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Monday, July 1, 2019

Aga Khan played important role for promoting Tourism, says President of Pakistan Arif Alvi

Aga Khan played important role for promoting Tourism, says President of Pakistan Arif Alvi

Aga Khan played important role for promoting Tourism, says President of Pakistan Arif Alvi

Hunza (WebDesk) Hunza, Pakistan: President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has lauded Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini (Aga Khan IV) for promoting Tourism in Gilgit Baltistan, reports DND News Agency.

Addressing the concluding session of three-days International Conference on Mountaineering, Eco Tourism and Hospitality at Karakorum International University (KIU), Hunza Campus here Saturday (June 29, 2019),  President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan are (were) very peaceful and they have (had) played a pivotal role for the promotion of Tourism in country.
He further said that KIU has always played an important role in the promotion of Tourism and in imparting the required skills to the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan.

He said that Government also stresses upon the promotion of tourism keeping in view the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding the tourism potential in the country.

Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan, members of GB legislative assembly, foreign delegates, senior officers of Government of Gilgit Baltistan along with people from various walks of life participated in the closing ceremony of the conference.

The president addressed the conference and said that, there is enough potential in terms of Mountaineering and Eco-Tourism and if skills are imparted to youth of Gilgit-Baltistan for the hospitality and tourism management maximum benefits can be reaped out of it. His highness Prince Agha Karim Khan has played an important role for the promotion of Tourism by opening the Altit and Baltit forts tor the public.

He further added that Its a unique opportunity for the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan that KIU has arranged a three days Conference for them to learn from the research papers of various researchers. They have worked hard to understand the ground realities of the country and their efforts are laudable.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Seven killed as jeep plunges into river in Chilas area of Diamer district

Seven killed as jeep plunges into river in Chilas area of Diamer district

Seven killed as jeep plunges into river in Chilas area of Diamer district

GILGIT: Seven persons were killed and three sustained injuries when a jeep plunged into the Indus River near Chilas area of Diamer district on Tuesday.

Total 13 passengers were onboard the ill-fated jeep. Condition of the two injured passengers was said to be critical.

According to police, the jeep was on way to Chilas, the district headquarters of Diamer, from Khanbari valley.

The accident occurred when the driver lost control over the steering.

The police said as a result of the incident, seven passengers were killed who were identified as Tika Khan, Javed, Sanaullah, Saeed Rahmat, Abdul Wahab, Otaal and his son. While three passengers identified as Hadi, Asbar and Noor Ahmed sustained injuries.

Police said Rescue 1122 and local volunteers arrived at the scene and started rescue operation.

The injured were shifted to the district headquarters hospital, Diamer.

All the passengers onboard the jeep were residents of Khanbari valley.

The local people demanded of the authorities to carry out fitness test of the vehicles plying locally.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners to design affordable, climate-resilient single-family homes

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners to design affordable, climate-resilient single-family homes

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners to design affordable, climate-resilient single-family homes

Geneva, Switzerland, May 2019 - The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) partnered with the “Resilient Homes Design Challenge” in a crowdsourced challenge – spearheaded by the World Bank - to design climate-resilient single-family homes costing less than US$ 10,000.

Over the last 10 years, natural disasters have caused 23 million people to become homeless – many of them poor. The challenge was in response to homelessness caused by natural disasters in low-income and disaster prone regions. 

“The countries that fall in the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s remit have suffered 847 major disasters over the last 28 years, accounting for over 243,000 lives lost,” said Prince Hussain Aga Khan, Chairman of the Executive Committee for AKAH. “As all of us know, these disasters often cause families to lose their most valuable asset: their home. The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat was created specifically to find ways to deal with these increasing threats. Its mission is to find innovative ways to address the threat of natural disaster and work to make communities resilient, building on the decades of experience of various AKDN agencies.”

To address the increasing threat posed by natural disasters and climate change, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) works to ensure that poor people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters, that residents who do live in high-risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response, and that these settings enable communities to thrive and lead a higher quality of life.

The home is a critical cornerstone to improve the quality of life of the communities that AKAH serves. His Highness the Aga Khan, speaking in an interview with Henri Weill, of La Cohorte, said, “when we studied the economic development of poor societies, we realised that when poor families manage to put money aside for the first time, they invest in their homes. Often it is a tin roof, running water or a sewerage system. In other words, human beings first look at everything that happens around them and their family. By working on people’s homes, we are working on basic needs and this then has an impact on several generations in the family.”

