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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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Poor condition of Gilgit-Nomal road leaves travelers at risk

Damaged road Photo Credit: VOH

News Desk The road that connects Gilgit with Nomal has been heavily damaged and remains in bad condition, creating difficulty for the population of Nomal and surrounding areas. Dozens of landslides over the last couple of years has reportedly deteriorated the condition of the road. Besides, relevant authorities have not paid heed to the issue, adding to the concerns of ...

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Nawaz Sharif directs authorities to link Azad Kashmir with Gilgit-Baltistan via Neelum valley


By Didar Ali The Government of Pakistan and Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir have agreed to build a road between Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to link with Karakorum Highway (KKH). Construction of Neelum Highway will ease travelling and reduce traffic burden on KKH, source said. On his recent visit to Neelum valley (AJK), PM Nawaz Sharif instructed authorities to conduct ...

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GBLA delegation meets President Zardari

CM GB Mehdi Shah

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, led some members of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) in a meeting with President, Asif Ali Zardari, in Islamabad on Monday. Reports say that besides the chief minister, the GBLA delegation consisted of Wazir Baig, Muhammad Jaffar, Musa, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Ali Maddad Shah, Engr.  Ismail, Nasir Khan, Sheikh Nisar and Aftab Hayder. Mr. ...

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Potential MD of NATCO demands Rs. 10 lack monthly salary, two vehicles, loads of perks


The potential managing director (MD) of Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) has demanded a million rupees (Rs. 10 lack) as monthly salary, at least two vehicles for personal use besides a number of other perks from the government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), reports said Saturday. The demands made by Col. (Retd.) Maqbool, who has been nominated for the highly desired, vetted ...

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Baba Ghundi Festival 2013 ends in Chipurson valley

Polo match during Baba Ghundi Festival

Report by Adil Shah The Baba Ghundi Festival was held on Thursday in Chipurson, a far flung valley in the extreme north of Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite unfavorable weather condition, a number of events were held during the festival, including traditional songs, music, dance and Sufi songs. Polo and Buz Kashi held during the festival in the valley located near the Pak-Afghan ...

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Police vehicle attacked in Sakwar-Gilgit

Police vehicle attacked in Sakwar-Gilgit

GILGIT: A policeman was killed and another injured as armed men ambushed their vehicle in Sakwar, Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday. The police officials were going towards the police training centre when the incident occurred, said the Jutial police. Constables Bilal and Sher Bahadur were rushed to a government hospital where doctors operated upon them. Bahadur, however, could not survive. “The condition of ...

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