Kalash delegation mugged in Lahore

Published: February 4, 2015
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CHITRAL: An India-bound Kalash delegation that was mugged in Lahore on Saturday by men donning police uniforms is running from pillar to post in hope of justice.

The 10-member delegation, comprising four women and six men, was on its way to India to attend a conference when it got mugged in the limits of Islampura police station. Their valuables, documents and luggage were forcibly taken away by men on motorcycles posing as policemen.

A member of the delegation dubbed the incident “state terrorism”. Speaking to The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity, he said the bandits also pushed and shoved female delegates.

He said another member of the delegation, Diana Kalash, decried the mugging incident in a Facebook post and said the Kalasha people do not even have basic rights in the country. “We were just travelling to attend an international conference to represent Pakistan,” she stated in the post.

Though the delegation got some of their belongings back, their passports and other items are still missing, halting their visit to India and forcing them to stay in Lahore.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Faisal
    Feb 4, 2015 - 11:34AM

    Good Governence of law and order situation in Lahore and Punjab by and large, Bravo Khadam Alaa

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Feb 4, 2015 - 7:01PM

    People of Kalash have been harassed since they are interrsted to keep their culture intact . These tribes have maintained their ancient values even in a very odd condition . These people are known for extending hospitality to the guests . Infact they inhabit in an area which was the actual gate of entire ARIYAWART . They welcomed all visitors and attackers in the region in the past due to the fact that they know the assymilation potential of Ariyan culture . No one was enemy to them . This legacy is now being deliberately erroded just to impose the other manpulated legacy which is solely responsible for origin of terrorism and malpractices on the name of religion and culture . Max Muller has seeded an ever lasting controvrrcy which has fractured the real legacy of the past of these unfortunate tribes .Recommend

  • John B
    Feb 4, 2015 - 8:03PM

    Someone did not want them to attend the conference. And definitely not the muggers

    “Though the delegation got some of their belongings back, their passports and other items are still missing”

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  • someone
    Feb 4, 2015 - 8:50PM

    @John B:
    Totally agree. Could be the “establishment” goons.

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