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[20 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Express Tribune, May 20, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Heads of two autonomous regions in the country on Friday lodged a protest over ‘injustice’ being meted out to them by the four federating units, saying “for the sake of Pakistan they submerged their villages to build dams while the federating units are not ready to construct the Kalabagh dam”.
In a meeting of the National Economic Council, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider spoke about the problems that his special region was facing due to lack of financial resources and cold …

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[18 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Meraj Alam in the Nation, May 18, 2017
GILGIT – The Legislative Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution for tracing reasons behind incidents of suicide and its prevention.
A recent wave of suicides in Ghizer district worried the lawmakers in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as six more youngsters reportedly committed suicide during the last week.
The resolution had been tabled by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Rani Atiqa. Speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad constituted a special committee to ascertain causes behind the trend of suicides among the youth in the region.
Deputy Speaker …

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[17 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Pamir Times May 16, 2017
Karachi: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has congratulated the Jiyalas of Gilgit-Baltistan for staging a massive power show of the Party in Skardu adding that mobilization of masses in the nook and corner of the country may be stepped up.
During a telephonic conversation with PPP President of Gilgit-Baltistan Amjad Advocate, the PPP Chairman said that such a big public meeting in Skardu town has again proved that Bhuttoism and the PPP are chain of the Federation. “All attempts of threatening …

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[16 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ammar Rashid in Daily Times, 16-May-17
The writer is a researcher in gender, development and public policy and a political worker for the Awami Workers Party.
If one goes by some of the public response to the televised appearances of TTP’s Ehsanullah Ehsan and ISIS recruit Noreen Leghari, there is something about the possibility of rehabilitating jihadi militants that can turn the most hawkish of Pakistani politicians and right-wingers into reconciliatory peaceniks. Sadly, the degree of tacit sympathy — explicitly fostered by the state — that has flooded the …

China, CPEC, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[15 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Pamir Times, May 13, 2017 .
Islamabad: The absence of Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman in the Pakistan delegation that went to attend OBOR events in China has drawn strong reaction in the region. University students, lawyers and other professionals, have equated his absence in the delegation as a continuation of Pakistan’s neglect of the strategic region that connects Pakistan with China, and through which the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passes.
Hundreds of memes, short write-ups, and statements posted on social media websites, like Facebook, are being …

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[13 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Dawn, May 13th, 2017
MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir has taken strong exception to alleged overpricing by petrol pumps in different parts of the state and has directed the divisional and district administration officials to provide relief to consumers in this regard.
The attention of the chief secretary’s office was drawn towards alleged overpricing by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), after its team found that consumers were being overcharged from 80ps to Rs2.8 per litre.
Sources told Dawn that in April this year, Poonch …

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[9 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Munir Ahmed in Daily Times, 09-May-17
The writer is an Islamabad-based policy advocacy, strategic communication and outreach expert.
Federal government is still reluctant to withdraw its order imposing ban on the foreign tourists visiting Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) without obtaining an (additional) no-objection certificate (NOC) from the ministry of interior in Islamabad despite of a formal request from the GB chief minister. A letter recently sent by the ministry to the Gilgit-Baltistan government says that it has been reported that foreigners are frequently visiting Gilgit-Baltistan without obtaining an NOC or security clearance from …

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[7 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Shabbir Mir in The News on Sunday (TNS). May 7, 2017
In what can portend to be a potential blow to the country’s tourism, the interior ministry requires foreign tourists visiting scenic Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) to obtain a NOC (No Objection Certificate). The notification this time includes all foreigners, whereas before only diplomats, international NGO and donor agency workers were required to seek permit from the ministry of interior.
The decision comes just as the tourism season begins in GB where the tourism industry is still struggling to make a comeback after …

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[2 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by KHALID HASNAIN in Dawn, May 2nd, 2017
LAHORE: The compensation paid or being offered by the government to the hoteliers in return for acquiring their land, cost of built-up/covered areas and other business losses for 4,500MW Diamer-Bhasha hydro-power project has created unrest among them and those engaged in related businesses in Chilas as they consider the amount inadequate.
The situation may further delay the land acquisition for the project as the hotel owners are not ready to leave their business premises till receipt of handsome compensation and the local tribes in …

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[1 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

In response to the Interior Ministry imposing a strict requirement that foreign tourists obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) before visiting Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), the Chief Minister of the region, Hafizur Rehman has approached ministry to protest a move that would “seriously damage” the province. Other individuals and organisations have shared his concern, and it is easy to see why; 70% of the people of GB depend on tourism as their source of income in the absence of any other major industry in the land. Putting fetters on growing international tourism …