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    April  04,  2016



Two persons die and seven injured in torrential rain

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: Two persons died and seven injured in rain related incidents as a large number of houses collapsed due to the widespread rains, avalanches hit a number of villages during the last two days across the valley of Chitral.

One person Islam Khan died in Gobor village in Lot Koh valley when avalanche hit and swept it while the other family members had left for safer place.

In another incident, a teen aged girl Zakira daughter of Rahmat Khan slipped into the river and died at Attani Ayun village while coming back to home from the pasture during the rainfall. The local people retrieved her dead body from the river and buried her.

In Thingshen village near Chitral town, wife and two daughters of Amir Zaman sustained injuries when their collapsed due to excessive rainfall who have been admitted to the DHQ hospital.

Four persons have also sustained injured in isolated rain related incidents in the valleys of Yarkhoon, Laspur and Karimabad.

In Neozantek of Booni town, the heap of boulders are reported to be falling in constant succession forcing the villagers to fled to the safer places while avalanches also totally blocked the roads in Werkup of Torkhow.

Chitral-Garam Chashma road, Bumburate road, Karimabad road and Terich roads remained closed for vehicular traffic on Sunday while Chitral-Booni road was kept opened for traffic several times after it was closed by falling boulders and inundation of floods in the streams using heavy machinery.

Executive engineer of Communication of works (C&W) department, Maqbul Azam told Chitral Times  that heavy machinery has been placed in stand-by position on Chitral-Booni road due to its central position connecting the upper and lower parts of the district.

He said that machinery has also been mobilized to Ayun to open the Bumburate road while work on the Bumburate and Garam Chashma road will be started as and when the rains are stopped as it was not possible to carry on work during raining on both the roads.

Jamaat-e-Islami Chitral oppose the imposing of custom act in Malakand Division

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The district amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Chitral, Maulana Jamshed Ahmed has asked the federal government to repeal its order of imposing Custom Act in Malakand Division of which Chitral is a distirct as the people were already mired in abject poverty and the area was backward.

Addressing a press conference flanked by Maulana Salamatullah and Qari Fida Muhammad here on Sunday, he said that the Malakand Division had recently hit by the wave of terrorism and then flash floods in 2010, 2013 and 2015 rendering them more poverty-stricken and indigent than ever before.

He said that the news of extending the Act to the area has sent shock waves across Malakand Division and the government will have to withdraw it due to the sharp reaction from the civil society.

Mr. Ahmed said that the area making provincially administrated tribal areas (PATA) since 1969, was exempted from all types of federal taxes due to its backwardness and the poverty prevailing here while the stage of development and progress is yet to come to enable the people to endure the burden of taxes.



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