The English and Dutch are really Chitralis ?


  1. My son took part in the National Geographic’s Genographic Project as part of his high school science project just like thousands of students and individuals around the world. In the case of his school project, the genetic testing was an exercise in learning about the common genetic heritage of all humanity. As per the prevailing Out of Africa Model of paleoanthropologists, our common human ancestors are said to have originated in Africa some 200,000 years ago and migrated initially to the Middle East across the narrow body of water between what is now Yemen and the Horn of Africa some 60, 000 years ago. This is said to be supported by archeological, anatomical and genetic evidence. Evolutionary biologists also speak of an evolutionary Adam and Eve to which all humans can trace their ancestry. The National Geographic Genographic Project purports to show our affiliation to regional ethnic groups and regions by examining genetic markers. Distinct haplotypes or genetic clans are identified through random DNA mutations that popped up over time. This accounts for the diversity of humankind. Not surprisingly my son’s testing results identified him sharing predominantly Central Asian and South Asian genetic markers as regional identifiers. The test and the overall study make no inferences to a purported link from Africa to Chitral to Europe or elsewhere. It simply implies several general routes out of Africa for human migration. Making fanciful claims of migrations out of Chitral is not supported. In particular, conjecture about the migration of people across the Broghil Pass to Europe is not substantiated. At the time of my son’s participation in the Genographic Project, I did not come across another Chitrali participant but it would be interesting to see if this has since changed. In the event, the Genographic Project is ongoing. Unless some researcher can show unique genetic markers between the Chitrali population and any other population, it would be unwise to use a general diagram to imply some direct human migration and link between Chitralis and any other group. After all the greater purpose of the school project and the National Geographic Genomic Project is to show that collectively we are all part of one human family. That is to say, despite any minor mutations in our genetic make-up, we are all virtually the same no matter where humans are to be found in the world.

    Shahzadi Sofia Baig MBBS, CCFP, DABFP

  2. Thank you Mr Sloan ! This is really fantastic revelation. Dr Sofia Baig has added useful information on genetic engineering. We shall wait for more input from specialists of the field.

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