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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

CPEC KKH Gojal Hunza

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

cpec route

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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Community mobilization indispensable to increase water resilience in Hunza

water in shimshal valley

By Ahsan Jamil Multipronged approaches are fundamental to cope with the existing water challenge for the communities of Hunza valley. The valley brims with water resources including rivers, glaciers, springs yet climate change enters as spoiler and causes freezing of tap water and lakes that account for domestic and agricultural use. The resilience of local communities can be boosted to ...

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Meet the Gojali man who has been walking 40 kilometers everyday for the past 23 years!

zamarut khan

Mr. Zamarut Khan, 66, hails from Misgar Valley (Gojal, Hunza). In 1992, he opened up a small, eggs selling business in the Pakistan-China border town of Sost, which is about 20 kilometers away from Misgar Valley. From day one, Mr. Zamarut has preferred to commute on foot. During the past 23 years, he has not missed a single day walking ...

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Effective water stewardship vital to address water challenges in Hunza

water in hunza

By Ahsan Jamil Nothing is more painful than having the source and yet not utilizable, a treasure in an unreachable depth, good for nothing. Hunza valley experiences the identical situation as far as the water availability is concerned throughout the year. There are plenty of water sources in the valley; glaciers topping the list, precipitation, river water, and the spring ...

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Lament the terrorist not Muslims

muslims against isis

By Kulsoom Zahra Whenever there is an act of jarring on civilians in the post 9/11 west, demagogues vehemently blame it on Muslims. In the wake of the grisly terrorist attacks in Paris and shooting incident in California, Muslims all over the world have been braced with hatred. The element of Islamophobia has taken permanent roots in political spheres of ...

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