too poor to afford price hike, but owing to negligence of the government in restoring the communication system, starvation like situation created there because things food- stuff are unavailable. Some items if available are sold at exorbitant rates.
According to the Kalashis, there are some parts of the valley, from top to end of the river wherein standard protection walls must be constructed so that the valley could be saved from the flood. The people fear that if the old glacier crumbles or heavy rains bring flood in future they can cause heavy destruction. The residents have demanded of the government to impose complete ban on deforestation.
“Chitral is known in the world with more Kalashis’ culture than other culture in the district, so, these areas are important to be preserved for tourists. Therefore, the government should try to take steps to save the valleys from natural disaster in future and their greenery as well. I’ve never seen such dangerous flash flood in my life,” a senior citizen Ameer-ur-Rahman commented.
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Rahmatullah Khan, Reporter