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CPEC: Gilgit-Baltistan to be declared free trade zone, says Dastgir

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By Peer Muhammad ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to declare Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) as a free trade zone to promote business activity in the area, according to Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir. Talking to a group of journalists, the federal minister said G-B had paramount importance in making the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project a success due to its geographical location ...

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Preparing ahead: G-B CM vows to increase allocations for health, education

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Shabbir Mir GILGIT: A pre-budget conference was held at Assembly Hall in Gilgit where the G-B Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman said education and health allocations would be increased manifold to cope with the region’s growing population. “I can assure you we will be allocating a budget to education and health which will be the highest in percentage in the country,” he ...

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Men amongst mountains with Baqir Mehdi

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BAQIR MEHDI, A TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER, GRADUATED FROM NCA IN FILM AND TV, WITH A DISTINCTION FOR HIS THESIS DOCUMENTARY ‘ME, CHABBAR AND ABBU CHACHU’. HE DOCUMENTS HIS TRAVEL THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS OF THE VALLEY OF MISGAR, TELLING US ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS OF MEN AMONGST THE MOUNTAINS AND THE HOSPITALITY OF THE NATIVES. “Im more of a documentary photographer and I ...

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Pakistan’s last 200 snow leopards — and one man’s unrelenting efforts to save them

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RINA SAEED KHAN The first time I saw the magnificent snow leopard was on film. BBC’s Planet Earth series aired some incredibly beautiful footage of a snow leopard stalking its prey in the wild. On the craggy cliffs of Chitral, the animal leaped over the rocks in search of a Markhor. Never before had the elusive leopard been caught hunting ...

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Clear of snow: Traffic flow from Babusar Pass to resume soon

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Traffic between Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad via Babusar Pass will resume in a few days since large quantities of snow that was obstructing traffic earlier has been cleared, a senior government official told The Express Tribune on Monday. Babusar Road, which is 100-kilometres shorter than Karakoram Highway (KKH), connects G-B to Mansehra through Naran and Kaghan, however heavy ...

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Residents fear for life as water levels surge in Gilgit River

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The water level in Gilgit River has reached a new peak and is threatening the lives of people living in low-lying areas. The areas that are likely to face inundation include Chamogarh Colony, Domail Lower, Sakarkoi, Thopchar and Baseen Kharee of Gilgit. “There is a danger of water entering our houses at any time,” a resident of ...

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Ganish settlement lying in wait to reveal secrets

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Ganish, as locals pronounce it, is said to be one of the earliest settlements on the ancient silk route. This settlement was inhabited by 10th century caravans. Shish Kin, a Chinese visitor, said his ancestors belonged to this region. “Awesome, it just took me back to medieval times,” a tourist remarks as he walks down a narrow ...

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Clash in Chitral over Kalash girl’s ‘forced’ conversion to Islam

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SLAMABAD: Hundreds of Muslims clashed with members of Kalash tribe in Chitral on Thursday after a teenager claimed she was forced to convert to Islam, police and residents said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd attacking a house in the Kalash tribe’s valley of Bumburate in the northwestern district of Chitral, where the girl had gone to give a ...

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Caterpillars go on rampage in G-B

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The outbreak of ‘mysterious caterpillars’ have left thousands of fruit and wild trees dead in the Hunza valley of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), reinforcing scientists’ fear that climate change is behind the anomaly. This unheard-of phenomenon – that in recent years has taken its toll on infrastructure and the road network in the mountainous region – is being attributed ...

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Where does Gilgit-Baltistan stand in the Walk Free Foundation’s slavery index?

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By Muhammad Pannah “Walk Free Foundation” is an international agency to declare unseen modern slaveries approaches which is used to control people for their benefits in all over the globe. It is fact that green and red revolutions have changed horrific slavery convention from the world, but in some autocratic countries still having inhuman slavery culture in the world, but ...

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