Thursday, 16 June 2011

Shigar Valley Baltistan Pakistan

Shigar Valley

Shigar Valley is a valley in Baltistan in northern Pakistan that is watered by Shigar River. The valley stretches about 170 km from Skardu to Askole and is the gateway to the high mountains of the Karakoram. Even though the Shigar Valley is a remote and largely inaccessible place, there are several villages in the valley. Askole is the last settlement in Shigar Valley, which is still far from the high mountains.

Shigar is the administrative sub-division of District Skardu. Population living in Shigar valley are called balities who speak balti an archaic form of tibetian language. People are peaceful, hospitable and friendly. They are Muslim Shias. Like rest of district the valley is crime

Notable pesonallities from this valley are Mr. G M Sikander who joined Civil Service of Pakistan and has risen to the level of a Federal Secretary. Late Mr. Mohammad Ishaq a successful businessman who in his lifetime made tremendous contribution for education and health as head of Marafie Foundation.{See} Mr. Afzal Ali Shigri joined Police Service of Pakistan and rose to the rank of Inspector General of Police. After his retirement he is heading the Marafie Foundation and working for improvement of health and education sectors.{See & Daily Dawn 4-5-2003} Mr. Nasir Ali Shigri an engineer presently posted as secretary Works department in the Northern Areas Administration.

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