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Police bust allegedly ‘RAW-funded ring of saboteurs’ in G-B

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GILGIT: In what appears to be a major breakthrough, regional police chief Zafar Iqbal Awan on Wednesday claimed to have arrested members of a network financed by Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — India’s premier intelligence — to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “This is a big success,” Awan told the media during a hurriedly-called news conference in Gilgit, referring ...

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G-B police uniform gets traditional makeover

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: With one eye on the rising number of tourists flocking to the area and the other on preserving a fast disappearing tradition, the Gilgit-Baltistan police on Tuesday formally inducted a traditional piece of headgear into their uniform. The cap, locally known as “Khoi”, will be donned by the traffic police in the region. The addition to the ...

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Agricultural independence: GB to make 54,000 acre barren land cultivable

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GILGIT: In a bid to boost the regional agricultural sector and promote self-reliance in agriculture, the GB government has planned to make cultivable 54,000 acre barren land. “Rs. 13 billion would be spent to convert 54,000 acre barren land into cultivable,” said Chief Minister Hafeez ur Rehman on Monday. Mr. Rehman said the government has also set up land reforms commission in ...

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Indian plans: G-B reluctant to consider new border routes

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GILGIT: The government of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) seems reluctant to consider Indian government plans to open new routes across the Line of Control (LoC) to reconnect divided families in G-B and Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). According to media reports, Governor of IOK Narinder Nath Vohra recently told a joint sitting of the IOK legislature that the state government was considering opening four ...

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PM Nawaz approves Gilgit-Naltar Expressway project

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GILGIT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved a project for the construction of expressway between Gilgit and Naltar, revealed Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman on Sunday. The chief minister revealed this while talking to a delegation in Gilgit. He said the project is part of a broader plan to boost the tourism sector of GB. “Prime Minister Muhammad ...

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Traditional theatre warming up Gilgit’s cold streets

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Hasan stands outside a house in a Gilgit street. He is visibly nervous. “Should I knock on the door,” he hesitantly asks a group of boys surrounding him. “Yes you have to,” replies a boy in the group. Excited to be doing it for the first time, Hasan pulled down his mask and knocks on the door. ...

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Gojal: 6th Basic mountaineering, 2nd Naitonal Ice climbing championship concludes in Shimshal

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SHIMSHAL: A weeklong basic mountaineering camp organized by Pakistan Youth Outreach in collaboration with Karakorum Expedition, came to its end. This year marked successful conclusion of 6th Basic Mountaineering and 2nd National Ice Climbing championship at Malangudi Glacier Shimshal. For the past six years, Pakistan Youth Outreach has been organizing outdoor sports related events for youth. The outdoor mountaineering training ...

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NAP takes effect in G-B: Daily ‘attendance’ of proscribed people mandated

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Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit police on Monday mandated that people who live in Gilgit-Balitistan and appear on a terror watch list report to their respective precincts every day. The move comes months after a decision was taken on it in an apex committee meeting in Gilgit early in 2016. “They [individuals listed in Schedule-IV] will ensure their presence in police ...

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Award of Excellence: Rehmat Aziz Chitrali gets presidential award for his book on prophet Muhammad (SAW)

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LAHORE: International Innovation Laureate(Germany), Linguist, poet and Ph.D scholar in Law Rehmat Aziz Khan Chitrali’s Khowar language book namely “Muhammad (peace be upon him)” a Collection of Naatiya Poetry won the first prize at a National level in the National Seerath competition 2016 in the category of books in regional languages. He received the award on the occasion of the ...

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Interior minister lauds GB scouts for ‘establishing peace in the region’

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ISLAMABAD: Director General Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts Brigadier Ijaz Ur Rehman called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Monday. The Interior Minister felicitated newly appointed DG over assuming charge of his responsibility. He appreciated the role of GB Scouts in establishment of peace and security in Gilgit-Baltistan and admired their vigilance which is being maintained by them in ...

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