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[27 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Raja Adeel Sajjad in The Frontier Post July 27, 2014
Mirpur, AJK: Corruption on its peak in Power department District Mirpur with collusion of employees and officials of the department. Department officers and subordinate staff are involved in large-sale theft of electricity from all sectors of the city and suburban areas, with the connivance of officers of Department.
The power department has taken diffusion over all the other departments in corruption. It was learned in a survey that in the houses of the officials and workers of power department 2 to …

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[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) forest department officials foiled a bid to smuggle medicinal herb in Pataykha, some 20 kilometres from Muzaffarabad on Thursday.
Four alleged smugglers were arrested with a medicinal herb, known locally as Tripattra, en route from Neelum Valley to Muzaffarabad. The herb reportedly fetches millions of rupees when sold in the black market.
District Forest Officer (DFO) Khawaja Manzoor, while sharing details with The Express Tribune, revealed that authorities received a tip that a consignment of the lucrative herb was being smuggled from Kel, Neelum Valley …

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[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.
GILGIT:  According to an aid worker who just returned from the flood-hit Darel Valley, the survivors are living their worst nightmare, a life without food or shelter.
“There are more than 60 families who have nothing to eat at the moment as their houses were wiped out by the flood,” said Tahir Rana on Thursday, a day after he visited the valley’s four villages: Gayal, Makyal, Bishal and Singaal. Darel is about 160 kilometres from Gilgit.
Tahir Rana is a programme manager at …

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[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Over Rs400m scam uncovered in AJK hydropower project
By Zafar Bhutta in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2014.
ISLAMABAD:  The minister in charge of Power Development Organisation (PDO), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has alleged that the organisation’s managing director extended favour to a Chinese company in the award of multi-billion-dollar 48-megawatt Jaggran-2 hydropower project.
The minister in charge, Chaudhry Mohammad Yasin, said he had received information that the managing director was involved in committing professional dishonesty by taking sides and supporting a particular group.
Talking to The Express Tribune, PDO Managing Director Muhammad …

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Tariq Naqash  in Dawn, July 23, 2014
MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court stopped the University of Poonch, Rawalakot on Tuesday from recruiting employees against around 150 recently-advertised posts.
The interim order was passed by Chief Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, after taking up a petition by senior lawyer Raja Sajjad Ahmed Khan.
In the petition, Khan had challenged induction process in the region’s public sector universities and medical colleges. The court has sought objections from the university by August 5.
Khan, who is a former vice chairman AJK Bar Council, …

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[23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Peer Muhammad in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.
ISLAMABAD: The political leadership of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) sought on Monday a temporary provincial status for the region, including adequate representation in Senate and National Assembly of Pakistan, until the Kashmir issue is resolved.
The recommendation was given to a sub-committee of senate functional committee on human rights, which was convened to review the G-B Governance and Self-Rule Order 2009 and discuss human rights violations in the region.
The committee chaired by Senator Raza Rabbani and attended by senator Farhatullah Babar, G-B’s chief minister …

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[22 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Manzoor Ali  in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014
PESHAWAR:  Two bills seeking to elevate regional languages to the status of national languages have been struck down by the National Assembly within the month of July. Five of the suggested languages are spoken across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B); the rejection of bills is a cause for concern for local proponents of the legislation.
The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights rejected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Marvi Memon’s bill on July 16. Memon’s bill had …

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[22 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Peer Muhammad   in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.
ISLAMABAD:  The political leadership of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) sought on Monday a temporary provincial status for the region, including adequate representation in Senate and National Assembly of Pakistan, until the Kashmir issue is resolved.
The recommendation was given to a sub-committee of senate functional committee on human rights, which was convened to review the G-B Governance and Self-Rule Order 2009 and discuss human rights violations in the region.
The committee chaired by Senator Raza Rabbani and attended by senator Farhatullah Babar, G-B’s chief minister …

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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2014.
GILGIT:   The fight over the management of the Sost Dry Port, which includes allegations of its Pakistani and Chinese officials attacking each other, has moved to Islamabad.
The newly elected chairman of the port, Zafar Iqbal, has been summoned by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat to explain allegations of a Chinese staffer being slapped as he tried to take control of his office a week or so ago. “Iqbal has arrived in Islamabad to help sort out things relating to the port,” said …

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[19 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is gearing up its efforts to raise funds for the construction of the Diamer Bhasha Dam, and, for the purpose, the government is to hold an international conference with the cooperation of various US departments and USAID in autumn.
The event will coincide with the autumn meetings of the IMF and World Bank here in October.USAID official Mark Karns told The News that the idea to hold the conference was to “invite a range of potential fund sources representatives with some interest in South Asia and Pakistan and to …