I spoke to my friend Mehnaz last night who had just spoken to Siraj Ulmulk, her father in Pakistan recently. As I mentioned in my ‘Chitral – serenity untouched’ post @ https://omarulhaq.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/chitral-serenity-untouched/, we recently went to the Kalash Valley and had the opportunity to visit the Kalash Museum there. At the museum, we met a Greek gentleman who had arrived in the Kalash Valley a few decades ago as a tourist and having fallen in love with the valley, decided to stay. He was an extremely fascinating, passionate, and optimistic individual who, as a result of all his contribution over the years, seemed to be a real asset to the area as well as to Pakistan.
Hence it is most unfortunate that Siraj Ulmulk has confirmed that this gentleman has been kidnapped in the Bamboret valley of Chitral last night and may have even been killed.
This news has been very upsetting and come as a complete shock to all of us. I urge you to pray for his safe return.