The design challenge arose when AKAH, as a member of a panel of judges at the World Bank, helped select the challenge team winners in partnership with Build Academy, the GFDRR, Airbnb and UN-Habitat. Over 3,225 professionals from over 160 countries participated in the challenge.

AKAH and the World Bank co-hosted a side-event at the annual World Reconstruction Conference (WRC4) in Geneva (13-14 May 2019) featuring the designs of the nine winners and three honourable mentions.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat raises awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat raises awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat raises awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan: To protect schoolchildren from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show: “A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitise them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said: “In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals. 

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

Friday, May 17, 2019

➨ #Jobs - #Career_Opportunities - #Jobs - Aga Khan Health Services Pakistan for Gilgit and Chitral Region – for application visit the link

➨ #Jobs - #Career_Opportunities - #Jobs - Aga Khan Health Services Pakistan for Gilgit and Chitral Region – for application visit the link

➨ #Jobs - #Career_Opportunities - #Jobs - Aga Khan Health Services Pakistan for Gilgit and Chitral Region – for application visit the link

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Dawn – May 12, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Khush Bakht ki bad bakhti - Missing #Gilgit-Baltistan nurse marries lover in Multan

Khush Bakht ki bad bakhti - Missing #Gilgit-Baltistan nurse marries lover in Multan

Khush Bakht ki bad bakhti - Missing #Gilgit-Baltistan nurse marries lover in Multan

GILGIT: A 22-year-old nurse from Gilgit-Baltistan, who had been missing in Karachi for 10 days, had in fact eloped to marry lover from Multan. In a video statement released before the Malir Police on Saturday, Khush Bakht updated on her whereabouts and said that she has married Qurban out of personal choice.

She added further that she does not wish to go back to her parents but live with her husband. Khush Bakht’s statement was shared by Sindh Police’ official Twitter handle.

It was reported that Khush Bakht had gone missing after she left  home on January 4 for work. However, she did not go to work and instead went to Qurban.

“From Karachi, they went to Multan where they tied the knot in a court marriage. After which they moved to Muzaffargarh.”

It is still uncertain as to how and where the police intercepted the couple and took them to Malir Police Station where Khush Bakht recorded her statement.

Khush Bakht was employed as a nurse at Karachi’s Saifee Hospital in North Nazimabad area.

Upon her disappearance, the Gilgit-Baltistan government had stepped in to help track down Khush Bakht, on January 12. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Government  to Construct Road Linking GB, Chitral, Chakdara, Swabi: Told in Senate

Government to Construct Road Linking GB, Chitral, Chakdara, Swabi: Told in Senate

Government  to Construct Road Linking GB, Chitral, Chakdara, Swabi: Told in Senate 

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Communications Murad Saeed on Thursday informed the Senate that the government was planning to construct a road linking Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Chakdara and Swabi.

Minister for Communications Murad Saeed on Thursday informed the Senate that the government was planning to construct a road linking Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Chakdara and Swabi.
Responding to Senators' questions during question hour in Senate, he said, that the approval had been given for the construction of proposed route.

Responding to anther question he said, the National Highway Authority was already working on dualization of road from Gundi Chowk-Kohat. He said, PC-1 of Dualization of Indus Highway (N-55), Sarai Gambila to Kohat had been approved at a cost of Rs. 30,130 million.

The Minister said, work for dualization of Indus Highway (N-55) from Kohat- Sarai Gambila has started.

Responding to the quality of product being sold on Motorways, he said the quality and prices of food items is kept under check in collaboration with the District Administration and relevant Authorities.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

#Gilgit_Biltistan - Saiyahon Ki Jannat Gilgit Baltistan | Subh Saverey Samaa Kay Saath | SAMAA TV | Nov 16,2018

#Gilgit_Biltistan - Saiyahon Ki Jannat Gilgit Baltistan | Subh Saverey Samaa Kay Saath | SAMAA TV | Nov 16,2018

#Gilgit_Biltistan - Saiyahon Ki Jannat Gilgit Baltistan | Subh Saverey Samaa Kay Saath | SAMAA TV | Nov 16,2018

#Gilgit_Biltistan - Saiyahon Ki Jannat Gilgit Baltistan | Subh Saverey Samaa Kay Saath | SAMAA TV | Nov 16,2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

NHA to build Gilgit-Shandoor road to provide alternate route to CPEC

NHA to build Gilgit-Shandoor road to provide alternate route to CPEC

NHA to build Gilgit-Shandoor road to provide alternate route to CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The National Highway Authority (NHA) has planned to build a 216-kilometre Gilgit-Shandoor road to provide an alternate route to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Talking to media on Monday, an official of the NHA confirmed that the project forming part of the Gilgit-Shandoor-Chitral road would provide an alternative route to the CPEC. He said that detail design and feasibility study of the Shandoor-Chitral section has been completed while pre-feasibility study for Gilgit-Shandoor section has been completed.

