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Glacier in Northern Pakistan Increasing

Peer Muhammad A fresh research by four scientists have given a further endorsement to the theory of Karakoram anomaly, believing that the glaciers’ mass are increasing with decreasing in melting in the Hindukush-Karakoram Himalaya region, with a negative effect of almost 7 percent on the water inflowsin River Indus at Tarbela Dam from the glaciers […]

PIA to introduce special flights from major cities to GB, Skardu

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) would soon start special flight operation from major cities including Lahore and Karachi to Gilgit and Skardu offering weekend and holiday packages in order to promote tourism activities in northern areas of the country. The decision was taken at a meeting held between Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab […]

Who should pay for damage associated with climate change – and who should be compensated?

A ‘cosmopolitan’ approach to climate justice is needed, with a focus on individual human beings and their needs and rights – rather than pegging nationality to moral worth   Hurricanes in the Caribbean and deadly floods across South Asia have once again raised the issue of climate justice. The association between such events and climate change is now beyond serious question: we […]

Exclusive: The CPEC plan for Pakistan’s digital future

KARACHI: A radical overhaul of Pakistan’s communications framework appears to be on the cards — or at least that is what Beijing and Islamabad have envisioned under their Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. A closer examination of the LTP document obtained in June by Dawn reveals intentions for a revamped communications framework, which […]

Biryani at 4,700 meters: Khunjerab Pass

I had visited the Khunjerab Pass many years ago, in the era before the September 2001 attacks, and clearly remember that tough but awe inspiring drive on a jeep up to the highest border crossing in the world at almost 4,700 metres. On the way we had encountered European and American cyclists and learnt that […]

Gilgit’s British cemetery: a local monument to the Great Game

GILGIT: Sitting under the shade of trees, Ghulam Ali stares at the graves around him. These are, perhaps, his last days working as the caretaker of this old graveyard and although he has already retired from the job, he continues to work here as a volunteer till the government appoints his replacement. There are at […]

What happens when glaciers and rivers collide?

In most alpine areas, scientists are concerned that global warming and retreating ice will swell glacial lakes and increase the risk of floods downstream. In the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan, the remote Shimshal Valley has the same concerns, but for a somewhat different reason. Several of the glaciers that flow into this valley surge, meaning that they […]