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Muharram security: G-B govt to suspend traffic on KKH for Ashura

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government (G-B) has decided to suspend traffic for a day on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) as part of its security plan for Muharram. The decision will leave G-B disconnected from the rest of the country as KKH is the main highway linking the region to Rawalpindi and Islamabad. “The highway will be closed for traffic ...

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Water supply scheme for martyred soldier’s village

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government on Tuesday announced a water supply scheme for the native village of Havaldar Jumma Khan, the Northern Light Infantry soldier who was killed by Indian firing along the Line of Control last week. The scheme, worth Rs1 million, was announced by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Farman Ali. Havaldar Jumma, a ...

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Lifeless Gilgit walls turned into canvases

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The sombre and grey Airport Road in Gilgit has been brought back to life by a series of colourful scenes painted on bare walls at Kashrote turning the street into an impromptu art gallery. The artwork, depicting local culture, historical sites and a map of the region, were painted by scores of young students from Lahore and ...

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SCO Signs Samina Baig As Brand Ambassador

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PRESS RELEASE Special Communications Organization (SCO), a telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Balitistan has appointed famous Pakistani mountaineer – Ms.Samina Baig as its Brand Ambassador. The contract signing ceremony was held at HQ SCO Rawalpindi. Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa. DG SCO and other officials of SCO were present on the occasion. Samina Baig is a ...

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Shortage: Danyore residents thirsty for water

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Even though it is located on the banks of the river, Gilgit’s largest residential area of Danyor, is facing an acute shortage of water. The situation is so bad that residents have to rely on tankers for water supply. “The supply problem is worsening with each passing day,” said Shamsuddin, a resident of the town located across ...

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Cultural identity: G-B celebrates ‘Cap Day’ today

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: People across Gilgit-Baltistan will don their traditional headgear of a white woolen cap with a feather in it to mark the first ever ‘Cap Day’ today (Saturday). The region’s government had in April this year announced to observe the event annually in light of the rising number of tourists visiting the valley. “We have decided to introduce ...

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Martyred on LoC: Astore buries its brave son

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GILGIT: The mood was sombre and the air was filled with grief as Astore Friday laid to rest Havaldar Jumma Khan – who was among two soldiers killed along the Line of control by Indian cross-broader shelling on Thursday. His sibling, Azhar Mehmood, said that he wants to follow in his elder brother’s footsteps. Khan, a member of the Northern Light ...

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Three Nanga Parbat attackers get life term

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has handed down life imprisonment to three terrorists involved in the 2013 killing of foreign climbers at a base camp of Nanga Parbat Mountain. The ATC’s judge Justice Raja Shehbaz Khan sentenced Shafiqur Rehman aka Mandela to 35 years in prison while awarding 26-year-imprisonment each to Attaur Rahman and Raji Rehmat, said a ...

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Indirect benefits

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SARANJAM BEYG MANY critics have rightly highlighted the exclusion of economically enfeebled Gilgit-Baltistan from the $46 billion worth of investments for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. However, provided that GB shows the capacity and shrewdness to harness its indirect, trickle-down benefits, there is little ambivalence about the project being a harbinger of prosperity and development in the region, even if these ...

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Sectarian harmony: Sunni volunteers to ‘protect’ Shia mourners in Gilgit-Baltistan

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GILGIT: In a sign of sectarian harmony, Sunni residents of Giglit have volunteered to escort mourning processions in the valley during Muharram. The development is seen as a major step towards bridging the sectarain divide in a region which has been plagued by sectarian violence in the recent past. “This is what we should do and we will do,” said Shah ...

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