by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, September 30: Gold-washers, known as Jalawan in local languages, have been extracting gold dust from differen rivers and torrents of Gilgit – Baltistan for decades.
According to a survey the local gold-washers rpughly extract around 15 Kilograms of gold, worth PKR 63 million, in Gilgit-Baltistan by using primitive techniques.
The average daily income of a gold-washer is said to be between PKR 2,500 to 3,000. Surveys have also confirmed presence of gold deposits at 11 locations in GB and another 168 target areas have been identified as potential desposit sites.
The following images explain the process of Gold extraction from Hunza River at a place near Sikandarabad – Nagar.