MNA pledges funds to restore Kalash valley

Published: October 11, 2015
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Kalash female students walk to class through the entrance of the Kalasha Dur and community centre in Brun village located in Bumboret Kalash valley. PHOTO: REUTERS

Kalash female students walk to class through the entrance of the Kalasha Dur and community centre in Brun village located in Bumboret Kalash valley. PHOTO: REUTERS

CHITRAL: 

Recent floods have changed the face of Kalash valleys, said PML-N MNA Asfandyar Bhandara. Victims of the natural disaster need a comprehensive government support system to restore these areas to their original character, said Bhandara at a public gathering late Friday evening during a visit to Chitral. 

“As a minority MNA, I will not keep services limited to non-Muslims. I will serve and help both Muslims and non-Muslims with the same spirit.” He added he did not believe in religious discrimination.

“I will spend all the funds from my share on the restoration of Kalash valleys,” said Bhandara. He urged the opposition and K-P government to release funds for restoration and rehabilitation of the district. “The Kalasha are a national asset,” said the MNA. He said he would soon present a bill in the National Assembly asking the government to declare Kalash an endangered tribe in Pakistan. “This will allow funding from UN organisations for the progress of Kalash tribes.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2015.

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