Chitral News Briefs

NBP president to visit Chitral: President and CEO National Bank of Pakistan Saeed Ahmad, is expected to pay a two day visit to Chitral on 22 October. He will also inaugurate the newly commissioned  Islamic Banking branch of the NBP .. CN report, 20 Oct 2017
Imran to visit Chitral on 07 Nov:
Chairman PTI Imran Khan along with CM KPK is likely to visit Chitral on 07 Nov 2017. He is expected to announce bifurcation of Chitral District into two districts, Mastuj being the new district. .. CN report, 18 Nov 2017
Shahzada Riazuddin joins ANP: Shazada Riazuddin of Dolomuts Chitral town, has announced joing the Awami National Party at a meeting of the party office bearers in Chitral. .. CN report, 16 Oct 2017
700 Kva hydel station starts production in Ayun: A 700 Kva hydel power station constructed by SRSP was inaugurated at Ayun. The ceremony was attended by the concerned Chinese engineer besides AKRSP officials and notables of the town. .. CN report, 15 Oct 2017
Sher Hussain Shah of Drosh passes away: Sher Hussain Shah former inspector WAPDA passed away due to cardiac arrest after a brief illness. He was brother of Engr Afzal Shah, Muhammad Raza Shah, Dr Akbar Shah Engr Taimur Shah and Nasrullah Shah. .. CN report, 10 Oct 2017
Shahzada Aman ur Rahman joins PTI: Shahzada Amanur Rahman  a scion of the Mehtar Chitral has joined PTI after meeting PTI chairman along with CM KP in Bani Gala. He had contested 2013 elections for PK89 seat as an independent candidate and had secured 5990 votes  .. CN report, 10 Oct 2017
Deputy Commissioner drives home an opening message:  The new Deputy Commissioner promptly reacted to a public complaint about hospital rubbish being carried in an ambulance and suspended the Deputy Medical superintendent and two other officials of the DHQ for poor management. .. CN report, 09 Oct 2017  1
IT Graduate held for hacking website: Cyber crime wing of the FIA has arrested a fresh graduate of Bahria University, Umair Haider belonging to Chitral, for hacking a local urdu news website. The youth has since been released from custody. ..CN report, 07, 10 Oct 2017
Irshad Ahmad Sodhar appointed DC Chitral: In the recent province wide bureaucratic shuffle, Irshad Ahmad Sodhar has been appointed DC Chitral. He would be replacing Shahab Hamid Yousafzai who has been posted as DG and Secretary ERRA Kp .. CN report, 04 Oct 2017
Muhammad Akbar Khan appointed Secy Food KP: Muhammad Akbar Khan hailing from Mastuj, an officer in BPS 20, has been posted as Secretary, Food Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa .. CN report, 01 Oct 2017
Taj Muhammad Figar passes away: Prominent Journalist, poet and writer Taj Muhammad Figar of Zargarandeh Chitral town passed away due to cardiac arrest. He was an evergreen member of the Press club and remained resident editor of Daily Jehad Peshawar for over three decades. He was the father of Fahad Iftikharuddin and Father in law of Actt Gen Abdul Hameed Pasha and Maj Saiful Islam .. CN report, 28 Sep 2017  1
Girl student from Charun shines: 
Faryal Nosheen belonging to Charun d/o Noor Afzal Khan student of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Kuragh grabbed first position among Chitrali students contending for admission in MBBS first year Khyber medical university Peshawar. She has been an outstanding student throughout her academic career .. CN report, 26 Sep 2017
‘Telenor’ becomes erratic performer in Chitral: ‘Telenor’ The largest network  cellphone company operating in Chitral district has become erratic with voice distortion since last many months. Users are either changing this service provider or are getting alternate sims to be able to use their cell phones. .. CN report, 24 Sep 2017
Principal GGDC receives best performance award:
Principal government Girls Degree College Chitral, Mussarat Jabeen has received the best performance award from the CM KPK at a ceremony in Peshawar .. CN report, 20 Sep 2017

