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Kashmir separatists warn Pakistan against ‘annexing’ Gilgit-Baltistan

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Kashmir’s separatist leadership on Friday flayed a reported proposal by Pakistan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province, and asked it to desist from embarking on a needless “adventure of annexation”. Both moderate and hardline separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, issued a joint statement terming any proposal to declare Giglit-Baltistan as the ...

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Owners from Gilgit-Baltistan reluctant to surrender land for CPEC

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Some land owners have filed a complaint before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against the forced acquisition of the land they inherited for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project by the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) administration. The land in question, which is surrounded by the Himalayas and the Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges, has been selected for the Special Economic Zone of ...

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Windfall: CPEC Council to build orphanage in Gilgit

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: As part of the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an organisation formed last year would build an orphanage in Gilgit. Moreover, the organisation would conduct a survey along the corridor’s route to identify where schools and hospitals were required. “A technical team is scheduled to arrive in Gilgit shortly to conduct a survey,” said CPEC Council’s Gilgit ...

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Slain Peace Activist: Gilgit to remember Saifur Rehman

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GILGIT: PML-N Gilgit-Baltistan chapter will observe the anniversary of its founding member, Saifur Rehman, as a day to renew the pledge for peace or “Youm-e-Tajdeed-e-Ehd-e-Aamn” on March 19. Officer bearers of PML-N Gilgit, Muslim Students Federation Gilgit and Labour Wing Gilgit met with G-B Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman on Monday to plan for the anniversary. Saifur Rehman, the late brother of ...

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GB is Pakistan’s largest apricot-producing region

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GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan is one of the most beautiful regions of Pakistan. Nature has gifted this region with immense beauty and blessings, including the highest peaks, lakes, largest glaciers, rivers and variety of fruits. One of the most precious gifts by Allah Almighty is the blessing of apricot, the major one among the variety of fruits in Gilgit Baltistan. The region is ...

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Govt set to convert Gilgit Baltistan into fifth province


The government has decided to convert Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) into a fifth province of Pakistan. According to Geo news, Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzadar has said that a committee headed by Special Assistant to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz had proposed giving the status of a province to GB. The government has approved the suggestion. Pirzada added that a bill to amend ...

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Government decides to make GB the 5th province of Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD – The government has decided to convert the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) into the fifth province of Pakistan. Geo news quoting Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzadar said that a committee headed by Special Assistant to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz had proposed giving the status of a province to GB. The government has approved the suggestion. Pirzada added that a bill ...

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Trout fishing season kicks off in Gilgit

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GILGIT: Trout fishing season has kicked off in Gilgit, and it will continue up to Oct. 10 this year. Seasonal license for catching one of the world’s fascinating fish (Trout) can be obtained from the office of the assistant director of fisheries in Gilgit. The fisheries department has also announced the availability of daily Trout angling license for fishing enthusiasts. If you want ...

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Diamer district reports polio case of 2017

A fresh case of polio disease was reported on Saturday in Diamer district of Gilgit- Baltistan after a gap of six years. According to GB health department officials, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, confirmed poliovirus in 14-month-old Nisar Ahmed, a resident of Thore valley of district Diamer. GB had been declared free of polio virus in 2012. An ...

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Families affected by KKH upgrade project demand compensation


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The families affected by Karakoram Highway upgrade project in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) have given a one-month ultimatum to the government for payment of outstanding dues. “We will block the traffic on the highway from April 10 onwards,” said representatives of the affected families while addressing a press conference in Gilgit. The press conference was addressed by Jehangir Khan, ...

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