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GB: ‘Thousands’ protest against alleged exclusion of province from CPEC

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GILGIT – An assortment of people gathered in Skardu on Monday to protest against the alleged exclusion of Gilgit-Baltistan from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. The protest was organised by the PPP’s GB chapter. The party complained that Gilgit-Baltistan had not received any share in the project, even though 439 kilometres of land in Skardu had been acquired by the government ...

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China to invest $50b to develop Indus River Cascade

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ISLAMABAD: In a major development that may attract $50 billion Chinese investment to Pakistan, Islamabad is expected to sign an MoU with Beijing on Saturday (today) for financing and developing the North Indus River Cascade which has the potential to generate 40,000MW hydro electricity. The $50 billion investment comes on top of the $46 billion investment being provided by the Chinese ...

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GB chief minister dropped from list of PM’s delegation to China

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BY GHULAM ABBAS ISLAMABAD: In a surprising move, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeez-ur-Rehman was dropped from the list of dignitaries visiting China along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to participate in the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum, aimed at regional development through win-win cooperation, without citing any reason. Reliable sources told Pakistan Today that the chief minister of GB was ...

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HRCP lauds removal of 47 names from ATA’s 4th schedule in GB

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Press Release Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the removal of 47 individuals’ names from a list under 4th Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act in Gilgit-Baltistan, and called for a fair hearing for those remaining on the list. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Commission said: “HRCP welcomes as a positive development a recent notification ...

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NOC for foreign tourists to travel to GB not mandatory, says Ch Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said that condition – which was made mandatory for foreign tourists – to have No-Objection Certificate (NOC)  for visiting Gilgit-Baltistan has been lifted after holding meetings and forming consensus including with Chief Minister of the region. “However, the security clearance will be mandatory for any foreigner to set up a Non-Governmental ...

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Bilawal to address rally in Skardu on 14th

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By Meraj Alam GILGIT – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, will address a PPP rally in Skardu on May 14th. This was stated by PPP Gilgit-Baltistan chapter President Advocate Amjad here on Tuesday. He was chairing a meeting regarding the arrangement being made for PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s proposed visit to Gilgit-Baltistan on Monday. The ...

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Green Pakistan Program: Forestation underway across GB

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GILGIT: Minister Forest, Wildlife and Environment Gilgit-Baltistan Muhammad Imran says forestation is underway under Green Pakistan Program. Talking to Radio Pakistan Gilgit correspondent on Monday, he said federal government has released 270 million rupees as first installment out of 440 million rupees allocated to Gilgit Baltistan under the program. Muhammad Imran said Forest department has started implementation a number of schemes ...

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Alarming number of suicide attempts in Ghizer district

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The increasing number of suicide attempts in the Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan has become alarming as five more youngsters have reportedly committed suicide during last one week. This district, where literacy rate is comparatively better, has emerged as the worst district keeping in view the number of suicides during the past one decade. According to residents of the area, ...

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Polo tournament to kick off in Gilgit today

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March-past of polo teams will be held at Shahi Stadium in Gilgit on Sunday. Minister for Works Dr Muhammad Iqbal will be the chief Guest on the occasion. President Gilgit Baltistan Polo Association Ashraf Gul said that thirty five teams will take part in polo competition. The tournament will continue till 15th of this month. The first match will be ...

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HEC approves establishment of KIU campuses in Hunza, Diamer and Ghizer districts

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GILGIT: Governor Gilgit Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali has announced that the Higher Education Commission has approved the establishment of KIU campuses in Hunza, Diamer, and Ghizer districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. He made the announcement while addressing the convocation of Karakorum International University in Gilgit on Saturday. The governor said the federal government is taking steps to provide higher education facilities to students at their ...

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