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People return after snowfall in Supat valley in Kohistan

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The people of upper Kohistan, who had gone to excavate precious peridot stones from the mountainous Supat valley, have started returning to their homes after start of the snowfall.
“Our people usually go there in mid June every year to spend summer and excavate peridot stones and start returning in late December, but this time an early snowfall has compelled them to leave their temporary abode before time,” Mir Ghazar Sikandar said on Saturday.
The local people mostly spend summer at temporary houses built on the hilltops. The Spat valley, which also shares its boundaries with Kaghan valley of Mansehra district, remains under snow for the entire winter season.
“Most of the people who had gone there to spend summer with their herds and excavate peridot have returned,” said Mr Sikandar. He said that peridot which was considered to be one of the precious stones was found in those mountains.

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