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Formation of new districts: Wazir Baig expresses disappointment with GB government

GBLA Speaker Wazir Baig

News Desk The Speaker of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA), Mr. Wazir Baig, has expressed his disappointment over the long stalled matter of new districts formation in GB, saying he does not see new districts materialize in the near future. Mr. Baig (PPP-Hunza) also accused the GB government of exercising lethargy on the issue of deciding the head quarter of Hunza-Nagar ...

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Yousaf Numberdar: ‘Mehdi Shah has damaged the party more than Ziaul Haq’

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News Desk A day after the resignation of complete cabinet of Pakistan Peoples Party, Skardu, the party’s president for the district, Yousaf Numberdar, has accused GB Chief Minister Minister Mehdi Shah of damaging “the party more than the former military dictator Ziaul Haq.” In an extraordinary move, the cabinet of PPP Skardu chapter sent their resignations to the party chairman, ...

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Chilas incident: Intelligence officials pick 22 students from Gujranwala seminary

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News Desk Intelligence officials have reportedly picked up about 22 students from a seminary in Gujranwala to question them about the murder of two army officers and a police official in Chilas. At the time of their murder, the security officials were investigating the June 30 massacre of 10 foreign tourists and their Pakistani guide near Nanga Parbat base camp. ...

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Interior ministry issues terror alert to GB government

GB

News Desk The federal government has issued a terror alert to the government of Gilgit-Baltistan, saying militants can attack passenger vehicles on the main road connecting Gilgit with Ghizer. The interior ministry asked the GB government to boost up security on the road. In its letter to the GB government, the interior ministry warned that sectarian clashes in the region ...

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Richard Olson: ‘Washington would finance Diamer-Bhasha Dam’

News Desk US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, has said that his country would provide funds for construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam, a project in the first round of construction on the River Indus in Diamer, Gilgit-Baltistan. Mr. Olson made the comments during an interview with Pakistan’s state-owned TV channel. The US ambassador said Washington intends to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis. He ...

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Extortion in Gojal: Local administration officials rip off shopkeepers, restaurant owners

Extortion

News Desk Local administration officials in Gulmit collected money from shops and restaurants in the name of “fine for selling expired products” on Friday, Mountain TV reported. The magistrate, assisted by another official and two policemen, raided shops, claiming that they were inspecting the sale of expired products, an issue the locals have also complained about lately. According to shopkeepers ...

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Authorities arrest key suspect in Chilas murder incident

Security forces in Chilas

News Desk Authorities claimed on Thursday that they have arrested the alleged mastermind of the Chilas terrorism incident that left dead two army officials and a police officer probing the murder of 10 foreign climbers and their Pakistani guide near Nanga Parbat. Sources said that Hamidullah, who is allegedly involved in the killing of Colonel Ghulam Mustafa, Captain Ashfaq Aziz ...

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Delay in distribution of relief items creates anxiety among Attabad landslide affectees

Relief items for the Attabad landslide affectees reached Khunjerav some weeks ago. Photo: Adil Shah

News Desk Distribution of relief goods received some weeks ago from the government of China for the affectees of the Attabad landslide disaster has been put on hold, prompting concerns among the beneficiaries. A number of commentators from Upper Hunza alleged that the government authorities handling the relief items are using delaying tactics for mass misappropriation. They also fear wide ...

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Jashn-e-Ghanche 2013 concludes in Khaplu

Sword dance during Jashn-e-Ghanche, Photo: Asghar Khan

News Desk Jashn-e-Ghanche, sponsored by the Gilgit-Baltistan tourism department and organized by local non-profit organizations, concluded in Khaplu, Tuesday. According to reports, hundreds of people attended the festival’s closing ceremony, including domestic and foreign tourists, public figures and government representatives. A number of traditional items added colour to the event, including traditional dances, sword dance, folk songs and satires. Polo ...

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Man on bicycle reaches Lahore from Khunjerav

Lahoris welcome cyclist Khawar Hussain

News Desk Mr. Khawar Hussain started his bicycle tour, dubbed Destination Pakistan, from Khunjerav and reached Lahore on Tuesday. Dozens of people welcomed Mr. Khawar, a resident of Faisalabad, in Lahore. The cyclist, who was set to continue his bicycle tour to Karachi from Lahore, told reporters that the reason for his Khunjerav-Karachi bicycle tour is to show the world ...

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