14 Chitralis working in Afghanistan return home

Around 20 others are still said to be working in Afghanistan.

Our Correspondent August 11, 2012

PESHAWAR: At least 14 locals from the Kalash valley of Chitral district, who recently got jobs with the Afghan government, have voluntarily returned to their native areas and appeared before the district administration on Saturday, officials said.

Earlier on August 2, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa department of Home and Tribal Affairs had directed Commissioner Malakand division to probe reports that locals from Chitral were joining the Afghan National Army (ANA).

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Chitral Rehmatullah Wazir confirmed to The Express Tribune that about 14 residents of Bamborit and Rambur areas of Kalash valley have appeared before him.

He added that some other people from the area were still working with the Afghan government, and the local elders have assured the district administration that they will return within a month. However, he said that most of these people were working with the Afghan border police and doing other menial jobs.

Wazir said that the agencies will investigate those who have returned.

He also said that notices will be issued to those who will not return during the stipulated time, and action will be taken against them. However, Wazir also pointed out that these people lived on the border and have interaction on both sides, and were engaged in small jobs.

Those who appeared before the district administration on Saturday were identified as Qudratullah, Habibullah, Abdur Rashid, Suliman, Khalil, Ziaur Rehman, Barat, Abdul Wahab, Rehmatuddin, Mohammad Yousaf, Feroz Khan, Shafiqur Rehman, Musalmaan and Abdur Rashid.

About 20 others are still said to be carrying out jobs in Afghanistan.

The returning men reportedly told the district administration that they were poor people and had gone to Afghanistan for better paying jobs. They demanded the government to provide them with jobs.


Imran Khan | 9 years ago | Reply A totally natural reaction to the problem of youth unemployment. Chitral as compared to other districts has high literacy rate and there are virtually no jobs available at all. Even if there are some those are filled on the basis of bribes and government job are literally being auctioned where there is price for each post and each grade. In these circumstances I think getting employment somewhere is like doing away starvation and hunger which is totally justifiable.
Ali Nisar | 9 years ago | Reply

Mr. Khan of Jandul, your statement is totally wrong, Chitrali'es were rulling on these areas. Chitrali'es never fall under rull of Durani'es. Sometime they were attacking on Kunar, sometime Dir and Jandul and sometime on Bajaur. They were sub-ordinate of Chitrali'es and Nuristan was part of Chitral

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