Yasin Valley Description

Yasin Valley, Culturally And Ecologically, Lies In The North Of Pakistan. Administratively It Constitutes A Tehsil Of Ghizar District, One Of The Districts Of Greater Gilgit Baltistan Area. Because Of Its Geo-Strategic Importance, Yasin Has Long Been Of A Vigorous Profile To International Powers Such As Chinese, Indians, Russians And British. The Watch-Dog Of British India Always Feared The Czarist Russians Invasions Through Yasin. A Chinese General Kao Hsien-Chih Ran His Expedition Through Yasin To Deal With The Tibetan Invaders At Oxus In A.D. 747. Yasin Has Long Claimed Pride To Be The Shortest Means Of Communication Between Oxus And Indus. Modern Yasin Is A Virgin Eco-Tourist Destination Encompassed By Snow-Blanked Peaks, Snaked Curved Aqua-Marine Rivers, And Crystal Clean Natural Springs. The Diversified Communities In Yasin Have A Wonderful Culture Where Diversity And Mutual Respect Is Highly Regarded. The Citizenry Has Maintained An Example Of Harmonious Co-Existence For Over Years. Currently, The Population Of Yasin Is More Than 70,000. [ See People And Languages ] The Yasin Valley, And In Particular The Character It Produced, Has Played A Leading Role In The History Of The Region. Continually Fought Over By The Rulers Of Both Chitral And Gilgit, The History Of Yasin Reads Like A Catalogue Of Patricide, Fratricide And Aunculicide. Yasin Valley Came To The Attention Of Victorian Britain Following The Murder Of The British Explorer George W. Hayward In Darhkut. "It Is Interesting To Note How Concerned The Local People Are About Their Image To Outsiders, Some 130 Years After The Event; You May Still Be Asked About It And Villagers Are At Pains To Point Out That Those Who Were Involved Were Not From Darkot." Dave Winter Writes About The Incident And The Commiseration Of The Local People.