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G-B police uniform gets traditional makeover


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: With one eye on the rising number of tourists flocking to the area and the other on preserving a fast disappearing tradition, the Gilgit-Baltistan police on Tuesday formally inducted a traditional piece of headgear into their uniform. The cap, locally known as “Khoi”, will be donned by the traffic police in the region. The addition to the ...

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Agricultural independence: GB to make 54,000 acre barren land cultivable

wheat in gilgit baltistan

GILGIT: In a bid to boost the regional agricultural sector and promote self-reliance in agriculture, the GB government has planned to make cultivable 54,000 acre barren land. “Rs. 13 billion would be spent to convert 54,000 acre barren land into cultivable,” said Chief Minister Hafeez ur Rehman on Monday. Mr. Rehman said the government has also set up land reforms commission in ...

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Indian plans: G-B reluctant to consider new border routes


GILGIT: The government of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) seems reluctant to consider Indian government plans to open new routes across the Line of Control (LoC) to reconnect divided families in G-B and Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). According to media reports, Governor of IOK Narinder Nath Vohra recently told a joint sitting of the IOK legislature that the state government was considering opening four ...

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PM Nawaz approves Gilgit-Naltar Expressway project


GILGIT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved a project for the construction of expressway between Gilgit and Naltar, revealed Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman on Sunday. The chief minister revealed this while talking to a delegation in Gilgit. He said the project is part of a broader plan to boost the tourism sector of GB. “Prime Minister Muhammad ...

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Dadi Jawari – the Queen who gifted water to her subjects


GILGIT: Through the centuries, most people have tried to seek ‘immortality’ through different means. Some tried to do it through pictures or stories about themselves. Others built statues to remind subsequent generations. Others still built giant monuments as a testimony to their grandness. But few have of these methods have stood the trial of time. But for four centuries, the name ...

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Traditional theatre warming up Gilgit’s cold streets


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Hasan stands outside a house in a Gilgit street. He is visibly nervous. “Should I knock on the door,” he hesitantly asks a group of boys surrounding him. “Yes you have to,” replies a boy in the group. Excited to be doing it for the first time, Hasan pulled down his mask and knocks on the door. ...

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Gojal: 6th Basic mountaineering, 2nd Naitonal Ice climbing championship concludes in Shimshal

mountain climbing training by karakorum expeditions in shimshal gojal hunza

SHIMSHAL: A weeklong basic mountaineering camp organized by Pakistan Youth Outreach in collaboration with Karakorum Expedition, came to its end. This year marked successful conclusion of 6th Basic Mountaineering and 2nd National Ice Climbing championship at Malangudi Glacier Shimshal. For the past six years, Pakistan Youth Outreach has been organizing outdoor sports related events for youth. The outdoor mountaineering training ...

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NAP takes effect in G-B: Daily ‘attendance’ of proscribed people mandated

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Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit police on Monday mandated that people who live in Gilgit-Balitistan and appear on a terror watch list report to their respective precincts every day. The move comes months after a decision was taken on it in an apex committee meeting in Gilgit early in 2016. “They [individuals listed in Schedule-IV] will ensure their presence in police ...

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Interior minister lauds GB scouts for ‘establishing peace in the region’


ISLAMABAD: Director General Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts Brigadier Ijaz Ur Rehman called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad on Monday. The Interior Minister felicitated newly appointed DG over assuming charge of his responsibility. He appreciated the role of GB Scouts in establishment of peace and security in Gilgit-Baltistan and admired their vigilance which is being maintained by them in ...

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Political spat: Opposition slams G-B govt over Diamer’s ghost schools


GILGIT: The leader of opposition in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) assembly on Sunday raised questions over the government’s resolve to improve the state of women’s education in Diamer valley. Shah Baig of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) alleged that schools in the valley have turned into ‘ghost schools’. “Schools in the valley are deserted and there is no one to look into this ...

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