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Legendary Englishman in row over fate of Pakistan school that bears his name

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For decades the school perched on a barren hill overlooking the lush fields of the Chitral valley has borne the name of Geoffrey Langlands, the revered former British army officer who dedicated his twilight years to running a school in one of Pakistan’s most remote communities. But 25 years after the legendary Englishman took over as principal in this far-flung ...

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Terror bid foiled in Chitral


CHITRAL: The counter-terrorism department (CTD) here claimed to have foiled a terrorism bid by arresting two suspects along with recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their custody. Officials in the police said that on information gleaned from some suspects, the CTD conducted an operation at the Biori locality of lower Chitral and arrested two persons from a ...

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Chitral: FLI publishes another book in Khowar language


ISLAMABAD: A Khowar book containing more than 357 proverbs of the language spoken dominantly in Chitral has been published with Urdu translation, says a press release. The Forum for Language Initiatives (FLI) provided technical and financial support to the young author, Afsar Ali Khan, in his effort to bring out the fascinating document in his native language. Khowar is one ...

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The winter of discontent


SARA FARID This winter has found the residents of Chitral unsettled, after the unlucky vale was ravaged by not one but two natural calamities in 2015; floods and earthquakes. The damage could have been far worse; the villagers of Charun Oveer mostly build houses out of mud and stone so they are easy to rebuild. But most villagers say they’ve ...

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Conversions threaten ancient Kalash tribe


By Muhkamuddin CHITRAL: Pakistan’s smallest religious minority is getting even smaller. At least 12 members of the Kalash tribe have converted to Islam in the past one month alone, sparking renewed fears among Chitral’s disappearing animist tribe. Historians believe the Kalasha ruled Chitral centuries ago. But they are now a minority in the region with their population reduced to just a ...

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Chitral: Mass movement planned against Qaqlasht housing scheme


BOONI: People of Booni at a meeting on Sunday decided to arrange a mass movement against the KP government’s plan to launch a housing scheme at the public pasture of Qaqlasht.Elected members of the Booni village councils 1 and 2 along with local notables and members of Tehreek Huqooq-e-Awam participated in the meeting which was held at the BLSO office. ...

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Chitral: Auditors detect irregularities in Lowari tunnel project

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ISLAMABAD: Audit authorities have found irregularities in the Rs9816 million Lowari Tunnel project aiming “to provide all-weather transportation link between Chitral and the rest of the country”. According to Director General of Audit Maqbool Gondal, the work related to providing monitoring and geo-technical instrument services was assigned to a firm, Geo Data, which is owned by the son of the ...

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Residents of Kalash valleys celebrate Chomos


CHITRAL: People of Kalash tribe celebrated the last phase of their religious festival Chomos with their famous rituals, sheeshao(purification day) and goshang with great jubilance and fervour. Chomos, which is the longest festival of the year, started in September and entered its last stages with sheeshao and goshang being carried on December 16. ‘Earthquake was Allah’s wrath for Kalash community’s immoral ways’ The rituals Under the mores of sheeshao, all the ...

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Story of Hussain Ahmed, a talented footballer


Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral is full of talents in every field of life. Some of them are well know you all see and read about them. Some of the hidden talents are also present around G-B and Chitral. Hussain Ahmed belongs to Chitral District of KP province is one of the hidden talents. Hussain who played football (Soccer) from his childhood ...

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Students from chitral protests for non-refund of waived fee


Students from Chitral protests against the non-refund of the waived fee at Peshawar University campus. The students have demanded for the immediate refund of the fee. The protesters said that the university administration is delaying to refund the fee even the governor of the KPK had given clear direction for all the public sector universities to refund of waived fee ...

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