CHITRAL, March 6: Bashara Khan, the father of Lakshan Bibi, died on Thursday afternoon after a protracted illness in his residence at Kalash valley of Rumbur at the age of 77. Tash Khan, one of his relatives, said Bashara had been discharged from a Peshawar hospital as he was declared to be in the final stage of stomach cancer by the doctors. He said that as per Kalash custom, his body has been shifted to the local jastakhan where his funeral rituals will continue for three days amidst singing and dancing during which hundreds of goats will be slaughtered to feed the participants. Lakshan Bibi arrived in Pakistan from the United States to participate in the burial rituals of her father.–Zahiruddin  ]]>

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