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[29 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: Human rights activists on Saturday briefed judges and lawyers about the issues being faced by residents of Gilgit-Baltistan(G-B) and requested them to play an effective role in restoring people’s rights.
The session was held at the G-B Chief Court, with Justice Wazir Shakeel, a former law minister.
“There are violations of human rights in the region and your intervention can guarantee provision of those rights to the residents,” said Pakistan Red Crescent Society Chairman Asif Hussain.
Member of G-B Council Amjad Hussain, G-B High Court Bar Association President Basharat Ali and District …

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[27 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, Apr 27
GILGIT: Following a brawl over the absence of the chief minister (CM) at the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly session for the third consecutive day, the speaker postponed the proceedings for an indefinite period.
PPP member Raziuddin Rizvi criticised the local head of his party CM Mehdi Shah, whereas Ali spoke in defence of the chief minister. Ali had recently been inducted into the cabinet after a deal struck by President Asif Ali Zardari and Allama Sajid Naqvi over seat adjustment in the general elections.
“The CM …

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[23 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: Complaining about a lack of funds, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Zakaria on Monday said personnel will not be provided complete uniforms this year.
Addressing a gathering of policemen and officials at Police Lines, Zakaria said the department has been allocated the same budget since the past five years, without accounting for inflation. “Jackets, boots and oil (fuel) could not be given to the police this year and I want to bring this to your attention,” he said.
“Even then, we have managed to do remarkably well,” said …

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[19 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

In his address to the joint sitting of the Kashmir Legislative Assembly and the Kashmir Council, President Zardari said all the right things. However, the policies of the outgoing government sharply contradict these words. Mr Zardari, among other things, said that the hanging of Kashmiri leader Afzal Guru was an “abuse of judicial process”. The President said that Pakistan would continue moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir for their just and principled struggle for the right to self-determination. However, India must make a move to accord …

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[19 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, Apr19
GILGIT: In the past two years, the 18th Amendment has had a far greater negative affect on tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) than the constant threat of terrorism.
The Ministry of Tourism was abolished after the amendment was passed in April 2010, devolving control of tourism, forests and minerals to the provinces. However, the devolution afforded little benefit to G-B as the control of these subjects went to the G-B Council, a body headed by the prime minister himself.
Additionally, the power to issue trekking permits …

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[18 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in Express Tribune, Apr 18
GILGIT: The regional leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has urged the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) to donate money to political parties in the province in order to keep sectarian politics at bay.
PML-N Provincial President Hafizur Rehman while talking to the media in his office on Wednesday said a strong and inclusive political system was needed to defeat sectarianism in the region.
“I urge the people to donate generously to parties as only a strong political system can bring harmony among the sects,” …

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[16 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, April 16
GILGIT:  More than 20 suspects have surrendered during the ongoing crackdown against criminals in Darel Tangir valley of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), said police chief Usman Zakria.
During a press conference on Monday, Inspector general of Police (IGP) Zakria gave details of the operation. It was launched by the government after a police van in the valley was attacked. Two policemen, one of them a DSP, were killed and three others were injured in the incident.
Security forces then, following a jirga’s orders, blew up the …

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[15 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: An Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) was defused outside the residence of Parliamentary Secretary on Health Haji Rehmat Khaliq here on Sunday, police officials said.Police disclosed that they were informed in time and the IED was thrown by unknown people. SSP Muhammad Ali Zia said it was locally made and ingredients of the devise suggest that it was prepared by the local people. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-171544-IED-defused-in-Gilgit

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[12 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Leading Pakistani industrialist and Entrepreneur Mian Muhammad Mansha has said that he is considering buying the Neelum-Jhelum Project which is estimated to produce electricity that would cost 14.5 cents per unit.
Speaking at the Workshop on Elections-2013 organised by Media Advocacy Centre (MAC) the business icon said that he was approached by the government to invest in the Neelum-Jhelum Project, after the funds provided by the Asian Development Bank fell short of the required capital.
He said that he declined as he did not consider investing in government projects a wise …

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[12 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: A German woman has approached Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) chief secretary, complaining about the illegal construction of a lodge at the base camp of Nanga Parbat.
With a height of 8,126 metres, Nanga Parbat, also known as ‘The Killer Mountain’, is the second highest mountain peak of Pakistan and the ninth highest in the world. It is located in the Himalayan mountain range in the Diamer valley of G-B.
“Last year I was informed about the illegal construction of a lodge at Nanga Parbat Base camp West Face (Diamer/Bunar side),” wrote Marianne Klies …