Ghulam Muhammad and Fazle Rabi join PPP:
 Haji Ghulaam Muhammad of JUI and Engr Fazal Rabi of JI have announced joining PPP at a meeting with co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari in Peshawar .. CN report, 18 Sep 2017
The Aga Khan to visit Chitral next month: HH Prince Karim Aga Khan is likely to visit Chitral later next month,it was formally learnt here. He will address a large congregation of his followers at Booni, upper Chitral for which preparations are underway. .. Muhkamuddin, 15 Sep 2017
History of the Kalash People from 1844 published: A most complete and detailed description of the Kalash people from 1844 (127 years ago). Almost nothing has changed much in the last 127 years. Included are descriptions by Sir George S. Robertson of his encounters with the Kalash in 1892. It is noteworthy that the word “Kalash” is only used with reference to the people of Urtsun Valley, not with the people of Bumboret. 
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Motorcyclist succumbs to accident injuries:
In a spate of increasing motorbike accidents, another bike a 20 year old Afghan refugee Inayat ur Rahman s/o Gul Ameer Khan succumbed to his injuries after meeting a road accident near Kesu village check post. .. CN report, 10 Sep 2017
Confusion erupts on provision of 30 mw Golen power to Chitral:
 Well confounded confusion has erupted over the provision of 30 mw power from the Golen hydro project to Chitral by Dec 2017. If it happens it will be a case similar to snatching away Lowari tunnel funds from Chitral and diverting it to Larkana and Multan. .. CN report, 05 Sep 2017.
Cleric warns against extravagance, women’s liberty:
Prominent cleric Kamaluddiin while addressing a large Eid congregation at Ayun spoke about the ill of extravagance and living beyond means in the society. In the same breath he criticised women folk going out for shopping in the markets alone and called it unislamic. .. CN report, 04 Sep 2017
Police swoop hauls up Juvenile bikers: Chitral police have taken a welcome action against juvenile motorcyclists for riding without licence, overspeeding and one wheeling during Eid holidays. The parents of youngsters were later warned and tthe bikes returned to the youngsters after assurance of responsible behaviour. .. CN report 03 Sep 2017
Pine nut harvesting banned in Chitral: The provincial govt has banned the harvesting and transportation of pine nut (chalghoza) from the forests of Chitral. Due to it’s high price pine nut trees have suffered much at the hands of greedy pluckers who tear down complete branches just for the sake of few nut clusters .. CN report, 03 Sep 2017
Trade Union leader praises President Chamber of Commerce: Trade Union leader Shabir Ahmad has in a press release praised the efforts of President Chamber of Commerce Sartaj Ahmad Khan for his contribution to social work specially in getting the Bazar road carpeted through his efforts. ..CN report, 30 Aug 2107
Shop rents raised from Rs 400 to Rs 33000 p.m: The district Administration renewed contract of the Shahi Mosque shops raising the monthly rent from Rs 400 to Rs 33000. The shops were occupied at the paltry rent for four decades and legal proceedings were continuing between the shopkeepers and keepers of the mosque property until the AC Chitral intervened and sorted out the problem... CN report, 23 Aug 2017
Chitral town tastes decent electricity facility: For once the central part of Chitral town where all essential services e.g hospitals, courts, offices, banks, markets etc fall, is enjoying uninterrupted electricity for the last two days. CEO SRSP and millitary officials who intervened to solve the issue deserve thanks for doing the needful .. CN report, 22 Aug 2017
Baleem; Land of intellectuals: Baleem, a legendary village in the Laspur valley, is the land of intellectuals and knowledge-loving people. This promising soil has produced doctors (PhDs, MBBS), MPhils, army officers, engineers, chartered accountants, government officers, lecturer, advocates, highly qualified school level educationists and religious personalities. Baleem is also known for its glorious past, as we find five important personalities in the history of Chitral like Ayaz, Muhammad Rafi, Balandi, Dudar Bakhdur and Bades, who have had honour of being chieftain (which in local parlance is called Haakim) during the era of the princely state of Chitral. It may be necessary to mention here that Haakim Ayaz belongs to Col (R) Ikramullah Khan’s family, Haakim Muhammad Rafi and Balandi belong to Dr. Inayatullah Faizi’s family. .. Dur Wali Khan, 20 Aug 2017
Ten new utility stores to be opened in Chitral: Utility super stores at Drosh, Garam Chashma and Booni and normal stores at Harth, Parabek, Madaklasht, Golen, Madak, Mur Rech have been approved for opening. This was disclosed by MNA Shahzada Iftikharuddin. ..CN report, 15 Aug 2017.
Chitralis caught cheating their employers: In the recent past the number of Chitralis caught cheating their employers in one way or the other has seen an increase. Recently some Chitralis employed as salesmen/managers in shops within five star hotels in the capital were apprehended for financial cheating. Once known for loyalty and honesty the trend is changing with Chitrali workers or is it that the opportunities are opening up? .. CN report, 10 Aug 2017
Post tunnel opening better transport system expected: After the partial opening of Lowari tunnel transportation system is expected to improve. A recently advertised transport company is starting air conditioned luxury bus service from Rawalpindi to Chitral, to begin with. .. CN report, 08 Aug 2018.
JI decides on election 2018 candidates: Jamat Islami Chitral has finalised names for contesting election 2018. Molana Abdul Alkbar will be candidate for NA 32 and Haji Maghfirat Shah, the sitting district Nazim will contest for PK 89. The candidate for PK90 will be finalised later. .. CN report, 08 Aug 2018.
Bilawal to mull contesting elections from Chitral: Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto may consider contesting the next general elections from Chitral, after evaluating his visit due on 05 Aug. The local leadership has invited him so, according to reports .. CN report, 03 Aug 2017

