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[30 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

There is an atmosphere building in which the world community can no longer go on overlooking the injustice being done to the Kashmiri people by the Indian occupation forces, and must act to ensure they get their inherent right of self-determination. This should also act as a warning to thePakistangovernment that the time for anodyne statements whose primary aim is to avoid makingIndiauncomfortable, if ever there, is now past. As President Asif Zardari told All-Parties Hurriyet Conference representatives in their meeting on Friday, in New York on the sidelines of …

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[30 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

Addressing the first joint session of the Gilgit-Baltistan Council and Legislative Assembly on September 28, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf announced Rs2 billion in socio-economic development funds “to grapple with the wave of deadly sectarian violence that has gripped the restive tourism haven”. He was clearly shaken by the recent massacre of Shia passengers travelling in a bus on the Karakoram Highway (KKH). He said that the FC, Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts and police units had been deployed on the KKH for the protection of passengers and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had been …

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[30 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

In his first visit to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has allocated Rs 2 billion to address the financial and administrative problems afflicting the area. Generous as it is on the part of the government to recognise the financial needs of GB, mired in poverty and underdevelopment, the question remains where would this money come from? The government is already financially strapped and devising different solutions through tax reforms, borrowing, and trying to manage its financial obligations. The budgetary constraints revealed by none other than the IMF paint …

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[30 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Peer Muhammad in The Express Tribune, Sept 29
ISLAMABAD: A lawmaker of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly demanded on Friday that army be deployed at two important border areas of Ghizer district.
The demand came after intelligence reports that militants from neighbouring Afghanistan could attack passengers on Shandur Road, which connects Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) with Chitral.
Muhammad Ayub Shah, who was elected from Ghizer, said, “We demand that the federal government deploy army at Darkut Pass and Korumbar Pass as there is possibility of infiltration of militants from some provinces of Afghanistan.”
He said that …

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[30 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Zafar Bhutta  in The Express Tribune, Sept 30
ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) is likely to approve government guarantees for building hydropower projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), meeting a key demand of foreign investors who are keen to invest in the state.
According to sources, the ECC will take up the issue in its meeting on Tuesday after foreign firms told the Ministry of Water and Power that international lenders were not willing to provide loans for hydropower projects in AJK because of the state’s legal status. They …

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[30 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

by Tariq Naqash in Dawn, Sept 30
MUZAFFARABAD, Sept 29: A court here on Saturday issued fresh non-bailable arrest warrants for 10 of the 14 accused, including a veteran pro-independence leader and a sitting AJK minister, in a case registered against them 15 years ago.
Additional Sessions Judge Mian Arif Hussain, who had issued similar warrants against the accused last week, expressed anger over non-compliance by the local police and ordered the senior superintendent of police, Muzaffarabad, to ensure that the accused were produced before the court on Oct 15. He warned …

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[29 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Khalid Mustafa in The News, Sept 29
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project needs $1 billion to be completed by 2016 and if the amount is not arranged in time, then the project will be delayed and India will get water priority rights of the Neelum River, said Lt General (retired) Zubair, chief executive of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Company here on Friday.
He told a meeting of the National Assembly’s standing committee on economic affairs that almost 30 percent work on the project has been completed. China, he said, had committed $448 …

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[29 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

By Zafar Bhutta in The Express Tribune, Sept 29
ISLAMABAD: The Abu Dhabi Fund (ADF) has withheld a $100 million loan it had pledged for the construction of the 969 megawatt Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a parliamentary panel was informed on Friday.
The ADF provides development aid to developing countries in the form of concessionary loans and grants on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government.
“The loan agreement of $100 million is pending with the ADF because it has linked it to the resolution of payment issue with Etisalat …

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[29 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

by Farooq Ahmed Khan in Dawn, sept 28
GILGIT, Sept 28: On his first official visit to Gilgit-Baltistan, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf launched on Friday two multi-million-dollar projects involving realignment and upgradation of the Karakoram Highway.
The two projects are aimed at restoring the historic road link with China which was cut off after a devastating landslide that blocked the Hunza river at Attabad.
The prime minister performed the ground-breaking of the realignment of a 22-km section of the highway. He also inaugurated the $510 million upgradation of a 110-km portion of …

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[29 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

NEW YORK: Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference called on President Asif Ali Zardari here on the sidelines of UNGA session on Friday evening. Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Ambassador Sherry Rehman and Ambassador Masood Khan were also present during the meeting.
President Zardari during the meeting reiterated Pakistan’s principled stance to continue extending all political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren, who have rendered countless sacrifices for upholding their dignity and freedom, pleading for equity and justice and the fulfillment of the promise …