There is a special kind of Demon/Djinn found within northern Pakistan which only appears on roads to bring calamity upon travellers.

Though one can find them from Skardu to Chitral, one of the most prominent of Chitral goes centuries back to the village of Singur. 1/n
The story goes that a certain Xandaar (the khowar term for djinns) infested an area near the confluence of the Mastuj and Garam Cheshma rivers, which is the earliest unity of rivers in the confluence of rivers giving rise to the Kabul river.
This Xandaar used to harass travellers by slowly going up to them from behind and gently whispering their names in their ears.

When the startled traveller used to look back, it grabbed them and killed them instantly. This was their horrible method.
From my own knowledge, there method of grabbing is such that they do it from behind putting their arms around a persons waist and their chins on the juncture of one’s chest and shoulder.

A friend tried it on me, and safe to say it feels horrid.
The story goes that once a strong warrior went to Singur, he tricked the Xandaar into grabbing him from behind when he at once took out his sword and inserted it into her, warding off the danger and saving the day.
Now do you want to know something truly creepy? Just at the the moment when I first read this tale last September, I was working on an article and had asked people to share their experiences with the supernatural.

A Chitrali guy texted me telling me about how -
His brother travelling on his bike near the river once felt as if something heavy had suddenly sat at the back of his vehicle. I believe he mentioned that something whispered in his brother’s ears before winds started blowing and something grabbed him from behind.
His brother was fortunate because for one reason or the other, he managed to save himself and flee. He suffered from high fever, as is the norm after meeting the supernatural.

Want to know what’s creepy? All of this happened right in the village of Singur!
Could it be the same demon? Or one of her progeny? Could be both. These creatures exist throughout much of Northern Pakistan. Travellers are often advised not to travel alone since other creatures also exist, like the fire giants who turn into orbs and tease travellers.
There are roads in Ghizer valley avoided by drivers because calamity waits at every turn. My own family avoids visiting Shandur since something goes wrong between Mastuj and Shandur every time.
The last time, our car’s breaks failed by itself and the car almost hurtled into a ditch.

Have you ever encountered something like this?
If you think this thread was scary, you don’t know about the female creature which lives in the alley of our village. I shudder when I think of writing about her, imagine what you’d feel whilst reading. She is an embodiment of terror.
I’m rather surprised that many people found this story scary, it’s not exactly scary considering the other kinds of things we see in the mountains.

However if it did scare you, you can read this more wholesome thread on the fairy creatures of Chitral!

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The region of Chitral in Pakistan and the valley of Kashmir both share an interesting creature known in their respective areas as the Jashtan & Wai Wouf 1/n
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To be quite honest, I never truly understood this “Pakistanis claim to be Arabs and Turks” on this app.

Apart from Syeds and Qureshis, I’m yet to meet 1 Pakistani who claims to be Arab. Nor do any Pakistani ethnicities have traditions of descent from Arabs or Turks.
As for Turks, apart from actual ones such as the Kyrgyz of Chitral, we have Baig families in northern Pakistan who do have Turkic descent but do not claim to be Turks.

If one brings in the Ertugrul Mania, that heavily relies on the Islamic factors and not Turkic culture itself.
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