SAC to establish HR cell in Gilgit-Baltistan
VoH Report
GILGIT, April 17: According to media sources, Supreme Appealet Court shall establish a Human rights Commission cell for the protection of Human rights. According to details, under the directives of Sir Muhammad Nawaz Abasi, chief Judge Supreme Appealet court Gilgit-Baltistan, a human rights cell under the supervision of a special commission appointed by apex cout, will be established soon. The initiative aims to ensure protection and easy access of poor classes seeking justice on one hand and ensure system based on equality of all before the all.The HR cell will take legal action in case of violation of human rights in the region.

Gilgit-Baltistan cabinet constituted
Voice of Hunza
GILGIT, April 14: Cabinet for Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly has been constituted after the approval of president and prime minister of Pakistan. According to sources, the approval was given during a meeting in presidency house. Eight members have been selected, one from Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and seven from Pakistan Peoples Party. (PPP) Among those selected under new development, Muhammad Ali Akhtar for tourism and local government; Wazir Shakeel for information, law and interior affairs; doctor Ali Madad Sher for health, engineer Ismail for water, power and works and NATCO, Naseer Khan for forestary and animal husbandary. Sadia Danish and After Haider will work as advisor of Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan.


Appointment of a female governor victory of democratic thought, elimination of poverty, reduction in unemployment , corruption and promotion of inter-communal harmony priorities; every possible effort will be made to come to the expectations of people: Governor
PP government is doing according to demand of situation, no chance of out burst of lake: CM
By: Shamsuddin Muhammad
VoH Report
HUNZA, April 14: Governor Gilgit-Baltistan doctor Shama Khalid has said that her appointment is victory of democratic thought. She was accompanied by Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Wazir Baig, Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah, Fida Karim , President Pakistan Peoples Party, Hunza chapter, Khan, president PYO and other officials of police and civil administration were also present at the moment.Talking to delegations from different localities on return from disaster hit areas and relief camps here at Karimabad, she said that her priorities are to eliminate poverty and reduction in unemployment. She asked masses for cooperation in building confidence among communities in the region. Doctor Shama said that there are few people who want to create communal strife with an aim to disturb peace. " Inter communal faith harmony will harness rate of development, greater the cooperation larger the out comes," she added. Answering a question of journalists regarding increment in salaries of police and NAPWD, she promised to consider them in future.
Reply a question that what relief package the government has planned for Upper Hunza, she said that a special package is under way and about to announce within few days. She said that people of Hunza have a remarkable history saying their peace loving nature made them famous across the world. She asserted that it was Pakistan Peoples Party's democratic attitude that empowered an assembly which can now legilslate on various issues but also can have debate on budget. She also said that those who have borrowed loans from banks shall also hear about a relief package.

HUNZA, Karimabad: Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah is talking to journalists.

Later, talking to journalists, Syed Mehdi Shah, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan said that the government is doing according to its capacity saying those who are uttering residing down in cities should avoid passing anti government statements. He urge people to reject rumors and come forward to help those in trouble.


Affectees of Attaabad and Sarat present charter of demands; governor ensures for proper rehabilitation of community
VoH Report
HUNZA, April 14: Affectees of Attaabad and Sarat present charter of demands to governor doctor Shama Khalid and Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah during a meeting with delegates of Hunza.

HUNZA: Governor, Chief Minister and Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly meeting delegates during their visit

Governor and Chief Minister, who are on Hunza tour visited disaster site, relief camps and Upper Hunza to observe relief work by regional under directives of federal government.
Affected community headed by Mr. Hakim Shah after congratulating governor for appointment presented before her their demands: to speed up process of compensation, to renew relief package for rehabilitation in time; special financial relief or support for students studying in different educational institutions, share in public services and to write off loans of affectees of both banks and societies.
Affected community expressed their satisfaction on government relief and thanked former governor for his personal attention to the community. Governor and Chief Minister listened their demands and pledged to consider them in due time.


