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Why Chitralis are looked down upon? — 8 Comments

  1. If you do not be strong to defend yourself you will fall a prey to the strong. It is not the matter of language but seeking own share. Be a PhD in Pushto but if you do not fight for own rights will make you devoid of them.
    If we Chitralis are not properly given our rights it is not the question of Pashto but the lack of justified distribution in Pakistani government system. Otherwise, in social matters Pathans in downtown areasfirst care for Chitralis saying give him first being our guests.

  2. Respected Prof Sir. Learning the language of mainstream of society is very essential, even here in western world, those who cannot speak local language suffer in countries like Canada and USA, famous for the multicultural societies. It is not fair to judge the situation on the basis of looking at one side of the picture, we must be realistic and fair, and accept that we as Chitrlies in common and the Ismaili community in particular think about the Pathans in the angle as they do. The benefiters of Ismaili community are mostly sitting down in Karachi where the Pathns are not really liked specially by khwajas. Same is our behavior with Pathans in Chitral. I strongly recommend including Pashto in teaching curriculum of each every school in Chitral as it was there when we were in high school. Taking the opportunity of the topic under discussion, I will let everyone in Chitral that in Developed countries of the world the ethnicity discrimination is very prominent. I have spent time in Europe, there the French never like the English speakers, the Germans don’t like French language, the same is the situation between Dutch and Belgium and so on so we have to accept that speaking Urdu with Pathan in not less than a social crime, if we want to be treated equally we must do our best to read write, and speak Pashto fluently, the answer of the series of questions you have asked is “yes” and that yes is everywhere in the world even here in Country like USA and Canada and Europe as I mentioned.

    • Good to read a sensible post from Dr Khalil for a change. Specially where he has not been disrespectful to anybody or gone to extreme with his views, but has aired his points sensibly and coolly.

    • @Dr khalil….how many of these societies you mentioned use majority to exploit, deprive and intimidate the minorities?. Discrimination is a taboo ,not like in Pakistan ,where it,s a tool to help the ambitions of majority. You can learn as many languages you want but that will not necessarily put you at par with the majority for opportunities you deserve. Yes ,offcourse, you will get the cook or driver job.

      • Moreover unlike expatriates in Western countries, we have been the indigenous people of the area we call home . The new state was supposed to give equal rights irrespective of colour, language ,race or religion. Yeha Manzil unko mili jo shareek_e_safar na they…

  3. ….Being an ethnic minority always comes with a great price ,especially in Pakistan. The scenario keeps changing from north to south, with the effectees changing also. It,s worse for chitralees because we still look beyond Lowari to find a political connection and voice.

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