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Dunya Ju Baso, the latest single music video by Irfan Ali Taj and Zoe Viccaji, continues to get viewers appreciations after a week of its release. Irfan Ali Taj, a contemporary folk artist from Chitral, had formally introduced Khowar music to the mainstream music industry through his first duet with Zoe Viccaji called Ashiqi Angar.

Irfan Ali Taj had announced the release of Dunya Ju Baso during an interview with GBee at the time when he released his single music video called Ishq Daryah.

The duo of Irfan with Zoe Viccaji is turning out to be a huge success. Zoe herself is a celebrated Pakistani pop singer and is a known musical figure. She has also appeared as a playback singer in Coke Studio.

What’s different from her first duet with Irfan Ali Taj is that this time, she sings Khowar lyrics. We asked a couple of Khowar speakers and turns out, she has actually killed it.

Just like any former music videos by Irfan Ali Taj, spectacular scenic views from Chitral along with Chitrali Sitar and Rabab music will simply leave you stunned. However, unlike Ashiqi Angar, Dunya Jo Baso is a complete Khowar track.

At the time of publishing this post, the vide has been watched by more than sixty thousand people on Facebook and more than twelve thousand times on Youtube. The song has also been posted on platforms like SoundCloud, Patari and Taazi.

The song has been written by Irfan Ali Taj himself the video has been produced by Mubashir Admani and directed by Junaid Mustafa. Moaaz Afridi has added beautiful rhythm guitars to the song.

      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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      Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral as part of their Royal Tour in Pakistan

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      Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral, Pakistan
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      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew from Islamabad to Chitral on their third day of Royal tour in Pakistan. This is the first royal tour of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton to Pakistan.

      The two were welcomed with traditional Chitrali Pakol, a traditional Chitrali cap, and Chitrali Chogha, a traditional long coat in often presented to dignitaries, at the Chitral Airport.

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport
      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport where they were presented with traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha. Photo: WireImage

      The royal couple had landed in Islamabad on Monday evening as part of a 5-day long royal tour in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy first day in the capital where they had a meeting with Prime  Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, the royal couple visited Islamabad Model College for Girls, a government-run school in the capital city.

      Later, the British High Commissioner for Pakistan Thomas Drew hosted a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad. The royal couple arrived at Pakistan Monument in an auto-rickshaw.

      Duchess of Cambridge in Chitrali Cap
      The Duchess of Cambridge at Chitral Airport wearing a traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha.

      The Duke had spoken of the challenges Pakistan faces from climate change at a reception at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.

      “Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages,” he said.

      He further added:

      “I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.”

      William and Kate are also expected to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and the historic city of Lahore as part of their royal tour.

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      Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Chitral observes International Day of Peace

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      Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Seenlasht, Chitral, organized student activities to commemorate International Day of Peace on September 21, 2019. As a responsible seat of learning imparting educational excellence to the youth in the region, the school focuses both on academic and co-curricular activities.

      The activities aim to prepare its students to compete with the challenges offered by the globalized society of today and to make them responsive to the challenges faced by modern society. In doing so, the focus of the school is to bring international dimensions, themes, and activities into the teaching and learning processes of the school by incorporating the sustainable development goals (SDG’s) of the United Nations with the syllabus and students learning outcomes.

      These objectives are being met by organizing student activities in collaboration with the British Council’s International School Award initiative and in partnership with national and international Schools. Observance of International Peace Day was one of the 21 such activities the school plans to perform during the academic year 2019.

      The Day was observed after 2nd break where students participated in different creative activities to commemorate the world peace day. The guest speaker was Mr. Qazi Salamt, religious Scholar from Chitral and the chief guest was Mr. Sherdoom, manger ITREB lower Chitral and attended by other guests.

      Specific activities included Observance of “Minute of Silence”, Presentation by students on the “Charter of Madina”- the earliest document on peace presented 1400 years ago by the Prophet of Islam Muhammad (PBUH), student’s talk show on the topic, “Peace Education through Pakistan Studies”, student research presentation on “Noble Peace Prize”, and student’s sketch making competition on Noble Peace laureates.

      The MoC shedding light on the importance of the day linked it with the theme of the Day for 2019 and said that “Climate Action”-the theme of this year, and campaign for the protection of the environment is in the priority list of the school. “The activities of the school including cleanliness campaign, plantation drive, observance of World Environment Day and World Wild Life Day to name a few, observed by the school this year by involving government departments, civil society and partner school is a witness of the school’s international commitment towards achieving the SDG’s of the UN”, added the comparer.

      A faculty member of the School, Mukhtar Ali shared the objectives of the program. The guest speaker explored the notion of peace as propounded in the Quran and in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He said that “Quran is actually promoting peace by discouraging enmities, fostering fair relations and unity through its various verses”. He shared that the notion of peace has been referred to in the Quran as a “blessing-Rahma”, and students should refer back to the holy Quran if they wish to know the philosophy of Peace.

      The chief guest said that to bring peace in the society, the students should focus on their self-transformation and become responsible citizens at the first place and work towards the elimination of all sort of injustice and prejudice, which will result in the permeation of peace in the society. He invited the students to explore the three words, Islam, Musalman and Salam-the three words signifying the faith, its subscribers and their method of interaction-all referring to various dimensions of the notion of peace.

      The venue of the program was decorated with students artworks depicting the theme of the day and various SDG’s of the UN. The school is planning to share these activities with a foreign school through the partnership mechanism as envisioned in the British Council’s International School Award initiative.

      The program concluded with the words of thanks by the principal of the School Mr. Tufail Nawaz.

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