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G-B Council elections declared illegal


GILGIT: An election tribunal declared the Gilgit-Baltistan Council elections as illegal. It has asked the G-B election commission to hold the polling process afresh. The G-B Council elections were held in April through a show of hands. This was challenged by a candidate Ali Haider through his lawyer Advocate Amjad Hussain, who is also president of Pakistan Peoples Party in G-B. ...

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Chitrali sitar player sticks to the tricks of his trade


PESHAWAR: Clad in a traditional dress and a thick khakhi shawl, Zainullah Khan Umerzai clutches his Chitrali sitar with pride. He is touted as one of the finest Chitrali sitar players who are affiliated with traditional Pashto music. He has also been billed as a living legend. Music vital for world peace: sitar performer Speaking to The Express Tribune, Umerzai said ...

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Three-day Shandur festival starting from July 15


The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) on Tuesday decided to organize the upcoming three-day Shandur Polo Festival from July 15 to 17. The Chitral Scouts and the district administration Chitral had requested the TCKP to bring the schedule back and hold the event from July 15 owing to the imminent monsoon rains in the region. Recently, a meeting chaired by ...

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Clash in Chitral over Kalash girl’s ‘forced’ conversion to Islam


SLAMABAD: 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. 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 ...

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Missing boy found dead


CHITRAL: The 12-year-old boy who went missing from Denin on May 12th, was found dead near the town Wednesday. Maqbool Ahmed, son of Zar Muhammad, went out of his home and did not return. His father said his son was mentally disturbed and wandered around whenever he went out instead of returning home. Child Protection Unit Chitral’s official Imran Uddin ...

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Missing man’s alleged killer held after 14 months


BOONI: The police in Booni on Monday claimed to have arrested a young man for allegedly killing his friend belonging to the Charun village. Bahadar Ullah, 20, son of Mir Afsar Khan of Charun, mysteriously went missing on March 29, 2015. As there was no breakthrough in the case and police did not find a clue to the missing man, ...

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Chitral Scouts stop 450 families from entering Afghanistan


CHITRAL: Chitral Scouts stopped 450 families from Darosh, Chitral who began their march towards Afghanistan on Wednesday to protest against the government’s failure to compensate them after the October 26, 2015 earthquake. Insiders privy to the development told The Express Tribune, the scouts stopped the protesters at Mir Khani Post, situated 20 kilometres away from Chitral city. Negotiation between protesters and ...

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Chitral’s three endangered languages get written form


CHITRAL: Three endangered languages of Chitral have gotten a new lease of life by securing a written form for the first time. With the financial assistance of the USAID, primers of these languages have been made and printed; local folk tales have been recorded, and many other steps have been taken for their preservation. The primers and a CD of ...

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Pakistan’s Kalash fight for their identity with UNESCO bid


Gohar Abbas Chitral (Pakistan) (AFP) – Pakistan’s smallest religious minority, the Kalash speak their own language and celebrate their gods through music, dance — and alcohol, which they brew themselves in Chitral’s plunging verdant valleys. Here, the sexes mingle easily, marriage can be sealed with a dance, and women are free to move on to new loves — it is ...

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Study reveals trafficking of poor Chitrali girls

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CHITRAL, March 23: Trafficking of Chitrali girls in the garb of marriage goes on unchecked for last many years by professional human traffickers who take advantage of the poverty, ignorance and weaker social fabric of the area. A study recently conducted by Regional Women Empowerment Project of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) reveals that 74 per cent of marriages ...

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