The official said that the new road will be an all-weather road so that it could facilitate the CPEC route during the winter season as well. Moreover, he informed, it will provide another route to Chitral other than the Lowari Tunnel. The estimated cost of the 345-kilometre road is Rs45 billion.

In the 6th JCC of CPEC held in 2016, it was agreed to include Chitral CPEC road from Gilgit, Shandoor, Chitral to Chakdara in the CPEC portfolio. He said that the road starts from Gilgit town located on Indus Highway and ends at Chitral town located on the Nowshera-Chitral Highway.

About the present condition of the road, he said it was constructed in 2002 by the provincial government but its sharp curves and steep gradient made the movement of heavy traffic difficult and unsuitable.

On the objectives of the project, he said that it would connect adjoining areas and valleys, which would help boost tourism and create new job opportunities for local residents.

“The project will provide better communication system to the people of the area and after completion of Lowari tunnel, this road shall serve as an alternate to Karakorum Highway,” he maintained.

courtesy: Pakistan Today

Monday, October 15, 2018

Musically forward -  teaching of music in schools in the country is growing conservatism of the country’s middle classes, but Gilgit Balisttan is defying such notions

Musically forward - teaching of music in schools in the country is growing conservatism of the country’s middle classes, but Gilgit Balisttan is defying such notions

The formal teaching of music in Pakistan has always run an uneasy course. Except for a couple of institutions at the university level, that too of musicology and not music, there is no teaching of the practice of music in schools, but now it appears that a door has been opened with the initiative launched recently to introduce music in the syllabi of schools in Gilgit-Baltistan. As reported, the launch ceremony of the project was held in Aliabad, Hunza, attended by a large number of local people, including women, artists and school children. As school children played folk music and sang songs in local languages and in Urdu, the music teachers also presented their music in the event. Aziz Ali Dad, a noted scholar presided over the ceremony, while Sherbaz Ali Khan, a renowned poet of Burushaski language was the chief guest.

Idara Baraae Taleem-e-Taraqi (IBT), a Swat-based organization, has launched the ‘Pakistan Mountain Folk Music School Integration’ project in Gilgit, Hunza and Ghizer districts. The project funded by USAID through its small grants and ambassador funds programme is based on the concept of integrating the folk music of four communities — Shina, Wakhi, Burushaski and Khowar — in schools of the area: Gaukoch, Gilgit, Gojal, Shapurson and Shimshal. In addition to the teaching of folk music at the selected schools the project also aims at producing a curriculum for music to be incorporated in schools.

Another initiative has been started in the area for the preservation of folk and local music, which like the languages, in also under great threat. The indigenous music school Bulbulik and its roots can be traced back to 1995 when a small school was set up by one Muzafaruddin Shah to create awareness about protecting one’s own melodies. The present initiative is about a year old, the first folk music school in the area that has given opportunities to female students to learn alongside males.

As language disappears, so do old compositions with it and the rich music history. In the entire Gojal Valley, Ustad Rehmatullah Baig who teaches at Bubulik is the only living ghazxek player left. There may be little support but that has not discouraged the institution from playing freestyle/Pamiri music with conventional instruments like ghazxek, surnaya, tutek, gabi, gharba and Chitrali sitar. Run by Gulmit Educational and Social Welfare Society, Bubulik is named after nightingales which are frequently mentioned in Persian and Urdu poetry. The region is also known as ‘The Land of Languages’ for it comprises diverse ones like Shina, Balti, Burushaski, Wakhi and Khwar. Unfortunately, they are all under threat of extinction. Unesco has listed Wakhi as one of the world’s most endangered cultures.

The Wakhi people refer themselves as ‘Khik’ who migrated to Hunza from the Wakha Khan Corridor. They also live in China, Tajikistan and Afghanistan and the Wakhi language — called ‘Khik Zik’ — is an Eastern Iranian one. It is also very unique and still does not have a written form.

