Lowari Tunnel: Pervez Musharraf’s timeless gift to the people of Chitral

January 13, 2012

Lowari Tunnel: Pervez Musharraf’s timeless gift to the people of Chitral

There were times when the people of Chitral were literally detached from normal life of human beings and were left to suffer the winter vows all on their own. They trekked the snowy Lowari Mountain pass to get to their native villages while life went on as daily routine for the rest of the Pakistanis.

Lowari Tunnel, a program envisioned in 1956 by the Government of Pakistan, finally saw the light of the day when the former president of Pakistan General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf took personal interest in the completion of the project. The 8.75 km long tunnel having an internal diameter of 7.1m was completed in January 2009 using the state-of-the-art technology. The total cost of the project was estimated to be $133-million.

The advantages of the tunnel and the change it has brought in the lives of the winter-stiffened Chitralis can be sought by one of the commentators who lauded Musharraf’s work in his own unique way.

Dr. Khalil, a born Chitrali who now resides in Hamilton, Canada says, “I don’t know Musharaf is good or bad leader, but I remember for sure the time just few years back when, Chitrlies used to get stuck in Peshawar for weeks waiting for Fokker flight. I can remember when we used to fight with each other and with PIA staff every day in and out. I can remember Chitralies selling their waistcoats and Phakools in Peshawar to buy bus tickets to come and return from PIA office. Everyone can remember the days when Masajid where there was a Chitrali imam in Peshawar used to be packed of Chitralies, coming just to spent night there. Imam e Masajid used to open the back door of masjid for Chitrlies after Isha prayer, and asking them to quit masjid before Fajr Azan. Arbab was known to each and every Chitrali. I can remember the days when we used to protest every day in Peshawar and have been beaten up by Peshawar police on reads time and again. How can one forget the time when we used to drag our mothers sisters over snow while passing Lowari. How can I forget the bedbugs of hotels in Dir, how can one forget travel through Kunar and overnight stays in place like Chaqansarai with our sick mothers and sisters. None can forget when we were looted every day in the hands of 10-12 years old tribal kids on Kurar road., How can we forget our helplessness in PIA booking clerk’s desks in Chitral. No one can forget the bodies of our brothers still buried under tons of snow in lawari. Is that easy to forget the days when Gunshalies used to carry us on their backs through lawari ? I can also remember the dead bodies of Chitralies decomposing on beds waiting for flight in Peshawar , and finally buried in Wazir Bagh. I don’t care what Musharaf did with anyone else, but if I as Chitrali neglected his services for Chitral, I will never be forgiven in any court in this world and in the court of life hereafter. Yes, if Musharaf was not allowed to fight election I will defiantly look for new faces in Pakistani politics.”

Former president has now announced that he will be contesting for the National Assembly seat from Chitral following his strong support from the people of the region. He said he was grateful to Shahzada Muhiuddin and his son Shahzada Pervez for inviting him to do so and that he has accepted the invitation. He was talking about his ambitious plan at APML meeting at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi and also announced his return at the end of the current month of January.

Source: News Pakistan



  1. جناب مشرف پاکستانی تاریخ کے عظیم ترین لیڈر تھے۔ قائداعظم کے بعد اس قوم کو اللہ نے صرف ایک لیڈر عطا کیا جسکا نام پرویز مشرف تھا۔ پاکستانی قوم کی گریٹسٹ ٹریجڈی کہ جناب مشرف کا دور جلد ختم ہوگیا۔
    اللہ جناب مشرف کو لمبی زندگی اور صحت سے نوازے۔
    علامہ اقبال کا شعر جناب مشرف کے لیے کہا گیا لگتا ہے کہ
    ہزاروں سال نرگس اپنی بے نوری پہ روتی ہے
    بڑی مشکل سے ہوتا ہے چمن میں دیدہ ور ہیدا
    ڈاکٹر اعجاز اختر

  2. The courrpt Politician in pakistan have the right to live in Pakistan and to work against the people of pakistan and to work against Pakistan but unfortunately who is Loyal to Pakistan who serve the Army who proved that he can run Pakistan very well is not allowed to live in Pakistan. This is not correct. I think the people of Pakistan have to think over it. Pakistan is on the wrong path.

  3. I salute you Sir Musharraf, you have been an asset to this country. We are sorry we could not judge the difference between horses and donkeys. We could not comprehend your vision of Greater Pakistan (Gwadar, Richodic, Kalabagh, IT, Moderated Enlightenment, Bugti, Lal Masjid, …etc etc etc ). We are sorry, we alleged you with all those things that didn’t exist. We are sorry, we sold our MEDIA for dollars, and caused the very instability to the country, that you were trying to avoid. Still, the hope is alive. I wish you strength and courage…Pakistan needs you, Sir !
    Pakistan First !!!

  4. Sub Sey Pehley Pakistan

  5. it was a landmark by syed musharaf

  6. Sir musharraf jesa leader sediu bad pedah hota ha allah sir musharraf ko again pakistan ki hukmerani attah krey ameen

  7. Good deeds are always worth remembering, no matter whomdoes them.

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