By Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema (Retd)
Zahir Shah Malang hails from a remote village Char Ghunda Kay (Tehsil: Salarzi, District: Buner) in KPK Province. He belongs to a poor family but is passionate about social work. He saw a hydroelectricity project at Besham and was motivated to produce electricity for his village but had no resources. People in his village used to walk many kilometres downhill to a place, which had electricity, just to charge their mobile phones.
In 2005, Zahir Shah started the project with only Rs.180. His friends and family laughed at him but he was determined that his dream will come true. He gradually got their financial support. One of his friends sold his car and provided him the funds. He made a turbine at a water source which was located 4-5 km uphill from the road. Villagers voluntarily carried wires, poles and material for the turbine on their shoulders.
After 6 years of hard work, his project was finally completed in 2011 and electricity has been provided to 150 homes from dusk to 9 AM in the morning. During day the villagers were mostly busy in sheep breeding and other domestic chores. After sunset they were unable to utilise the time available before they went to sleep. Now at night children can study and elders can recite Quran.
Villagers are billed Rs. 200 for a small house and Rs. 250 for a large house per month. There are still 250 homes in his village without electricity. They don’t have the money to purchase wires to connect them with the facility. Zahir Shah is hopeful that one day he would be able to provide them electricity.
Some NGO should come forward and help this man out in providing electricity to the left over homes in his remote village. Readers of this article are requested to inform the leaders of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf about this project, so they could start more small projects like this in other remote places. We see a ray of hope in PTI to end the miseries of masses in KPK, the other provinces will automatically follow suit or the ruling parties there will be shown the door in the next Elections.
Terrorists have recently destroyed Ziarat Residency and killed many innocent people in Quetta but as long as people like Zahir Shah Malang are there nothing can happen to Pakistan.
Please see the following video about this project. Also note the enthusiasm in Zahir Shah’s voice when he says: “Mera Passion Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad!”
Editor’s Note: Reportedly Pakistani media hasn’t shown this video on any TV channel for reasons best known to them. Please share this video with your Mailing List and also on
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