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Climbers to take on Nanga Parbat once more

ISLAMABAD: The winter climbing season is in full swing, with most of the climbers who failed last year once again attempting to summit the ‘Killer Mountain’. Their sights are set on the ninth highest mountain in the world – climbers have arrived fully prepared to tackle Nanga Parbat, and are following the same strategy they did last year: being light, ... Read More »

The mighty hearts of the north

As night falls over Deosai, moonlight illuminates the snow-capped mountains and the glacial, turquoise blue waters of the Bara Pani river turn an inky black. At one of the camps along the stream, Ibrahim Michael douses the campfire with petrol, which responds with leaping flames. He settles down next to the fire and begins playing a slow rhythmic beat on ... Read More »

Gilgit-Skardu road project faces delay despite PM’s orders

A jeep veers off course while travelling on Gilgit-Skardu Road. — File photo GILGIT: Work on the repair and widening of strategically important 170 kilometers Gilgit-Skardu road could not be started despite the announcement by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in this regard on April 14 this year during his visit to Gilgit. The project to rebuild the road, which is ... Read More »

MPC calls for AJK-like governance system for GB

The GB neither has representation in NA, Senate, other institutions, nor has it got representation in the AJK Assembly.—Courtesy: gbcolours.com GILGIT: A multi-party conference held here on Sunday said that Gilgit-Baltistan, being a disputed region under resolutions of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan, should be given rights and protections under the Constitution of Pakistan, on the pattern ... Read More »

No kidding around: Baby ibex rescued from G-B lawmaker

GILGIT: For the first time in over 10 days, the one-and-a-half-year-old kid can breathe the air of freedom after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Mir Ghazanfar agreed to its release.   Luckily, the rescue operation planned by authorities was not needed as Ghazanfar yielded to pressure from all corners to release the ibex. Among those campaigning for the animal’s release was Gilgit-Baltistan ... Read More »

Road to recognition: Provisional constitutional status demanded for G-B

GILGIT: The legal fraternity of Gilgit-Baltistan has called for a provisional constitutional status for the region. Speaking to The Express Tribune on Saturday, G-B Bar Council Vice President Shehbaz Khan said the conclusion has been reached after “hectic deliberations”. “The ruling will allow representation from G-B in both the Upper and Lower houses of Pakistan,” he said. Shehbaz added the proposal ... Read More »

Broghil valley: Yak attack!

High up in the mountains is another world entirely. Protected by towering peaks are unique ecosystems and otherworldly geographical features. And here too are the isolated and fascinating cultures, which we only glimpse in pictures in travelogues. A view of yak polo match The Broghil valley, situated about 250km from Chitral, is one such place. Its extended glaciers, incredible wildlife, ... Read More »

33 stranded families rescued from Deosai Plains

GILGIT: Thirty-three families stranded in Deosai Plains after heavy rains and snow wreaked havoc in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) were rescued on Monday. According to the ISPR, a relief camp has been established at Chelum near Astore and rescued families are provided with blankets, quilts, tents and fresh food. Heating arrangements have also been made to keep the villagers warm, while a medical ... Read More »