CM is mere a nominal head, package is nothing but contravice: Qari Khaliq
VoH Monitor
GAHKUCH, April 14: Qari Abdul Khaliq, president Balawaristan National Front (BNF), Ghizar district has said that Chief Minister is mere a nominal head of new set up and new package is a contravice to deceive people. Talking to a regional Urdu daily he said that communal strife has reach apax in the region due to negligence of regional leadership towards their responsibilities. He alleged federal parties for involving in communal hatred rose recently saying certain federalist political and religious parties are responsible for such incidents. He claimed that feeling of deprivations among masses have reached a point which would result in overthrowing of illegitimate occupiers of seats of authority. Courtesy: Daily K2, Urdu


City still into the clutches of fear and uncertainty
Voice of Hunza Report
GILGIT, April, 12: (Shamsuddin Muhammad) The environment of Gilgit, the main city and regional commercial hub of the region is still under fear and uncertainty. Gilgit: Soldiers of Northern Scouts are vigilant at the northern entrance of the city

Forces have been deployed at entrance points to prevent any mishap and kept are high alert since the two assassinations in the city's limits. On the other hand, police sources have claimed that a culprit involved in murder of Assistant Tehsildar Akbar has been detained shortly after the incident While a special team is undertaking exhaustive inquiry into two murder cases in the city's limits.


Governor on Hunza tour; great expectations with her visit
VoH Report
HUNZA, April 12: Doctor Shama Kahlid, newly appointed first ever female Governor Gilgit-Baltistan was expected to reach Hunza on her scheduled visit on Monday. Nevertheless, due to bad climatic conditions,she altered her tour and expected to reach within two days. According to resources, she is going to visit calamity hit areas of Upper Hunza, disaster site and temporary relief camps in central Hunza to meet the affectees. Public circles have expectations regarding immediate implementation of announcements made during former Governor's tenure.


Death of doctors a great loss for region: Dr.Zaman Dareli
Voice of Hunza
SAUDIA, April, 12: (Bureau Report) Death of doctor Muhammad Zaman Chilasi, doctor Iftikhar Ahmed and doctor Khursheed Ahmed was a great loss for the region. These views were expressed by doctor Zaman Dareli, who is serving as a medical practitioner in Saudi Arabia said in a press statement. He said that their death will create a vacuum in the field of health services saying their dedication has inspired rest of us greatly." Their death will serve to bring major setback in provision of health facilities at door steps," he added. The three doctors were died in a traffic accident near Jughlot, on Karakorum Highway.


Pakistan Army Aircraft Crashes Near Peshawar; body of Captain Rashid brought to Gilgit
VoH Report
ISLAMABAD, April 10: According to a media report, a single pilot aircraft of Pakistan Army Aviation (PAA) crashed in the outskirts of Peshawar living Pilot Captain Rashid on the spot. According to details, a single pilot craft of Pakistan Air Force crushed in Naguman, a suburb during a regular training flight on Thursday afternoon. The ISPR sources later confirmed. He was brought to Gilgit, home town under military protocol where he was buried in front of thousands of people with due honor after Jumma prayers. Late Rashid, the son of Abdul Hakeem, got his early education from Tameer Now Public school and before getting commission in Pakistan Army, he passed Fsc. from Army public school. Public circles termed it a great loss for the to intermediate colleges during her visit.


Implications of Climate change appearing gradually, Hunza-Nager still under cold wave;icy winds remind of mid winter;
VoH Report
HUNZA, April 10: Hunza-Nager and other valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan once again came under cold wave. It was since last Friday afternoon the temperature fell to eight degree centigrade comparatively lower temperature than few days earlier. Central and Lower received ample rainfall while Upper Hunza and high altitude ares receiving continual snow fall. According to reports, populations of Shishkat, Gulmit, Pussu and other areas of Upper Hunza, Gojal are facing troubles due to cold weather in their daily chores. On the other hand, transport mafia has established their rule in the disaster hit areas. " "We are paying thrice against travel once we had to pay once to reach my native place," said Sultan Ahmed of Chipurson valley. He claimed that transporters exploited the opportunity by charging high rates especially from Gulmit to Sost and outskirts. According to environmental experts, such tendencies are the result of climate change as the area is getting colder in winter and hotter in summer than before, respectively.


