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[28 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

Islamabad:  There is hardly any AJK women narrative on the Kashmir conflict and their voices are missing in the peace-building processes in Kashmir.
This was stated by Dr Shaheen Akhtar, senior Research Fellow, at the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), here on Friday. She was the main speaker at a discussion organised by IRS on ‘The Role of AJK Women in Peace-building in Kashmir’, says a press release.
Dr Shaheen maintained that the women in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, especially ones from the dividing families; and those living along the LoC and …

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[28 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFARABAD, April 27: Former AJK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan and two former prime ministers spent more than Rs80 million from the taxpayers money on their 23 official tours to different foreign lands between 2006 and 2011, some for as longer durations as five weeks, the AJK Legislative Assembly learnt here on Friday.
The information was shared by the government during the question hour in response to a query by main opposition PML-N legislator from Bhimber, Chaudhry Tariq Farooq.
According to the details, from 2006 to 2011, President Khan, who also belongs to …

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[28 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The cost of acquisition of land and compensation of assets for construction of $12.7 billion Diamer-Basha dam has been hiked by almost Rs10 billion. The original estimate of Rs40 billion has been revised to Rs49.886 billion, it is learnt.
This cost has been escalated after the governmentís decision to settle land acquisition for the Diamer Basha dam in accordance with international standards by reaching consensus with displaced people as recommended by the ADB, Chairman Wapda, Shakeel Durrani said in an exclusive talk with The News here on Friday evening.
Total cost …

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[28 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir in The News, April 28
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Friday constituted a Task Force on Kashmir (TFK) headed by former Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri in a bid to internationally highlight the dispute befittingly and enhance awareness about the issue within the country, The News has learnt.
A political veteran and diplomatic powerhouse in his own right, Mian Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri was appointed as the task force’s chairman. PTI Chairman Imran Khan made the announcement after extensive deliberations with party leaders on Friday.
Imran Khan also announced …

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[27 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a Reporter at Dawn.com
“He was a great man because nothing could mar his spirit. His conviction to battle against all the odds and injustices of our system, amongst many other qualities, will always keep him alive,” is how Agha Syed Abbas Rizvi recalls his 30-year-old brother who was killed near Chilaas amidst a renewed spate of sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Agha Roohullah was one of the unfortunate passengers who was travelling to Gilgit when an unruly mob of 3,000 people attacked the bus and killed many people on …

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[27 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

The author is a Delhi based journalist
For nearly a century and a half, the cow wasn’t just a cow but an incendiary political issue, which periodically ignited many a communal conflagration all around India. Underlying the acrimony was the demand asking Muslims to eschew beef-eating in respect for the religious sentiments of Hindus, who considered the cow holy. It tacitly assumed a monolithic Hindu community united in its veneration of the cow and the need to save her from the Muslim butcher’s cleaver.
This assumption stands challenged in Hyderabad, not by …

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[26 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFARABAD, April 25: The AJK Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has asked the district administration officials to ensure that the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), a subsidiary of Pakistan Army, adheres to a ban on blasting on the outskirts of the AJK capital for production of gravel, it has been learnt.
Besides, the agency has also moved a summary requesting the government to declare Kamsar Nullah and its adjoining areas, located some five kilometres north of here, as “environmentally sensitive or endangered” so as to prevent excavation and stone crushing there.
On March 20, …

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[25 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

By AH Nizami in The Express Tribune, April 25
MIRPUR: Inter-city passengers pray they do not have to wait long and are able to quickly board their vehicles.
This is due to the lack of required facilities including sheds and waiting rooms at the bus stand in this model city of Mirpur.
While transporters have erected sheds on their own, most passengers have to wait without shade for hours to board a bus in the heat.
The Mirpur bus stand is dilapidated, despite the fact that it generates an annual income of millions of …

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[25 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

By AH Nizami in The Express Tribune, April 25
MIRPUR: Inter-city passengers pray they do not have to wait long and are able to quickly board their vehicles.
This is due to the lack of required facilities including sheds and waiting rooms at the bus stand in this model city of Mirpur.
While transporters have erected sheds on their own, most passengers have to wait without shade for hours to board a bus in the heat.
The Mirpur bus stand is dilapidated, despite the fact that it generates an annual income of millions of …

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[24 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: The World Bank and the United States have both reconfirmed their commitment to financing the Diamer-Bhasha dam, Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh told a briefing here on Monday.
Diamer-Bhasha is an under-construction roller-compacted concrete dam on the Indus River in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Upon completion, it would produce 4,500 megawatts of electricity through hydropower generation; store an extra 8,500,000 acre feet of water, extend the life of Tarbela Dam by 35 years and help control flood.
Diamer-Bhasha would be the highest RCC dam in the world. According to a November 2008 estimate, the dam will …