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[18 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

By AH Nizami in the Express Tribune Jan 18
MIRPUR: Expressing concern over the delay in resettlement of the people affected by the upraising of Mangla Dam, an alliance of three major action committees threatened, on Tuesday, to take to the streets and stage an indefinite sit-in in Mirpur from January 20.
Spokesperson for the alliance, Sardar Attique Sadhozai told The Express Tribune that the affected people led by leaders of the action committees will participate in the mass protest against the government for violating the commitment to relocate them to the …

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[18 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, Jan 17
GILGIT: As Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) continue to clash over the Diamer-Bhasha dam boundary, the federal government has summoned the chief ministers of both regions to Islamabad in order to work out a solution to the dispute, sources revealed on Monday.
“The chief ministers of both regions have been summoned to Islamabad for a meeting with the prime minister,” an official in the G-B Assembly said.
The K-P government had written a letter last year to the prime minister, asking him to help …

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[18 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Former UN and World Bank Chief Technical Adviser Eng Bashir A Malik has expressed reservations about the recently-started Diamer Bhasha dam.
In an appeal to the chief justice of Pakistan, he said that Bhasha was not a natural site for a storage dam like Tarbela and Kalabagh. “It was identified as a site for hydropower development by the World Bank in 1967. However, its first feasibility report was drawn for a storage dam on cue by Wapda in 1984. The RCC Bhasha Dam’s height is 922 feet with a water …

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[17 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, Jan 17.
GILGIT: As Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) continue to clash over the Diamer-Bhasha dam boundary, the federal government has summoned the chief ministers of both regions to Islamabad in order to work out a solution to the dispute, sources revealed on Monday.
“The chief ministers of both regions have been summoned to Islamabad for a meeting with the prime minister,” an official in the G-B Assembly said.
The K-P government had written a letter last year to the prime minister, asking him to help …

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[14 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Peer Muhammad / Shabbir Mir in the Express Tribune
GILGIT/RAWALPINDI: After four days of blockade, the Karakoram Highway (KKH) finally reopened for traffic as the government ceded to protesters’ demands on Thursday.
Regional Health Minister Gulbar Khan said the primary demand of the protesters was “security for Diamer valley residents in Gilgit.” Protesters had demanded the death penalty for killers of a local, Abdul Wakil, who fell victim to sectarian violence in Gilgit, along with compensation for his family.
Following negotiations between representatives of the government and the people of Diamer valley, …

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[11 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, Jan 11
GILGIT:  As the blockade of the Karakoram Highway continued for the third consecutive day, the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government sent a delegation to Chilas on Tuesday to negotiate with protesters inflamed by sectarian killing.
The delegation led by G-B Health Minister Gulbar Khan, who belongs to Chilas, held negotiations with the protesters to reopen the highway for traffic. Their demands include the death penalty for Abdul Wakil’s murderer and compensation for the bereaved family, an official said.
Wakil, a resident of Chilas, was killed in …

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[11 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT, Jan 10: The residents of Chilas and surrounding areas continued blockade of the Karakuram Highway for fourth straight day on Tuesday to press the government for arrest of the murderers of a local man, who was gunned down a few days ago in Gilgit.
The blockade of road has led to severe shortage of edibles and other necessities of life in Gilgit and other towns of the region. The protesters demanded of the government to make sure that their demands were met, which they have already presented before the Chief …

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[11 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, Jan 11
GILGIT:  As the blockade of the Karakoram Highway continued for the third consecutive day, the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government sent a delegation to Chilas on Tuesday to negotiate with protesters inflamed by sectarian killing.
The delegation led by G-B Health Minister Gulbar Khan, who belongs to Chilas, held negotiations with the protesters to reopen the highway for traffic. Their demands include the death penalty for Abdul Wakil’s murderer and compensation for the bereaved family, an official said.
Wakil, a resident of Chilas, was killed in …

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[11 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

Unfulfilled promises, discrimination add to Kashmiri refugees’ plight: By AH Nizami in The Express Tribune
MIRPUR: Another year has gone by, leaving behind a trail of broken promises and lost hope for Kashmiris who opted to migrate from Indian Kashmir to the Pakistan-administered  territory after partition in waves.
Their expectations of starting a new life as full-fledged citizens of an independent Kashmir with all rights and privileges remain unfulfilled to this day.
Even 65 years after independence, discrimination towards the refugees continues.
Spread out across Azad Jammu and Kashmir AJK and Pakistan in Kashmir …

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[11 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

KKH blockade creates edibles` shortage in GB
GILGIT, Jan 10: The residents of Chilas and surrounding areas continued blockade of the Karakuram Highway for fourth straight day on Tuesday to press the government for arrest of the murderers of a local man, who was gunned down a few days ago in Gilgit.
The blockade of road has led to severe shortage of edibles and other necessities of life in Gilgit and other towns of the region. The protesters demanded of the government to make sure that their demands were met, which they …