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28 February 2020

The Wakhi Community of Pakistan

.. the majority of the Wakhi community of Pakistan lives in the Gojal tehsil of Hunza sub-division of Gilgit-Baltistan. According to some sources, earlier Wakhi migrants got settled in Chipurson Valley of Gojal boarding with Wakhan. It is also claimed that they were present in the upper Gojal area even before the formation of Hunza State. According to a renowned local historian, Qudratullah Baig, Mir Qutlugh of Wakhan captured upper Gojal area and established his state there. However, Mir of Hunza attacked on that state and as a result, all members of the Wakhi ruling family were killed in Ghulkin, a village of Gojal. Consequently, Wakhis were badly treated by the Mirs of Hunza. They were heavily taxed and were forced to work for rulers without any compensation, especially for construction of irrigation canals.

Wakhi intellectuals complain that even small states of Punial and Gupis were allowed to exist, but Wakhis were never again able to form a state of their own Read more...