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[31 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance columnist based in Islamabad.
The contemporary society of Gilgit is undergoing an existential crisis begotten by drastic changes and ruptures caused by the forces of modernisation. For the last four decades it has been exposed to a medley of forces which are exogenous, but which have given birth to trends endogenous to the society. These changes have enabled people to get rid of a few institutions and actors that were impediments to progress.
 
The process of rationalisation in Gilgit-Baltistan set in during the British rule in the …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[31 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2014
GILGIT:  Nearly two and a half months after being passed by the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Legislative Assembly, the G-B Local Government Bill 2014 was finally signed into law by Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah on Thursday.
 
The assembly had unanimously passed the bill on August 18 after a select committee of lawmakers debated its pros and cons. However, the delay in its enactment had raised concerns over its fate since the G-B government is nearing the completion of its term.
 
According to government officials, …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[31 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

 
By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2014.
GILGIT:  As Muharram progresses, Shia representatives have resigned from the Masajid Board in Gilgit, complaining their suggestions to maintain sectarian harmony were overlooked. The resignations mean Shias have no representation in a body that played a crucial role in restoring peace after more than 50 people were killed in the region in sectarian violence during 2011-12.
 
“We were compelled to take this decision,” said Abid Baig, a member of the Masajid Board, on Thursday.
 
The board, with 10 members each from the Shia …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[30 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFARABAD: The affected persons of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric Project (NJHEP) in Chattar Klass area on Tuesday blocked the Muzaffarabad-Rawalpindi Road for four hours near the main site of the power house to press for their demands.
 
Placing tractors in the middle of the road and setting fire to tyres, protesters chanted slogans against the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda).
 
“For the last four years, we have been demanding our rights and compensation but both the federal government and Wapda authorities did not bother to listen,” said Action Committee Chairman Raja Parvez …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[30 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2014.
GILGIT: Progressive leader Baba Jan and two others were handed life imprisonment by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gilgit in yet another case on Wednesday.
 
The decision was read out by ATC No 1 judge Raja Shehbaz Khan, who had recently awarded life imprisonment to Jan and 11 others for ransacking police stations and torching government property in Hunza in 2011.
 
In addition, Baba Jan, Iftikhar Hussain and Shakoorullah were also imposed a fine of Rs100,000 each while three others, Sultan Ishaq, Ahmed …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[30 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFARABAD: Growing contacts between Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir and the Peoples Party-led AJK government have served to create a gulf between him and his Muslim League-N, it has been learnt.
 
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter of ML-N has written a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, asking him to replace Mr Tahir when the expected reshuffle of the federal cabinet takes place.
 
Sources said when the mi­­nister came to Muzaffarabad on Oct 27 to take part in the demonstration held to mark the anniversary of invasion of Indian …

China-Tibet »

[30 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING: Schools in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, where a series of attacks has left hundreds dead in recent months, said they would actively discourage religious practice at home, state-run media reported Wednesday.
 
Principals at more than 2,000 kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools in Kashgar, near China’s border with Pakistan, signed a pledge to “defend schools against the infiltration of religion”, according to a report by the Global Times, which is close to the Communist Party.
 
Party members, teachers and underage students should not practise religion either at school or at …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[29 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a poet and author based in Islamabad.
Tense bordersLo and behold! In the present circumstances, the last thing we would have wanted to happen has happened. As if the continuous exchange of fire at the LoC with India was not enough, there was a flare up at the Pak-Iran border.
 
Fortunately, for the time being, the two countries have agreed to resolve issues amicably, to strengthen border controls, to show restraint and to keep peace with fresh communication protocols established. However, the situation warrants once again a serious dialogue …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[29 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a retired lieutenant general of the Pakistan Army and served as chairman of the Pakistan Ordnance Factories Board
Once again, India-Pakistan relations are passing through testing times. The Line of Control (LoC), but more significantly, the Working Boundary, has become extremely volatile with highly belligerent statements being directed against Pakistan by the top leadership of the BJP and the Indian army chief. Pakistan’s response has been relatively far more temperate both, at the military and political levels. What really are the triggers that are driving India towards this …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[29 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Express Tribune, October 29th, 2014.
MUZAFFARABAD: The affected persons of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric Project (NJHEP) in Chattar Klass area on Tuesday blocked the Muzaffarabad-Rawalpindi Road for four hours near the main site of the power house to press for their demands.
Placing tractors in the middle of the road and setting fire to tyres, protesters chanted slogans against the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda).
“For the last four years, we have been demanding our rights and compensation but both the federal government and Wapda authorities did not bother to listen,” said …