DC and AC visit Gojal to discuss law and order situation in the valley
VoH Report
HUNZA, Gulmit April 10: According to media sources, on the directives of Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan. Deputy Commissioner Hunza-Nagar and Commissioner sub division Hunza along with police officials visited Gojal to view deteriorating law and order situation in the valley for last two days. The officials held two separate but successful meetings with the notables and responsible bodies to discuss situation and ensure peace in Gulmit town and outskirts. Officials in their meetings, first with notables of Gojal valley and later with Shia Imami Ismaili council discussed about the deadline issued by protesters and agitation against government; beside arrangements for the visit of doctor Shama Khalid, governor Gilgit-Baltistan to the disaster hit areas.


One position verses thousand candidates
VoH Report
GULGIT, April, 10: The written test for the position of Assistant Tehsildar for BPS-14 was held here on Wednesday in the lush green lawn of Gilgit-Blatistan Legislative Assembly, river road Gilgit. According to the details, the written test for Assistant Tehsildar which was postponed on March 30 was held according to schedule on April 07 in the premises of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. The test which was scheduled at 11:00 AM started at 12:00 PM due to larger strength of applicants than expected by service department. Some of applicants expressed strong reservations on the pattern and standard of test saying appointment for the position has already made adding test was just a formality. Public circles also express anxiety of new challenge on account of high rate of unemployment implied from thousand of students for a single position.

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The blog aims to disseminate the accurate regional information without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion and ideology to the valuable readers across the globe. We promise to abide with the moral and professional ethics of citizen journalism through this medium of communication. The voiceless masses of this one of the most beautiful places on earth, situated in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan experience hard times due to continuous natural and man made disasters which have left them at surviving stage. Shortly speaking, in a short span of time, Hunza valley has embraces a steady socio-economic and ecological development making it self an authentic book to read about or take a model for rest of far flung valleys bordering Chines Sinkiang province in the extreme north of the country. The haphazard material development in this comparatively small area has also served to create various socio-economic and ethical problems which ultimately served to shake the fabrics of very roots and foundations of culture and civility among dwellers. On geo-political front, analysts find a very little say of a common man in the major decisions related to regional socio-economic development, violation of meritocracy by mafias in political parties, pressure groups which safe guard their own interests, a unbridled bureaucracy, corrupt regimes that patronizing nepotism or favoritism and who wield powers in Gilgit, the main hub and capital of Gilgit-Baltistan. Rapid increase in expenditures ranging from general commodity price hikes to transportation has left no option or time for people to think on other issues.
The so called Economic-Recession, unequal distribution of wealth, concentration of opportunities towards certain beings, lack of social responsiveness and transparency in government sector and no check and balance on private sector has brought its ugly implication in terms of high unemployment, depression among the youngsters, anxiety and hatred towards system of governance.
We vow to bring fore the issues of common man at grass root level, strive to highlight irregularities in government sector and flaws in public policy and finance in a democratic way. We shall continue to give our opinion on issues of importance and determine to prove a viable platform to have a positive role for public welfare, inter-communal harmony, integrity and social justice.
Amid such a situation when even the survival of country is on stake and is defamed due to continual terrorist incidents throughout the our county, we may pray for a peaceful and prosperous future of the nation. May Lord save the peaceful Gilgit-Baltistan region from the evil designs of devils in human form.

