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Strengthening languages in the Hindukush Region


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.

Norwegian Linguist Georg Morgenstierne believes that in spite of similarities, Kalasha is an independent language in its own right.


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.

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Shocking Images of Terrorist Gun downed by Security Forces in Kalasha valley


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

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.

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A valley in mourning: Kalash tribe fears for survival after recent attacks


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.

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Security forces kill 5 militants in Kalash shootout

security forces

KALASHA DESH: (Online)  Five militants were killed on Wednesday in a shootout with security forces in Chitral’s Kalash valley at Ghonabata high pasture, sources said.

According to sources, militants opened fire on security forces in Chitral’s Astoi area, upon which the security forces retaliated to thwart the onslaught.  

The dead bodies of the slain militants were shifted to Bamburet hospital, sources added.

On Sunday, militants had opened fire on local shepherds which had killed two shepherds in the same area.

The sources had said that two Kalash shepherds were grazing sheep in Ghari, when they were attacked by a group of 30 militants who crossed over to Pakistan from Nuristan province of Afghanistan.

The shepherds reportedly had opened fire on the militants and the exchange of firing took place for a long time. However, the shepherds had run out of ammunition and were overpowered by the militants.

Militants had taken more than 400 goats with them. Villagers had found the throat-cut bodies of the shepherds near the border area. The sources had said the militants were heavily armed. The police and personnel of the Chitral Levies and other law-enforcement agencies had rushed to the area after the incident.

In wake of the Sunday’s incident, a former Member National Assembly (MNA) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leader Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali had asked the government to ensure border security to avoid similar incidents.

He had asked the government to recruit at least 300 more border police personnel, particularly from the Kalash tribe, for deployment along the border with Afghanistan to secure the borders and protect the Kalash people.

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Senator questions lack of security on Kalash valley border

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Samina Abid on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of two Kalash shepherds and theft of thousands of their goats by Nooristasn-based Afghan militants.

Samina Abid

Samina Abid

In a statement issued here, she questioned the failure of the Chitral police as well as the paramilitary personal deployed at the border in tracking down the militants. “If this is the performance of our police and the paramilitary force, what’s the use of their deployment there,” she regretted.
Senator Samina said she would take up the issue in the upcoming session of the Senate, adding all those involved in the negligence, especially the Chitral police, which failed to protect the life and property of the Kalash community, would be discussed in the upper house of parliament.
“I don’t know why the police are taking these poor Kalash people so lightly….aren’t they citizens of Pakistan, and if needed I’ll also move a calling attention notice in Senate so that the issue for providing security to Kalash will be discussed in detail to make their security foolproof,” she added.

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Future of Kalasha people, a big question mark?

Mother of late Noor Ahmad

Mother of late Noor Ahmad mourning, photo taken once the dead bodies were reaching the temple Jestak Hand at Kraka’

Kalasha Desh 30 July 2016, the ancient living civilization, culture and unique traditions of Kalasha community are on the verge of extinction for last many years. But the increasing incidents in recent few years have been mark a big question on the role of law enforcement agencies in the District Chitral. Kalasha people are counting around 4100 living in three v-shaped valleys of District Chitral (Mumuret, Rukmu and Biriu). They are living here since 327 B.C and are the original inhabitant of Chitral area. The small community was once ruled Chitral to Asmar in Afghanistan.


Mayor a Kalasha kid watching her closed relative shoot by militants, dead bodies taking inside the Jestak Hand 

It was 29 July around 4-5 A.M when a group of militants attacked on shepherds at Bahol’aret high pasture and shoot two shepherds on the spot. Noor Ahmad was shoot on the face at the right hand-side while his fellow shepherd Khush Wali was shoot at chest and stomach. When the militants attacked, there were four shepherds, two have been successfully escaped, interestingly the escaped shepherds are belonging to converted family and they were safe, isn’t it seems something wrong? Why Kalasha shepherds and livestock were only targeted? On the same day militants snatched away hundreds of goats at high pasture in Biriu valley, but shepherds remained safe. It doesn’t stops here, two more valleys Rukmu and Acu’hagha were also under threat and shepherd were informed presence of militants in aforesaid areas as well.


There were news about movement of militants on the border since last month, and the last week was given clear threat to the community and large number of security forces were deployed, but where they were deployed? A local shepherd informed all security forces just three days prior to the attacked, why the Pak territory was given free zone for the militants’ movement and living there? Who are responsible for security laps? There wasn’t single resistances from security forces, isn’t they failed to manage the border security matters? The attacked happened just two kilometres away from security check post.


