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[30 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

Edit in The Dawn, Oct 30
TUESDAY’S slaughter at Machiara National Park in Azad Kashmir must not go unnoticed. After spending the night as guests of a forest department official, a group of politically powerful people went on the rampage in a wildlife park that is protected under local and international law. Gunshots were heard throughout the day, according to area residents and wildlife department scouts. Machiara National Park is sponsored by the Global Environment Facility and is home to endangered and threatened species such as musk deer, ibex, horned tragopan …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Jammu and Kashmir, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[30 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Tariq Naqash  in the Dawn, Oct 30
MUZAFFARABAD, Oct 29: In contrast to his avowals, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Thursday inducted all but two members of his parliamentary party as ministers and advisers but the euphoric mood of flag holders was overshadowed by discontent among some of them at the allocation of portfolios and positions.
The oath to 22 ministers, excluding the one absentee, was administered by President Raja Zulqarnain Khan whereas a special assistant was given oath by the prime minister.
The new ministers who were given …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[30 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Farooq Ahmed in the Dawn, Oct 30
GILGIT, Oct 29: Electioneering is getting momentum as almost all national and local parties are stretching their muscles for giving each other tough time in the upcoming elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
The elections would be held on Nov 12 under the supervision of the local court. After implementation of the self-governance order, this would be the first general election in the region. Gilgit-Baltistan has no representation in the National Assembly and Senate while the Constitution of Pakistan is silent about the status …

Azad Kashmir, Pakistan »

[25 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Dawn, Oct 25
MUZAFFARABAD, Oct 24: A rally by two nationalist organisations against “conspiracies to convert Gilgit-Baltistan into a Pakistani province” was baton charged by the police after the demonstrators insisted to proceed beyond a certain point here on Saturday.
Nearly a dozen activists of the hardline National Students Federation (NSF) and National Awami Party (NAP), which advocate complete independence of Kashmir from both India and Pakistan, were injured due to the use of batons while a police official also received bruises from stones pelted by the demonstrators, witnesses and official …

Azad Kashmir, Balwaristan, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[21 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT, Oct 20: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Gilgit-Baltistan Nawaz Rahim Durrani took oath of office here on Tuesday.
Supreme Appellate Court (SAC) Chief Judge Justice Mohamamd Nawaz Abbasi administered the oath in a simple but impressive ceremony. Senior judicial and civil officers besides lawyers attended the event.
Mr Durrani is the first CEC of Gilgit-Baltistan whose appointment was made under the Empowerment and Self-governance Order 2009. He would start functioning formally on Wednesday at the Gilgit-Baltistan Election Commission.
The CEC, while talking to the media after the ceremony, said that those ballot papers …

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[21 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Tariq Naqash in The Dawn, Oct 21
MUZAFFARABAD, Oct 20: Legislators belonging to the reunified Muslim Conference and an informal alliance of its rivals submitted the nomination papers of their respective candidates for the prime minister’s office here on Tuesday amid claims and counter claims of their victory in Thursday’s crucial election.
Legislative Assembly Secretary Syed Ashiq Hussain, who received the documents in his office, told reporters that 11 nominations, proposing and seconding the candidature of Raja Farooq Haider, were submitted by MC lawmakers whereas 3 nominations, proposing and seconding the …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[8 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT, Oct 7: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has said that the self-rule package was not reflecting aspirations of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
While addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Chairman PML-N Raja Zafarul Haq said that the self-rule package needed to be improved and vowed to give more rights to the people of the region if their party came into power.
The PML-N leader said that the Gilgit-Baltistan was not part of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He said that voters would foil any bid of poll rigging in the upcoming …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, Jammu and Kashmir, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[3 Oct 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

<!– /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –> GILGIT/Hunza, Oct 2: The intending candidate obtained nomination papers to take part in the forthcoming elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly scheduled on Nov 12.
“Nomination papers are being issued from all constituencies but there was no submission of any form today,” Election Commissioner Zafar Waqar Taj told Dawn here on Friday.
Sources in the Election …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan »

[2 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

HUNZA, Oct 1: The All-Parties Hunza Action Committee (AHAC) on Thursday decided to boycott the forthcoming election for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
The decision was taken at a meeting of about 100 notables from all over Hunza in Aliabad in protest for not giving an additional seat for Hunza in the assembly. They condemned former chief executive, Ghazanfar Ali Khan, for drawing nomination forms for about seven of his family members despite his public announcement of election boycott.
“Participation in the election means accepting the discrimination with the people of Hunza. We …