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[31 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

by  Ansar Abbasi  in The News, May 31
ISLAMABAD: After Kalabagh, the smooth and early construction of the promised Diamer-Bhasha Dam (DBD), which would produce 4,500MW electricity and store 8,000,000 acres feet of water, is being endangered both by the World Bank and the present chairman of Wapda.
An official note recently circulated by former chairman Wapda and presently adviser to the Ministry of Water and Power on DBD, Shakil Durrani, to all concerned reveals that the World Bank does not want the construction of the dam though the ADB and Friends …

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[31 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

The writer retired as professor of physics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
On the evening of May 13, an assassin stepped out of a car that had just driven to the doorstep of Sardar Arif Shahid’s residence in Rawalpindi.
He waited for the 62-year-old Kashmiri leader to arrive. After pumping four bullets into him, the killer calmly got back into the car and was whisked away.
A major Kashmiri nationalist leader, chairman of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA) and president of the Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference (JKNLC), had just been silenced. Mysteriously, …

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[31 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, May 31
GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government has ordered an inquiry into incidents of back-to-back fatalities of mothers and newborns in G-B’s public hospitals.
The first incident was reported on May 23 when a mother and her newborn died during labour at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), Gilgit’s largest government hospital. The deceased belonged to Nagar, a valley in Hunza Nagar district.
In another similar incident, a young mother died at the City Hospital Gilgit due to excessive bleeding while delivering a baby. The third incident …

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[31 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Peer Muhammad  in The Express Tribune, May 31
ISLAMABAD: A constitutional issue seems to have emerged regarding the procedure for the removal of the governor of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), as the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order-2009 is totally silent in this regard.
The question is: should President Asif Zardari follow the recommendation of the upcoming prime minister and replace the PPP-affiliated governor of the GB territory with a PML-N nominee?
The Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) leadership in GB was lobbying for removing GB Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah, who was appointed by …

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[29 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Exim Bank of China will provide Pakistan $448 million for the strategically important 969-megawatt Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project and an agreement in this connection has been signed between the two sides.
“This agreement is a significant development in efforts to secure financial resources for (completing) the remaining work on under-construction Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project,” said a press release issued by the Water and Power Development Authority here on Tuesday.
The Neelum Jhelum project, being constructed on the Neelum River in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, will not only produce low-cost hydroelectric power …

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[29 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2013.
GILGIT: Mehdi Shah, the chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, warned Nawaz Sharif against ‘meddling’ with the PPP-led government in the region.
“Attempts to dislodge our government will lead to a contest closely observed by the media and the public,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
However, Shah admitted this was a defensive stance, with no visible provocation as yet from the PML-N camp.
“We are sure he [Nawaz] won’t do that [meddle with the G-B government], as his gestures towards Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh are quite encouraging,” …

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[28 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Peer Muhammad in The Express Tribune, May 28
ISLAMABAD: The race for the prized governorship of the country’s alpine region of Gilgit Baltistan is in full swing, with aspirants jockeying for position as the incumbent Governor, Pir Karam Ali Shah is likely to be replaced soon after the new setup is installed in Islamabad.
Shah, who was selected to be governor by the former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government, assumed office in 2012 after the tragic demise of Dr Shama Khalid, the first Gilgit Baltistan governor.
The Gilgit Baltistan chapter of the …

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[28 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

MIRPUR / MUZAFFARABAD: Frequent and prolonged power outages in the sultry summer sparked rampant protests in several towns and cities of the country on Monday. While elsewhere the protests were mostly peaceful, in Mirpur protesters ran amok berserk, setting fire to public and private properties.
Hundreds of people took to the streets against unscheduled load shedding in Mirpur which is home to the second largest hydel power plant: Mangla Dam. However, they turned violent when police thwarted their march towards the Mangla powerhouse. At least 30 protesters were injured when police …

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[24 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, May 24
GILGIT: A lawmaker in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Assembly, Amina Ansari on Thursday voiced concern over water leakages at seven points of the Satpara Dam, saying substandard construction is putting the lives of people living downstream at risk.
The 560-feet long and 128-feet high dam is located on Satpara Lake, five kilometers from Skardu. Its construction started in 2003 and is almost complete. The dam is expected to generate 17.36 megawatts (MW) of electricity. According to some estimates, it will supply power to approximately …

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[24 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD – The  joint statement on comprehensive strategic cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan issued on Thursday said the two sides will make concerted efforts to continuously improve connectivity between China and Pakistan, accelerate work on the Attabad Lake blocking the Karakorum Highway (KKH), carry forward the project of the upgrading of the KKH and the national highway network post-flood rehabilitation project, and promote cooperation in building transport infrastructure. The two sides agree to jointly develop the Long-Term Plan for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor …