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  • Shaheer Niazi — teenager who put Pakistan on science map

    The team representing Pakistan at the International Young Physicists’ Tourna­ment was given the electric honeycomb phenomenon to present on and Shaheer’s twin sister, Khadija Niazi, was the team captain...

    Her paper — Solving core issues of early physics education in Pakistan — addresses the problem of paucity of women interested in careers in pure physics and sciences, while discussing novel ways to reach a wider audience...

  • Kalash girl says she converted to Islam of her own volition

    PESHAWAR: The dispute over conversion to Islam of a Kalash girl was resolved on Friday when 14-year-old Reena recorded her statement before a judicial magistrate, saying she had converted out of her free will, according to a government official...

    On Thursday, the girl’s decision to embrace Islam sparked a clash between the Kalash tribe and members of the Muslim community in Chitral’s Bamburate Valley, forcing police to use teargas to...

  • Researchers to trace origin of Kalash

    PESHAWAR: For the first time two archaeologists from Pakistan and UK have joined hands to trace the origin of Kalash people, rumoured to have ancestral link to Alexander the Great, living in the remotest part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

    Dr Abdul Samad, an archaeologist who is also currently the director of archaeology and museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, along with Dr Ruth Young, a British researcher and professor of archaeology at Leicester...

  • Preparations in full swing for Kalash festival

    CHITRAL: The major festival of Kalash people, Chilim Jusht, heralding the arrival of spring season, will commence from May 14 in Bumburate, Birir and Rumbur valleys of Chitral...

    Groups of Kalash men, women and children throng Chitral Bazaar on daily basis for shopping...

  • CULTURE: THE KALASH DILEMMA

    There are rumblings of discontent from within the Kalash community regarding the influx of tourists who converge in their thousands to watch certain religious ceremonies, most notably the recently concluded Chilam Joshi Festival...

    I have witnessed first-hand the scramble of hired jeeps, seasoned leather-clad bikers and ill-suited city cars crammed with make-shift camping gear, making their way across Lowari Top and along the...

  • Five suspected militants killed in Chitral's Kalash valley

    PESHAWAR: At least five foreign militants were killed in Chitral’s Kalash valley on Tuesday in an intelligence-based operation by security forces...

    Earlier, militants from across the Afghan border continued their looting spree in the Kalash valley and herded away about 2,500 goats from a pasture in Birir...

  • Earthly Matters: Who will save the Kalash?

    Living in harmony with nature in three secluded valleys of the Hindu Kush mountains and celebrating the changing seasons according to their pre-Islamic religion for centuries, the ancient Kalash tribe of Chitral is under attack...

    This past week, armed militants from across the border in Afghanistan’s remote Nuristan province attacked shepherds in the high altitude pastures of the Kalash valleys — Bumburet, Birir and Rumbur — in...

  • Residents clash in Chitral over Kalash girl’s ‘forced’ conversion to Islam

    ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of local residents clashed with members of Kalash tribe in Chitral on Thursday after a teenager claimed she was forced to convert to Islam, police and residents said...

    Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd attacking a house in the Kalash tribe's valley of Bumburate in Chitral district, where the girl had gone to give a police statement about her conversion, said Kalash activist Luke Rehmat...

  • Kalash girl says she chose to convert to Islam

    PESHAWAR: The dispute over the conversion to Islam of a Kalash girl was resolved on Friday as the 14-year-old recorded her statement before a judicial magistrate saying she converted out of free will, a government official confirmed...

    On Thursday, the girl's decision to convert sparked a clash between the Kalash tribe and members of the Muslim community in the Bamburate Valley of Chitral district, forcing police to use teargas to...

  • Come winter, Kalash people go into virtual hibernation

    The horrified fox leaped towards the human settlements after it was freed from fetters and the chief bitan (religious leader) waved his hand in the air with which the multitude of Kalash people started dancing...

    This was the concluding ceremony of Chitramas winter festival of Kalash people who are known for their unique culture and ways of living...

  • The endangered Kalash

    THE recent clash between the Kalash community and their more numerous Muslim neighbours, caused by a girl’s change of faith, appears to have been amicably resolved...

    However, the incident should awaken the government and the people both to their duty to save the tiny Kalash minority from extinction...

  • Kalash fight for their identity with Unesco bid

    CHITRAL: Pakistan's smallest religious minority, the Kalash speak their own language and celebrate their gods through music, dance ? and alcohol, which they brew themselves in Chitral's plunging verdant valleys...

    Yet the Kalash fear their unique culture will not endure: Increasingly their youth are converting to Islam, prompting activists to campaign to preserve the traditions of this ancient, diminishing tribe...

  • Photo exhibition showcases Kalash culture in early 20th century

    ISLAMABAD: A photography exhibition, titled ‘Faces of the Kalash’, on the endangered Kalash people of Chitral, opened at the Satrang Art Gallery in Serena Hotel on Tuesday...

    Organised by Unesco Pakistan, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Satrang, the exhibition showcased photographs from Georg Morgenstierne’s fieldwork in the region in 1929, when the linguist documented Kalash culture...

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