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[29 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

Report in the Frontier Post, June 29
BEIJING (AP): A tense minority region in China’s far west erupted in violence Friday for the second time in three days, barely hours after the government called the earlier unrest a “terrorist attack” and raised the death toll to 35.
State media gave few details in a brief dispatch about Friday’s unrest, saying it was “a violent attack” that took place on a pedestrian street in Hotan, a city in Xinjiang, a region that has seen China’s minority Uighurs clash with the ethnic Han majority. …

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[29 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Saibal Dasgupta  in the Times of India, June 27
Beijing: At least 27 people have died, 10 of them in police firing, following a communal clash in China’s restive Xinjiang region bordering Pakistan and Central Asia on Wednesday morning. The deaths include those of nine policemen.
Official sources said police opened fire after a mob armed with knives attacked police stations and a local government building in Turpan prefecture of the western China province, which has a large population of Uighurs, who are Turkic Muslims.
Media said violence by knife-wielding mob had …

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[29 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

by CHRIS BUCKLEY  in The New York Times, June 26, 2013
HONG KONG — At least 27 people died in rioting in far western China on Wednesday, when protesters attacked a police station and government offices and the police fired on the crowd, state media said. It was the worst spasm of violence for years in Xinjiang, a region troubled by tensions between Uighurs, an overwhelmingly Muslim ethnic minority, and China’s Han majority.
The confrontation broke out in the morning in Lukqun, a township in Turpan Prefecture, the state-run news agency, Xinhua, …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: In yet another round of reshuffle in the top bureaucracy, Captain (retd) Usman Zikriya, a BS-20 officer presently posted as inspector general of police Gilgit-Baltistan, has been directed to report to the Establishment Division with immediate effect.
According to sources the decision was made due to terrorist attack on foreign tourists at Nanga Parbat base camp in Bunar Das despite intelligence reports of possible terrorist attack on foreigners, no steps were taken to avert the deadly attack.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/569408/more-changes-nazeer-saeed-new-information-secretary/

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Noorwali Shah in The Express Tribune, June 28
PESHAWAR: Muhammad Alam is regretting his decision to leave the part-time job of producer in a local radio station because he pinned all his hopes on tourism picking up with the new and promising government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). Alam was sure he would earn decent money from the tourists coming to Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) in this season.
The tragic incident of June 23 shattered his dreams, when militants in the uniform of G-B Scouts gunned down ten international tourists along with their Pakistani guide. …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: Despite the identification of attackers who killed foreign tourists in Nanag Parbat, terrorists are still at large five days after the unprecedented incident occurred in the peaceful area.
IG Gilgt Baltistan Usman Zakaria told Geo News that the attackers were still hiding in the mountains, expressing the hope that the law enforcers would soon arrest them.
“The culprits are within the territorial jurisdiction of Diamer and we will arrest them soon”, he said.
He hoped that a local Jirga would help in arresting the terrorists. The IG said that 30 to 40 …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, June 28
GILGIT: Local people should detach themselves from the militant outfits or else Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) may become the next destination for drone strikes, warned Advocate Amjad Hussain, Chairman Standing Committee in G-B Council on Thursday.
Hussain’s comments came a day after regional police chief in Gilgit revealed identities of those involved in the massacre of 10 foreign tourists and their guide at the foot of Nanga Parbat, the second highest peak located in G-B’s Diamer valley.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Zakaria, while talking …

China-Tibet »

[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

By ANDREW JACOBS in the NY Times, June 28
BEIJING — In an effort to reshape rural Tibet, the Chinese government is pursuing a mass relocation project that since 2006 has moved more than two million farmers and other people from centuries-old villages into concrete, roadside settlements that often cut off inhabitants from their traditional sources of income, according to a study released Thursday by Human Rights Watch.
Citing official figures, the report said that more than two-thirds of the region’s 2.7 million people had been relocated to look-alike townships.
The development project, …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[25 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

The writer has worked for the non-profit sector in Pakistan
We were just coming to terms with a blast that wrecked a student bus in Quetta recently and the bomb that destroyed the Ziarat Residency this past week. Then, news broke in the northern most part of the country of 10 foreign mountaineers — belonging to Ukraine, China, Slovakia, Lithuania, Nepal and the US — who had been shot dead in the early hours of the morning of June 23.
Does anyone remember the last time our beloved country made it on …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[25 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

About 20 gunmen dressed in Gilgit Scouts uniforms tortured, then riddled the bodies of 10 foreign tourists with bullets at the Fairy Meadows, Diamer base camp near Nanga Parbat on Sunday. A Pakistani woman mountaineer and local guide were also reportedly amongst those killed in an unprecedented attack in an area hitherto free of violence and militancy. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar conceded in the National Assembly (NA) that the area had no security escort arrangements for foreign tourists. The attackers abducted two local guides and with their help reached the …