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[31 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON, March 30: A US-based Pakistani who allegedly concealed his true role while lobbying American politicians for decades over Kashmir was sentenced on Friday to two years in jail, justice officials said.
Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai was arrested in July and charged with conspiracy for using at least $3.5 million from the Islamabad-based government to lobby US lawmakers to support Pakistan’s goal of self-determination for Kashmiris.
He pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy and tax violations linked to the scheme, which involved the Kashmiri American Council, a Washington-based non-governmental group founded in …

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[31 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

MIRPUR: Low-paid employees of Mirpur Electricity Department continued their strike for the second consecutive day on Friday and warned they would go on indefinite pen-down strike if their demands were not fulfilled by the April 4 deadline.
The protesters wore black armbands in support of their demands and  boycotted their duties.
They threatened to besiege the offices of the chief engineer and superintendant engineer in case their demands were not accepted.
The protesters included non-gazetted officials, those from the technical cadre and clerks.
They were protesting against illegal induction of candidates to fill vacancies.
The …

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[30 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT, March 29: Complete shutter down strike was observed in main areas of Gilgit city on the call of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat to protest against the arrest of banned Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) Gilgit chief Maulana Attaullah Saqib.
The protesters demanded release of the SSP leader, who was taken into custody on Tuesday.
The main markets, including Raja bazar, Saddar bazaar, NLI market and shops on Airport Road, remained closed.
However, business activities continued as usual in other parts of the city.
Transporters also kept their vehicles off the road to support the strike, …

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[28 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

LONDON: A London based nationalist Kashmiri activist has branded the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik a “liar and dishonest” person after his name was mentioned before the judicial commission investigating the memo scandal on Monday.
Yasin Malik alleged that alongside Mansoor Ijaz, the central figure in the memo investigation, it was Dr Shabir Choudhry who tried to persuade him to meet Chander Sahay, then deputy director of RAW who went on to head India’s premier spy outfit from 2003 until 2006.
Choudhary, the Director of Institute of Kashmir Affairs in …

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[28 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT, March 27: Masked gunmen on Tuesday attacked a policy party injuring two policemen and taking with them a prisoner who was being taken to hospital.
The prisoner was handed life imprisonment in a murder case of secretariat employee Anwar Jan by the anti-terrorist court.
“There were five to six attackers, who were wearing masks. Police retaliated but the assailants escaped along with the accused after our two colleagues were injured in the fire,” said constable Hussain Ali, who reached the city police station to report the incident.
The policeman said the accused …

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[26 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: The extended power outages in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) are a violation of basic human rights, said the local chapter of International Human Rights Observer (IHRO) on Sunday.
The organisation called for widespread protests to depose “the corrupt and inept officials responsible for the power mess”.
In a press release, the IHRO urged all citizens to demand that the government hand over the affairs of the water and power departments to a foreign company capable of delivering these services in the resource-rich region.
The statement was issued in response to a continuous 22-hour-long power …

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[26 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

By AH Nizami in The Express Tribune, Mar 26
MIRPUR: Buses snaking around mountainside roads, skidding off, tumbling down and crashing, followed by fatalities reported in the news.
Such a sequence has been alarmingly frequent in Azad Jammu and Kashmir of late. It seems this is no coincidence. Poor driving, sharp turns and dilapidated vehicles and roads are all partially to blame. But another major stumbling block to safe travel has been the transport mafia, which is allegedly backed by politicians with vested interests.
Multinationals and reliable Pakistani transport companies have offered their …

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[25 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

PESHAWAR: Heavy rains that triggered landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Chitral, killing at least nine people, have severed key routes to the valleys, forcing affected villagers to appeal for more assistance.
“We are in great distress,” Rehana Bibi, a resident of Upper Chitral, was quoted as saying in a report by IRIN, the UN information unit.
“Life has come to a standstill. Terraced land where we grow crops has been destroyed and we have received hardly any help at all.”
A landslide in Qurqulti village in Ghizer valley, buried some 12 houses on …

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[25 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT:  Following a deadlock in negotiations with the government, lecturers and professors in Gilgit will launch a protest movement in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) from Sunday for acceptance of their longstanding demands.
“In the first phase starting from Sunday, all lecturers and professors will wear black armbands.”
Ishtiaq Ahmed, a representative of Gilgit-Baltistan Professors and Lecturers Association (G-BPLA) told reporters in Gilgit on Saturday.
Protesting faculty members have also called for the establishment of an independent examination board in G-B.
As a precondition to call off the strike, G-BLPA had presented a charter of demands, including …

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[19 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, March 18
GILGIT:   Heightened sectarian tension in the aftermath of the Kohistan bus massacre has appropriated the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government’s attention, which has sidelined several issues of public importance.
While political leaders and officials are focused on controlling the fallout, people are uncertain if their day-to-day problems are being given any priority.
Wheat crisis:  Just days before the tragedy, a mass movement against the rise in wheat prices had started in the region. Some 10,000 protesters had taken to the streets in Ghizer valley.
The movement was …