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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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The Italian Science and Cooperation at the Shadow of K2 enters second day

The Italian Science and Cooperation at the Shadow of K2

News Desk The event ‘The Italian Science and Cooperation at the Shadow of K2’ has entered its second day at the Pakistan National Council of Arts’ (PNCA’s) National Art Gallery, Islamabad. Hundreds of people attended inauguration of the event on Monday. Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman to scale Mt. Everest, inaugurated the event. Reports say that the four-day long ...

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Diamer: Contractors receive multiple funding, stall development projects

A road in Chilas

Web Desk Contractors have left several development projects incomplete in Diamer district despite receiving multiple funding from the government of Gilgti-Baltistan (GB), reports said Monday. The district’s people complain that the government of GB has not taken any concrete action against the contractors.They had demanded independent inquiry into the matter multiple time, but in vain. According to sources, funds were ...

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AKYSB’s Josh Games 2013 kick starts in Gilgit

2013 Josh Games

News Desk The long-awaited Josh Games 2013 kicked off on Sunday at the Shah Karim hostel’s ground in Gilgit, reports said.  Prominent scholar Mr. Fida Ali lit the 2013 Josh Games torch to inaugurate the event, which has grown popular among the youth over the years since its inception by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) in 2008. ...

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Women of Upper Hunza participate in trek to honor Samina Baig

Participants of the the hike while crossing Yazyupk glacier

By Elwina The women of Upper Hunza on Sunday paid tribute to the first Pakistani woman to scale Mt. Everest,  the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres above sea level. A group of about 250 women- hailing from village Gulmit, Ghulkin, Hussaini and Passu- participated in a trek from village Gulmit to Borith through Ghulkin and back in ...

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Preparations for Rama Festival 2013 underway

Rama Festival, Astore Valley, GB

By Nazia Jabeen Rama festival 2013 is scheduled to be held from Sep. 10 to Sep. 12, 2013, in Astore valley, a prominent and picturesque tourism spot in Gilgit-Baltistan that has in the past been used as a passageway between the state of Jammu and Kashmir and chiefdom of Gilgit. Reports say that the Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan, Yunus Dhaga, ...

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Authorities arrest mastermind behind Nanga Parbat, Chilas attacks

Pakistani security forces Image: DAWN

Web Desk The mastermind behind the Chilas attack that left dead 10 foreign tourists and their Pakistani guide at the Nanga Parbat base camp has been arrested from Thak, Chilas, reports said. Authorities said the terrorist, Qaribullah aka Hasan,is also responsible for the murder of three security officers in Chilas. He is said to be a former commander of the Chilas ...

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