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Mountains are calling but here is the turning point!

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June 30,2016 By Amjad Ali We the people from Gilgit-Baltistan living in the cities visit our homeland and native villages quite after a long time. There are many who visit after years. Some are called by the mountains some by their parents and some by their Mother land. Anyhow, whenever the locals go back to their homes they come across ...

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Men amongst mountains with Baqir Mehdi

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BAQIR MEHDI, A TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER, GRADUATED FROM NCA IN FILM AND TV, WITH A DISTINCTION FOR HIS THESIS DOCUMENTARY ‘ME, CHABBAR AND ABBU CHACHU’. HE DOCUMENTS HIS TRAVEL THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS OF THE VALLEY OF MISGAR, TELLING US ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS OF MEN AMONGST THE MOUNTAINS AND THE HOSPITALITY OF THE NATIVES. “Im more of a documentary photographer and I ...

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Pakistan’s last 200 snow leopards — and one man’s unrelenting efforts to save them

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RINA SAEED KHAN The first time I saw the magnificent snow leopard was on film. BBC’s Planet Earth series aired some incredibly beautiful footage of a snow leopard stalking its prey in the wild. On the craggy cliffs of Chitral, the animal leaped over the rocks in search of a Markhor. Never before had the elusive leopard been caught hunting ...

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Ganish settlement lying in wait to reveal secrets

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Ganish, as locals pronounce it, is said to be one of the earliest settlements on the ancient silk route. This settlement was inhabited by 10th century caravans. Shish Kin, a Chinese visitor, said his ancestors belonged to this region. “Awesome, it just took me back to medieval times,” a tourist remarks as he walks down a narrow ...

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Where does Gilgit-Baltistan stand in the Walk Free Foundation’s slavery index?

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By Muhammad Pannah “Walk Free Foundation” is an international agency to declare unseen modern slaveries approaches which is used to control people for their benefits in all over the globe. It is fact that green and red revolutions have changed horrific slavery convention from the world, but in some autocratic countries still having inhuman slavery culture in the world, but ...

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This Pakistani Girl Traveled Through Pakistan on her Bike

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Meet Zenith Ifran, a Pakistani girl who traveled through Pakistan on her bike. She traveled around numerous places in Pakistan on her motorbike. In Jun last year, she decided to visit the whole of Pakistan on her bike and that too all alone. 21 year old Zenith from Lahore says her father wanted to travel Pakistan but he couldn’t do ...

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Call for educational emergency to address educational crisis in district Diamer

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By Fida Karim Lately Alif Ailaan and ASER Pakistan have released their reports on Pakistan District Education Rankings 2016 and Annual Status of Education Report-2015 respectively. Both of these reports were showing nationwide educational attainments in terms of learning outcomes, enrollment, school infrastructure and facilities among other indicators. In this regard, I have already assessed the ASER Report-2015 and published ...

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Let’s not contaminate the paradise

Amjad Ali It is a blessing to people of areas who are surrounded by mountains and glaciers as they are amongst the very small community on this earth, who have fresh air, clean water and overall a healthy environment.  There are many areas in Pakistan which are the real paradises due to landscapes and clean environment. People from all over ...

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Continental drift: Where two worlds collide

A roadside signboard in Nagar Valley identifies the spot where the Indian and Eurasian continental plates collided creating the towering mountains. PHOTO: EXPRESS

By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: “Please stop. Stop [right] here,” a foreign tourist shouts as his vehicle snakes through the Nagar Valley en route to Hunza from Gilgit in Gilgit-Baltistan region. The man has read a roadside signboard and cannot control his excitement. “Collision Point of Continental Plates,” reads the signpost, apart from offering information about the place where the Indian and ...

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Climate Change brings sufferings

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By Amjad Ali The sound of a child’s cry broke the moments of joy while I was at Attabad Lake,my home town at Shishkat Gojal Hunza. This view of the scenic and eye catching lake between the mighty ranges of Karakorum is not less than a paradise. As the sound of the child’s cry goes louder, the far I go ...

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