The mountainous valley comprises nine villages with nearly 4,000 households.Opium is not locally cultivated in Baroghil but smuggled from Afghanistan, which is the largest producer of the drug in the world.Therefore, to the hosts of disciples along with the retinues of this Transcendent One, who has departed for the Pure Lands, the General Representative Parliament of the Tibetan People wishes to submit its heartfelt condolences.PESHAWAR: They are not junkies or a group of friends, but family members smoking opium on a freezing cold evening in Baroghil Valley — a small town situated in the extreme north of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral district.“I became addicted to it during my childhood but I have given it up now.I still get urges when I see someone smoking,” he discloses, while explaining the nature of the addiction.While saying this, he puffs smoke in the face of his five- year-old son.According to locals and researchers, more than 70 per cent of the population in Baroghil valley is addicted to opium smoking.
Local residents, however, say that opium usage is part of the Wakhi culture and can be linked back even before the creation of Pakistan.
A traditional chillum (pipe) is passed from one member to another — including children — as they hunker on their knees, while thick smoke permeates the main room in one of Baroghil's households.
“We smoke opium because we have no other option; it helps us to ward off the biting cold,” says Ahmed Tajik, a resident of Lashkargash village in Baroghil — where the mercury drops below -15°C in winter.
OF special significance is that due to having such few desires and much contentment for his entire life, this great Hidden Yogi, who nobly did not accept the role of leadership despite being supplicated, petitioned and persistently requested to undertake it from the general behalf of the Early Translation Nyingma [school], was a great Yogi of renunciation who was never delighted by renown, fame, gain, status and the like, and who strove for the definitive meaning of thoroughly relinquishing all fabrications.
THAT the passing on of this selfsame Transcendent One’s awakened intent, for the benefit of others, is an event of great loss to the teachings of the Victorious One in general, and to those whom he nurtured in particular, is something which need not be expressed.