NCHR head visits Kalash valley on facts finding mission

August 31, 2017

CHITRAL: Chairman, National Commission for Human Rights Justice Ali Nawaz Chohan visited Bumborat village of Kalash valley here on the fact finding mission following some reports of violations of human rights of Kalash community.

The Chairman was accompanied by Fazila Aiani Member Balochistan, Syed Khizar Ali Shah Director, Raza Ur Rehman Coordinator, Syed Ahsan Ayaz Kazmi Coordinator and Syed Haider Ali Zafar Coordinator besides other relevant authorities.

Elites from three valleys of Kalash Birir, Rumber and Bumborat attended open forum with Chairman NCHR and briefed him about their problems.

Saifullah Jan from Rumbor valley, Baharam Shah, Imran Kabir, Akram Hussain from Bumborat valley, Shah Hussain and Unat Baig councilors from Birir valley attended the session and informed him about different problems of their valleys.

The NCHR delegation was informed said that there was no girl school or college in three valleys of Kalash as well as they were also facing lack of health facilities. The road condition is most deteriorated and sometimes patient expire before reaching to hospital.

Chairman NCHR emphasized that Nikah should be conducted only by the registered Nikah Khwan and all matrimonial rights granted to a Muslim girl should be secured in the Nikah Nama particularly the right to have a proper Meher.

Chohan said NCHR was an independent organization, which plays an important role for protection of human rights of people.

He expressed concern over dilapidated condition of road and asked district administration and others relevant authorities to facilitate tourists, government officials and journalists in matters relating in obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) and fully cooperate with them.

The Chairman NCHR also visited Kalash Dur, Museum and Kalash school where he was briefed by elders Akram Hussain, Imran Kabir regarding conservation of Kalash culture in this museum and primary school for Kalash students.

Chairman NCHR proposed that a well researched chapter on the Kalash culture needs to be included in curriculum so that the young generation can appreciate the uniqueness and historical significance of the Kalash people and their culture.

He said Kalash has a unique culture in the world and there was no harm if their students was taught according to their own culture, doctrine and religious belief. When they get mature then they can decide about their conversion but not in childhood.

He also visited old graveyard of Kalash, central village of Kalash Krakar and Justakan their worship place.

The Chairman NCHR expressed pleasure that Kalash was a beautiful valley where the most civilized and peace loving people were living and owing to its unique culture and exemplary peace, Chitral is famous in the world over.  – APP