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Asking for rights in a right way


By Amjad Ali When it comes to demonstrations in Pakistan, protesters typically smash and break properties, block the roads and halt the traffic. And then there are the authorities that rarely come for a peaceful and productive dialogue with the demonstrators.Typically, police arrives and beats the mob to disperse them, and then the issue that triggered the protest remains unresolved, ...

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پاک چائنا اکنامک کوریڈور، اور سوست کے مسائل


  Written By: Munir Uddin آج کل پاک چائنا اکنامک کوریڈور زبان زد عام ہے پارلیمنٹ، ٹی وی چینلز،اخبارات،نجی محفلیں ہر جگہ یہی موضوع زیر بحث ہوتی ہےاور ہر کوئی اپنی استعداد کے مطابق اس پر بات کرتا ہوا نظر آتا ہے، اربوں ڈالرز کا یہ پراجیکٹ پاکستان میں معاشی انقلاب لا سکتا ہے اور لوگوں کی تقدیر بدل سکتی ...

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A rare opportunity for Gilgit-Baltistan

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By Shabbir Mir Like other parts of the country, Gilgit-Baltistan has also been plagued by the ‘CPEC fever’ these days. While the project is still in its infancy and details surrounding it continue to be sorted out, it seems that the opposition parties feel duty-bound to pass a comment on it on a daily basis, painting a bleak picture for the region with ...

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Will the NHA, Hunza district administration pay heed to the hue and cry of KKH project victims?

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Projects under the much-celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have just kicked off and people in the power corridors have their eyes focused on the expected economic benefits of the CPEC projects for Pakistan. However, Islamabad has continuously overlooked any rational voices attempting to bring to their attention the bad governance factors that might push the economic corridor worth $46 billion into ...

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Why Pakistan is unlikely to change present status of Gilgit-Baltistan region


By Sameer Yasir  Despite pressure from the Chinese government, Pakistan is unlikely to change the constitutional status of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India as part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The reason is that it would encourage PoK to demand the same status and it will put India and Pakistan on a fresh collision ...

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The importance of public spaces for women in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region

A woman stands in a queue to cast her vote during an election of the Legislative assembly for Northern Areas in Gilgit-Baltistan

By Ume Ayman In Pakistan, city planning is usually an afterthought. The government only appears to wake up to the problems of citizens once cities run out of resources, and even then responds passively to the needs of urban dwellers. It is, therefore, important that policymakers and town planners put their heads together to make the cities we live in ...

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No space for GB on CPEC table

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BY AFZAL A. SHIGRI  Standing as a reincarnation of the historical old silk route, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is defined as a game changer. China has pledged to invest $46 billion in a highway network from Khunjrab to Gwadar, energy projects and the establishment of economic zones. The stated policy of the Pakistan government is to spread the benefits of ...

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China- Pak Economic Corridor and its implications for Gilgit-Baltistan

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By Muhammad Panah The relationship between Hunza and the Peoples Republic of China is deep rooted, dating back to the time when Hunza was a princely state. For hundreds of years, the people of Hunza have acted as the first line of defense against the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan besides catalyzing the friendly relation between Pakistan and China. Historical ...

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Be the change you wish to see in the world


Pakistan is an inopportune country with a lot to deal with in terms of poverty, unemployment, natural calamities and now the war on terror. Education itself is a problem which needs to be addressed very proficiently. The academic situation in Pakistan is not encouraging with a lot of factors affecting its progressing atmosphere. Amongst the most recent, is combating, terrorism ...

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Reforming regions: G-B closer than ever to securing constitutional rights


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: More than 58 years after independence, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) finally looks set to get significant constitutional rights for the region. A reforms committee formed on the instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is working closely with legal experts to devise a roadmap for a region which has remained out of mainstream politics due to the larger Kashmir issue. Adviser ...

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