Protests against corruption in different developmental projects continued in parts of Chitral. A sizeable protest rally led by Jounali Qazi Abdul Rauf  marched from Chewo Bridge and ended up in Polo Ground. There it turned into  a large public assemblage and representatives of civil society and political parties addressed the people.  

Speakers said that Abdul Wali Khan Bypass was supposed to complete in 2011 and still remains incomplete. The contractor of the bypass, it turns out, is a government employee working as laboratory attendant in Government Degree College, upper Dir. As a contractor he is enjoying government support for dilly-dallying the work on the road and allegedly shares commissions with officials.  Read more about Corruption in Developmental Projects trigger protests in Chitral

CHITRAL:  Sarhad Rural support Program (SRSP) has launched an 80 KV micro hydro power house at Rejun, upper of Baleem area in upper Chitral. 

The scheme of hydro power house is financially supported by Program for Economics Advancement and Community Empowerment (PEACE), a project of European Union. Chief executive officer of SRSP Shahzada Masoodul Mulk was chief guest on the occasion. Addressing on the occasion, District Program Manager of SRSP, Tariq Ahmad said that some funds worth 14 million  have been earmarked for the scheme that is going to  produced  electricity to 180 households. Read more about SRSP launches 80 KV Micro Hydro Power House

CHITRAL:  General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Syed Javed Bukhari visited  Kalash valley here in Chitral. Despite a bad weather conditions, the GOC arrived here in a military helicopter. The purpose of his visit was to provide a sense of safety and protection to the people of Kalash Valley. He met elders of Kalash and Muslim communities and assured them of protection and safety. Local people expressed their concerns and fear, amid threats from Taliban who recently had issued a statement asking Kalash people to embrace Islam or face the music. They had also threatened the Ismaili Muslims of Chitral.  Read more about Major General Syed Javed Bukhari meets Kalash Community in Chitral

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took suo motu notice of the Pakistani Taliban’s threat to Ismailis and the Kalash tribe in the picturesque Chitral Valley in northern Pakistan on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

In a 50-minute long video released on Feb 2 on the TTP media wing's website, the Pakistani Taliban had announced an “armed struggle” against the Kalash and Ismaili Muslims. The narrator warned the Kalash, who are thought to number only 3,500, to convert to Islam or face death.

The Supreme Court moreover issued notices to Attorney General Pakistan and Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Read more about Supreme Court of Pakistan takes notice of Taliban threat to Ismailis, Kalash tribe

Seminar on women participation held in Chitral

Chitral— A day long seminar on mobilization of maximum participation of women in local government election held at Rural Community Development Program (RCDP) Chitral in collaboration with Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO). Former director information Yousuf Shahzad was chief guest on the occasion while the ceremony was presided over by M.I. Khan Sarhadi advocate former district Zakat Chairman. Engineer Temour Shah Coordinator RCDP briefed the participants about importance of participation of women in local government election and how they can change the system. Read more about Election: Seminar on women participation

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