Gilgit: Employees of Gilgit-Baltistan Peoples Works Department (PWD) and Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) have started a Dharna (sit-in) near the Chief Minister secretariat in Chinar Bagh, Gilgit. Police have stopped them from moving in front of the CM secretariat.
These temporary employees have been protesting for the last one week, demanding permanent jobs and payment of salaries. Around 7,000 employees of the two departments are taking part in the protest demonstrations in all districts of GB.
Some people, including government officials, believe that many of the protesting temporary employees were hired through illegal means. Many of the employees are believed to be overage, while still many are reportedly underage, and many more may not be fit for the jobs they have been hired for. These people were hired during the PPP regime.
The employees, on the other hand, says that they have been working for their departments for long and that they need to be regularized. They blamer the recruiters, saying the government and other institutions should have been more vigilant to avoid illegal hiring.
The Chief Minister has told the media recently that he will not succumb to pressure. He has also said, however, that the deserving employees will not be deprived.
The protest situation has been going on for the last one week. The protesters seem adamant at getting their demands accepted. Meanwhile, the public is suffering because of closure of offices and suspension of services for the last one week.
Employees of Gilgit-Baltistan Peoples Works Department (PWD) and Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) have started a Dharna (sit-in) near the Chief Minister secretariat in Chinar Bagh, Gilgit. Police have stopped them from moving in front of the CM secretariat. These temporary employees have been protesting for the last one week, demanding permanent jobs and payment of salaries. Around 7,000 employees of the two departments are taking part in the protest demonstrations in all districts of GB. Reproter: Abdul Rehman Bukhari Camera: Munawar Hussain Nagri
Posted by PAMIR TIMES on Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Gilgit: The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Balitstan Tahir Hussain has formed a six member committee to share a report detailing perspectives on the history of Gilgit-Baltistan, different treaties signed so far, and the boundaries of the present day GB from historical point of view. The committee will be headed by Brigadier (r) Hissamullah Baig, SI(M).
The members include Professor Usman Ali, Lt.Col(r) Imtiazul Haq, DIG(r) Dilpazeer Khan, renowned historian Sherbaz Ali Barcha, journalist Qasim Naseem and human rights activist Israruddin Israr.
The committee has been tasked to submit a report within 10 days.
WATCH REPORT By Abdul Rehman Bukhari
By Qasim Ali
Gojal, November 24: The road to Shimshal Valley has been blocked due to breaking of a wooden bridge.
According to details, the wooden bridge has broken almost 27km away from Passu, en-route to the Shimshal Valley, Upper Hunza.
It is pertinent to note that this road is the economic lifeline for the people of Shimshal Valley. The locals have demanded swift action from the district authorities for restoration of the broken link.
Islamabad: Radio Pakistan has introduced live audio-streaming option on its official website. Now, the listeners around the world can listen to their favorite programmes online. The programms relayed in various languages from the Radio Pakistan’s Gilgit and Skardu station can also be accessed on the website.
It is pertinent to note that programmes in Urdu, Balti, Shina, Burushaski, Wakhi and Khowar language are being run by Radio Pakistan. The decision to make the audio-stream option available will benefit the region’s populace living across the world.
Hunza, November 19, 2015: The United Nations observes World Toilet Day on November 19 to draw attention to the fact that 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper sanitation. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P) are launching a new Water and Hygiene Improvement Project to improve the quality of life in Murtazaabad, Hunza Valley.
The Water and Hygiene Improvement Project will install house and communal clean drinking water tap stands that meet World Health Organization standards. “Too many people lack dependable access to clean water, which puts them at risk of disease. We rely on water to grow food and to maintain our health. We hope improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene programs will save and improve lives,” USAID Mission Director John Groarke said.
Murtazaabad village has a population of 3,500, most of whom are children. The village includes 430 households with an average household income of PKR 3,000 a month, five schools, and other communal buildings. Currently the entire population accesses drinking water from open sources that are mostly contaminated. When temperatures drop below freezing in the winter, obtaining water becomes even more arduous and risky for women and young girls, who have to travel long distances to collect water.
The Water and Hygiene Improvement Project is a continuation of AKPBSP’s award-winning and internationally acclaimed Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP), which was first implemented in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral in 1997.
“The strategic partnership between USAID and AKPBSP will improve the quality of life of underserved communities in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral, and will pave the way to support other communities in the area,” said Nawab Ali Khan, AKBPSP Chief Executive Officer.