South Asia has nourished a grand tradition of music which can be traced back through documented evidence to thousands of years, while the local tradition and the folk musical forms either got integrated into that grand scheme or were sidelined as something minor and of no great significance. The areas which formed the fringe of the empires, either of the Indian sub-continent or Persia were thus not considered worthy of being studied or benefited musically from. But as awareness and focus has also shifted to smaller communities inhabiting remote areas, these musical traditions, forms and instruments are being reassessed under a different framework.

Like in other cultures, particularly our own, the transmission of music knowledge took place orally in the family of musicians or performers known as “dom”. These families performed on occasions and festivals in the region and were patronized by the various rulers of small states or principalities that saddled the region but gradually as the rulers lost their principalities, or states became absorbed in bigger national entities, these musicians lost their main patronage with no alternative to fall back on. Within mainstream urban culture, both in India and Pakistan, the same difficulty is being experienced in transferring an oral tradition carried rigidly forward through blood lines to a more formal pedagogical system. The greater democratization of knowledge and the education in the arts has lost the cutting edge of excellence and the two ends fail to always meet.

Digital media with its massive outreach has invaded the area with musical forms and expressions that are popular but have originated in the main urban centres with myriad influences flowing into them. This has severely threatened the local forms and many musicians have switched over either to the newer means of music-making or have changed their profession. Most of the languages that are spoken in the area too are oral with no script so they cannot be documented. There are many attempts being made to develop the script of these languages and so preserve their particularity which is also being threatened by the fast changing realities all around us. The Pakistan China Corridor too is bringing about a change that is very rapid and may pose a danger to the local customs, traditions, poetics and musical forms.

It seems that these initiatives are very timely and need to be extended to other areas of the country. The teaching of music in schools in the rest of the country, though very needed is a pipe dream given the growing conservatism of the country’s middle classes. These two initiatives nevertheless are very welcome beginnings which surely will have a positive impact on the cultural health of our society.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Coca-Cola arranges media study tour with UNDP, MGPO in Skardu

Coca-Cola arranges media study tour with UNDP, MGPO in Skardu

SKARDU (PR) Coca-Cola arranged a media study tour at the Food and Water Security Project site in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and Mountain and Glacier Protection Organisation (MGPO).

The $36,000 project which has replenished more than 2 billion litres back to the communities since 2016, is currently in its phase 3 and is funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The loyal people of Gilgit Baltistan

The loyal people of Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan is spread over an area of 27,184 square kilometres with a population of approximately 15 lakhs. Strategically, Gilgit-Baltistan has great importance as it share borders with China on the northwest. While Afghanistan and Tajikistan are connected through the Wakhan corridor and on the south lies Indian Occupied Kashmir. Gilgit-Baltistan is surrounded by the mountain ranges of Hindu Kush in the west, the Karakoram in the north and northeast and Himalaya in the south. According to the June 3 1947, partition plan, all princely states were free to join one of the dominions; Pakistan or India. It was clarified that while acceding to any dominion they could take into account their geographical location and the wishes of their people.

In the case of Jammu and Kashmir, the people favoured accession to Pakistan, however this was not implemented. On October 25 1947, India sent troops to Kashmir and on October 26 1947, the state of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India. There was a revolt in Kashmir by Muslims due to the Maharaja’s decision to join India and the Free Kashmir government was established by Sardar Ibrahim, in Poonch. On August 1 1947, the entire Gilgit-Baltistan was handed over to the Maharaja of Kashmir and Brigadier Ghansara Singh was appointed as the governor of Gilgit agency. This decision was contrary to the wishes the local people; as the entire population was pro Pakistan.

There was a whispering campaign for Pakistan in GB and there were rumours that scouts will revolt. According to Major William Brown Commandant of Scouts; a group of scouts gathered in their recreation room and a resolution was passed that the Gilgit agency must accede to Pakistan and that they will never serve under a Dogra governor. In Gilgit, pro Pakistan slogans were in the air, and walls were chalked with statements such as; “Pakistan Zindabad”, Hindustan Murdabad” “Kashmir ka Maharaja Murdabad”. Slogans were even chalked on the governor’s house gate.

Accordingly a coup was staged by the Gilgit Scouts in favour of Pakistan on the night of October 31, 1947. On the morning of November 1, 1947, the governor Brigadier Ghansara Singh surrendered to Gilgiti Scouts. Immediately after liberation, people from the Gilgit asked the government of Pakistan to take control of the agency.

On November 16, 1947, Sardar Muhammad Alam arrived in Gilgit as the political agent and representative of Pakistan. On December 3 1947, a meeting was chaired by the residing prime minister of Pakistan, Liaqat Ali Khan in Rawalpindi who conveyed that Pakistan fully appreciated the vital importance of Gilgit and it would defend it at all costs against any aggressors.

