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Sunni Cleric in Chitral saves mentally disabled man accused of making blasphemous remarks

A Sunni cleric and Khatib of Shahi Mosque in Chitral has saved the life of a man accused of making blasphemous remarks after Friday prayer on April 21, 2017. The man was brutally beaten by an angry mob before the cleric came to rescue and handed the accused to police.

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A Sunni cleric and Khatib of Shahi Mosque in Chitral has saved the life of a man accused of making blasphemous remarks after Friday prayer on April 21, 2017. The man was brutally beaten by an angry mob before the cleric came to rescue and handed the accused to police.

Police took timely action and took the man into their custody. Hours later, more than three thousand people gathered outside the police station demanding to hand them over the accused.

Picture of the accused surfaced on social a few hours after the incident. He was supposed to travel to Peshawar for mental treatment.

“He (the accused) must be beheaded” one angry man can be heard chanting in a video that was posted on Twitter by an eye witness.

The mob attacked the Chitral Police Station and damaged its gate and windows. Police carried out aerial firing and tear gas shelling to disperse the crowd. Frontier Constabulary also took part to maintain peace in the city and control the crowd.

Shahab Yousafzai, Deputy Commissioner Chitral, has confirmed that a FIR has been lodged against the accused man on blasphemy and terrorism charges.

The local administration is in talks with Ulema to

Just a week ago, Mashal Khan, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, was brutally killed by an angry mob inside the campus. Mashal Khan was accused of making blasphemous remarks on social media. A violent mob shot and threw Mashal Khan from the second floor of his hostel in front of hundreds of students and university administration.

Youth playing a cricket match outside Shahi Mosque, the iconic mosque in Chitral with Tirich Mir in the background

Youth playing a cricket match outside Shahi Mosque, the iconic mosque in Chitral with Tirich Mir in the background

In the wake of ongoing tensed situation in Chitral city and surrounding towns, the controversial Qaqlasht Festival has been postponed. The District Nazim and management of festival were highly criticized for putting a ban on women’s participation in the annual event. No new date has been announced yet.

 

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

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To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

For further information, please contact:
[email protected]

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The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

Read more about the agency at: http://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-agency-habitat

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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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