Lady Health visitor and proud daughter of Kalasha people, couldn’t watch the brutal murder of her relatives and cry out.

The same place was targeted in 2012, one shepherd was slaughtered and seven hundreds goats including sheep were snatched away and taken to other side of the border Nuristan.


Daughter and sister of late Noor Ahmad and closed relatives of late Khush Wali in mourning inside the temple 

The Shawal pass was also used to kidnap the Greek-volunteer in 2009, he was kidnapped from Kalasha Dur that is located at the centre of Mumuret valley, and his police guard was killed, and there wasn’t any success story to say about it. Militants were taken him through the villages and front of the security checkpoints, but there was no order to tackle the militants. He was kept in Nuristan for seven months and then after giving ransoms he was released.

Same happened this time no orders from high-ups? Because there was a threat to the helpless tiny minority and there wasn’t any risk to the so called VVIPS!!! Where is the national action plan when it comes to the most peaceful and beautiful part of the country?

Every time the Kalasha people hear that all security forces are there for their protections, when the time comes it goes opposite, and left the community disappointed in every incident.

On 16 June 2016 a clash on Kalasha people left many people injured, the mobs created uncertain situation in Mumuret valley, although it was minor issue for the majority people living in the area. The incident increased disparities among the Kalasha People. After days passed there wasn’t any action and FIR on the mob that was caused clashes. Every time Kalasha people had been informed about engagement of third party after clash, isn’t it clear from the recent attacked on the community? Now there shouldn’t be any confusion about the third party rumours.

Today was the saddest day for the Kalasha people of Chitral, KP Pakistan. As first time there was not full flagged funeral rituals and dead bodies were just kept inside the temple for a night and women and men were mourned and buried without completing the traditions earlier this morning. When asked from elders they said, it happened because we are helpless and we felt only way to record our peaceful protest. Stopping rituals and beating drums…what message it convey? Why they were thought to not perform certain rituals? Isn’t it fears of another attack?

shawala soon

Shawal Pass is a home of militants groups, in winter it closed due to heavy snowfall.

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A young woman died of heart failure/BBC silent-forever

Kalash Desh 16 July, A young woman and mother of five children took last breath at Peshawar hospital on 16 July and couldn’t sustained her life at the age of 24 years , according to her family sources she felt chest pain three days ago and brought to District Headquarter Hospital Chitral which is located at a distances of 43 kilometres from her village Anish at Kalasha valley Mumuret, (It is also important to mentioned here that District Chitral lacks medial facilities and therefore, there are no MRI and CT scan facilities in the town and the patients usually refers to Peshawar, it locates at a distances of 400 kilometres from Chitral town, that is rough and tiring journey indeed) ,after initial medical check-up, she was referred to Peshawar immediately. It was 16 July evening when she died in a hospital at Peshawar, it has been said that she had heart failure.

File photo BIBIC

Inspired by BBC (British Broadcasting Company, her parents named her BBC, later in school her named was written in local style as BIBI C. She married in teenage to Shakeel Ahmad from her village and gave birth to five children, her elder son Saif Ali Khan is disabled, and three daughters are healthy, she gave birth to a baby boy three months ago but unfortunately she couldn’t feed him anymore and left her children orphaned. 

Born to a family of ex.councillor of Sher Mohammad Khan a well known figure in Kalasha valleys, since there was no television in the valleys long ago and BBC Urdu was main source of information through radio that inspired him to named one of his child as BBC.

She was a good human being and she had worked for her community as post-woman as her father-in-law is serving postman and she was educated in the family therefore helping her family to sort out parcel for distribution in Kalasha valley north-western part of Khyber Pakhtankhawa.

The mountain people are well exercised in daily life, but last few decades have been witness increase of heart failure and related diseases.

Funeral rituals are in progress where large number of people from three Kalasha valleys are gathered to see off her.


Deceased will be buried on 18 July as per the Kalasha tradition of burial in her ancestral graveyard at Brun village. 

May Dezau (The Creator help her soul rest in peace at Behes’t’)

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Dozen injured in a clash and Kalasha community are threaten


ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of Muslims clashed with members of Kalash tribe in Chitral on Thursday after a teenager claimed she was forced to convert to Islam, police and residents said.

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Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd attacking a house in the Kalash tribe’s valley of Bumburate in the northwestern district of Chitral, where the girl had gone to give a police statement about her conversion, said Kalash activist Luke Rehmat.

The Kalash, country’s smallest religious minority, celebrate their gods through music and dance – an anomaly in conservative Muslim Pakistan.

