CHITRAL: A group of people from the Kalash valleys on Tuesday held a press conference in Chitral and called upon the KP government not to transfer Deputy Commissioner Osama Ahmad Waraich from Chitral, saying he has been making extraordinary efforts for the resolution of the issues faced by the people of the district, especially the minority community living in the Kalash valleys.
A news report published in ChitralToday on Oct 25 stated that District Nazim Maghfirat Shah was trying to get the DC transfer from Chitral and in this regard he had already approached the chief minister with the help of the Jamaat-e-Islami ministers in the province. However, the nazim issued a press conference and denied the allegation. Since then, however, a number of people and groups along with the PTI Chitral have held press conferences or issued statements demanding that the DC should not be transferred.
Sarawat Shah, Iran Bibi, Lali Gul councilor Jam Shahi, Abdul Rashid and Attai Jan from the Kalash valleys told the local reporters at the press club that the news of efforts being made by some political people to get the DC transferred quickly reached the Kalash valleys and saddened the people there.
People of Kalash valleys asked us to go to Chitral town and convey their appeal to the authorities concerned to not transfer Mr Waraich and give him a chance to continue working for the betterment f the people of Chitral, especially the minority community.
They said they were impressed by the sympathy and sense of devolution shown by Mr Waraich towards the resolution of the problems of the Kalash community. Mr Waraich visited the Kalash valleys on a number of occasions after the 2015 floods and the earthquake and took keen interest in resolving the local issues, including repairing roads and other infrastructure, they added.
(Correspondents: Muhkam Uddin, Syed Nazir Husain & Bashir Hussain Azad).