Pakistan welcomes Commission of Inquiry proposal by UN

The Foreign Office (FO) in a press release said Pakistan "welcomes the proposal by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry for international investigation into human rights violations" in IHK.

"This proposal is consistent with Pakistan’s several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate demands for probe into gross and systematic violations, including pellet guns, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrest and detentions as well as continued sexual violence as part of overall impunity enjoyed by Indian security forces," the handout read.
The report's main focus is on IHK, the FO noted, and the "contents, scale and the narrative of killings, maiming, abuse and impunity articulated in the report is a reaffirmation of what Pakistan has long highlighted for the international community."
"References to human rights concerns in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan should in no way be construed to create a false sense of equivalence with the gross and systematic human rights violations in IHK," the FO cautioned.

"First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations"

GENEVA: There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human Rights Office published on Thursday says.

The 49-page report – the first ever issued by the UN on the human rights situation in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir – details human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control, and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces.

“The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Chief court rejected bail plea of BNF leader Qayum Khan

Gilgit: The Gilgit Baltistan chief Court has dismissed bail plea of BNF leader Qayum Khan on Tuesday.

The case was fixed before two member bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Umer. As the hearing started, the honorable judge took the file and immediately handed over to the council of the accused, saying that no bail is granted.

Mr Qayum Khan was arrested in July 2016 for allegedly violating the schedule fourth and booked under Anti Terrorism charges. He had filed appeal in the Chief Court after failing to get any relief from Anti- Terrorism Court, Gilgit where he has been appearing for more than two years now.

Several other members of the party, who were also arrested after Qayum Khan, were release by the same court two weeks ago.

World Tourism Day celebrated in KIU

Gilgit: On the occasion of World Tourism Day, special celebrations were hosted at Karakoram International University (KIU) on Thursday.

To make it more interesting, special event of green hiking was organized at the mountain in front of KIU. Students of different departments and faculty member participated in the event.

Participants conducted hiking and plantation to raise awareness about the importance of creating good environment for the promotion of tourism in the Gilgit Baltistan.

CPEC to change socioeconomic condition of GB people: Chinese ambassador

GILGIT: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project will change the socioeconomic conditions of Gilgit-Baltistan people.

He said the project would provide trade, employment and education opportunities to the people of Pakistan in general and the GB in particular.

Another Two young soldier from Ghizar district martyred

Sepoy Ali was laid down in Thoi, Yasin

Yasin: Another two young soldiers from Ghizar district martyred in the war against terrorism, reaching the death toll to four during the last two weeks.

The deep sorrow has returned to  Baba e Yasin as the news of Sepoy Mir Alam reached the town just a day after the funeral of another young soldier, Sepoy Ali Yar was performed.

People of Gilgit Baltistan are better Pakistanis than Lahoris: CJP remarks in hearing GB case

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SC hears petition for the constitutional and basic rights, and jurisdiction of Judiciary in Gilgit Baltistan. Case adjourned till October 9.

The landmark petition was filed by Dr. Ghulam Abbas and GB Bar Council.

We will decide after hearing to the judicial assistants; have to see jurisdiction of GB judiciary; will decide whether there is a need of constituting larger bench; key decisions made by CJ

Name of Pakistan is written on the rocks and stones of GB, People of Gilgit Baltistan fought every war and sacrificed their lives for Pakistan. Their front role during Kargil War, can notbe forgotten ever. People of Gilgit Baltistan are better Pakistanis than Lahoris. CJP remarked during the hearing.

Petitioner Dr. Ghulam Abbas expressed dissatisfaction over the adjournment of the case while representative of GB Bar expessed hope for a better decision by Supreme Court. 

GB Assembly's Committee Meets To Scrutinize Monitory Benefits Of Members, Govt Servants

GILGIT: A special committee of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Legislative Assembly met here to discuss issues with regard to salaries, perks and privileges of government officers including those serving in judiciary and members of the assembly.

The committee which met with Augrazeb Khan Advocate in the assembly hall the other day expressed anger over absence of any representative from the AG office Gilglit Baltistan and directed for assuring their representation along with required complete record in next meeting. 

Raja Jalal Maqpoon appointed Governor Gilgit Baltistan

The President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi has appointed Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon as the new Governor of Gilgit Baltistan (GB).

The President Secretariat on Wednesday issued the notification of appointment of Raja Jalal Maqpoon as Governor GB.

Chief Judge Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit Baltistan will administer the oath from Raja at a ceremony to be held in the current week. 

Raja Jalal Maqpoon has previously served as President Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf Gilgit Baltistan and he will be the 6th Governor of Gilgit Baltistan.

 Earlier, Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan resigned from his post on September 15 this year as the Governor GB. The governor forwarded his resignation to President Arif Alvi. Khan had assumed the role of governor in November 2015 and was appointed by former President Mamnoon Hussain.

Pakistanis lobby to free wives trapped in Xinjiang

BEIJING: Pakistani businessmen whose wives and children are trapped in China´s restive Xinjiang are travelling to Beijing to lobby their embassy, in hopes that the south Asian nation´s new government will pressure its ally for their release.