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Civil society of Chitral gathers at Press Club Islamabad in solidarity with PK-661 affectees

Members of civil society of Chitral along with a number of other concerned people gathered outside Islamabad Press Club in solidarity with the affectees of PK-661.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Civil society of Chitral gathers at Press Club Islamabad in solidarity with PK-661 affectees

Members of civil society of Chitral along with a number of other concerned people gathered outside Islamabad Press Club for a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the affectees of PK-661. Earlier last week, a PIA ATR flight PK-661 crashed near Havelian with 47 people on board. Among the passengers, 20 were from Chitral including 6 from the same family. So far, only four bodies have been identified. Due to the fleet of ATR aircraft being grounded by PIA, the family and relatives of the departed are facing great difficulty in transferring the bodies to Chitral.

A young student is burning a candle outside Islamabad Press Club where a number of members from civil society of Chitral gathered for a candlelight vigil.

A young student is burning a candle outside Islamabad Press Club where a number of members from civil society of Chitral gathered for a candlelight vigil.

The event was organized by members of civil society of Chitral along with Chitral Students Welfare Organization residing in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. According to the activists, the agenda is to raise voice for speeding up the identification process of dead bodies and fair investigation of the incident. The other demand includes transferring bodies of deceased through a C-130. Family members of the deceased have already been brought from their remote hometowns in Chitral for DNA samples.

Family members of the deceased have already been brought from their remote hometowns in Chitral for DNA samples.

Members of Chitral Students Federation holding banners during candlelight vigil outside Islamabad Press Club

Members of Chitral Students Federation holding banners during candlelight vigil outside Islamabad Press Club

The attendees of candlelight vigil also emphasized that Lowari Tunnel must be opened for traffic so that passengers would not have to bear the extra difficulty that they face while crossing Lowari top. Currently, Lowari Top is covered with snow while the tunnel remains closed due to the on-going maintenance work. It is still unclear when PIA will start operating its flights.

Pictures of deceased passengers and crew were displayed at candlelight vigil in memory of crashed PK-661 flight.

Pictures of deceased passengers and crew were displayed at candlelight vigil in memory of crashed PK-661 flight.

Talking to GBee, Waqas Ali Muluk, who has lost his uncle in the incident said that they demand a free and fair investigation of the crash and that “Resignation of PIA Chairman is not enough”. he added.

He added:

“We demand job creation in PIA and other government organizations for the family members of deceased”.

Talking about the difficulties faced by passengers while crossing Lowari Pass, he said:

“Lowari tunnel should be opened for at least 3 days in a week for passengers going to Chitral”.

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

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Introducing #GBCProspers - Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Every day when we wake up, we struggle hard to make a name for ourselves, our families and our country. We see a handful of names in the limelight while hundreds and thousands of names remain in an obscurity no matter how big or small that person’s contribution to the society is.

At GBee, we believe that a society cannot prosper without the small yet meaningful contributions of its members.

This is why, we are announcing the launch of an on-going campaign which we are now officially calling #GBCProspers. This campaign aims to celebrate the contributions, small and big, by the common citizens that collectively reflect in the social, cultural, religious, musical and economic prosperity of the mountain communities.

How to access the stories?

The stories published under #GBCProspers campaign can be found on a dedicated topic section. Each story will also be published in its relevant district page on Facebook and GBee’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Alternatively, you can search for the hashtag #GBCProspers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest as well as the stories published in the past.

How to submit a story?

Stories can be submitted at our email editor[at]gbee.pk with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

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Four including two brothers killed in an avalanche in Drosh, Chitral

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At least four people have been killed in an avalanche in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest district of Chitral.  According to Khursheed Alam, the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, four dead bodies have been recovered. The avalanche occurred at around 3:00 AM on Sunday in Gorin Gol, an area in Shishikoh union council of Drosh, Chitral.

Abdul Wali Khan, the Assistant Commissioner Drosh, personally participated in the efforts for recoveries of bodies. Chitral Levies, local police, 1122 personnel, and community volunteers were engaged to recover the dead bodies. The rescue officials faced difficulties in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals due to blockage of roads. Pakistan Army had provided a helicopter for the rescue of the injured.

Earlier, Rescue 1122 personnel and volunteers rushed to the Shishikoh after over a dozen people went missing following a snow avalanche. Drosh region of Chitral received heavy snowfall since last Tuesday.

DC Chitral said in a press release that people were trapped beneath a thick mass of snow after the avalanche hit a village in Shishikoh’s Gorin Gol area.

The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 AM said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA).

She added that three people have been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped.

At least 10 people have been safely evacuated who were trapped under the avalanche.

The dead have been recognized as Momin s/o Khaista Khan, Amirzada s/o Khaista Khan, Saad Malook s/o Bahadur and Usman s/o Gul Mohammad.

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Dominant Chitral beats Gilgit in the final of Shandur Polo Festival 2018

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Shandur Polo Festival 2018

Chitral has maintained its 10-seasons-long winning streak by beating Gilgit in the of Shandur Polo Tournament. The final match was played on the third and final day of the annual Shadur Polo Festival 2018. Chitral A scored 10 goals while Gilgit A could only manage to score 5 goals.

Here is the summary of all the matches played during Shandur Polo Tournament as part of the Shandur Polo Festival, 2018.

Day 1:

Chitral  (Laspur)

5

1

Gilgit (Ghizer)

Chitral Officers

4

5

G-B Officers

Chitral (Mastuj)

9

3

Gilgit (Gupis)

Day 2:

Chitral B

8

3

Gilgit B

Chitral C

4

5

Gilgit C

Day 3 (Final):

Chitral A

10

5

Gilgit A

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