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[26 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

ONCE again it is down to the leaders at the top. It is for Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh to find a way out of uncertainty. Precious lives have been lost in border firing incidents this month — with each side blaming the other. All these lives could have been saved provided there was in place a corrective system which swung into action at the first sign of tensions. Then again, that system will need several rounds of talks and the need for a resumption of these talks …

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[26 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

The line of control, where at places, it is just a barbed fence separating the two armies pointing guns at each other eyeball to eyeball, at times it takes either a small exchange of fire — sometimes resulting from misunderstanding — or a completely unexpected spoiler to trigger wider clashes. With the outbreak of hostilities, it is before some time that they are patched up and worse, sometimes they can take their own course.
The phenomenon should be worrying because first it shows how fragile the atmosphere is and secondly how …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[26 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

Skirmishes between Pakistan and Indian forces on Sunday took another deadly turn when Indian Army resorted to intermittent shelling on villages in Nakyal sector, some 200 kilometres south of Muzaffarabad that left a woman dead and several others injured. Panic triggered amongst the civil population that evoked evacuation of over 50,000 from the areas. The woman is 5th Pakistani reported to have been killed in unprovoked Indian firing across the Line of Control since five Indian troops were killed nearly five kilometres deep in side the Indian occupied territory on …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[26 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFARABAD: Amidst continuous unprovoked firing from the Indian Army across the Line of Control, Pakistan ordered complete shutdown of government offices near the area, Express News reported on Sunday.
All the offices within 3 kilometres of the Line of control were ordered to be shut for an indefinite period.
Earlier in the day, firing from Indian Army allegedly killed two women and wounded seven civilians in Kashmir, Pakistan authorities claimed.
The two sides agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003, but skirmishes have flared across the heavily-militarised Line of Control …

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[25 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE – Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that the Wapda has been asked to complete land acquisition for Diamar Bhasha Dam by December this year.
He said that present government by constructing Kalabagh Dam cannot take any step which may lead to creating any issue relating to integrity of the country.
Speaking at a function organized by Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP), he said that govt has to increase water storage capacity and power generation for optimum utilization. He added that present government was taking several steps …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[25 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI – The influential personality of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Nazakat Ali along with his supporters on Saturday announced joining of Pakistan Peoples Party.
He made this announcement after meeting with Azad Jammu Kashmir Prime Minister Choudhry Abdul Majeed at party’s Media Cell near Bilawal House here the other day.   AJK premier welcomed Nazakat and his supporters in the party, saying the party will get strength in Azad Kashmir with his joining. To a question, he said any no-confidence move against him would face defeat. He said the PPP was struggling to …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[21 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution jointly condemning the murders of foreign tourists at the foot of Nanga Parbat in June and of investigation officials probing the incident in Chilas town on August 6.
The resolution was tabled by a lawmaker of the treasury bench, Syed Raziuddin, on the second day of the current assembly session chaired by Speaker Wazir Baig. It demanded strict punishment for the perpetrators who “brought a bad name not only to G-B but the entire country by killing foreign tourists and …

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[21 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is on board and supportive of the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
“We have now moved ahead and work to find a way to structure it and we are already looking at various models in this regard”, said Xiaoyu Zhao, Vice President (Operations-1) Asian Development Bank when he met the Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Tuesday, says a press release.
Xiaoyu Zhao said that ADB is appreciative of the bold steps taken by the present government for reviving the economy specially for successfully clearing …

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[21 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has claimed to have convinced the World Bank to finance the $14 billion Diamer-Bhasha dam.
The willingness of a previously reluctant multilateral agency — the World Bank — to be part of a major transaction in Pakistan apparently marked a significant development towards launching of Pakistan’s top priority strategic project to overcome increasing energy and water shortages.
The Asian Development Bank has also committed to become the lead finance manager for the project.
“We have also convinced the World Bank to finance the project,” the minister told journalists …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[21 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

by Shakeel Anjum  in The News, Aug 21
ISLAMABAD: The people engaged in the investigation of the Blue Area fiasco have arrested a head constable (HC) of Azad Kashmir Police who has links with Malik Sikandar, the gunman who kept the federal capital hostage for six hours on August 15.
The sources claimed that HC Hassan Murtaza was an active member of a banned militant group and Malik Sikandar is also associated with the same group.
They said Hassan Murtaza was deployed at a police post near the Line of Control (LoC) in …