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Gilgit-Skardu Road: The Lifeline of Baltistan

Gilgit-Skardu Road: The Lifeline of Baltistan

Boosting about half of the Gilgit-Baltistan region’s population, the Baltistan division comprises four districts, namely Skardu, Ghanche, Kharmang and Shigar. Also known as “Little Tibet”, the mountainous Baltistan Division connects with rest of GB, and Pakistan, through the 167 km long Skardu-Gilgit highway, built from 1970 to 1982. Since the...

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Ghanche: One of the most beautiful and culturally rich valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan

Ghanche: One of the most beautiful and culturally rich valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan

By Nisar Ali Ghanche is one of the most beautiful valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan. Surrounded by lofty mountains, the valley is home to almost 150,000 people. It borders with the Xinjiang province of China in the North-East, and Ladakh area of Indian Administered Kashmir to the South. The capital of Ghanche...

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Noted scholar and author Professor Usman Ali Khan has passed away

Noted scholar and author Professor Usman Ali Khan has passed away

Islamabad/Gilgit: Gilgit-Baltistan’s prominent scholar and author, Professor Usman Ali Khan, has passed away at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Rawalpindi. He was 83 years old. Professor Usman wrote some of the most important books on the history and society of Gilgit-Baltistan. Some of his books are: Karakuram Kay Qabail (The Tribes...

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Seven photographs depicting the sufferings of the earthquake victims due to snowfall in Chitral and Ghizar (GB)

Seven photographs depicting the sufferings of the earthquake victims due to snowfall in Chitral and Ghizar (GB)

Snowfall in the mountainous areas of Gilgt-Baltistan and Chitral is adding to the miseries of the earthquake affected people, who have lost their houses, belongings, cattle pans, and stored grains and firewood. The government has provided single-file tents to the affected people, which offers little or no resistance against the...

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