The brave people of Gilgit-Baltistan were able to liberate their land from Indian forces without any external help. The success was mainly due to their love for Islam and Pakistan. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan celebrate two independence days, first being August 14, the national independence day followed by November 1, when Gilgit-Baltistan was liberated with fervour and zeal.

The issues of GB should not be brushed aside. All that these nationalists want is a constitutional status, and complete merger with Pakistan. Their demand of wanting to be constitutional citizens of Pakistan is not unreasonable, nor is their desire for the fifth province of GB

Recently in a television talk show comments made by Lt. General Amjad Shoaib (retired) and anchor Muhammad Malik fostered anger and regret across GB. The general should have referred to certain individuals from Gilgit-Baltistan; instead of referring to a specific area. People of Gilgit-Baltistan have always contributed to the defence of Pakistan by serving the armed forces of this country. Troops from Gilgit-Baltistan are considered some of the best soldiers in the world, who proved their mettle during the liberation war of Gilgit in 1948, and subsequent wars of 1965, 1971, the Siachen conflict, Kargil and War on Terror.

Lalik Jan is known as the son of Gilgit-Baltistan, who was awarded the “Nishan-e-Haider” for his extraordinary bravery during the Kargil war. In the same talk show, the anchor Muhammad Malik also hinted at the conspiracy of creating an Ismaili state in the north. This is an utter misconception; that is being proliferated by religious extremists. The Ismailis in GB are some of the most tolerant, peaceful, educated and law abiding citizens of Pakistan.

The grandfather of the present Agha Khan played a crucial role in the founding of the “All Indian Muslim League” in 1906, and he was the one who suggested this name and became its first president. The philanthropy of the Agha Khan foundation have benefitted the entire country, including GilgitBaltistan in the fields of education, healthcare, heritage and other sectors irrespective of one’s religious belief.

The Ismailis in GB are some of the most tolerant, peaceful, educated and law abiding citizens of Pakistan

It is unfortunate that falsehood is permitted in a fashion which paves the way for violence. The arrests made last year, due to possession of weapons and anti-state literature — was claimed by the police to be the doing of Indian RAW agents. Hence it is highly defamatory of analysts to accuse them of sedition against Pakistan.

It is important that the rest of Pakistan is aware of the love that people from GB have for Pakistan; it is the patriotism that the rest of the country possesses. In this light, their issues should also not be brushed aside. All that these zealous nationalists want is a constitutional status, and complete merger with Pakistan. Their demand of wanting to be constitutional citizens of Pakistan is not unreasonable, nor is their desire for the fifth province of GB. The people of Gilgit Baltistan are completely loyal to Pakistan and all of them are willing to lay their life for Pakistan. There are no anti-Pakistan sentiments in GilgitBaltistan or a slogan against CPEC. The people of Gilgit Baltistan always say that “we are Pakistanis first, Pakistanis last and always”.

The writer is a retired brigadier and currently commissioner of the Afghan Refugees Organisation, Balochistan

Published in Daily Times, September 13th 2018.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tree Plantation Drive by Special Communications Organization (SCO) at Gilgi-Baltistan

Tree Plantation Drive by Special Communications Organization (SCO) at Gilgi-Baltistan

ISLAMABAD: Special Communications Organization (SCO), largest Telecom Network of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir organized a Tree Plantation drive at Gilgit-Baltistan. Saplings of Orange, Deodar and Lukkot trees were planned. The ceremony was attended by Ms. Samina Baig, famous mountaineer and Brand Ambassador of SCO as chief guest. In addition, Mr. Fida Hussain Secretary IT,  Mr. Faiz-ullah Khan loan, Director Education (GB) and Mr. Khadim Abbas, Forest Conservator (GB). SCO officials & employees, Students of different schools and families participated in the event.

The event was held as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, through which trees are being planted at different locations of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The purpose of the event is to create awareness about healthy environment and encourage people to plant trees.

DG Special Communications Organization (SCO) Major General Ali Farhan HI (M) vowed to keep the momentum of such activities for social uplift of the region.

