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Renowned mountaineer Hassan Sadpara passes away


Renowned mountaineer Hassan Sadpara passed away in Rawalpindi on Monday. Sadpara was first Pakistani to have climbed eight of the world’s 14 tallest mountains including Mt Everest (8848m), K2 (8611m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Gasherbrum II (8034m), Nanga Parbat (8126 m) and Broad Peak (8051m). He was suffering from multiple diseases, including blood cancer and was brought to a private hospital ...

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How music students in Gojal are trying to keep their culture alive


Wakhi language, culture, and music face extinction. SYED MEHDI BUKHARI It is said that Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar asked Tansen, his court singer and one of his ‘nine jewels,’ if he was the most melodious person on earth. Tansen responded that his mentor Swami Haridas was one. Akbar expressed his desire to have Swami Haridas in his court but ...

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Gilgit Baltistan: That part of Pakistan where coexistance is a reality


By Kashif Chaudhry Gilgit Baltistan is one of the most bestowed and beautiful places on our planet. And its people: equally marvellous. I had heard about the tolerance and religious harmony in Gilgit but until recently, I hadn’t seen a practical example of this coexistence that Gilgitis so often boast about. I am sharing this beautiful story for the rest of the Pakistanis, it is ...

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Moving south for the winter: The rich move out as the poor freeze in Gilgit-Baltistan

Snowfall in Gojal Valley

By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The wagon door slams into place. The last of the bags have been loaded onto the car and businessman Safdar Khan’s family is ready for the long journey south, out of Gilgit. But they are not heading out for a vacation. Despite the fact that it is 2016, people living in the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan still ...

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Your Kids Are Getting Addicted and You Don’t Even Know It


Tech-addiction is a very real thing. It affects a lot of people across the world and many studies have been conducted on it. Nowadays many parents expose their kids to these handheld gizmos, unaware that this may have untold consequences on their children’s psychology down the road. We take a look at how serious it is. The Tech Addiction The ...

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This Muharram, Gilgit gives peace a chance


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


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

CPEC KKH Gojal Hunza

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


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


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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