Pamir Times Report | Photographs: Farman Karim Baig
Gilgit, August 31: The Karakuam International University is Gilgit-Baltistan’s only institution of higher learning. Nestled at the juncture of Gilgit and Danyore, two towns separated by the Gilgit River, the KIU’s campus is located at the toe of a huge mountain overlooking the city. The building is beautiful and constantly being developed.
Aiming, in the long run, to be a superior choice for scholars from across the mountain communities of South and Central Asia, the university needs to be located in a conducive environment, where matters of mind and heart are explored, learnt and taught. There is a problem, however. The road to the university is full of filth, stray dogs and rubbish dumped by the city’s municipal administration every day.
The road side is being used not only to dump trash collected from the houses and markets of Gilgit city, it is also a spot where the bodies of stray dogs shot by the Municipal workers are thrown, in the open air.
It is pertinent to note that not very far from this area are located the buildings of the Aga Khan University’s Professional Development Center (PDCN), Shah Karim Hostel and the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School some of the premier learning institutions of Gilgit-Baltistan.
It is high time for the city authorities to find a solution to this chronic and ignored issue, and save the Gilgit River from pollution, while also making the area more conducive for the teachers and students and other commuters.