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Skardu: Population under threat as glacier glides towards village

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SKARDU: A huge glacier is reportedly gliding towards a village in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Arando area while heavy snowfall has blocked all the roads to the affected region. Harsh weather conditions in Northern areas are wrecking havoc where scores have died due to avalanche and other related incidents. Couple of days ago, at least 15 people died when avalanche hit a village ...

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Spring plantation campaign kicks off in GB

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GILGIT: Spring plantation campaign starts in Gilgit-Baltistan on Thursday. According to reports, Minister Forest wildlife and Environment Muhammad Imran will kick off the drive by planting a sapling in the vicinity of Forest Complex in Gilgit. Furthermore, it has been learned that plantation under the Green Pakistan Program will also kick start in GB on Thursday. Both of these campaigns ...

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NAB deputy director’s house attacked in G-B

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Unidentified assailants on Wednesday opened fire at the house of National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) deputy director in Gilgit-Baltistan. According to sources, Abdul Majid was asleep when his house in Jutial area was attacked by unidentified assailants. The attack took place around 7:45am. No injuries were reported. Police officials have registered a case against the unidentified men. NAB officials have been investigating corruption cases in ...

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Deweaponisation: G-B govt mulling one-time amnesty scheme


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: In a bid to rid the valley of guns, the Gilgit-Baltistan government is mulling a plan to offer a one-time amnesty scheme under which people in the region would be able to turn in their guns, legal or otherwise. The scheme is, however, still in the initial stages of planning. Government officials on Monday said that under ...

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Youngsters breathe new life into Gilgit-Baltistan folk styles


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Traditional music and poetry in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) has been dying a slow death in recent years. However, renewed interest from locals and educated youth has seen reins of the ‘dying art’ taken up again. The shift from traditional singers to educated youth has come during the past decade when sectarian extremism squeezed out the traditional singers. The ...

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PM to visit Gilgit, weather permitting

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to visit Gilgit today (Monday) just days after some ‘RAW-linked’ suspects were arrested in an attempt to counter a negative campaign against the mega project. The visit is subject to weather conditions. Bad weather in the area has largely disrupted flight operations between Gilgit and Islamabad, officials said. If poor weather conditions prevented the ...

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Landslide blocks KKH in Kohistan

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A heavy landslide has blocked the Karakorum Highway (KKH) between Rawalpindi and Gilgit, reports said. The highway has been suspended for all types of traffic until the road is cleared. According to the Frontier Works Organization (FWO), the landslide occured at Loter Nallah in Kohistan on Friday night. Meanwhile the FWO is busy clearing the road, so traffic can resume. ...

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G-B Health dept: ‘NAB to probe appointments scam’

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APP ASTORE: The corruption watchdog will probe dubious appointments in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) health department during the tenure of the previous government. “National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated inquiry into appointments made in health department between 2010 and 2014,” G-B Parliamentary Secretary for Health Barkat Jameel said on Friday. He said that salaries of employees named in NAB cases have also ...

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Arms trafficking: Five held as large caches of guns, ammo seized

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By Shabir Mir GILGIT: Police Thursday arrested five men and seized large caches of arms and ammunition in two separate raids in Gilgit-Baltistan, thwarting possible terrorist activities in the mountainous region. About 100 firearms and large amounts of ammunition were confiscated during the operations conducted in Chilas Town late on Wednesday and in Gilgit on Thursday. The seizures come a month ...

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Trek: The shepherds’ trail

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At the onset of every spring and winter, the shepherds of Hunza trek through rugged mountains to a higher altitude where they rear their sheep and goats for the remainder of the summer season — they return once the snow sets in. Marifat, my guide, convinces me to try this route favoured by the locals. “The lower Hunza valley will ...

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