Rehan, a two year old boy lost his life due to unbearable cold while waiting Lawari tunnel to be opened for the passengers of Chitral, coming to larger parts of the Pakistan. Doctors had asked his parents to take
him for better medical treatment in the provincial capital Peshawar. Unfortunately, on the way to Peshawar from Chitral the little Rehan died during the traffic jam at Lawari pass on 13 January, 2016.
A sheer negligence from the part of the government is that instead of facilitating the passengers of remote and mountainous terrain of Chitral via Lowari tunnel, it has made it a curse for the native people. Local
passengers wait for days and days; for the Lowari tunnel to be opened, and miscommunication and poor administration makes the condition even more deplorable for them. Even no arrangement has been done
by government to look after the travelers who wait several hours in harsh weather.
The Lowari tunnel project was inaugurated in 1970s and even after four decades of its initiation the work on this project is still not complete. No one is quite sure about its completion and when it would become fully operational. This tunnel provides the only route for Chitral to connect with the rest of the world in harsh winters. Due to the heavy snowfall Lowari pass remains blocked throughout the winter season and the tunnel gets opened once or twice in a week. The people of Chitral are treated in such a way as if they are born as children of some lesser gods. For how long the people of this area would be ignored and mistreated by government authorities and how many lives would the harsh weather take? Rehan, was not the first child who lost his precious life. One may ponder whether Rehan was ill-fated which resulted in the loss of his life or the
carelessness and disregard of government authorities towards the people of Chitral were
responsible for this mishap.
Waqas Ali Muluk.