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[28 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court acquitted on Thursday a Chinese national in a kidnapping for ransom case due to lack of evidence.
 
Hai Feng was charged with kidnapping his fellow national Yugang Bai for ransom in Clifton in January 2013.
 
Judge Imdad Ali Khoso of ATC-VIII, who conducted the trial, exonerated the accused after recording the evidence of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
 
In his final arguments, defence lawyer Mohammad Farooq argued that his client was wrongly accused and actually he was a victim as he was also kidnapped with the captive, …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[26 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: An anti-terrorism court has sentenced the owner of the Jang-Geo group Mir Shakeelur Rehman, host of Geo TV’s morning show Shaista Lodhi, actress Veena Malik and her husband Malik Asad to 26-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs1.3 million each for hurting religious sentiments of people in the show.
 
Announcing the verdict on Tuesday, ATC judge Raja Shahbaz ordered inspectors general of police of Islamabad, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to arrest the convicts and execute his order.
 
The court also asked the commissioners of Karachi and Rawalpindi and the …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[25 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2014.
GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government has decided to hold the upcoming elections under the biometric system.
 
The decision comes at a time when allegations of widespread rigging in the 2013 general elections are still making the rounds. And though the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has ended its sit-in in Islamabad, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is still adamant to somehow uncover poll fraud, which the party claims is responsible for bringing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz into power,
 
“The government has taken a decision in this regard …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[25 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

A NEW study has drawn attention to the accelerating rate of glacial melt in Pakistan’s mountainous north. The problem is grave and has far-reaching ramifications for the country, yet it is as remote from the public mind as the glaciers are from the cities.By itself, the phenomenon is too obscure for most people to grasp. But seen in the context of overall climate change and global warming, it is a reminder that Pakistan is amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world, and by many accounts, is already in the …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[25 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Nation, November 25, 2014
SANGLA HILL: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly is going to complete its five-year term on December 12 and may get its first Chief Election Commissioner soon as a summary has been sent to the Prime Minister by ministry of Kashmir Affairs, disclosed Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir here the other day.
The minister said that the G-B Governor had sent a summary to the ministry, seeking the appointment of a Provincial Election Commissioner. “We have already forwarded the summary to the …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[25 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

 
By Tariq Naqash  in Dawn, November 25th , 2014
MUZAFFARABAD: Employees of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) took to the streets, here on Monday, to condemn what they alleged shifting of their institution’s funds to other seats of higher learning in the region.
They demanded immediate restitution of the funds shifted to the Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), University of Poonch Rawalakot (UPR) and Women University Bagh, beyond their genuine share.
They also warned the authorities of “direct action” in case any more funds were unlawfully transferred from …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[24 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

 
ISLAMABAD: Meteorologists worried at the depletion of glaciers in Pakistan studied six glaciers in the Karakorum Range recently, and the results have made them worry even more.
 
“All of them were found melting at a faster rate. The changing climate is taking a heavy toll on our glaciers,” Chief Meteorologist of Pakistan Met Department (PMD) Dr Ghulam Rasul told Dawn.
 
And the disaster awaiting the nation can be imagined as depletion of glaciers in northern Pakistan during the last decade had been consistent with the rising temperature.
 
Experts say the study showed that …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[24 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Minister Mehdi Shah has leveled strong criticism against the federal government’s apathy on granting constitutional rights to the region, blaming it for the area’s stunted development.
 
According to a press release issued on Sunday, Shah lauded the sacrifices made for the county by the people of G-B over the last six decades. “I can rightly say that our sacrifices have not been acknowledged,” he said.
 
In 1947, G-B was annexed and unconditionally offered to Pakistan after being liberated from Dogra Raj. However, the widespread attention given to the …

China-Tibet »

[24 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

By JANE PERLEZ
BEIJING — A major reclamation project by the Chinese government on a tiny reef 500 miles from the mainland would enable China to land military aircraft there, expanding its reach into the contested South China Sea, analysts have said.
 
The analysts’ report came as a group affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army hosted an international conference in Beijing on Friday and Saturday intended to showcase President Xi Jinping’s call for a new regional security architecture based on the concept of Asia for Asians, an idea that minimizes the role …

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[24 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

By ANDREW JACOBS in The NY Times, Nov 24, 2014
BEIJING — Ambitious and fluent in Mandarin, the young Uighur strivers from the Xinjiang region of northwest China had earned coveted slots at the nation’s top university for ethnic minorities. Most were the first in their families to attend college.
 
But since last January, at least five men and women who attended Minzu University in Beijing have been incommunicado after they were swept up by Chinese security forces alongside their mentor, Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uighur professor who in September was convicted …