More than 200 passengers rescued from Lowari top by Pak Army,
Chitral Scouts and Chitral Police
CHITRAL: More than two hundred passengers were caught by
blizzards in the early hours of Thursday when they were descending
to the Chitral valley after crossing the Lowari top while they were
rescued by the men of Chitral police, Engineering corps of Pak Army
and Chitral Scouts.
One of the passengers, Zakir Khan of Goldur, reaching here told
Chitral Times that the convoy of 25 flying coaches had to
stop when they had turned about twenty of the forty two turns of
the Pass when the road received about a foot of snow rendering the
He said that panic gripped the convoy and some of the passengers
started running downward after disembarking the vehicles and he saw
many children fainted while physically weaker and women remained
inside the vehicles.
The passengers leaving the vehicles reached the nearby check post
of district levies along with some children and women while the
rest of them rescued by the personnel of police, army and Scouts,
Another passenger from Singoor, Salehur Rehaman, travelling with
her sister, said that it was a miracle that all the passengers
survived in the situation while the visibility was almost one foot
to the blowing of winds carrying the masses of snow.
He said that a wedding party coming to Chitral from upper Dir was
amongst the passengers which consisted of women and children and
they were the worst affected.
Mr. Rahman said that he saw the jawans of Chitral police led by
wrapping the children in their uniform coats and rushing down to
the Ziarat check post.
Sub-Divisional police officer, Drosh Zafar Ahmed Khan told Chitral
Times that he rushed to the spot well before fajr prayer when
he received telephone calls from the stranded passengers as the
loss of a single moment would led to deaths to many.
He said that the rescue was an arduous and perilous task to
approach the place at higher altitude facing the blizzards but it
was the strong will to save the people which enabled them to