Monday, August 6, 2018

AKDN’s response to glacial lake outburst flood in Immit Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan

AKDN’s response to glacial lake outburst flood in Immit Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan; On 17 July, Badswat and Bilhanz villages in Immit Valley of Ghizer District in Gilgit-Baltistan were hit by a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF), which led to the formation of an artificial lake. As a result, over 40 houses were damaged and road access for around 10 villages was blocked from the rest of the Immit Valley. However, due to the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s (AKAH) ongoing awareness on disaster risk mitigation and the early mobilisation of the Community Emergency Response teams (CERTS), around 1,000 people were evacuated to safer areas prior to the disaster. No lives were lost because of the disaster. 

Around 450 people displaced by the GLOFs are living in temporary shelters provided by AKAH Pakistan and the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority - photo: 27 July 2018.

Immediately after the disaster, AKAH worked closely with the district government, the Pakistan Army and the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) to provide relief to households affected by the disaster. Helicopters of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Pakistan Army were used to provide food and non-food items, including medicines, tarpaulins and tents, to the affected villages on an emergency basis. A medical team from the Aga Khan Health Service, including a psychiatrist, was also mobilised. The team worked closely with the Government Health Department to provide medical services to over 90 patients.

Over 5,000 kg of food items were arranged by AKAH and together with the GBDMA.  Food packs were distributed to over 750 people to ensure adequate food supply to affected families for a month. In addition, AKAH also worked with the GBDMA to provide temporary shelters to around 450 people whose homes were damaged. Mr. Shuja Alam, the Deputy Commissioner for Ghizer, noted that the, “Government, Pakistan Army, agencies of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and civil society organisations are working together in providing necessary relief to the affected households. With the help of helicopters from Pakistan Army and AKDN, supplies are also reaching remote areas which have been cut-off due to the floods.”

Source: AKDN

Thursday, August 2, 2018

FLAVA Sponsors Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League 2018

FLAVA Sponsors Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League 2018

FLAVA Sponsors Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League 2018

Pakistan’s most nutritious and delicious flavored milk brand Flava sponsored Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League 2018.  Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League is an initiative founded by two young and energetic sisters Karishma Inayat and Sumaira Inayat in the year 2016 to establish a football league solely for young girls from Gilgit-Baltistan. The first tournament of GB-GFL took place in July 2017 and received a very encouraging response despite being organized with limited resources. This year, the GB-GFL 2018 tournament took place in Chipurson (northern Hunza region). 8 teams participated in the week-long tournament after being trained at an exclusive training camp.

Flava’s energetic and bold persona is a reflection of what these girls represent with the skills and energy. It offers a unique blend of taste and nutrition that provides all the essential nutrients to help strengthen bones and the immune system especially for young girls participating in the GB-GFL.

The story of Karishma and Sumaira is a beacon of empowerment for women via sports and the FLAVA team is extremely proud to be associated with the Gilgit-Baltistan Girl Football League. This arrangement between GB-GFL and Flava will not only make its mark in the development of this sport in Gilgit-Baltistan but it also ensures that these amazing young girls’ dreams are fully realized.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

G-B govt unveils Rs.63bn budget for fiscal 2018-19

G-B govt unveils Rs.63bn budget for fiscal 2018-19

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government here on Thursday unveiled over Rs 63 billion budget for fiscal 2018-19 amid protest by members of opposition benches. The major portion of the budget is allocated for non-developmental expenditures.

The budget session of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly was chaired by Deputy Speaker Jaffarullah Khan while the budget was presented by Finance Minister Akbar Taban.

In the budget, Rs28 billion and Rs26 million have been allocated for non-development expenditures and Rs18 billion for development, Rs7 billion for food subsidies and Rs8 billion PSDP projects.

The members of opposition benches including Leader of Opposition Mohammad Shafi, PPP member Javed Hussain, PTI member Raja Jahanzeb and BNF’s Nawaz Khan Naji tore the copies of budget and chanted slogans against the government.

However, Akbar Taban continued his budget speech amid the slogans of opposition benches.

The members of opposition benches continued to chant slogans till end of the budget speech. Owing to the noise in the session, journalists faced difficulty to understand the budget speech.

Addressing a press conference after the budget session, Taban said that the annual budget was increased as compared to that of previous years.

The budget could be approved till Sunday as PML-N has two-third majority in the assembly.
Taban criticised the opposition for the protest and said that it was unethical to chant slogans before listening budget speech. He said that funds were allocated for communication, health, education and tourism projects in region.

