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[22 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Tariq Naqash in The Dawn, Nov 22
MUZAFFARABAD, Nov 21: Three suspected militants blew themselves up after police and villagers gave a chase and surrounded them in a mountainous area here on Saturday.
According to officials, police launched a search in a suburb of the Azad Kashmir capital after residents reported that three men had dumped a bag of weapons behind a house.
Police and civil defence department officials found three Kalashnikovs along with 18 magazines, 12 grenades, six guided missiles, one pistol with two magazines and two jackets in …

Azad Kashmir, India, Pakistan »

[22 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Dawn, Nov 22
LAHORE, Nov 21: Former Azad Kashmir prime minister Sardar Atiq Khan has said Kashmiri immigrants are not investing their liquid assets worth over £20 billion at home due to federal government’s policies.
Making a presentation about the economic potential of Azad Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting of the Lahore Economic Journalists Association here on Saturday, he said the Kashmiri immigrants would willingly exploit the investment potential of their assets in case the federal government provided them with proper infrastructure and incentives.
He said the AJK had 17,000MW hydro-electric …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[21 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

by FAROOQ MOIN in The Nation, Nov 21
The writer is a freelance contributor
The historic elections of the new Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly for ’empowerment’ and ‘self-governance’ would usher in all-round socio-economic development of the people of the region, thus fulfilling their long-standing aspirations. The elections would strengthen democracy, give identity to the people and accelerate the pace of development for which already substantial funds have been allocated. For the first time in the history of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), almost all the national political parties took part in the elections and the people …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[20 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD, Nov 19: Syed Mehdi Shah, chief of the Gilgit-Baltistan chapter of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is set to become the first chief minister of the region after his nomination as the party’s parliamentary leader in the Legislative Assembly here on Thursday.
Mehdi Shah was nominated parliamentary leader at a meeting of the members-elect of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.
The decision was announced by PPP information secretary Fauzia Wahab at a news conference.
The PPP won 11 out of 23 seats for which polling was held on Nov 12. Later, an independent member-elect, …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[19 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Daily Times, Nov 19
LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has appointed Syed Mehdi Shah as leader of the House in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA), a private TV channel reported on Wednesday.
Shah said the PPP would not seek an alliance with other parties in forming the government. Separately, PPP candidate Aftab Haider won the polls from LA-3, Gilgit-3.
Returning Officer Raja Minhaj said Haider was declared successful. Meanwhile, police arrested Mehboob Hussain, an independent candidate, over his alleged involvement in violence in Danyore.
A police source said candidates of other political …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[17 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Nation, Nov 17
THE elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, held on November 12, amid the charge of pre-poll rigging against the PPP, later caused other major political parties also to take to the streets of Skardu, the principal town in the region, in protest at what they alleged was massive manipulation of the polls. The exercise of conducting elections, the first since the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order was promulgated last August, was not without unpleasantness. Supporters of opponents clashed with one another resulting in loss of life and injuries. On …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[16 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Farman Ali in The Dawn, Nov 16
SKARDU, Nov 15: Eight people were injured in clashes between supporters of rival political parties in two different areas of Skardu district on Sunday.
In Gulabpur village, an MQM procession led by its winning candidate Raja Mohammad Azam Khan was pelted with stones by supporters of PPP candidate Imran Nadeem. Police immediately intervened and brought the situation under control.
A clash took place in Hussainabad village between supporters of PML-N and PPP. Eight people were injured.
According to witnesses, PPP leader Wazir Shakeel Ahmed, who has …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[15 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Dawn, Nov 15
GILGIT, Nov 14: The N and Q factions of Pakistan Muslim League and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement organised separate protests here on Friday against alleged rigging in the Gilgit-Baltistan elections.
Hundreds of political workers took to the streets and raised slogans against the government, calling for re-elections in LA-1, LA-2 and LA-3 constituencies.
The PML-N candidate in LA-1, Jafarullah, and his supporters held a demonstration outside the Supreme Appellate Court to challenge the results of some polling stations in the constituency.
Several other demonstrations were held in different parts of …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[15 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

THE DAWN, NOV 15
ELECTIONS and irregularities sadly go hand in hand in Pakistan. The landmark polls in Gilgit-Baltistan were no exception with reports of sporadic violence, allegations of the state machinery’s biased deployment and gross inaccuracies in voters’ lists. In some constituencies, the number of registered voters almost matched the area’s total population. That would suggest that nearly every person in the constituency is of voting age, which doesn’t seem plausible unless populations have grown uncontrollably since the last census. But far more disturbing are reports that some candidates came …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, India, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[14 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Raja Asghar in The Dawn, Nov 14
ISLAMABAD, Nov 13: Two opposition parties that did not fare well in Thursday’s polls for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly staged a “ritual walkout” in the National Assembly on Friday to protest against the alleged rigging, to be counter-charged by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who said it would give a wrong message vis-à-vis the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India.
Both the prime minister and one of his ministers dismissed the allegations from the Pakistan Muslim League-N and Pakistan Muslim League-Q after the two …