Gilgit Baltistan

Over 13 dead as landslide buries passenger bus on Gilgit-Skardu Road

GILGIT BALTISTAN: More than 13 people were killed as a landslide engulfed a passenger bus carrying 18 travelers on Gilgit-Skardu Road. According to sources, the bus was going to Skardu from Rawalpindi when the mishap took place near the Tangos

Army chief inaugurates Software Technology Park in GB

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has visited Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and inaugurated a Software Technology Park on Tuesday. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS was briefed on the latest situation and operational preparations of Force

Offices of federal agencies would soon be set up in GB: Jehanzeb Khan

ISLAMABAD: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan has said that the offices of federal agencies would soon be set up in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) so that the people living here do not have to go to Islamabad for the

All possible steps should be taken to make GB election fair, transparent: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is a geographically important region and all possible steps should be taken to make its election fair and transparent.   The PPP leader said that there

FO rejects ‘fabricated’ Indian claims regarding GB

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has categorically rejected India’s unwarranted and irresponsible remarks over its decision of granting full constitutional rights and holding elections in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).  According to a statement issued by FO today, “India has no

Will ensure free, fair elections in GB: Ali Amin Gandapur

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will ensure free, fair and impartial elections without any interference Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on November 15. Addressing a press conference on Monday, the

GB would emerge as economic base camp of the country: Minister  

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz has said the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) would emerge as an economic base camp of the country due to its strategic location on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route. Addressing a news

Parliamentarians to discuss electoral reforms for GB elections on Sept 28

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has called a meeting of the parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly on September 28 to discuss electoral reforms for the upcoming Gilgit Baltistan (GB) elections. According to a statement, the speaker has written

Two accused awarded death sentence for rape of boy in GB

GILGIT BALTISTAN: An Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) in Gilgit-Baltistan on Friday handed down a death sentence to two men in a case pertaining to the rape of a 14-year-old boy after two months trial. As per details, the court also sentenced

Will GB people get rights under the constitution?

The people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) unconditionally acceded to Pakistan after liberating their area from the Dogras at the time of partition (1st November 1947). However, since its accession 72 years-ago, its status has remained vague due to the recalcitrance of

Pak-China border via Khunjerab pass reopens for trade

GILGIT BALTISTAN: The Pakistan-China border via Khunjerab pass has reopened for trade under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) until September 30. Earlier, with the consensus of the federal government, the GB administration had decided to open the Pak-China border at Sost

Body of 35-year-old drowned Indian woman found in GB

GILGIT BALTISTAN: A body of a 35-year-old Indian woman was recovered from River Shiok in Skardu District Ghanche of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) on Tuesday. A local Hussain Jamal said the body was drowned in the river on the Indian side

Batman filming halts after Robert Pattinson contracts coronavirus

LONDON: Famous Hollywood actor Robert Pattinson has reportedly contracted the coronavirus. According to US media, the filming for Robert Pattinson’s starring movie ‘The Batman’ has been suspended once again following the news. The halt in production was confirmed by the

Federal govt should ‘fulfil duty’ to help rain-hit areas of GB: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has urged the federal government to activate NDMA and other rescue and rehabilitation departments to safeguard the people and infrastructure in the rain-hit areas of the Gilgit Baltistan (GB). The PPP Chairman expressed

Sixth monsoon spell expected from today

ISLAMABAD: The Meteorological Department today forecast thunderstorms in Sindh, southeastern Balochistan, northeastern Punjab, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, and adjoining areas. The weather will remain hot and humid during the day in most parts of Punjab province. Rain is also expected in

Pak-China border via Khunjerab Pass in GB to be closed for traffic

GILGIT BALTISTAN: Gilgit Baltistan government has announced to close the Pakistan-China border via Khunjerab Pass in Hunza for traffic from tonight onwards after remaining open for 14 days. According to a notification, the border was opened in order to evacuate

Federal govt focusing on GB as part of tourism strategy: President Alvi 

GILGIT BALTISTAN: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is the shining face of Pakistan and the federal government was focusing on the region as part of its tourism strategy. Addressing a gathering in Shigar Valley during his ongoing

GB to resume tourism-related activities from tomorrow

GILGIT: The government of Gilgit-Baltistan has announced to resume tourism-related activities from tomorrow with the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP)s. In this regard, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister’s spokesperson Mir Afzal Khan issued instructions to open the tourism sector in the

Four jailed for illegally hunting snow leopard in GB

GILGIT BALTISTAN: Four people were jailed for illegally hunting a snow leopard in Nagar district of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). According to a GB Wildlife Department, hunter Saleem and his accomplice Muhammad, residents of Hopar Nagar, and two others were apprehended with

GB elections to be held on August 18

ISLAMABAD: The general elections to the Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Legislative Assembly would be held on August 18, a statement from the President House said on Saturday. According to the statement, “President Dr Arif Alvi [has] approved August 18, 2020, as

Mir Afzal sworn in as GB caretaker CM

GILGIT BALTISTAN: A day after the regional government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had completed its term of five years in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), the caretaker chief minister of the region Mir Afzal was sworn into office on Wednesday. As per

GB presents tax free budget for 2020-21

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) government on Friday presented a tax-free budget of over Rs 680.29 billion for 2020-21. The budget was presented by Minister Law and Parliamentary Affairs Aurangzeb Khan in the GB Legislative Assembly session chaired by Deputy Speaker Jafarullah

GB police arrest two alleged Indian spies

GILGIT: Gilgit Baltistan (GB) police on Friday claimed to have apprehended two alleged Indian spies during a targeted operation. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mirza Hussain said that on an intelligence report, a police team carried out a targeted raid

President signs GB caretaker government amendment order 2020

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has promulgated a presidential order to form a caretaker government and for extension of the Elections Act 2017 to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). According to a notification issued by the Federal Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan,

Seven more COVID-19 cases reported in GB, taking provincial toll to 307

GILGIT BALTISTAN: Gilgit Baltistan(GB) health officials have reported seven new cases of the novel COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the region to 307. Citing the details of COVID-19 cases, GB health department tweeted, the

GB chief court takes suo motu notice over shortage of medical gear

GILGIT BALTISTAN: The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Court on Tuesday took suo motu notice of shortage and provision of substandard personal protective equipments to the doctors battling the coronavirus outbreak on the frontlines in the region. The chief court took the

GB CM says recovery rate of coronavirus patients is 78 percent in region

GILGIT BALTISTAN: Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is 78 percent in the region. Chief Minister Hafeez-ur-Rehman provided the statistics while attending a meeting through video link held under the chair

NDMA gives another consignment of protective equipment to GB hospitals

ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Sunday provided a third consignment of protective equipment for the hospitals of Gilgit Baltistan (GB). According to a statement issued by NDMA spokesperson, the protective equipment was being supplied nationwide while medical equipments

 GB govt to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions

GILGIT BALTISTAN: Gilgit Baltistan (GB) administration has begun to plot the gradual unwinding of their lockdowns across the region after more people recovered from the novel COVID-19. Adviser to GB chief minister on Information Shams Mir said Chief Minister Hafeezur

GB govt decides two-day complete lockdown for specific time period

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government has decided to place a complete lockdown on two consecutive days for a specific time period. According to Gilgit’s Information Secretary Shams Mir, the region will observe a lockdown from 11 am to 3 pm today