Speaking on the occasion, Shams Mir, the advisor to chief minister, said that rapid development in the region was witnessed during the last three years. He said that PML-N government started from Rs9 billion budget in 2015 and increased its outlay to over Rs63 billion. “We have achieved 200 per cent targets of development in the region,” he claimed.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

FINCA Microfinance Bank opens in #Gilgit City - Enthusiastic in offering its services to the people of Gilgit

FINCA Microfinance Bank opens in #Gilgit City - Enthusiastic in offering its services to the people of Gilgit

FINCA Microfinance Bank opens its latest branch in the scenic city of Gilgit, reinforcing its pledge to remain one of the fastest growing microfinance banks in the country. With this addition, FINCA Pakistan has broadened its outreach to 108 Pakistani cities through 120 branches.

The branch was inaugurated by Ms. Zar Wardak, VP& Regional Director – Middle East and South Asia region – of FINCA Impact Finance. FINCA invited prominent and venerated individuals from the Gilgit’s community to the ceremony, delineating to them the mission of FINCA in Pakistan and the importance of Gilgit in achieving that goal.

FINCA Microfinance Bank Opens Branch in the Gilgit City
The occasion was also graced by 5 members of FINCA Pakistan’s Board of Directors, who flew in from all over the world reaffirming their commitment to improving financial inclusion in the county. FINCA Pakistan’s CEO, the COO and senior management greeted them upon their arrival at the ceremony.

Ms. Zar Wardak said,
“We are very excited to be here in Gilgit. FINCA is providing financial services to the underprivileged in 20 countries across 5 continents. Our goal of eradicating financial inclusion couldn’t have taken FINCA to a better suited country than Pakistan, where only 15% of the population is financially included and out of which only 5% are women. Expanding access of financial services to this important market would enable FINCA to provide equitable financial services to micro entrepreneurs of the area, and women of the community.”

M. Mudassar Aqil, CEO of FINCA Microfinance Bank said,
“FINCA is thrilled to open this branch in this beautiful city of Gilgit, which is the first in the Gilgit Baltistan region. We’re extremely motivated to begin offering our collateral free credit facilities to the hard working micro businessmen and women of the city. Our financial services are optimally geared towards supporting the working capital requirements, business expansion aspirations and income smoothing to cover for seasonality effects of businesses in the city.”

FINCA’s branch will offer the full suite of banking products and services to the people in Gilgit. Its lending products have a disbursal time that’s remarkably quicker than the rest of the industry. Its average loan size is also the one of the highest offered by microfinance banks. Its attractive term deposit products offer attractive profit rates, and the conventional checking and savings offering provide the liquidity benefits consumers need.

To top it off, FINCA will also offer its innovative mobile wallet solution, SimSim. This would allow consumers to open bank accounts remotely, and make payments through their smartphones free of cost.

About FINCA Microfinance Bank
FINCA Microfinance Bank Limited is part of the FINCA Impact Finance Network, a group of 21 microfinance and financial institutions that provides socially responsible financial services and enables low-income entrepreneurs and small business owners to invest in the future.

FINCA is also one of the fastest growing microfinance networks in Pakistan with 120+ branches in 108 cities across Pakistan. Since its inception 8 years ago in Pakistan, FINCA Microfinance Bank has given over 41.5 billion rupees through 518,000+ small loans to microenterprises, helping them grow their businesses, and creating thousands of new jobs.

FINCA is considered to be the pioneer of cash flow based unsecured lending in Pakistan and has the distinction of the highest average loan ticket size in unsecured lending in the Pakistan microfinance sector. It also provides attractive deposit options and state of the art payment solutions with an unparalleled customer experience. FINCA is a name you can trust.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

GB Governor has sons Mir Salim Khan arrested for forging property papers

GB Governor has sons Mir Salim Khan arrested for forging property papers

ISLAMABAD: Family dispute over a property in Islamabad has forced Gilgit Baltistan’s Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan to send his son behind the bar.

Islamabad police, late Saturday night, arrested Mir Salim Khan, son of the governor and present elected member of Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly after the governor lodged a complaint that his sons including Mir Salim made fake documents for his house in F-6/2 to attain ownership.

According to the FIR lodged by the governor against his sons at Kohsar Police Station, a copy of which is available, Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan said he has been the sole owner of a house in F-6/2 since 1990 in which he lived along with his family till Dec 2016. He said he had cut off from his two sons due to their behaviour.

In his FIR, the GB governor said his sons had filled a civil lawsuit against him two days ago claiming ownership of the house.

Police officials at Kohsar Police station confirmed that Mir Saleem, the lawmaker from Hunza district in Gilgit Baltistan, has been arrested on Saturday.

He has claimed that they had submitted fake documents in court which say that he had gifted them the house in 2005 and that they also forged his signatures on the documents.

