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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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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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Chitral avalanche
File Photo via Pamir Times

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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