GB chief minister dropped from list of PM’s delegation to China

By: Ghulam Abbas In a surprising move, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeez-ur-Rehman was dropped from the list of dignitaries visiting China along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to participate in the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum, aimed at regional development through win-win cooperation, without citing any reason. Reliable sources told Pakistan Today that the chief minister of GB was also included in the initial list of chief ministers (of four






HRCP lauds removal of 47 names from ATA’s 4th schedule in Gilgit-Baltistan

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the removal of 47 individuals’ names from a list under Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act in Gilgit-Baltistan, and called for a fair hearing for those remaining on the list. In a statement issued on Thursday, the commission said: “HRCP welcomes as a positive development a recent notification by the Gilgit-Baltistan Home Department deleting the names of 47 individuals being monitored






An Enlightened Leader of Hunza Gojal, Mirza Hassan died of sudden cardiac arrest

By Farhatullah Baig Moorkhun Gojal (Sost Today): Mirza Hassan 57 died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. According to his family source, he was rushed to Aga Khan Health Center Sost, soon after he felt a stiff pain in his chest, where he took his last breath. His funeral prayer held at Moorkhun village of Gojal Hunza and was laid to rest in his native Cemetery on Wednesday. Mirza Hassan






Ismaili Boys Scout and Girls guide from Ghulkin Gojal has completed to make a difference in community by organizing refurbish Gulkin village.

Ghukin Gojal Hunza (Shahid Nasir) : Ismaili Boys Scout and Girls guide from Ghulkin Gojal has completed to make a difference in community by organizing refurbish Gulkin village. The main theme of this refurbish was to keep Ghulkin Clean.Ismaili Boys Scout and Girls Guide also did to clear a pathway to Karakurom Highway.






Foreign tourists require no more NOC to visit Gilgit-Baltistan: Nisar

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday announced to withdraw the no objection certificate (NOC) for foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan. In a Press Conference in Islamabad, the minister said that since one and a half year, it had been made conditional to have a NOC to visit the Gilgit-Baltistan region. However, he added that now it was decided that in order to promote tourism in the






How a music school in Gilgit is keeping indigenous traditions alive

GILGIT:Impeccably dressed in crisp white garb, black waistcoats and neatly-polished black shoes, the students of the indigenous music school Bulbulik in Gojal Valley, Gilgit is making efforts to revive musical traditions that are on the verge of extinction. There may be little support but that has not discouraged the institution from doing what it loves: playing freestyle/Pamiri music with conventional instruments like Ghazxek, Surnaye, Tutek, Gabi and Sitar. The musicians






How to balance CPEC

By Amir Hussain CPEC has generated much euphoria of prosperity in Pakistan. Legions of CPEC experts have dominated talk shows. Many of them know that it is the best sellable proposition as well as the opportunity to gain fame and fortune without much pain. Some of these self-proclaimed experts are now running policy and development think-tanks to advise government functionaries and policymakers on development and security matters of national significance.






Forestation underway under Green Pakistan Program, Imran

Forestation underway under Green Pakistan Program, Imran Says Forest department has started implementation a number of schemes to make GB green. Minister Forest, Wildlife and Environment Gilgit-Baltistan Muhammad Imran says forestation is underway under Green Pakistan Program. Talking to Radio Pakistan Gilgit correspondent on Monday, he said federal government has released 270 million rupees as first installment out of 440 million rupees allocated to Gilgit Baltistan under the program. Muhammad






A stall of traditional handcrafts of Hunza Gojal displayed at Khunjerav top during Khunjerav Pamir Cultural Festival. Photo: Zahid Karim Khamoosh

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The three-day exhibition titled “Made in Gilgit-Baltistan” in full swing at the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage Lok Virsa in Islamabad. The event was arranged by Culture department of Gilgit-Baltistan in collaboration with Lok Virsa. About 35 stalls exhibiting culture and traditional touch of Gilgit-Baltistan set up at Open Air Theatre of Lok Virsa. The exhibition will continue with all its festivities at Lok Virsa complex,






Restricting foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan

Restricting foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan Are all foreign tourists spies in disguise? Last week, the federal government reportedly asked the Gilgit-Baltistan government to prevent foreigners from visiting GB if they didn’t have a NOC (security clearance) on them. Later in the week, the interior ministry, which issues the said NOC in Islamabad, reportedly defended the directive, noting that the requirement of the NOC had been in place since 1994. The