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.

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 

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.

Two Days Kalasha Language, Artisans at work exhibition and Seminar concludes in Islamabad

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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.

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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.

Mr. Dominico along guest

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.

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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.

Ms. Taqdira Khan G.S APML Women Wing recieving a book written about Kalash popl e by Murrine Lines and Published by MNA Ishfandiyar Bhandara

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.

Group photo with Ravi Kumar Minorities Coordinator to CK KPK

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: More than 200 people suffer due to food poisoning after wedding feast

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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).

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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.

Pakistan captures one Indian soldier at LoC, several others killed

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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

Exposing Indian Fake Attack

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.

Faces of Kalasha a photo exhibition by UNESCO and Norwegian Embassy to highlight the Kalasha culture.

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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.

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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.

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UNESCO representative to Pakistan, Vibeke Jensen highlighted the urgent need for safeguarding the unique culture of the Kalash people.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Youhana Kalash, Parwana Jan Kalash and Rumi Khan Kalash were also participated the exhibition.

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The photo exhibition will continue for a week . People can visit the venue at Sereena hotel (Satrang Art Gallery)