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Announcement – Domain Transfer

We are pleased to announce that the PAMIR TIMES – Voice of the Mountain Communities blog has successfully been shifted to a new server. You can access the enhanced version of PAMIR TIMES at WWW.PAMIRTIMES.NET

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We wish you a wonderful experience at our enhanced website.

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Diamer-Bhasha boundary dispute: Gilgit rejects K-P’s claim to part of dam

GILGIT: Existing tensions between Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) have increased over the controversy of the Diamer-Bhasha dam, with both sides claiming rights to the dam.

G-B legislative assembly members rejected K-P’s claim over part of the structure on Tuesday and decided to inform the federal government about “encroachment” through “proper channels”.

“K-P’s claim over some eight kilometres of land in Diamer is baseless and so, is rejected,” the lawmakers decided in an informal meeting chaired by the G-B legislative assembly speaker.

Members of the G-B assembly said that the K-P assembly had recently passed a resolution claiming land in Diamer. According to members, the K-P assembly also demanded equal compensation for the people of Kohistan likely to be affected by the construction of the proposed dam.

Speaker Wazir Baig formed a five-member committee belonging to lawmakers hailing from Diamer district to look into the matter, a lawmaker told The Express Tribune.

The main purpose of taking up the matter with the federal government and discussing it in a formal session of the G-B assembly was to avoid a direct confrontation with the K-P government.

Nationalist leader Nawaz Naji told the meeting in a controversial statement that historically, Kohistan, Shinaki and Chitral were also part of G-B and therefore, G-B could claim rights over these areas as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 26th, 2011.

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Virtual University conducting exams in 95 cities, around 34000 students to appear in tests

Gohar Kharkvi

Islamabad – Virtual University Fall 2011 mid-term Examinations will be held from November 26, 2011 to December 10, 2011 including weekends i.e. Saturdays and Sundays. Around 34,000 students will appear in 117 exam centres established in 95 cities across the length and breadth of Pakistan and abroad.

Approximately 1000 overseas students will appear in this examination.

The University is conducting examination in a unique mode, with students having the liberty to develop their own date sheets, exam timing and exam centre and city.

This unique examination system enables the students to solve separate questions on the same subject. VU has been endeavoring to facilitate students wherever possible and working to provide trouble free and convenient mode of education.

Virtual University Gilgit and Skardu campuses also conducting this exam according to the university schedule.

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PMLN leader Sultan Madad arrested in Ghizar, hundreds protest

PT Report

Gahkuch, November 24: Former member of the then Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA) and a popular regional leader of PMLN, Sultan Madad, was arrested by Ghizar police today. According to police sources Sultan Madad had illegally locked an official building of the PWD.

Hundreds of people came to the streets after haring about the detention of Sultan Madad. The road connecting Ghizar to Chiral remained blocked for hours due to the protest of hundreds of people.

Sultan Madad has accused the PPP of the politics of revenge. He has said that there will be no compromise on principles.

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KIU Convocation: Two batches of graduates get their degrees

GB Governor awarding medals to position holder graduates

Graduates should work to bring peace and harmony back to Gilgit: Governor Karam Ali Shah

KIU is a precious asset of Gilgit – Baltistan: GBLA Speaker, Wazir Baig

New departments being established in KIU: VC Dr. Najma Najam

PT Report

Gilgit, November 24: The Karakuram International University held its 5th and 6th convocations together, enabling hundreds of students from different departments to get their degrees for different classes. GB Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah and KIU Vice chancellor, Dr. Najma Najam, distributed the degrees among the students in a formal ceremony held today. Speaker GBLA, Wazir Baig, was also present at the convocation ceremony.

Students enrolled in the 2006-10 (honors), session 2007 – 2011 (honors), 2008-10 (Masters) and 2009 – 2011 (Masters) were among the graduates who got their degrees today.

"Determination of students to excel can help overcome all hurdles" - Naeema Gul, Gold Medal (MR-IR)

Addressing at the convocation ceremony as chief guest, Governor Syed Karam Ali Shah said that the graduates of KIU should work to bring peace and harmony back to Gilgit. He said that the social fabrics of GB have weakened and there is lack of unity among inhabitants of the region. He urged the graduates to play an important role in stability of the region.

Speaking at the occasion GBLA Speaker Wazir Baig said that KIU is a precious asset of Gilgit – Baltistan. He emphasized on the graduates and students to not confine their process of education to accumulation of skills only. He stressed on the students to contribute to the region’s development.

Dr. Najma Najam, Vice Chancellor of the varsity, said that KIU is progressing despite of financial hurdles. She said that there are plans to open new departments at the university.

Speaking to Pamir Times after the convocation, Naeema Gul, hailing from Gojal (Hunza) and a Gold Medalist in MA – International Relations, said that her success is a result of the prayers of her family members and her hard work. She said that the determination of students to excel in their respective fields of study can help overcome all the other hurdles. She topped all her semester at KIU during the course of her studies for the Masters degree. Naeema also spoke during the convocation ceremony, on behalf of the students.

Other Gold Medalists include Samina Safdar and Piyar Ali Sagi, a social activist and one of the founders of Hunza Students Federation (HSF). Piyar Ali, while talking to Pamir Times, gave the message of unity and love to all the students of Gilgit – Baltistan. The complete list of Gold Medalists could not be obtained despite of efforts.

The absence of GB Education Minister, Ali Madad Sher, at the convocation ceremony was felt by many students. Health Minister Gulbar Khan, MLA Mutabiat Shah and MLA Shirin Fatima attended the convocation, along with members of the KIU Senate and other notables of the Gilgit.

Gilgit: Dr. Najma Najam awarding degrees to the graduating students

 For more photographs of the convocation


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“If you love me, don’t use drugs”: Nawaz Naji appeals to the youth

PT Report

Gilgit, November 24: MLA Nawaz Naji, leader of the Balawaristan National Front, has said that youth of Ghizar are being provided easy access to drugs as part of a conspiracy. Despite of the fact that Opium is not harvested in Ghizar, lethal drugs are being supplied to the youth of Ghizar under the noses of law-enforcers, Naji said.

He has urged the workers of BNF to rise against the menace of drug addiction. “We will go to every single house of the district and appeal to the people to shun consumption of Charas and alcohol”, Naji has said.

Nawaz Khan Naji is Supreme Leader of his own faction of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF)

“If the youth of Ghizar love me, they shall not use drugs”, the nationalist leader drawing most of his support from youth said.

It is pertinent to note that in many parts of GB drugs, like Charas, Heroin, Alcohol and other unhealthy products are being consumed by a growingly large population of the youth. Some of the factor contributing to the trend are laxity of the forces, at best, and tacit approval and support of corrupt elements within the law-enforcing agencies, at worst.

Alcohol is either smuggled from China and other parts of Pakistan, or prepared locally. However, drugs are Charas and Heroin are not prepared locally, but smuggled to the region through KPK.

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[Pictorial] Snowfall adds to the agony of remote communities

Life in the mountains becomes very difficult with the arrival of harsh winters. Many remote valleys remain covered under snow for months, with no outside access and without any local solutions to many basic needs, like health and access to fresh water. The situation is almost same in all border valleys, like Gultari, Darkut, Misgar, Shimshal, parts of Kharmang, parts of Gupis and the the Chilm and Dashkin valleys of Astore.

In this pictorial, we present selected photographs shared by Karim Khan Fayyazi, a citizen reporter, who recently visited the Ziarat area in Chipursan region of Gojal Valley, upper Hunza. The photographs reflect the region’s beauty, at one hand, but the stories of risk, vulnerabilities and difficulties at the other.

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Gilgit shooting: young man dies, another injured

Farman Karim 

Gilgit, November 22: Unknown assailants opened fire on two youth in the Khomar area of Gilgit city, killing one and injuring the other.

According to details Qari Riaz and Tahir, both residents of Astore district, came under fire near Akbar Market in the Khomar area of Gilgit city Tuesday night. Both were rushed to the CMH hospital where Tahir, 18, passed away while Qari Riaz, 20, is under treatment.

According to police sources, Riaz and Tahir are maternal cousins, hailing from the Thareshing Valley of Astore.

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[Sports] Shishkat won All Gojal Volleyball Tournament held in Karachi

Photos: SYS and Amir Ali Advocate

Karachi, November 20 (PR): The volleyball team of Shishkat defeated Gulmit Young Stars in final match of the “First All Gojal Volleyball Tournament”, held here in Karachi. The  tournament was played at the volleyball court of Aga Khan Gymkhana.

A total of 14 teams from all parts of Gojal Valley competed in the event.

Mr. Haider Ali, a senior citizen from Gulmit, was chief guest of the final match. He appreciated Shishkat Youth Society, the organizers, for providing the youth an opportunity to come together and compete in positive activities.

Prizes were distributed among players of the finalist teams.

SYS Secretary, Muzaffar Murtaza, thanked the players for maintaining discipline during the event. He also promised that his organization will organize more youth development programmes in the future.

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