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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

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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

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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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How safe is your son from the use of drugs in upper Hunza?

Hash smoking has shot up among young men of upper Hunza in recent years

By Elwina The use of drugs has increased in Hunza valley over the years, especially among young men of upper Hunza. Observations suggest that a majority of the young men are either unaware about the actual and potential adverse impacts of the use of drugs or they ignore the impacts all together even after being aware of them. According to ...

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Women economic empowerment: A case from upper Hunza

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The short film was produced by the trainees of digital social governance under a workshop conducted by Mountain Youth Resource Organization (MYRO), a youth led organizations, in upper Hunza. Twenty four (24) participants, including 13 young men and 11 young women, hailing from different villages of Gojal valley, were trained in using cell phone cameras to capture issues affecting their ...

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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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A Garden in Shigar

A Garden in Shigar

Nusrat, Khezran, Zakia, Asiya and Sajida are five young women from the scenic Shigar Valley in the mountainous northern areas of Pakistan. As interns with the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP), their project is to landscape the Abruzzi secondary school’s garden in the village of Sainkhor, Shigar, Baltistan. Tahereh,­­­­ their guide and mentor, has come all the way from ...

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