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This Muharram, Gilgit gives peace a chance

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Taimur Shamil This Muharram, Sunnis from Gilgit city vowed to protect their Shia brethren during the mourning processions that take place annually at this time of the year. This decision was the outcome of a collaborative process on the community level.Several meetings were held at local administration offices, mosques and other neighborhood venues to spread the word of peace. A ...

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War? What war? These stunning photos reveal the lives of a remote Afghan tribe

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By REBECCA TAYLOR FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 14:37 GMT, 9 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01 GMT, 9 October 2016 In a thin strip, wedged between Tajikistan and Pakistan, there is a village where the Taliban has struggled to impose their rule. Known as the Wakhan Corridor, approximately 12,000 villagers live at an altitude of 4,500 metres, in the harsh, desolate terrain. ...

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Indirect benefits

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SARANJAM BEYG MANY critics have rightly highlighted the exclusion of economically enfeebled Gilgit-Baltistan from the $46 billion worth of investments for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. However, provided that GB shows the capacity and shrewdness to harness its indirect, trickle-down benefits, there is little ambivalence about the project being a harbinger of prosperity and development in the region, even if these ...

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Indian interest in Gilgit

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By Shabbir Mir As the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) progresses, India has placed more focus on Gilgit-Baltistan in an attempt to exploit the undecided constitutional status haunting its people since decades. This could be the best India could do to a region that according to it is Indian territory forcibly occupied by Pakistan. One can understand India is deeply upset ...

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This Pakistani plans to walk from Khunjerab pass to Karachi in 90 days

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By Ibriz Sheikh Naveed Khan is a man on a mission — a mission to make Pakistan look great again. Khan, who now runsPakistanOnFoot, is about to embark on what can only be termed an epic journey for three months from Khunjerab Pass to Karachi – on foot. Khan had just resigned from the BBC when he decided to pack his bags, ...

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Over two decades later

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By Chris Cork Riding a bicycle into a rainy and chilly Gilgit in late September 1993 about the first thing that struck me was a complete absence of a sense of the romantic. Dirty, down at heel, feral dogs everywhere and a distinct feeling of edginess. Twenty-three years down the line the feral dogs are gone and the place no ...

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Meat for all households in Hunza: Eid tradition ensure equality in sacrifice

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By Ali Akbar The much renowned Hunza valley, enveloped in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range, carried out its unique tradition of communal qurbani on the occasion of Eidul Azha. As part of an ancient tradition, all sacrificial animals are slaughtered at a community centre and the meat is then divided among the local population where all families ...

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11TH NISHAN-E-HAIDER OF PAKISTAN — NAIK SAIF ALI JANJUA

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11TH NISHAN-E-HAIDER OF PAKISTAN — NAIK SAIF ALI JANJUA HANZLA.SAJIDSEPTEMBER 12, 2016 (Security Desk) — 88% copper, 10% tin and 2% zinc awarded to men with  100% heart of gold. Yes, the description aptly describes the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider. 10 men in the history of Pakistan have had the honor of receiving the country’s highest gallantry award over the course ...

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Break the silence,Say no more to Honor killing

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By Shakeel Ahmed The murder of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the belief of the committers that the victim has got dishonor upon the family or community is called honor killing or honour killing, it is also called a customary killing. Honour killings are focused generally against the women and girls. The apparent ...

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Significance of CPEC

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In Pakistan, the significance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is poorly understood. The Straits of Malacca connect China with global trade through an expansive 12,000km sea route. Then, to transport their goods to the Xingjiang region, the Chinese must travel another 3,500km over land. A quarter of the world’s, and most of China’s oil, passes through the Straits, whose ...

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