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GBLA-6 Hunza: Left wing activist to contest by-polls in place of Baba Jan

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Akhun Bhai, a left-wing activist, will replace Awami Workers Party leader Baba Jan and contest by-polls in Hunza. The polls have been scheduled to be held in August. The decision to nominate Akhun was taken after an election tribunal, earlier this week, upheld a decision of returning officer, who recently disqualified Jan for contesting the elections as ...

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Widening differences: ‘G-B’s identity crisis is resulting in dejected youth’


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir has said the unsettled constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan has pushed the region into an identity crisis. “The identity crisis has paved way for despondency among locals, especially the youth,” said Jahangir. She shared findings of the preliminary report on human rights in G-B at Gilgit Press Club on Tuesday. Jahangir, ...

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Gojal:Baby Ibex rescued in Gulmit disappears from custody of GB Wildlife Department


Gojal:Baby Ibex rescued in Gulmit disappears from the custody of GB Wildlife Department. Kid of a Himalayan ibex was rescued from a farming field by locals at Gulmit Gojal on July 27th, 2016. Later, it was handover to the Wildlife department of Hunza via Gulmit Organisation for Local Development(GOLD). According to our source, the ibex kid was shifted to Sost Gojal where it was ...

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‘Gilgit-Baltistan’s Human Rights Day’ to be observed in december-Asma Jahangir


Gilgit: Pakistan’s noted human rights activist and former president of Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir is on three days official visit of Gilgit-Baltistan  along with other officials of Human Right Commission of Pakistan. During her visit she called on multiple stakeholders in Gilgit. A large number of lawyers called on her at Lawyers Bars Association meeting where constitutional rights of ...

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Judicial crisis: G-B govt delegates remand powers to commissioners, ACs


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government on Tuesday has delegated powers to commissioners, deputy and assistant commissioners as the row between region’s Supreme Appellate Court and Chief Court continues to escalate. The decision to grant ‘remand powers’ was taken after chief court and lower court judges refused to hear cases in protest against the suspension of G-B Chief Court Registrar ...

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Preventing suicides: “No To Suicide” session held in Gulmit, Gojal

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Reporter Gulmit: A workshop entitled “No To Suicide” was held in village Gulmit of Gojal Valley on Tuesday. The workshop’s objective was to address the rising tendencies of suicides among young men and women of the valley besides brainstorming ideas to stop the trend of suicide. The workshop was organized by young men and women of Gojal Valley with the ...

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No room for transgression: G-B court official summoned for hotel manager’s arrest

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: People are refused hotel rooms all over the world if the facility is fully booked, but such actions can result in the handcuffing and humiliation of general managers of hotels in Gilgit. Luckily for Serena Hotel Gilgit General Manager Faisal Qayyum, the G-B Supreme Appellate Court took suo motu notice of the Chief Court’s registrar’s action of ...

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GBLA-18: PML-N candidate wins by-polls in G-B

GILGIT: Minister for Local Government Wazir Farman Ali has said the Gilgit-Baltistan government has achieved an important milestone by introducing amendments in the G-B LG Act, 2014 which will be implemented soon. LG elections in the region will now be held under the amended act which will help address public issues on a more local level. These views were expressed by the minister while speaking to The Express Tribune on Monday. He said, “The amendments in the act were made keeping public concerns in mind.” Ali added, “The act now has the capacity to address all public issues with few hurdles.” The minister said assembly members and other stakeholders will be taken into confidence if deemed necessary so changes in the act could be made. Regarding the elections, Ali pointed out, “LG polls in G-B will allow people to vote for their favorite party and candidate.” He said, “Preparations are in full swing and we will be able to hold elections soon. NADRA is preparing computerised electoral lists which are in the final stages.” The LG minister added, “The schedule for the polls will be announced after NADRA provides the data to the government.” Ali hoped the devolution of power to the grass-roots level through the act will help people get their issues and problems resolved with ease. “This is the best way to address the problems of the people,” he said. Meanwhile, Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute (GBPI) President Altaf Hussain commented, “The draft of the bill has been completed and the government will issue a notification after fulfilling the due process.” Original drafts The LG Act 2014 was drafted by GBPI, a non-profit organisation, after holding a series of consultations with stakeholders in G-B and Islamabad. The project ‘Support for Implementation of Gilgit-Baltistan Local Government Act 2014’ which was initiated on June 16, 2015, was meant to improve legislative governance in G-B. Financial support was extended by the office of the US Assistance for International Aid through ‘Citizen’s Voice Project’ under a sub-contract signed with Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability Pakistan. Under the project, technical assistance was provided to G-B government in developing rules of business for the finance commission, local government commission, local council board, and district tehsil union councils. Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2015.

By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Imran Wakeel won the by-elections held in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Tangir Valley of Diamer district. As per unofficial results release on Wednesday, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl candidate Gulbar Khan was a runner-up in the elections in which nearly 7,000 women were barred from casting ballots as clerics did not permit them to take part in the polls. ...

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Military helicopter crashes in Hunza

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Hunza: An Army helicopter of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) crashed in Hunza Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan on Thursday, injuring the pilot. “The incident occurred soon after the chopper, Huges OH-7, took off,” Deputy Commissioner Hunza Burhan Afandi told The Express Tribune. “The pilot sustained injuries in the incident,” Afandi said, adding that five persons were on-board at the time of crash. Amjad ...

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In remembrance: Thousands pay homage to philanthropist at Edhi centre


GILGIT / HANGU / SWABI / PESHAWAR: While he spent his entire life uniting people and caring for them without concern for caste, colour, ethnicity, religion or creed, Abdul Sattar Edhi accomplished something very similar in his death as well. A large number of people from various sects and religions, belonging to different parts of the provincial metropolis reached Edhi centre ...

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