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Govt committed to resolve issues of GB people: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the government is committed to provide full assistance for welfare of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Talking to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Governor Raja Jalal Hussain, who called on him at his office on Wednesday in federal capital, Shah Mehmood Qureshi assured him to resolve the problems being faced by the provincial government. The foreign minister said that issue of provincial status of Gilgit Baltistan has been included in the priority agenda of the Cabinet…

Supreme Court expresses resentment over GB minister’s ‘misbehaviour’ at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, summoned inspector general of Islamabad Police in a case pertaining to Gilgit Baltistan minister’s misbehaviour with a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) official, ARY News reported on Friday. The IG Islamabad arrived at the court soon after the summon. The CJP asked him about the measures he had taken in response to the incident. The city's top cop responded that that new Islamabad International Airport falls under the jurisdiction of Rawalpindi.…

Bilawal reiterates to ‘safeguard’ constitutional rights of GB

GILGIT: Chairman Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday reiterated his resolve to continue struggle for constitutional rights of people of Gilgit-Baltistan, ARY News reported. Addressing a presser in Gilgit today, the PPP chief vowed to highlight the problems being faced by people of GB at all forums and claimed that " the PPP has always fought for Gilgit Baltistan's constitutional rights". While paying tribute to the ideological approach of the GB's people, Bilawal claimed, PPP is equally…

Mobile phone services to be launched to Gilgit Baltistan’s distant areas till Khunjarab

GILGIT: Special Communication Organization (SCO) has launched progressive work on stipulation of mobile phone service to distant areas of Gilgit Baltistan including the area along the Karakorum Highway from Shukayal to Khunjarab in association of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. According to details provided by the SCO company’s sector commander Saqib Iqbal, since this initiative is a fraction of infrastructure development project, the SCO, a mobile service provider company in GB would likely to set up 125…

Bilawal vows to ensure constitutional rights of GB people

GILGIT: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday vowed to ensure the constitutional rights of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan if voted to power. Addressing a public meeting at 'Polo Ground', Bilawal said his relationship with the people of Gilgit-Baltistan is ages-old and hoped that the people of GB would support him as they supported his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and mother Benazir Bhutto in the past. The PPP chairman said that Asif Ali Zardari had fulfilled his promise and gave an…

Bilawal arrives in Gilgit-Baltistan on five-day visit

GILGIT: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday arrived in Gilgit-Baltistan on a five-day trip, where he will address a public meeting at 'Polo ground' tomorrow (Sunday).  ARY News reported. According to the details, Bilawal will hold meetings with local leaders of his party and will address different corner meetings during the visit. Talking to ARY News, Bilawal House spokesperson Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said," PPP government gave constitutional rights to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan…

CJP takes notice of minister’s brawl with PIA officials at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took notice of Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Minister Fida Khan’s brawl with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) officials at the New Islamabad Airport. He directed the minister and relevant official of the airport to appear at the apex court’s Lahore registry tomorrow (Saturday). A day earlier, Gilgit Baltistan ministers including Tourism Minister Fida Khan and Law Minister Advocate Aurangzeb set fire to their coats at the airport and entered into a…

GB minister loses his cool, manhandles PIA official at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: A video went viral on Thursday showing Gilgit Baltistan’s Minister for Tourism Fida Hussain losing his cool and manhandling a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) official at Islamabad airport over cancellation of a Gilgit-bound flight owing to adverse weather conditions. In the video Mr Hussain and another minister Aurangzaib can be seen belting out abusive remarks and burning their jackets in protest against the cancellation of the flight. The officials of PIA, Airport Security Force (ASF) and Civil…

Temperature dips after snowfall in upper parts of country

GILGIT: The temperatures in the upper parts of the country have dipped owing to snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan and other northern areas. The snowfall in Gilgit Baltistan and other mountainous areas of the country have disrupted the daily life there. Spokesperson of Met Office Farooq Dar said the snowfall is  still continuing in Skardu, Kashmir and northern areas of the country. He further said that intermittent rainfall will continue in Skardu, Kashmir and Malakand this evening. He said rainfall is also expected in…

Raja Jalal Maqpoon sworn in as new GB governor

GILGIT: Newly appointed governor of Gilgit Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon took oath of his office in Gilgit on Sunday. Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit Baltistan Chief Judge Javed Iqbal administered the oath to the new governor. GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rahman, cabinet ministers, elites, and senior civil and military authorities attended the ceremony. On Sept 25, the federal government appointed Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon as new governor of Gilgit-Baltistan. Maqpoon has remained president of the…