AGA KHAN TO HELP PAMIR REGIONS - 2000-09-02
The Times of Central Asia: 'But what perhaps really mattered was the all-out war on the scourge of narcotics declared by Prince Aga Khan, the spiritual leader and the only mainstay of the Pamirians. He announced that withdrawal from drug trafficking was the essential condition for the resumption of the food supplies he had provided for the locals for years regardless of their nationality or religion.'
Badakhshan drug busters sound the alarm as the Aga Khan Fund cuts its relief supplies to that region. Does this constitute any threat to Kyrgyzstan?A mountainous area, Gorno-Badakhshan is a very specific region which, for a number of reasons, lacks industry although it is inhabited by a hard-working and well-educated people. Farming is still in its infancy, and oxen-driven plough is the primary tool used to cultivate potatoes and millet.