Chitral Police saved twenty five stuck passengers
Timely action of Chitral police saved the lives of twenty five
persons including women and chlidren near Chitral portal of Lowari
Tunnel on Thursday who had been entangled by snow avalanches on two
sides leaving them with no option of either moving forward or go
back to safer place.
One of the passengers, Zahid Ali of Mulkhow, told Chitral Times
that he was travelling from Chitral to Peshawar with his family of
four and their vehicle was included in the convoy of eight and was
heading towards the tunnel when the snow avalanche fell from the
hillock of all sudden in three different places one after the
He said to their good luck, none of the avalanches hit the vehicles
but blocked them on two sides and the falling of more avalanches
was impending which could have run over the vehicles packed with
Narrating the ordeal of the passengers, he said that there were
screams and cries of the passengers calling for help but there was
hardly any one to hear the frantic calls and they had almost lost
He said that the passengers of a vehicle which had lagged behind
the convoy for changing its punctured wheel had seen the convoy
caught between the debris of avalanches and had reported to the
nearest check post of police at Ashirait on which sub-divisional
police officer of Drosh, Zafar Ahmed rushed to the spot with his
“While approaching the site, the officer and his men escaped a hair
breadth from being hit another avalanche and in the course, their
vehicle was slightly hit by the avalanche but they moved forward
towards the trapped passengers and rescued and removed them to a
safer place from where we came back to Chitral”, he said.
“Any delay in the rescue could have been proved disastrous and we
would have been crippled by the series of avalanches which hit the
segment of the mountainous road after we left the place”, he said.
SDPO Zafar Ahmed said that he lost no time when he was informed
about the incident as he knew the fact that when avalanche starts
falling in a certain place, it is followed by a succession of
similar volleys of sliding mass of snow.
He said that keeping in view the hyper critical situation in the
approach road of the tunnel, the district police officer has
ordered to deploy sixty personnel of commando so that they could
rush to the trouble spot rapidly and carry out rescue operation.
He said that to regulate the flow of vehicular traffic on Lowari
days (Fridays and Tuesdays), fifty personnel of traffic police were
deployed at different points.