The GB governor has said in the FIR that he lawfully is in possession of the house and that he has not given his sons the property as a gift.

As per the FIR that cases were registered against the governor’s sons under sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Pakistan Penal Code. The governor’s sons had filed a suit in the civil court of the capital, pleading that they owned the house as it was gifted to them by their father and that he was now refusing to hand over possession. They asked the court to secure the possession of the house for them.

According to a reliable source, the Speaker Gilgit Baltistan Assembly Haji Fida Nashad and other lawmakers had earlier mediated between father and sons in January 2018 to avoid any arrests and further escalation of the dispute within the family. But the truce could not go longer and the governor finally requested the capital police to arrest his sons, who were living in the house on Margalla Road.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Chinese crackdown separates Pakistani husbands belong to Gilgit-Baltistan from Uighur wives

Chinese crackdown separates Pakistani husbands belong to Gilgit-Baltistan from Uighur wives

Men from Gilgit-Baltistan say their spouses are being held in ‘re-education’ camps in Xinjiang

“Where is Mama?” screams Ahmed’s 10-year-old daughter in a WeChat message he can hardly bear to replay.

Like many traders in Pakistan’s northernmost region of Gilgit-Baltistan, Ahmed fell in love with a Chinese woman on a work trip across the border. And like dozens of others, he has now been forcibly separated from the woman he married – and the child they had together – for months.

Last week lawmakers in Gilgit-Baltistan demanded that authorities in China’s Xinjiang province immediately release from detention at least 50 Chinese women married to Pakistani men, some of whom have been held for a year on vague charges of extremism.

“It is absurd. We are well-off people and my wife is a housewife,” Ahmed told the Guardian, on condition of not publishing his real name. “Now our life is destroyed.”

He last heard from his spouse, who belongs to China’s Uighur Muslim minority, on 22 December. He worries she is not receiving the medicine she needs to treat her epilepsy. The last words she said to him were “I miss you. We need your care now.”

The Chinese government often professes a bond “deeper than the deepest ocean, sweeter than honey” with its old ally Pakistan, and construction is under way on the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), a £44bn, 1,990-mile trade route from Xinjiang through Gilgit-Baltistan to Pakistan’s southern coast.

But Beijing is wary of unrest in its Muslim population. After the 2014 murder of 29 people by knife-wielding terrorists in a train station, Uighur men in Xinjiang are no longer allowed to have long beards and parents cannot call their children Muhammad. According to a report by Radio Free Asia, a US-funded news group, at least 120,000 Uighurs have been placed in squalid “re-education” camps in the province.

The men from Gilgit-Baltistan say their wives are being held in these centres. “Officials say my wife is at school, that she is learning Chinese and Chinese law,” Ahmed told the Guardian. “But school is morning you go, evening you come home. You cannot call school where a person is detained and not coming home for many months.” That, he said, was prison.

Xinjiang authorities are not renewing the visas of Pakistani husbands, forcing them to leave their children behind in the province. One told local media that, despite having secured a visa from the Chinese embassy in Islamabad permitting him to re-enter the country, he was blocked at the border.

“I begged them to let me enter,” he said. “My wife, my two-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter were there.”

Separated from both her parents, Ahmed’s daughter, who is in the care of her Chinese grandparents, has started to act “psychotically”, throwing tantrums and crying all the time, he said. Once every 15 days his wife is permitted a five-minute call with their daughter – something not all the families in his situation are lucky enough to receive.

According to Adrian Zenz, of the European School of Culture and Theology, the roundup has little to do with a genuine analysis of the threat posed by the women. Under the control of Chen Quanguo, a hardline leader appointed in 2016, the Xinjiang government has started to detain “anybody travelling internationally who is a Muslim”, with particular focus on a list of 26 countries, including Pakistan.

Whether the women would be released depended on the “guts of the Pakistan government”, he said. Other countries with economic ties to China have kept quiet.

A member of the Gilgit-Baltistan assembly, Javed Hussain, told the Guardian that the protracted detentions were generating anger in the community. “We have heard nothing from the federal government since we passed a resolution demanding they take action,” he said, pushing for “concrete steps” to follow quickly.

Yet silence could also come at a cost. If the government does not soon secure the release of their spouses, Ahmed said, the affected husbands would call for widespread protests, even shutting down the border and threatening CPEC, which is considered vital for Pakistan’s future prosperity.

The religious community would then “consider it a matter of honour” to get their wives back, he said.

Read more on source: Guadin

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