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The making of a witch


By Aziz Ali Dad Witches are believed to be creatures who live among human beings as representatives of evil spirits in human form. Since the dawn of civilisation, we have been surrounded by eerie tales of witches. These are visible in Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology and medieval folktales. Even in Shakespeare’s work, the role of witches is palpable – ...

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GB province: a CPEC prerequisite


AFZAL A. SHIGRI THE Pakistan government is projecting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as a panacea to all its problems, one which will result in unprecedented nationwide prosperity. Undoubtedly, an investment of the proposed scale and a project completed within a limited time frame is welcome, but a cautionary note is in order: mega projects of this scale also ...

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Emblems of Punjab-Gilgit-Baltistan

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TANIA QURESHI   I had heard a lot about the cultural colours of Gilgit-Baltistan but I saw them right here in Lahore a week ago in the invigorating Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab Fusion Festival. The three-day festival had all about Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab. Starting from the traditional performances of folk dances and songs, the festival had flavours of indigenous cuisines and ...

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Trek: The shepherds’ trail

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At the onset of every spring and winter, the shepherds of Hunza trek through rugged mountains to a higher altitude where they rear their sheep and goats for the remainder of the summer season — they return once the snow sets in. Marifat, my guide, convinces me to try this route favoured by the locals. “The lower Hunza valley will ...

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Voices from Gilgit-Baltistan

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By Amir Hussain The government faces a series of challenges in exercising its political writ in the remote regions of the country. But it seems to have no palpable plans to address the sense of deprivation, political exclusion and economic marginalisation that exist in those areas. There are a host of political problems which can easily be resolved with some ...

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Agha Ziauddin’s killer shot dead


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: A man who was accused of killing noted Shia cleric Agha Ziauddin has been killed in a police encounter. Shakirullah Jan was among the four terrorists killed by the Counterterrorism Department (CTD) in an alleged encounter near Sheikhupura on Wednesday, a CTD spokesperson confirmed. Shakirullah Jan and Arifuddin escaped from Gilgit jail three years back after reportedly ...

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Dadi Jawari – the Queen who gifted water to her subjects


GILGIT: Through the centuries, most people have tried to seek ‘immortality’ through different means. Some tried to do it through pictures or stories about themselves. Others built statues to remind subsequent generations. Others still built giant monuments as a testimony to their grandness. But few have of these methods have stood the trial of time. But for four centuries, the name ...

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Connecting the Dots: Himalayan Glaciers, Changing Surface Water Regimes and Groundwater Resources

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Anjal Prakash and Arun B Shrestha The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is one of the most dynamic, diverse, and complex mountain systems in the world, providing fresh water resources to more than 210 million people in the mountains and 1.3 billion people downstream. Several river and glacial systems originate in the HKH, making the region a “Third Pole” of the ...

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Broghil valley: Yak attack!


High up in the mountains is another world entirely. Protected by towering peaks are unique ecosystems and otherworldly geographical features. And here too are the isolated and fascinating cultures, which we only glimpse in pictures in travelogues. A view of yak polo match The Broghil valley, situated about 250km from Chitral, is one such place. Its extended glaciers, incredible wildlife, ...

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Remembering Deputy Commissioner Osama Warraich — a champion for Chitral’s welfare


FAHIM ZAMAN We first met Osama Ahmed Warraich, deputy commissioner Chitral, in his office around 8.30pm on Nov 26, 2015. While talking to us, he continued signing compensation checks for Rs200,000 each for the affectees of the Oct 26 earthquake. A young DMG officer of 37 Common, Osama graduated from the civil services academy in 2010. He joined the KPK ...

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