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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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Chitrali sitar player sticks to the tricks of his trade

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PESHAWAR: Clad in a traditional dress and a thick khakhi shawl, Zainullah Khan Umerzai clutches his Chitrali sitar with pride. He is touted as one of the finest Chitrali sitar players who are affiliated with traditional Pashto music. He has also been billed as a living legend. Music vital for world peace: sitar performer Speaking to The Express Tribune, Umerzai said ...

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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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Three-day Shandur festival starting from July 15

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The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) on Tuesday decided to organize the upcoming three-day Shandur Polo Festival from July 15 to 17. The Chitral Scouts and the district administration Chitral had requested the TCKP to bring the schedule back and hold the event from July 15 owing to the imminent monsoon rains in the region. Recently, a meeting chaired by ...

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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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Into the wild: Two black bear cubs released

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By Shabbir Mir Published: June 15, 2016 GILGIT: Two black bear cubs seized by authorities from a villager in Diamer Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan have been released into the wild after treatment. “The cubs were healthy and able to eat on their own,” Divisional Forest Officer Raja Arif told The Express Tribune on Tuesday, a day after the release. One of the ...

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