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The blog is a venture with exclusive news updates, unbiased analysis and opinion on historical, cultural, ecological, socio-economic, geopolitical and administrative issues and events occurring in country in general and the region particular. It would serve as a portfolio of credible information retained first hand from own and secondary reliable electronic and print media sources and aspire to become a powerful voice for a common man. We are committed to adhere with the professional ethics of citizen journalism, a new trend to shackle the chains of excessive curb over dissemination of reality either for any cause in the name of so-called sensor, with maximum possible accuracy and least deviation while delivering information to show the real side of picture of events so that our valuable readers will have an alternative portal to know what developments are going on various levels, particularly backward areas like that of Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, Azad Jamu and Kahsmir, Tribal areas etc., across the country. One can easily discern a great social change in terms of attitudes, perceptions both in individual and society; values and reaction to the variables in daily life patterns among the dwellers of the comparatively backwards areas like Gilgit-Baltistan, a deprived region of its fundamental rights for more than six decades of its liberation from colonial yolk. In a quest to voice over issues of vital importance, keeping closer to circle of concern, Hunza, a name famous for its beauty and rich cultural heritage has been selected to represent as a case to further the cause and issues of the rest of the region. Virtually, the region especially Hunza-Nagar retained a rapid development with a short span of time after remaining isolated for centuries to out side world. The blog also aims focus largely to identify core areas from on bottom or grass root level to the top. Keeping due consideration of inter-religious harmony, tolerance, respecting pluralism, diversity, mutual respect, democracy, equal opportunity and other aspects of human rights and professional values of journalism, the blog will serve as a binding force and medium of voice of the voiceless people of the area with reference to Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The idea of creation of this blog came into my mind during a visit after spending few years of career at Karachi, capital of Southern province to the region. While traveling from south pole of the country to north, I experienced many new changes nearly in all aspects of life explicit in urban areas and implicit in rural belts: people have opted to modern technology, availed faster means of communication; task centered behavior, selfishness, following short-cuts, chase of wealth and more opportunities in their career and many more that made their lives much more easier but crazier than before. Nevertheless, the scene suddenly turned bit dim when I entered the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. I could not believe my eyes that this was the Gilgit I saw four years ago. Many things, except the faces were utterly unchanged formats primitive outlook. The Chinese bridge that linked Danyore and Gilgit and a main source of transportation was no more. Few people told me that few journalists have lost their lives in lethal road accident due to lack of arrangements on part of concerned authority to avoid the incident. Karakorum High Way (KKH), one of the highest truck able route and so-called eighth wonder in the world is under construction and many places portray nothing but a passage through a rough stony pasture. It took nearly twenty four hours from Rawalpindi to reach after an exhaustive journey to Hunza, my home town, compared to nineteen hours in past. The scenario seemed worse in Hunza, my home town which remained unchanged for last four years except a drastic decline in standard of living of more than fifty percent of the population. One may think that people have replaced muddy homes with cement ones but that are not the real yardstick of measurement of both mental and material development. Infrastructure, fixtures, telecommunication systems were largely depreciated to their estimated life coupled with inappropriate number of personnel required in educational, administrative and health institutions. The so-called economic meltdown that started from American giant Leman soon took the world into its tyrant claws, shaking many stable economies of the world including the rural areas of developing states- a big example of negligence and subjugation by the rulers of respective countries where people live not above the level of animals. Apart from the allegations on policy makers of industrialized nations having economic interest only, the poor, irrational, incompetent, self-centered and corrupt leadership in Pakistan like other third world countries where immature economies spends it larger portion of budget expenditure on defense could not resist the negative consequences of economic crisis in terms of high rate of unemployment, recession, right or down sizing, price hikes, violation of consumer rights and so on. Hunza-Nagar, like other parts of Gilgit-Baltistan was no exception. The smiling faces that greeted us once warmly few years ago turned unhappy for the crisis brought its ugly implication on the daily life pattern of an individual thus sucking down the unique attributes of population: courtesy, generosity and hospitality. Having a so-called high rate of literacy in the