CHITRAL AT THE
It seems so obvious that the region is at a point of having to
decide its future. We have to devise our own destiny because
Chitral is no more isolated part of the country due to the opening
of Lawari tunnel. There are numerous challenges associated with the
proposed alternative CPEC route via Chakdra, Chitral and GB.
Speaking at a roundtable conference at Serena Hotel Islamabad on
January 11, 2017,District Nazim Chitral Haji Maghfirat shah said
that Chitral is not only a mass of land rather it’s a culture and
we have to preserve it at any cost. The round table was planned to
formulate a well- defined economic growth strategy for Chitral to
assist in alleviating the challenges that uncontrolled growth can
pose to the unprepared people, a fragile environment and a natural
resource base threatened by climate change.
Since 2010,it is the first development projects to compensate
Chitral after various natural calamities like floods and earthquake
that caused unprecedented devastation in Chitral and push back
Chitral economy for twenty years. However there are certain basic
essentials that must be complimentary in order to reap benefits
from any infrastructure projects. The favorable environment, human
capital, consistent policies and favorable business environment in
order to attract investment.
First, the favorable environment, Chitral is still one of the most
vulnerable region to climate change and constantly prone to Natural
calamities such as flood and earthquake.
Second, the human capital situation in Chitral is lagging. Despite
Chitral is comparatively advanced with regard to literacy rate, as
compared to the rest of KP, The rate of higher education completion
Third, the representatives of Chitral in national and provincial
assemblies are diverse in terms of political background. All of the
political parties such as PMLN, PTI, JUI, JTI, and PPP are active
in Chitral. In such a situation it will be difficult to agree upon
on a single agenda.
Finally, the business environment in Chitral is very attractive due
its distinguished favorable law and order situation. However due to
lack of creativity and awareness local business community are
generally inclined to risk aversion which is an important
obstacle in the way of business development.
In such a terrible situation can Chitral reap the benefits of
alternative CPEC route?
In order to improve upon the indictors following are the
Development of human capital through formal education and
technical training should be restructured. The government should
design area-specific training courses to cater to local needs. For
this purpose, an assessment study can be conducted to understand
local needs and business opportunities. In addition to this a need
of charted university is always there in order to improve higher
Most of the time during construction the debris put it into the
nearest river and which become flood when the flow of water is high
in summer. Therefore an awareness campaign must be disseminated in
order to mitigate the hazards of floods.
The political leadership need to think beyond their personal
interests and make a valuable contribution in the development of
Financial institutions should play their role by providing low
interest base loan so that people become motivated and start
business. Moreover arrangement of workshops and seminars for
business community can also be helpful with provision of basic
The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is widely considered to
be a game changer for both Pakistan and the region. However need to
consider the environmental impacts of the project, after all the
environment may get affected due to transportation traffic that
will pass through Chitral attractive mountainous roads.
Without execution of a unified institutional framework the fruits
of CPEC may never turned up.
M phil student
At PIDE Islamabad