Just 40km from Pakistan’s capital, many families continue to live in man-made caves – some because they are too poor to afford regular houses. Shaimaa Khalil went to meet them.
The Pakistan Cave Research & Caving Federation. PCRCF formed in 14 August 1997 is non-profit national constituent governing body for underground exploration, research, and conservation of caves in Pakistan and adjacent areas. It represents all those persons and groups with a genuine interest in caves, karst and associated phenomena, whether from a strictly sporting viewpoint, a scientific viewpoint, or a combination of both to promote the study of caves and associated phenomena for protection of the Natural Heritage of Pakistan and International Speleological Community.
It attains through close liaison with its member Associations by supporting cave & karst research; by encouraging original exploration and organising educational, scientific, Speleological sports and cave rescue conferences and expeditions. PCRCF is member country to UIS (Union de International Speleology), through its founder and President Hayatullah Khan Durrani, Chairman Malik Abdul Rahim Baabai and media officer Mohammad Abubakar Durrani.