country unfortunately, the region is facing many problems ranging from health to drinking water and energy sector. To many, it was because of lack of geo-political awareness and excessive tendency towards NGO culture where people little bother to beg their rights from the states besides emphasis on duties. Historical chronicles vindicate that the region remained in isolation for many centuries due to a specific location and lack of access to out side world. Many dynasties ruled the area that hardly accepted change in a traditionally sophisticated feudal based society. The wheel of transition continued to move and finally the area got librated through a mutiny with the help of indigenous population from the clutches of Dogra subjugation. Later, the area was affiliated with Pakistan vide a secret treaty called Karachi Treatise as defacto part, unconditionally. Gilgit-Baltistan region got on real terms an impetus to grow from zero level with the visit of three icons of development: Aga Khan, President Ayub Khan and Z.A.Bhutto- a historic event of its nature with long standing implications on live of the people of the region.The area could hardly observed any impulse for more than half dozen years of affiliation with Pakistan when Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan (3rd) first time introduced Diamond Jubilee Schools network during mid fifties in the region. A real phase of development gain impetus when Shah Karim Alhusaini, Aga Khan (fourth) stepped in the region, a population with miserable conditions in 1960. He initiated many new projects in different aspect of life, strengthening the existing educational network under the umbrella of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for the betterment and uplift standard of living of masses lived under poverty line. Aga Khan Development Network in collaboration with donor agencies, with a view to bring social change from grass roots level, initiated rural support programme and other services for less-privileged societies in the region. In simple words, initial projects were stretched to new areas under AKDN umbrella ranging from self-entrepreneurship to planning and building services. These development programmes served a catalyst for a common man who, earlier was confine to a certain limit where facilities and perks were confined to a specific creed, definitely a big change in society led to process of decline of so-called nobility. By, 1974, Z.A.Bhutto, chief of Pakistan Peoples Party and his cabinet undertook a disintegrated country following the fall of Dhaka, albeit eliminating princely status of numerous states gave them democratic structures, initiated socio-economic, political and administrative reforms in civil services cadres under 1973 constitution of Pakistan. These reforms opened a path for further reforms in tribal and affiliated princely states, mostly in mountain regions. Elders assert, by 1976, when Bhutto abolished the princely status of the units and replaced the princely flag with that of the country declared region formally its de-fecto part. The new development allowed for the first time a limited right of franchise and representation in a parallel council governed from capital. He in collaboration with international donor agencies like UNICEF and World Food Programme helped ensure provision of basic necessities like food to indigenous population still in poor conditions. He gave word to poor and enables to build his destiny. The facility fell a prey of Zia-ul-Haq who abolished the programme to benefit his favorite breed. He altered such programmes to facilitate Mujahideen busy fighting Afghan war against Soviet invasion on behalf of American assistance. By, 1988, before the withdrawal of USSR, Zia regime played a dirty game: as an integral strategy to get parallel success, he supported a breed of militants to eliminate all those against his faith in Gilgit-Baltistan. Unfortunately, the indigenous people could not understand his nefarious designs under the veil of religion that had to sustain his regime using divide and rule tactic and nothing to do with public welfare fell a prey of communal discord. Thousands of innocent people were brutally killed without a reason from both sides and this in turn sowed the seeds of sectarianism thus introducing a Kalashnikov culture in this region. On country’s political front, frequent interventions of military in politics in the wake of undemocratic moves of leadership, double standard attitude of bureaucracy and excessive influence of establishment forces harmed political evolution during last sixty two years of country's history. A finest dictatorship is considered worse than a worse democracy for it largely overlook the opinion of masses. The undemocratic regimes since 1952 onwards in general and during dictators’ regimes left people with no option but to support immature, corrupt and unable leadership confined to their self interests coupled with narrow vision. On global front, with the withdrawal of USSR from Afghanistan, American administration started to shift its strategy of dependency and support for Pakistan especially that to check movement and expansion of communist philosophy, an anxiety among the then US policy planners. Political front once again passed through a new change in 1999 when military took over in October 1999. Numerous Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), both national and international rapport delivered remarkable work since 1990s to 2004 in many sectors like education, health, cultural preservation, design and building.

