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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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UBUNTU-‘I am because we are!

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By Amjad Ali I am happy to see you all read my blog again after quite a long break. Breaks are important to take as they refresh us and fill us with new energies and ideas. The day I left for my home town Hunza, Pakistan, I made a commitment with myself not to write on these vacation days; instead, ...

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As a GBLA -6 constituency voter, who shall I vote for?

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By Muhammad Pannah Situated in the north of Gilgit, Hunza is located in a key geostrategic position. It shared borders with Afghanistan to the west and China to the north. It was the junction point of the ancient silk route caravans that was for several hundred years used to supply goods in the subcontinent and European countries. Hunza’s geostrategic significance has witnessed a boom since the ...

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STATUS OF WOMEN IN OUR SOCIETY

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 By Arfa Sadru As we are born and fragmented into the Muslim culture and civilization. Islam, the religion of peace and divinity provided the sacred place to women in every sphere of life. It positioned women with the highest dignity. It placed a woman shielded and protected by her family and then her life partner. She has rights and responsibilities to ...

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Rural education challenges in Gligit Baltistan

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By Shakeel Ahmed Majority population in Gilgit baltistan still lives in villages and so the topic of rural education in region is of utmost significance. A surveys shows that even though the number of rural students attending schools is rising but more than half of the students in fifth grade are unable to read a second grade text book and ...

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G-B Council elections declared illegal

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GILGIT: An election tribunal declared the Gilgit-Baltistan Council elections as illegal. It has asked the G-B election commission to hold the polling process afresh. The G-B Council elections were held in April through a show of hands. This was challenged by a candidate Ali Haider through his lawyer Advocate Amjad Hussain, who is also president of Pakistan Peoples Party in G-B. ...

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