Category: News

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 […]

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 […]

UN approves $36million to mitigate climate change effects in GB

GILGIT: The UN-led Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved US$36 million for the second phase of the glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) project to mitigate the climate change risks in Gilgit-Baltistan. Talking to Dawn, Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency (GBEPA) project director Shahzad Shigri said on completion of the first phase of the GLOF project, GCF […]

President urges GB youth to convert cultural heritage into educational opportunities

GILGIT, Aug 25 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Friday urged the youths of culturally rich Gilgit-Baltistan region to convert their cultural heritage into educational opportunities which came from the Great Silk Route in the past and now offered by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Addressing the 8th Convocation of Karakorum International University here, the president appreciated the establishment of CPEC Cell in the […]

Footprints: northern areas’ dilemma

PASSU: Sitting on a small hill along the Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Passu, Hunza, the Glacier Breeze café is famous for its delicious apricot cake. The only thing that beats it is the fantastic view of Passu the café offers: a small piece of Batura glacier that shines in the sun on the one side […]

Legendary Burushaski Poet is no more

By Peer Muhammad and Rizwan Ali Khan Sometime it is not such an easy for a writer to write on certain matters, particularly at the time when one writes about a person who is no more with you and mainly at a situation when he or she has been a part and parcel of you […]

Project Launched to disprove Karakurum Glacier Anomaly

Gilgit: A group of local researchers and mountaineers while challenging the theory of ‘Karakoram Anomaly’, have launched their own research drive in a bid to disprove the theory, saying that the ground situation suggests that the glaciers in the Karakoram range also retreat over the year. A 11-member research and mountaineer team from Upper Hunza […]