CHITRAL, Nov 29: Fateh-ul-Mulk Ali Nasir, Mehtar of Chitral, hosted a banquet at Chitral Fort in honor of the visiting international delegation at the royal fort, said a press release.
The delegation consisted of the Director ICIMOD Mr. David Molden , former Prime Minister of Bhutan Mr. Lyonpo Dr. Kinzang Dorji, H. E. Mr. Kjell Tormod Pettersen Royal Norwegian Embassy Khatmandu , H. E. Urs Herren Embassy of Switzerland Khatmandu , Ms. Christine A. Jantscher , and other members of ICIMOD’s board of directors. Pakistani officials accompanying the delegation were Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, PARC, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA, Khushab and Mr.Seerat Asghar.. Shahzada Iftikharuddin MNA Chitral , Mr.Rehmat Ghazi PTI Chitral and officials of AKRSP accompanied the visiting guests.
Mr. Mohammad Ismail and Farid from Chitral who are currently based in Nepal and work with ICIMOD were also among the delegates. The Mehtar welcomed and thanked the guests for visiting Chitral. He said that Chitral is one of most vulnerable regions due to its proximity to natural disasters. He further said that Glacier melting due to global warming and climate change have adversely affected the district and during recent years glacier outbursts and floods have increased.
The Mehtar called for developing a broad based strategy for mitigating the risks associated with climate change. The Mehtar also highlighted significance of Chitrals history and its rich culture. Mehtar Mulk said that peace and tolerance are deeply embedded in Chitrali society and due to its rich cultural values Chitral remains the most peaceful district in Pakistan.
Despite lack of infrastructure and economic problems the district still holds one of the highest literacy rates in Pakistan. The dinner ended with vote of thanks and exchange of souvenirs.