In 1895, the British negotiated a treaty with Chitral’s ruler, the Mehtar, and it was declared as a semi autonomous princely state within the Indian Empire.
This status was maintained after its accession to Pakistan in 1947.
Brief History: In the 3rd century AD, Chitral was occupied by Kanishka, the Buddhist ruler of the Kushan Empire. Then it was under Raees rule from 1320 to the 15th century.
From 1571 onward Chitral was the capital of the princely state of Chitral under the rule of the Katur Dynasty.
Tirich Mir overlooks Chitral town and can be seen from the main bazaar. The mountain was first climbed in 1950 by a Norwegian expedition. You can take a PIA flight from Islamabad or Peshawar.
Lowari Top is the lowest pass to enter Chitral, the rest all being 12,000 to 15,000 feet.
Before the tunnel was constructed, people of Chitral had to make detours into Afghanistan while travelling to or from Peshawar because Lowari Top remained closed for six months in winter. The Shandur Pass, elevation 12,200 feet (3,719 m), is located in District Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The Shandur Polo Ground, the highest in the world at 3,700 meters, is a venue for a traditional polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The 4-day long Qaqlasht Festival is organized every year in mid April at the sprawling ground of Qaqlasht, 80 Km from Chitral town.
The Shandur Polo Ground is about 168 Km from Chitral city and accessible by jeep. According to local legend, Qaqlasht Festival is being celebrated for the last 500 years.
It was piloted by Capt Aamir Faiz son of Gen Faiz Ali Chishti.
The Fokker came to a stop in a wheat field when its nose and main landing gears broke after hitting the banks of a drain. PIA claimed damages from its Insurance company and the Insurance Company sold the plane to a company in Australia.