Apparatus Threatening The Livelihood and Security of The People of
One week the
sleepy bazaar of Garam Chashma, a border town in Chitral, was
awakened to the sirens and blue lights of a police patrol escorting
un-identifyable people sitting in Prado Landcruisers. The scene was
of a typical VIP party. Everyone in town were curious to know who
the guests were who were so efficiently being escorted to the
government guest house where a freshly slaughtered lamb, cooked on
wood fire, awaited their arrival.
When news came out that the "VIP" in town was a son of Isfandyar
Wali Khan of ANP the Garam Chashma people were neither impressed nor
The surprise came next morning when it was revealed that this "son
of Isfandyar Wali Khan" was actually an impostor who had received
government protocol and had lived and fed off government facilities
ever since he entered the district through the Lowari tunnel two
The impostor turned out to be one Naushad Ali son of Momin Khan from
Landi Kotal in the Khyber Agency.
Naushad, to the embarrassment of the DPO and all the many
intelligence agencies in Chitral, is now in jail and FIR no. 467
dated 16/6/2012 has been registered against him which also names the
DPO (District Police Officer) in this sordid drama.
Here in Chitral, since the posting in of DPO Abdul Rashid, both the
police as well as the intelligence agencies have put them selves
into top gear to hound every foreigner who enters this otherwise
In their misplaced enthusiasm they promptly deported Dr Peter
Hatcher, who has done exceptional good work in the field of
maternity health in Chitral since 2002. He had returned to Chitral
ten days ago to work with the Aga Khan Health Services. And then,
only the other day, they stopped Mr Brian Fawcett from proceeding
with the twenty two projects he had brought to Chitral through the
P&D of KPK and for which he had every conceivable NOC right down
from Section Officer Qamar Ali ( the most exacting person in KPK
Home Dept) to the Headquarters of 11 Corp whose sepoy manning the
barrier at Dargai sees "foreigners" only from their blond hair and
The scary bit for all of us here in Chitral is that, with the system
currently in place, the good tourist (who is bringing income
directly into chitral) will find it impossible and uninteresting to
come to Chitral while people like impostor Naushad Ali will enter
unhindered. So will it be easy for Afghans, Arabs, Iraqi"s etc who
do not qualify as a "foreigner" to the average ISI, IB and MI who
are in the field.
Naushad Ali from Landi Kotal thankfully was not a terrorist with a
Prado full of explosives.
God continues to help and protect the beautiful people of my
district. We shall continue to pray to HIM to protect us from the
present lot of officials posted to serve us.
-- Siraj Ul Mulk, Chitral 24 June 2012.