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The making of a witch


By Aziz Ali Dad Witches are believed to be creatures who live among human beings as representatives of evil spirits in human form. Since the dawn of civilisation, we have been surrounded by eerie tales of witches. These are visible in Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology and medieval folktales. Even in Shakespeare’s work, the role of witches is palpable – ...

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Highway hazards: Is G-B ready for CPEC traffic load?


GILGIT: The high profile CPEC project may be a boon for the country, but if certain corrective measures are not adopted, it may prove to be a bane for residents G-B. Presently G-B residents of the area have to brave an arduous 20-hour journey from to get to Islamabad via the narrow 600 km Karakoram Highway (KKH). “It will be a ...

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GB province: a CPEC prerequisite


AFZAL A. SHIGRI THE Pakistan government is projecting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as a panacea to all its problems, one which will result in unprecedented nationwide prosperity. Undoubtedly, an investment of the proposed scale and a project completed within a limited time frame is welcome, but a cautionary note is in order: mega projects of this scale also ...

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Mega projects underway for better life standard of GB people


Astore: Provincial Minister for Information of Gilgit-Baltistan Iqbal Hassan Sunday said that mega projects initiated by federal government of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) would bring revolutionary changes in life standard of people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). This, he said while talking to media persons here. Lauding Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for including GB in his priority of initiating mega projects ...

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Emblems of Punjab-Gilgit-Baltistan

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TANIA QURESHI   I had heard a lot about the cultural colours of Gilgit-Baltistan but I saw them right here in Lahore a week ago in the invigorating Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab Fusion Festival. The three-day festival had all about Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab. Starting from the traditional performances of folk dances and songs, the festival had flavours of indigenous cuisines and ...

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Two suspects held in G-B for illegal ibex hunt


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) police have arrested two locals for illegally shooting an ibex. The incident took place in the Gulmit area of Hunza Valley, about 120 kilometres from Gilgit, the capital of G-B. Suspects Amin Khan and Riaz Karim – both residents of Hunza Valley – shot the ibex on Saturday, a member of a conservation committee ...

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SECP to accelerate efforts for the promotion of investments in GB


ISLAMABAD –  Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi has instructed his team to prepare a comprehensive plan in the shortest possible time for the promotion of investment activities in Gilgit Baltistan. He was talking to a delegation from Karakoram Cooperative Bank Ltd (KCBL), headed by Iqbal Hassan, who is also the Minister for Planning and Development ...

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Heavy snow: G-B govt still assessing damages

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GILGIT: After Gilgit-Baltistan was blanketed by heavy snow with avalanches and landslides reported in many areas, the government said they were still assessing the extent of the damage. However, most roads had been cleared while power had been restored. “All link roads have been cleared of snow while electricity has been restored in the affected areas,” said the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Minister ...

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Governor signs Levies Force Act 2016 making Levies part of regular force in GB


GILGIT:  Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Ghazanfar Ali Khan has signed the ordinance of Levies force act 2016, making Levis part of the regular force of GB. According to the ordinance, the force will now operate under the GB home department. The Levies force will now render services alongside other law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order on need basis in the region. ...

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Car accident: Search underway to recover bodies of remaining victims


GILGIT / KOHISTAN: A search operation is underway for the recovery of the bodies of the six people people who lost their lives in a car accident in Kohistan on Thursday. The bodies of two women have been recovered. Six people, including five members of a family, were killed after their car plunged into a river in Pattan, the headquarters of Lower ...

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