History repeated itself, but in a new form under different circumstances after cold war, when terrorists attacked twin towers of World Trade Centre, an icon of prestige and glory of America killing thousands of innocent people as a response to US policies inviting a fresh hostility between US and Islamist groups or in other words initiated an open conflict between two countering forces. To some, hidden forces worked behind the incident: Muslims thought it was a Judaist elements while to Europe and US a strike of Islamist elements; even the then Bush administration alleged Islamist groups behind this nefarious act to initiate an open armed struggle to defy its policies and interests. The September 11 incident served a cause to create sufferings for the Muslim communities residing in America and Europe. Being a sponsoring source of Jihadist elements, Pakistan was in real trouble as it was asked either ally the US or ready to go into stone age. Consequently, Pervez Musharraf took U-turn in state policy against billions of dollars as assistance. Once again, US dependency on Pakistan after Afghan war, in an endless war against an invisible enemy in terms of Osama started, leading farmer to think to gain control over natural resources in Afghanistan and Central Asian states. As a state, Pakistan endured many hardships, mostly from inside elements, Majority of our political leadership, for instance is largely nurtured under the aegis of military establishments and always ready to achieve their own interest lest it comes to compromise on national matters, evident from the successive overthrowing of representative regimes. They could not deliver any remarkable to uplift the standard of living of a common man except false promises. It was the Musharraf regime which can be given credit for many reasons: allowed a national government to complete its five year tenure, introduced local government systems for dicentralization of power though a move to by pass the then political and administrative forces like his predecessors military dictators to bolster one man show. Apart from few of blunders in terms of killing of Akbar Bugti, subjugation of judiciary, appointment of army on service and retired personnel in institutions offering higher education, other key positions in major public organiztions and using force as a decisive force instead of dialogue his regime can be recalled for many things during last eight years. He was the first who put hand on non-state actors, brought changes in status of deprived regions like Gilgit-Baltistan bringing reforms and took initiatives to improve education and health facilities. He gave us an International University, increased woman representation, empowered Northern Light Infantry, established N.A scouts and notified Hunza-Nagar district and many more. Yet, at the same time on mass level, despite many accomplishments, it failed to address the real issues of poor. Giant fishes got most and poor further got depressed as the regime greatly revolved around the interests of Chaurdhries and lords. December 2007, shall be remembered a black day when Benazir Bhutto, a female leader of international repute was assassinated at the same place where one of the most famous Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan as killed. Country fell into chaos and observed an extreme internal and internal threat to her existence second time after 1971. Good heaven, the situation soon normalized. With the dawn of democracy, based on Benazir Bhutto's sacrifice has brought a hope of change of image of the country in global economy. PPP led contemporary government has given a new Self Governance Reforms Package 2009 ahead of poles to empower the assembly to legislate on various subjects not allowed in past and choose their own Chief Minister unanimously with the consent of Prime Minister, the head of set up-a good initiative after Z.A Bhutto's compassions for the region. The package has opened a door for more autonomy resembles to that of Azad Kashmir. Though, there are many flaws in the package yet, it will serve to reduce feeling of deprivation among the masses.

There is another side of the picture that the poor performance in many of the departments in government sector during last two years has raised many questions in our mind regarding its capability to cope the challenges that the country faces internally and externally. Public welfare, security from internal and external aggressions and provision of basic necessities to the citizens is the fundamental responsibilities of modern states. Yet, more focus on external threats under security syndrome has left the country nothing but to expend on defense-thus neglecting other sectors like education, strategic personnel planning, health, trade and industry and exploitation of natural resources to strengthen our economy. As for as the private sector especially the NGOs are concerned, the are now confine to reporting to get funds, roam and measure the length of roads in their luxury vehicles. Now it depends on flow of events that will decide the future course of history.

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I am social person with a tendency towards learning knowledge that will balance the material world and the hereafter, a legacy obtained from the family. I earned my MA (General History with specialization in Modern History) and M.A.S (Master of Administrative siences with speciliazation in HRM) both from University of Karachi in 2005 and 2007 respectively, am fond of social work and public welfare. The blog focuses on social change caused by socio- economic and geo-political impulse in the country in general and the region particular.