CHITRAL: A large number of media persons from different parts of the country, including Chitral, were on Sunday stopped from proceeding to the Kalash valley for the coverage of an annual spring festival there.
Media persons from different parts of the country had arrived in Chitral for the coverage of the Chilim Jusht festival. But on way to the Kalash valley they were stopped by security forces and told to produce no objection certificates (NIC). They were told that the federal government had made the NOC mandatory for the coverage of the festival.
When our correspondent GH Farooqui asked visiting KP minister Mehmood Khan about the issue, he said he condemned the restriction. However, he had no answer when asked why the KP government did not inform the media persons about the ban so that they could gave obtained the NOC.
Journalist Kamal A. Jamil told ChitralToday that he had been stopped at a checkpost even though he had an NOC issued by the DC Chitral office.
He said the security personnel were asking for a permission issued by the army.