Taliban threaten Kalash tribe and Ismailis of Chitral


ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (AFP): The Pakistani Taliban have announced an “armed struggle” against the indigenous tribe of Kalash and the Ismaili Muslims in the picturesque Chitral Valley, calling on Sunnis to support their cause in a video.

The valley was once dominated by moderate Ismailis and is also home to the Kalash, a polytheistic people who claim descent from Alexander the Great and who have maintained separate cultural traditions to the predominantly Muslim country. But migration in recent decades has meant that Sunni Muslims are now the majority in the area, while the Kalash way of life has come under threat by the Taliban, who have also carried out a number of attacks against security forces in the area.

The Taliban’s 50-minute long video released on February 2 on their media wing’s website opens with a scenic view of the mountainous valley that is popular among domestic tourists and famed for its annual polo festival. The narrator warns the Kalash, who are thought to number only 3,500, to convert to Islam or face death. “By the grace of Allah, an increasing number of people from the Kalash tribe are embracing Islam and we want to make it clear to the Kalash tribe that they will be eliminated along with their protectors, the Western agents if they don’t embrace Islam,” he says. The video also accuses international NGOs of creating an “Israel” like state in Chitral by attempting to protect the Kalash culture and take people away from Islam, and vows to foil their plans. A charitable organisation headed by the Aga Khan, the Ismailis’ spiritual leader and a globally renowned philanthropist, is singled out for condemnation.

“The Aga Khan Foundation is running 16 schools and 16 colleges and hostels where young men and women are given free education and brainwashed to keep them away from Islam,” the narrator says. He adds that the foundation’s schools and hospitals, which are free for members of the public, are espionage tools in the hands of foreign powers.

The Kalash are also warned to stop producing wine, which they make from apples, mulberries and grapes. “Western NGOs are promoting Kalash wine and we warn all those individuals and hotels selling it, they should stop production and selling of wine otherwise they will be sent to hell by the will of God.”

  1. Al-Hayat Javaid says

    ان طالبان کو ایسی سزا دینی چاہیے کہ آئندہ کوئی شخص پاکستان میں طالبان کا نام لینے کی ہمت نہ کرے۔ ان جیسے خونی درندوں کا صرف یہ سزا ہے کہ ان کا نام و نشان صفحہ ہستی سے مٹایا جایے۔۔۔ یہ ایک عام پاکستانی کا سوچ ہے، نہ کہ پارلیمنٹ میں بیٹھے ہوئے ان لوگوں کا جن کا فکر صرف اپنے پیٹ کا ہے نہ کہ پاکستان کے ان مظلوم لوگوں کا جو ہر روز ان خونی درندوں کے نشانے بنتے ہیں۔ ایک عام پاکستانی ہونے کی حیثیت سے میری رائے یہ ہے کہ ان کو ان کے مظالم کے سزا ملنا چاہیے۔

  2. M.Khan says

    What The Hell Is Happing !!!!
    Government is saying and trying to negotiate these animals Called Talibans. Just give One month to army with free hand and then see these animals will be swiped away from the earth. ……

  3. Aziz Nawaz Taj says

    It is neither outdated nor fabricated I think the resident of Chitral are very much sensible and educated and they can handle it.But the federal, provincial and local government should should be vigilant.

  4. S R Khan says

    The Taliban affiliates have already started working on their agenda in Chitral. Since 2013 the SSP people have been wall-chalking and propagating their cause. The local administration should keep a keen eye on those locals who are likely to be a the cause of trouble.

  5. K.A. Jamil says

    I think this video is outdated, it was first circulated in Chitral almost one year back and even the district administration took action against it and the display, distribution of this video was banned under section 144. Then it is strange to focus it at a time when there are peace-talks. It is aimless and would only create more discomfort. For the time being, I think it is useless.

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