GLOF- an environmental report on Chitral

Glof—Glacial Lakes Outburst Floods- have become a recurring worry for the people of Chitral particularly for those  who live in the heavy glacier valleys of upper Chitral.  This calamity of global warming hit two valleys of Chitral this summer. This summer experienced GLOF in two valleys of Chitral; the one  at Unawich, Yarkhun above the famous Darband defile and the flood destroyed  a large area of the nearby lands including road and bridges. The inhabitants of the said village remained cut off from the rest of the district. After many weeks PTI leadership had the guts to reach the disaster hit area and some relief was offered along with an amount of funds for rebuilding the bridge.
Another GLOF hit the Roshgol valley of Terich UC and destroyed a very large pasture land, countless birch trees, poplars as well as the water channel of a micro hydal power house at Zondrangram. This was some huge lake hidden in the midst of the glaciers of eastern Saraghrar massif of colossal magnitude. The impact of global warming has started hitting the glaciers at a level that was not known in the past. The intensity of the flood was too great to be described that rose to a record height and carried away everything  on both sides of the river. The broken section of the Channel was temporarily repaired by the community concerned but it is still un reliable and it is sorry to say that the district administration did not budge  as usual , no notice was taken of the damages and the inhabitants had to do every repair work with their own hands. .. Prof. R. K. Baig, Chitral 20 Oct 2017

Mind games and media wars

Deputy Commissioner’s cleanliness initiative appreciated

Dear Sir,
Through your esteemed news and views service, I wish to express my appreciation for the positive steps taken by DC Chitral Mr Irshad Ahmad Sodhar, upon assuming charge of office. His immediate activities speak of the priorities in his mind which seem sound and healthy by any standard. We hope he keeps up the tempo and attends to pressing collective problems of the people of Chitral. We hope that the cleanliness drive launched by him continues beyond the week and becomes a standard procedure year round. I also request him to ask the Imams of mosques to stress upon the importance of cleanliness of their environment  through Darse and Jumma sermons. “Where there is a will there is a way”. We wish him good luck. .. Faridul Haq, Chitral 19 Oct 2017


