In pictures: Chitral’s summer palace

The mehtar’s, or ruler’s Summer Palace in Birmaughlasht, upper Chitral was built around 1910 where the mehtar and his family would move to in the summer to enjoy the cooler temperatures and also to hold court.

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To the land of lakes

Towards the end of September last year came the opportunity I had awaited eagerly in my two years in Chitral. My friends, Amjad, Hamid, Niaz and Rashid, and I left early morning for a 15 hour-long journey, covering 250 kilometres, from Chitral to Ishkarwaz in Broghol.

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A Bohemian artist-activist

In conversation with artist and activist, Mohammad Bugi Ansari about his art, and passion for the cause of the Kalash.

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Shandur for all seasons

Slowly, my friends and I tread on a broken highway en route Shandur, carefully avoiding the jabbing rocks in our four-wheel drive vehicle. To call it a highway would be a disgrace to an actual road.

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Lords of a Dubai labour camp: Pakistani migrants in the Gulf

Earlier work on South Asian migrants in the Gulf has explored the ‘cosmopolitan’ identity formations made possible by transnational migration flows (Werbner 1999). More recently, South Asian migrant.

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Chitral’s natural beauty can stun anyone into silence

When I was going to Chitral to cover the aftermath of the Shandur Polo Festival 2016, I had no idea what the region had in store for me. When you have space for one story from a region that is generally under-represented, it is inevitable that the most appalling one wins placement.

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