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Kailash: Why are endangered tribes dissatisfied with tourists?


KAILASH: WHY ARE ENDANGERED TRIBES DISSATISFIED WITH TOURISTS?



The three valleys of Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Bamburit, Rimbor and Barir, where the endangered Kailash tribes live, is rich in natural beauty and scenery.
Under normal circumstances, the area is a destination for local and foreign tourists, but now, to curb the spread of the corona virus, Pakistan, like the rest of the world, has banned tourist activities and a large number of tourists are unable to visit these valleys. But call it the natural beauty of the area that is attracting local tourists despite restrictions and people are able to reach these areas despite government restrictions. And that is why the top leaders of the Kailash tribe have been forced to make a formal request to the local police to tighten the existing ban on the movement of tourists and non-locals in these areas due to Corona.



What are the concerns of the Kailash tribes?
Luck Rehmat, a Kailash social leader, says the number of Kailash people can now be counted on one's fingers.
"In this epidemic of Corona, if the virus from non-natives spreads to the Kailash tribes living here, it may cause irreparable damage," he said.
Luck Rehmat said he and many other members of the tribe have seen tourists and their vehicles roaming the area and these tourists are reaching Chitral first and then Kailash despite government restrictions and restrictions. According to the 2017 census, the total number of members of the Kailash tribe is only 3,872, while Luck Rahmat claims that this number has further decreased in the last two or three years.
This claim of mercy is also confirmed by the local administration. According to a government official, in the last two to three years, about ten Kailash families have changed their area after saying goodbye to their ancestral religion. According to Rahmat, "our population is very small. Perhaps the Kailash tribe is one of those tribes whose population has gone below the danger mark.
Luck Rehmat believes that it is no secret that the Kailash tribe itself is interested in promoting tourism in the area, as tourism is a major source of livelihood for the Kailash tribe. But on the other hand, at the moment we are fighting for our survival. The first requirement in this war is that all possible measures be taken to protect the valleys of the Kailash tribes from the virus.
As of Wednesday night, there were 310 confirmed cases of corona in both the districts of Chitral, according to the latest figures from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department. Out of which 153 people have recovered while three deaths have been reported due to the epidemic in both the districts.
Although this is the overall situation of the districts of Chitral, no case of Corona has been reported so far in the three valleys inhabited by the Kailash tribes.
We fear that once the corona virus reaches these valleys, conditions in the valleys could be very conducive to its spread," says Luke Rehmat. We still have a joint family system. Many families and individuals live in small houses. There are poor people and due to lack of education there is not much precaution. These are the reasons why we fear that the remnants of our tribe could become easy targets for Corona.



He said that the three valleys of Kalash are naturally isolated, you say they are in quarantine. If the virus does not reach the Kalash Valley from outside, then there is a possibility that the area will be safe from the virus.
"At present, there is no corona testing facility in Chitral and samples are being sent to Peshawar for verification. Similarly, there are not many health facilities available in the valleys, which makes us more worried," he said.
Just survive, everything else will be fine.


 Imran Kabir, a tour guide from the area, says the area's livelihoods depend heavily on tourism. "When tourism doesn't happen, obviously we are the ones who will be affected. But we say that if the epidemic survives, everything will be fine, including tourism. That is why people belonging to the Kailashi tribe who are involved in the tourism profession are also convinced of strict tourism restrictions in the area, he said. 
Tourists may reach smuggled valleys
Talking to journalist Zubair Khan, Deputy Commissioner Chitral Naveed Ahmed said that despite all the efforts of the administration, some tourists may reach the valleys secretly.He said that non-indigenous peoples are allowed in these valleys on a very limited scale and it is given to those who have ties with the tribes. Naveed Ahmed said that at present there is a complete ban on tourism by the provincial government and this ban is also applicable in Chitral. "Until recently, if any local from Chitral came to Chitral, he had to stay in quarantine for fourteen days. He said that even before the request of the Kailash tribe, the administration had taken all possible steps on its own and there were police checkpoints on the roads leading to these valleys, from where non-natives are not allowed to proceed.



He said that not a single case of Corona virus has been reported in Kailash so far but despite this, the number of health department staff and facilities has been increased in all the three valleys of Kailash. Many administrative officers have been posted in both the three valleys. The government and the administration want the natural environment in the three valleys of Kalash to be protected. If modern buildings are built there, then it will become a city, not Kailash. This threatens to get lost in the history of the Kailash tribes. That is why it has been decided not to allow people other than the Kailash tribes to reside in these particular valleys.
According to the deputy commissioner, there were complaints of occupation of several places of the Kailash tribes, which were used in their religious and last rites. "Many of these places have been relinquished and all these lands will be handed over to the tribes.

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