Suicide girl rescued from the river

Chitral .. A young school girl from Denin village of Chitral town jumped into the river from the cable box in which she was traversing the river. Passerby help rescued her from drowning in the water. Her father talking to news reporters said she had mental problem and earlier too had attempted to end her life.
As this is a good opportunity to study a live case where the subject can be interviewed and talked to, it is therefore imperative that a board of psychologists and psychiatrists take up this as a study case to determine the alarming rate of female suicide incidents in Chitral. .. Muhkamuddin, 18 Oct 2017

Saudi Arabia to vet authenticity of hadiths to counter extremism

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud ordered the establishment of an authority to scrutinise uses of the hadith, accounts of the sayings, actions or habits of the Prophet (PBUH) that are used by preachers and jurists to support teachings and edicts on all aspects of life. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to monitor interpretations of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the Culture and Information Ministry has said.

In a decree, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud ordered the establishment of an authority to scrutinise uses of the hadith – accounts of the sayings, actions or habits of the Prophet (PBUH) that are used by preachers and jurists to support teachings and edicts on all aspects of life.

The ministry said late on Tuesday that the body’s aim would be to “eliminate fake and extremist texts and any texts that contradict the teachings of Islam and justify the committing of crimes, murders and terrorist acts”.

The body will be based in Madina and overseen by a council of senior Islamic scholars from around the world, according to the decree. The ministry offered no specific details of how it would work in practice.

Terrorist groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda have used their own interpretations of hadiths – numbered in the thousands and pored over by scholars for centuries – to justify violence and to urge supporters to carry out attacks.

Senior clergy have denounced militant doctrines such as those of al Qaeda or Da’ish, while the government, which vets clerics in Saudi Arabia’s 70,000 mosques, has sacked many for encouraging violence or sedition.

Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir said last month that thousands of extremist clerics had been dismissed, although he gave no timeframe.

The ministry said the body would serve Islam by creating “a solid scientific reference to vet and verify the authenticity of hadiths”, which are second in importance only to the Holy Quran. It did not say what form the reference would take.

The decree issued by the king, whose official title is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, said the body would be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hassan al Sheikh, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, which serves as the kingdom’s highest religious body.


Oil will crash to $10 a barrel, strategist says

Oil will crash to $10 a barrel with electric vehicle revolution, strategist says

  • Chris Watling, chief executive of Longview Economics, acknowledged that a key catalyst for the oil market would most likely be Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) in the second half of next year.
  • And when he was asked about Saudi Arabia’s state oil group being launched on the international stock market, he replied, “Well I think they need to get it away quick before oil goes to $10 (per barrel).”
  • Over the long term “what happens with electric vehicles is really, really important” given that around 70 percent of oil is used for transportation, he added.

Why the oil price will plummet to $10, according to one strategist  

Oil prices are poised to crash to just $10 per barrel over the next six to eight years as alternative energy fuels continue to attract more and more investors, Chris Watling, chief executive of Longview Economics, told CNBC on Friday.

When looking ahead to 2018, Watling acknowledged that a key catalyst for the oil market would most likely be Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) in the second half of next year. And when he was asked about Saudi Arabia’s state oil group being launched on the international stock market, he replied, “Well I think they need to get it away quick before oil goes to $10 (per barrel).”

While Watling explained that he did not necessarily expect such an intense decline in oil prices over the coming weeks or months, he did argue that over the long term “what happens with electric vehicles is really, really important” given that around 70 percent of oil is used for transportation.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih talks to journalists during a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, November 30, 2016.

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Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih talks to journalists during a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, November 30, 2016.

“We forget don’t we? I mean 120 years ago the world didn’t live on oil. Oil hasn’t always driven the global economy… The point is alternative energy in some forms is gathering speed (and) things are changing,” he added.

The Longview Economics CEO forecast the price of oil would ultimately slump to $10 a barrel over the next six to eight years.

OPEC optimistic oil market rebalancing

On Thursday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said the global outlook for oil markets in 2018 could put a dampener on hopes for higher prices. In its closely-watched report, the IEA said global stock builds, rising non-OPEC production and static oil demand could weigh on the oil price.

