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Gilgit: Nawaz Sharif promises timely payment of road and dam compensations

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Gilgit: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said his government was committed to pay landowners for their lands used in construction of the Karakorum Highway and Diamer-Basham dam. The prime minister directed that there should be no further delay in payment of compensation to the affected people of tunnels, roads and dams. Sharif said work on Dasu Dam was about ...

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PM Nawaz inaugurates Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Project in Gilgit

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GILGIT – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday performed groundbreaking of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Project on Thursday (today). This landmark telecommunication project is part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Barjees Tahir, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman were also present ...

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Ground Breaking of $44 Million Pak-China Fiber Optic Cable Today

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is today scheduled to perform the ground breaking of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Project, which is part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This $44 million fiber optic cable is being laid between Pakistan and China and it will become another high-speed international connection to cater to the rapidly growing Internet traffic needs of Pakistan. ...

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Verdict: Petition against dry port trust chairperson dismissed


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan’s Supreme Appellate Court dismissed a petition against Sost Dry Port Trust Chairperson Zafar Iqbal and allowed him to continue to hold the post. The petition was filed by Chinese staffers at Sost Dry Port, which is partially managed by Sinotrans, a Chinese company. “The decision was handed down by the chief judge, Justice Rana Muhammad Shamim, ...

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Gilgit gets facelift ahead of PM Nawaz Sharif’s visit

Carpeting of road under way in Gilgit. PHOTO: EXPRESS

By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Renovation work started on the dilapidated roads of Gilgit city on Tuesday to prepare for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s scheduled visit to Gilgit-Baltistan. Officials of the works department initiated the task from Jutial by carpeting the damaged roads. Markets have also been cleaned and speed breakers have been painted to give Gilgit a facelift. Tanvir Ahmed, a ...

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Agreement reached: Harban tribe in Kohistan pardons assailants


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Harban tribe in Kohistan has pardoned the assailants who had killed four men over a land dispute near Diamer-Bhasha Dam two years ago. The goodwill gesture came a day after a top cleric from Gilgit brokered a truce. In February 2014, five people lost their lives and several others were injured during armed clashes between the ...

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Hunza: Crakes widening in an area between Hussainabad and Mayun villages


One of the new developments is giving rise to fears of an imminent disaster as crakes widening in the area between Hussainabad and Mayun village.  Failure of the slopes is expected to block the Hunza River, drowning many adjacent settlements in its wake. A geological team survey is been mandatory to visit the location to study the widening of these crakes ...

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Cleric brokers truce between Kohistan, Chilas tribes


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: As a potential clash was looming large over a strip of land near Diamer-Bhasha Dam, top cleric Qazi Nisar on Sunday brokered a truce between tribes in Kohistan and Chilas. The cleric was invited by a jirga in Diamer as he wielded much influence over people living in Diamer and Kohistan, said Mehtab Khan, a resident of ...

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No cash flow: Gilgit faces shortage of smaller denomination notes

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit branch of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) has not received smaller denominations of currency notes since December 2015. This has created a dearth of cash flow in the markets and negatively impacted businesses in the region. Officials privy to the development have said airlines have refused to transport boxes of cash. This is primarily because ...

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Collateral damage: Dilapidated roads irk residents of Gilgit


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Potholes and mud puddles along the streets paint a gloomy picture of the condition of roads in Gilgit city. The dilapidated condition of roads has irked residents as authorities have failed to take concrete measures to address the matter. The rains, which lashed Gilgit-Baltistan in the first week of April, damaged a large number of roads. Stones ...

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