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Three Nanga Parbat attackers get life term


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has handed down life imprisonment to three terrorists involved in the 2013 killing of foreign climbers at a base camp of Nanga Parbat Mountain. The ATC’s judge Justice Raja Shehbaz Khan sentenced Shafiqur Rehman aka Mandela to 35 years in prison while awarding 26-year-imprisonment each to Attaur Rahman and Raji Rehmat, said a ...

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Indirect benefits

CPEC KKH Gojal Hunza

SARANJAM BEYG MANY critics have rightly highlighted the exclusion of economically enfeebled Gilgit-Baltistan from the $46 billion worth of investments for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. However, provided that GB shows the capacity and shrewdness to harness its indirect, trickle-down benefits, there is little ambivalence about the project being a harbinger of prosperity and development in the region, even if these ...

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Sectarian harmony: Sunni volunteers to ‘protect’ Shia mourners in Gilgit-Baltistan


GILGIT: In a sign of sectarian harmony, Sunni residents of Giglit have volunteered to escort mourning processions in the valley during Muharram. The development is seen as a major step towards bridging the sectarain divide in a region which has been plagued by sectarian violence in the recent past. “This is what we should do and we will do,” said Shah ...

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Indian interest in Gilgit


By Shabbir Mir As the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) progresses, India has placed more focus on Gilgit-Baltistan in an attempt to exploit the undecided constitutional status haunting its people since decades. This could be the best India could do to a region that according to it is Indian territory forcibly occupied by Pakistan. One can understand India is deeply upset ...

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Economic Transformation Initiative: Gilgit-Baltistan to make 50,000 acres of land cultivable

wheat in gilgit baltistan

By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government Tuesday formally launched a $120 million agriculture development project which would help irrigate around 50,000 acres of barren land in the mountainous region. The seven-year project, called the Economic Transformation Initiative, has been co-funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). “This is the biggest agri-development project of G-B and we are hopeful ...

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PIA Cancels More Flights as Northern Airspace Restrictions Continue


Pakistan International Airline has canceled more flights to and from Gilgit and Skardu as Civil Aviation Authorities are yet to lift restrictions for northern air space. PIA said that passengers are being told about the cancellation of flights and that they are being compensated reasonably. Due 2 northern areas air space restriction, PIA’s all 27 Sep flights for Gilgit & Skardu ...

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KADO organizes conference on prevention of motor bike accidents in Hunza


Hunza: Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) in collaboration with District Administration Hunza organized a conference on “Prevention of Motor Bike Accidents in District Hunza”. The local administration heads including Deputy Commissioner (DC), Assistant Commissioner (AC), Superintendent of Police (SP), Chairman KADO and a large number of civil society representatives participated in the conference. The conference aimed to create awareness and ...

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Development: Govt plans Rs. 82b projects in federal areas, including GB


ISLAMABAD: The federal government is spending Rs81.59 billion to execute different projects in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and federally administered areas this year. The federally administered areas where the projects will be executed include ICT, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). In this regard, the government has earmarked Rs42 billion as block allocation and ...

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Expansion: Five more ministers inducted into G-B cabinet


GILGIT: As many as five more ministers have been inducted into the Gilgit-Baltistan cabinet, taking the total strength to 10. Expansion of the cabinet comes over a year after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz swept the polls and formed the government. Those appointed include Haider Khan and Imran Wakeel from district Diamer, Iqbal Hassan from Kharmang, Muhammad Shafiq from Ghanche, and Fida ...

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This Pakistani plans to walk from Khunjerab pass to Karachi in 90 days


By Ibriz Sheikh Naveed Khan is a man on a mission — a mission to make Pakistan look great again. Khan, who now runsPakistanOnFoot, is about to embark on what can only be termed an epic journey for three months from Khunjerab Pass to Karachi – on foot. Khan had just resigned from the BBC when he decided to pack his bags, ...

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