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    By: Zofeen Ebrahim There is more to the petite-framed Samina Baig than meets the eye. The 28 year old high-altitude mountaineer wants to change the world. In fact, she has already started from her village of Shimshal, in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Hunza region of northern Pakistan. Her hometown is one of the last villages bordering China with ...
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    The Gilgit manuscripts are the only corpus of Buddhist manuscripts discovered in the subcontinent Buddhism, with roots in Hinduism, spread rapidly under Mauryas especially during the time of Asoka. Missionaries were sent to Kashmir under Madhyantika, who resided in Kashmir for 20 years and preached Buddhism. During the time of Asoka, those areas were selected ...
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    Islamabad – A proposed document circulating on the social media about the future status of Gilgit-Baltistan and political as well as constitutional rights of the subjects has elicited strong reaction from local political leadership and other stakeholders, who fear, if implemented in the current shape, it would further deprive them of their existing rights. A senior ...
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    BY GHULAM ABBAS ISLAMABAD: The drive to further empower Gilgit Baltistan through constitutional reforms has finally turned to be disempowerment of the region as all powers under the new the order, “Gilgit Baltistan Order-2018” have been conferred on the prime minister of Pakistan, instead of giving more autonomy to the area. According to the new order, the ...
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    by Neha Jain  Winters are getting warmer in the northwest Himalayas, which is increasing the risk of avalanches, two new studies have found. Winter temperatures in the northwestern Himalayas have risen by 0.65 degrees Celsius on average over a period of 25 years, a team of Indian researchers found, which is higher than the global average ...
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    Gilgit: Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman said Wednesday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government was taking tangible measures for socio-economic development of Gilgit Baltistan, making record development works during its tenure. Addressing a press conference, the GB chief minister said, unlike opposition political parties, the PML (N) fulfilled all its promises it made ...
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    Naveed Khan, founder of the travel group Hunza on Foot, with children of the gold-panner families of Gilgit-Baltistan. (Photo courtesy: Instagram @hunzaonfoot) By SABAH BANO MALIK  ISLAMABAD: “The vast majority of Pakistan, like any other country, is not all bleeding. There are beautiful people all across Pakistan. People with big hearts and wonderful stories. That’s what ...
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    “What makes us think critically when we know the consequences [are] really harsh in this country,” says a political worker who wanted me to highlight the case of Advocate Ehsan Ali who was arrested from his residence in Gilgit last week for sharing a Facebook post (and has since been released on bail). It was ...
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    BY: Manzoor Gilani Parts of princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) under the administrative control of Pakistan are neither its constitutional part nor autonomous to be called as ‘local authority’ as mandated by UNCIP. Despite that they are controlled by the Government of Pakistan ...
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    The authorities in Islamabad need to live up to their claims regarding equal treatment of Pakistani citizens regardless of their geographic location inside the country. The fact of the matter is that their approach towards many Pakistanis, in hitherto marginalised territories like Gilgit-Baltistan, remains no better than that of the colonial masters whose control over ...