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China, Headline »

[29 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

NOWSHERA: The district police arrested three Chinese nationals on charges of illegal excavation here on Thursday.
District police officer Rabnawaz Khan confirmed the arrest of three Chinese and said the police took the action on the complaint of the mineral department that some Chinese men were involved in illegal excavation in Nizampur area.
He said the police raided the area and found three Chinese busy in illegal excavation and arrested them. He said the secretary and assistant director of the mineral department also accompanied the police during the raid.
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Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[28 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in  Express Tribune, May 28, 2014
GILGIT: The Ministry of Interior has sent a security alert to the government of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) warning that terrorists may target the region’s Ismaili community and foreign tourists.
“A terrorist organisation is planning to carry out a vehicle-borne suicide attack at a prominent venue in Gilgit,” reads the statement which has been addressed to G-B’s inspector general of police (IGP) and chief secretary. “The likely targets are the Ismaili community or foreigners staying in the city.”
The letter adds that the attack has been …

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[28 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

OPERATIONAL AIR BASE: The Joint International Air Exercise “Shaheen-III” conducted between the Pakistan Air Force and People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) culminated at an operational air base of the Pakistan Air Force on Tuesday.
Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Air Marshal Sohail Aman, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. During the three-week-long Shaheen-III air exercise, PAF and PLAAF participated with modern fighter jets and support elements. Following the rich tradition of the PAF leadership to lead from the front, Air Marshal Sohail Aman also flew in …

China »

[28 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING : A decision by some Chinese banks to stop dollar business transactions with Afghanistan banks is connected to recent attacks in China’s western Xinjiang region, two senior banking sources said.
One of the sources said dealings between Chinese and Afghanistan banks were subjected to greater scrutiny as early as two years ago in line with global rules, but regulation was further tightened this year mainly due to the conflicts in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang has seen a series of knife and bomb attacks in recent months, which the Chinese government attributes to Islamists …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[26 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: The region’s lawyers will meet next week to devise a strategy to respond to the situation which emerged after a court issued non-bailable warrants against officials of the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) administration for not adhering to its orders.
On May 21, the G-B Chief Court had issued non-bailable warrants against the secretaries of home, finance and law after they failed to show up in court over a contempt notice issued earlier regarding the case of appointment of 36 prosecutors in the government.
“The act of the secretaries is contemptuous, therefore we condemn …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[26 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2014.
GILGIT: Over 50 people in Skardu were swindled by a fake company which lured them into paying money to perform Hajj this year.
“At least 71 people wishing to perform Hajj deposited Rs288,000 each on the advice of the company’s head,” said Muhammad Hassan, one of the affectees.
The company was reportedly named Karawaan and run by Sheikh Ayub.
According to locals, it claimed to provide better facilities to pilgrims during Hajj.
Ayub reportedly lured people by claiming his company had secured a quota of …

China »

[26 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

URUMQI: Police in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regions have busted 23 terror and religious extremism groups and caught over 200 suspects in May, according to the regional public security department on Sunday.
The groups were busted by police in south Xinjiang’s Hotan, Kashgar and Aksu prefectures, where the majority of the population are Muslim Uygurs, according to the department. More than 200 explosive devices were also seized in the police raids.
Many of the suspects were in their 20s and 30s, who watched terror video and audio through the Internet and …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[25 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2014
CHILAS:  Almost one year on, the men responsible for the triple homicide of a mother and her two daughters in Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Diamer Valley are still at large.
According to data gathered by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in Gilgit, from July 2013 to April 2014, there have been a total of 49 cases of violence against women in G-B, of which 17 are said to be honour killings. These cases remain unsolved.
On June 24 last year, 65-year-old Iqbal, along with …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[24 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

SRINAGAR : Pakistan has expressed objection to the construction of a 12-km road stretch by India near Line of Control (LoC), Greater Kashmir reported Friday. The objections forced Indian officials to suspend work on the stretch. The Srinagar-based newspaper said the road was supposed to connect three hamlets in the frontier Uri town. “As Pakistani army raised red flags and made announcements asking us to stop construction, we had no option but to halt the work,” the newspaper quoting its official sources as saying.http://www.nation.com.pk/national/24-May-2014/pakistan-objects-to-road-construction-in-ihk

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[24 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday approved the allocation for construction of 4,500 Mega Watt (MW) Diamer Bhasha Dam, 2,160 MW Dasu Hydro Power Project, construction of a 57 km long stretch of the Faisalabad – Khanewal M-4 Motorway and Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project.
The decision was taken during a meeting chair by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to finalise the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) allocation for financial year 2014-15 at PM House.
We have embarked upon the road to progress and the projects initiated by our government will usher our country …