The IEA’s latest monthly report was published amid optimistic forecasts from the major oil producer group OPEC, with the cartel arguing there was evidence of the global oil market rebalancing following several years of low prices.

The price of oil collapsed from almost $120 a barrel in June 2014 due to weak demand, a strong dollar and booming U.S. shale production. OPEC’s reluctance to cut output was also seen as a key reason behind the fall. But, the oil cartel soon moved to curb production — along with other oil producing nations — in late 2016.

Brent crude traded at around $57.39 a barrel Friday morning, up 2 percent, while U.S. crude was around $51.50 a barrel, up 1.8 percent.

It’s time politics gives way to an efficient replacement

Chitral .. Often wonder, what is this thing called politics in today’s contemporary world. It is not unusual to hear people taunting at one another exclaiming “don’t play politics with me” meaning (“don’t fool me”). If we think about it cool headedly, we will not be able to justify the role of politics in today’s world vis-à-vis it’s raison d’être or it’s relevance.

As a case in point to explain, let us consider as to what are political workers, the driving tools of politics. Isn’t it a fact that political workers of any party would strive to bring their party to power and then aspire for the booties of victory in the form of personal gratifications. Which worker of any party works keeping his aim as collective betterment of the country (save the noble very few). All are after individual gains. Isn’t this the bitter truth? Why must we blindly follow a system (democracy) that was introduced 2500 years back and which by now has been thrashed to a totally mutilated form.

Now, the world is totally a different playfield compared to 2500 years ago. The concepts, perceptions and everything else is different to what was then. Now we have technology as the most effective game determinant in the world. The major developments in the contemporary world are due to technology, not politics. Whether it be the abundance of energy, the ease of communication through mobile phone, the access of information through internet, the outreach to yonder galaxies, all owe their existence to technology. Politics has nothing to do with them.

The point to ponder is if intelligent people can alter the world through technology and deliver to the world the goodies and the facilities we are enjoying today, can’t they govern the world in a sensible manner and make it a better place for human beings? Of course yes!. We need to shed primitive practices like democracy and opt for a new intelligence based system powered by technology. This can be achieved making use of intelligent people by giving them responsibilities through the transparent system of ‘Meritocracy‘. Let us think out of the box. Let us make the world a better place by using the resources and the opportunities it provides us, intelligence being the foremost. Following a beaten path and expecting change is a folly. Concepts need to be revisited. Let us not be afraid of an honest and fair system where capability shall reign to deliver facilities and goodness to the world. .. CN Editorial, 16 Oct 2017

An old man’s advice yields much for you

Everyone has their own personal outlook on life. Many of us don’t choose it – we just follow our feelings, shaped by circumstance and experience. Others decide to choose what their outlook will be, and follow their minds instead. The man in this story shows us that it takes some wisdom to be able to live happily…
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A 92-year-old man, short, very well-presented, who took great care of his appearance, was moving into an old people’s home one day. His wife of 70 years had recently died, and he was obliged to leave his home. After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiled as I told him his room was ready.
As he slowly walked to the elevator, using his cane, I described his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window, which served as a curtain.
“I like it very much”, he said, with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old boy who had just been given a new puppy.
“Sir, you haven’t even seen the room yet. Hang on a moment, we are almost there.”
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“That has nothing to do with it,” he replied. “Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor – rather it depends on how I decide to see it. It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I make every morning when I wake up.

“I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order. Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have made during my life.

“Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. “

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For a moment, I thought about the old man’s words, and it all made sense. He made me realize that in life, we have to deposit all the happiness we can in our bank account of memories. Like this, we will always have a trove of them to cherish.
I would like to thank you for your part in filling my account with happy memories, which I am still continuing to fill…

And I remind you, that to live a happy life, you have to free your heart from hate, free your mind from worry, live simply, give more, and expect less.

That’s what the wise old man lives by.

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If you have been touched by this message, send it to your loved ones and your friends. It’s the way we touch each other with simple truths that spreads goodness in the world. Who knows? A miracle might happen as a result…

Have a blessed day!

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