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Food insecurity: Why should we grow crops, ask Gilgit farmers

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: While sprawling buildings and urbanisation may have left little land for farming in Gilgit city, provision of wheat on subsidised prices has dealt a double blow to agriculture in the mountainous Giglit-Baltistan region which is fast losing its breadbaskets. The region, where hardly two per cent of land is arable but has a teeming population of over ...

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Friendship: China-Pak car rally rolls into Pakistan

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GILGIT-BALTISTAN: Around a score vehicles in the  China-Pakistan Friendship car rally on Friday rumbled through the Khunjerab pass to enter Pakistan. According to details, a welcome ceremony for the participants of the rally, which originated from China was held at zero point in Khunjerab. Provincial Minister Works Dr Iqbal, Gilgit-Baltistan Commissioner Sebtain Ahmad, Deputy Commissioner Samiullah Fraq and many others attended ...

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Safe city project: Gilgit gets 285 security cameras to monitor streets

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan government has installed 285 high-resolution cameras with night vision capability throughout the city as part of the “safe city” project. The project was inaugurated just a day ahead of Ashura, considered to be one of the most sensitive days for the city. “We are happy that the project has been complete at the right time,” said ...

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Chitral: Afghan SIMs, Indian medicines recovered in raids

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CHITRAL: A large number of Afghan SIMs and mobile cards along with medicines of Indian pharmaceutical companies have been recovered from different shops in Arandu village situated on the Pak-Afghan border in the south of Chitral. Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Ahmed Warraich told Dawn on Saturday that many traders had been arrested for selling Afghan SIMs and Indian made medicines. ...

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Sectarian harmony: ‘Pray in each other’s mosques’

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: In a radical move aimed at promoting sectarian harmony, a leading Shia cleric in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) has asked followers of different sects to offer prayers in each other’s mosques “If they sit together, they will naturally interact with each other,” said Agha Rahatul Hussain while addressing a religious gathering in connection with Muharram. Hussain, ranked among the ...

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Set free: Court exonerates nine activists booked under anti-terrorism act

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The supreme appellate court of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) exonerated nine activists booked under the anti-terrorism act (ATA) in G-B two years ago. The charges were framed against the activists after they organised a protest rally in Gilgit against the ATA and demanded annulment of what they called a “Black Law”. The decision was announced by chief judge, Justice ...

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Jaglote: where three empires meet

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The region where the three mightiest mountain ranges – the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush – meet is Gilgit. It is renowned for some of the world’s best scenery, trekking and walking opportunities. Unfortunately, not many – both in the country and abroad – know this fascinating piece of land. The precise point that offers memorable panoramas ...

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Muharram security: G-B govt to suspend traffic on KKH for Ashura

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government (G-B) has decided to suspend traffic for a day on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) as part of its security plan for Muharram. The decision will leave G-B disconnected from the rest of the country as KKH is the main highway linking the region to Rawalpindi and Islamabad. “The highway will be closed for traffic ...

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Water supply scheme for martyred soldier’s village

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government on Tuesday announced a water supply scheme for the native village of Havaldar Jumma Khan, the Northern Light Infantry soldier who was killed by Indian firing along the Line of Control last week. The scheme, worth Rs1 million, was announced by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Farman Ali. Havaldar Jumma, a ...

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Lifeless Gilgit walls turned into canvases

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The sombre and grey Airport Road in Gilgit has been brought back to life by a series of colourful scenes painted on bare walls at Kashrote turning the street into an impromptu art gallery. The artwork, depicting local culture, historical sites and a map of the region, were painted by scores of young students from Lahore and ...

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