Faces of Kalash: Untold stories of the valley

They number only around 4,000, according to Rehmat. Increasingly their youth are converting to Islam, prompting activists to campaign to preserve the traditions of the ancient, diminishing tribe.

The teenager had “returned to her home saying embracing Islam was a mistake and she wanted to live with her family, which infuriated the Muslim community,” Rehmat said.

She went to a neighbour’s house to speak to police, the home’s owner told AFP, but hundreds of people began to gather outside as word spread through the close-knit community.

“The Kalash community had also gathered to save the family and when the Muslims chanting slogans attacked the house with sticks and pelted stones everybody was running for their lives,” Rehmat, who was out of breath from fleeing the scene, told AFP by telephone.

“Dozens” were injured, he said, though apparently none seriously.

“Law enforcement agencies reached here on time otherwise they would have killed all of us,” said local Kalash politician Imran Kabeer.


It was not clear what happened to the teenager.

Conversions threaten ancient Kalash tribe

Police of Chitral said the district police chief had gone to Bumburate with other senior officers, adding that the situation was under control.

The owner of the house that was attacked was also in Chitral, where he said police were refusing to let him return home.

“They came out in a mob to attack my house and to kill my wife and my children,” he said, asking to remain anonymous.

“They threw stones at the roof and at the windows. Police were firing in the air.”

Chitral, a northern district of Khyber-Pukhtunkwa, has long attracted tourists for its beauty and has hitherto been notable for having been spared the country’s violence.

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Kalasha family protests against police behaviour threatens to migrate

Kalash community protests against police behaviour threatens to migrate

CHITRAL: Elites from Kalash community under the chair of Mir Bacha Kalah of Birir valley held a protest rally against police station Ayun’s nepotism and staff’s brutal behavior against the community.

The Kalash women and men including their children  also held a press conference in a local hotel.
Addressing thepress conference Mir Bacha and others said that they have some land dispute with a rival group at Birir whose one daughter is serving as police constable and his son in Chitral border police (Levies) who use their influence and are pressurizing Station House Officer (SHO) Ayun who lodged 3 FIRs against us.
But they took no action against them as usually police lodge cross FIR in such cases at Chitral.

They said that Asham Bibi is lady police constable and she using her influence in police department lodged FIR 3 times and arrested our women, children and men and sent to jail.

They said that although the case is under trial in civil court but even then the rival group was harassing us to occupy  the land which is our legal right.

Holding banner in their hand inscribing the message  to chief Justice appealing for justice they protested and took out rally against Chitral (Ayun) police against their partial activity and taking action against them  on the desire of influential persons.

Mir Bacha and his wife said that they also submitted written application before the District Police Officer (DPO) Chitral but no action was taken so far.

They appealed to the Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Chief Minister Khyber Pahtonkhwa, Inspector General of Police to take action against Ayun police on their nepotism and misusing their power  only to patronize their lady police constable.

They warned if they were not provided justice they will leave this country and will migrate to an other country as a protest.

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Kalash valley road blocked, people are stranded both sides of the river

Dubaz bridge damaged completely (7)

Kalash Desh 12 May; poor management of district administration caused serious issues for the residents of Mumuret and Rukmu valley.

Dubaz bridge damaged completely (8)

Especially children, women, patients and tourist are helpless at checkpoint Dubaz. People in the valleys are very disappointed from District concerns, serval times elected representatives and residents demanded government to make some measurements to provide relief for the community living in Kalasha Desh, but all their request had been trashed to dustbins and no one cares.


Women, tourist and children are seen on both sides, they were restless, as local police and Chitral Levis had stopped them crossing the river on damaged site.

Dubaz bridge damaged completely (2)

The famous Zhoshi (spring festival) just a click start on fourteen May, and there are lot of issues for everyone, not only the road closed, all link bridges have been disappeared in last few days, as the water level has been raised in the stream. And there were no pre-cautionary steps taken since last year.

Dubaz bridge damaged completely (9)

People are in confusions and whispering about the changed promised in 2013 general election and blaming the Khyber Paktankhawa government for ignorance and less interest towards the people of Chitral District.

Dubaz bridge damaged completely (3)

Chitral is worst affected by natural climates in KP, it was devastated by flash floods and then earthquake has been traumatized the situation and increased worries of survival for the people.

Dubaz bridge damaged completely (6)

Government didn’t learnt lesson, evidently waiting for another worst days to be happened, as there have not been any work plan for the district red zone areas, that would be changing the landscape in upcoming monsoon season of 2016.

Dubaz bridge damaged completely (5)