Month: November 2011

Gilgit-Baltistan:Tributes Paid to GB People

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LAHORE (Nation): Leaders of APML while paying rich tributes to the valour people of Gilgit Baltistan said that they waged a courageous struggle against the tyranny of ‘Dogra Dynasty’ to made their homeland part of Pakistan.
Chaudhary Shahbaz Hussain, chief coordinator APML, Fawad Chaudhary, general secretary Punjab, Hafiz Ghulam Mohayuddin, Najeeb Sirkar, Jamshed Haliby and Fazal Shah expressed these views while addressing a ceremony at party office on Tuesday held to celebrate the 64th Independence Day of Gilgit Baltistan.
A good number of students of Gilgit Baltistan studying in different schools and colleges of Lahore also attended the ceremony besides party activists.
APML leaders on this occasion said that former president Pervez Musharraf had taken several steps for the development of Gilgit Baltistan and appealed to the people of Pakistan for voting out the parties like PPP and PML-N in the next polls for poor governance.
Chaudhary Shahbaz said that APML would cooperate with all such political parties, which would challenge the monopoly of PPP and PML-N in political arena.
Fawad Chaudhary while claiming that PML-N leadership has not declared their real assets said that APML would make public the assets of its leaders very soon.
To mark Gilgit Baltistan Independence Day, a cake-cutting ceremony was also held.
APML Youth Wing Office bearers including Syed Imran Shamsi, Mubassar Ahmed, Saad Malik, Malik Waris Khoker, Umair, Jalal Zaidi and APML workers also attended the ceremony and danced to tunes of the drum beat on this occasion.


Gilgit-Baltistan:Power projects in GB to help meet energy demand

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Gilgit (APP):Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah has said that initiating power projects in this part of the region, would help resolve energy crisis in the country.

Talking to Pakistan Television, he said that Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is the region where various power projects could help resolve the issues of shortfall of electricity in the country.He said that President Asif Ali Zardari had asked the concerned staff to pursue the Chinese companies for investing in the power sectors.

Syed Mehdi Shah said that credit goes to the leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who have initiated a big power project to produce electricity for meeting growing demand of the people of the country.

He said: “This is the third largest project in the country after Tarbela and Mangla which would be completed in near future.”

Gilgit-Baltistan:The role of Aga Khan III Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah in development of education in Pakistan

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Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III, the forty-eighth hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, was born on 2nd November, 1877 in Karachi.

As an Imam of the Ismaili Muslims (1885-1957), he not only provided spiritual guidance to his followers but also played a pivotal role in the intellectual, social, and economic development of Muslims around the world.

Ismaili Muslims across the world celebrated Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Jubilees of his Imamat in the years 1937, 1946, and 1954 respectively. During these Jubilee celebrations, he was weighed in gold and diamonds and these funds were used for establishing various social welfare institutions which have shown proven successes at national and international levels in many respects.

The Ismaili Imamat has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah also advocated access to quality education for the Muslims in the Subcontinent.

In his speech at the Muslim Educational Conference in 1904 in Bombay he said, “There are some dangers ahead and I venture to draw your attention to some of them which we can now guard against.

It would be the greatest of all our misfortunes if we now mistook instruction for education and the mere power of passing examinations for learning. It is for this reason that the thoughtful welcome the reform of the Universities which the Government of India now contemplates.

It is for this reason that the far-sighted amongst the Muslims of India desire a University where the standard of learning shall be the highest and where with scientific training there shall be that moral education – that indirect but constant reminder of the eternal difference between right and wrong which is the soul of education.”

One of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah’s greatest contribution to the Muslims of the subcontinent was his role in the establishment of Aligarh University through provision of funds, leadership, and guidance. He not only advocated the role of Higher Education but also emphasized on the quality of primary education. In the Inaugural Speech at the All India Muhammadan Educational Conference held on December 4, 1911 in Delhi, India, he said. “While advocating the system of higher education, I must also draw your attention to the absolute necessity of a sound system of primary education. No solid superstructure can stand safely on softer soil. In order to raise our people to their legitimate sphere of power, influence and usefulness, we must have a serviceable and extended system of education for the benefit of the masses.”

A critical review of the history of the Muslim world shows that following the Second World War and subsequent decolonization in the Subcontinent and most of East and Central Africa, Muslims were deeply affected and their socio-economic conditions had deteriorated. In that era Sir Aga Khan’s educational initiatives led to the long term development of the Muslims in these regions. He established schools in various parts of the Subcontinent – the first Aga Khan Schools were set up more than a century ago in 1905 in Mundra, India and in Gwadar, Pakistan.

In the culturally sensitive region of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) where female education was not common, he set up Diamond Jubilee Schools through the Diamond Jubilee Funds and these schools have retained the unique identity of DJ schools till today. Today, there are 179 Aga Khan Schools all across Pakistan including Aga Khan Higher Secondary Schools, which are icons of academic and architectural excellence in the areas that they serve.

Many health institutions were also set up by Sir Aga Khan. All these development initiatives are now being taken forward under the aegis of the Aga Khan Development Network founded by Sir Aga Khan’s grandson and successor, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV.

Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III played a leading role in the Pakistan Movement and helped create political awareness among the Muslims of the sub-continent. He was appointed president of the Muslim League and remained on this post from 1906 to 1913. He was elected as the leaders and spokesperson for the Muslim delegation at the Round Table Conference organized to introduce new reforms for the Indians.

In 1902, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah became a member of the Imperial Legislative Council and he was asked to preside over the Mohammadan Education Conference held in Delhi. In 1911, the Aga Khan took upon himself the task of collecting funds to establish the Aligarh University.

He not only assisted in generating funds but also donated money in cash for scholarships to the most deserving students for foreign studies. Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah passed away on July 11, 1957 and was laid to eternal rest in Aswan, Egypt. In his entire life, he always shouldered the Muslim world to ensure peace, tranquility, justice, and compassion in the society so that people should be able to lead their lives with greater social, moral, ethical, spiritual, and intellectual values of Islam and the humanity.(The News)

Gilgit-Baltistan: Chief Justice for Speedy and Inexpensive Justice

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Gilgit—Chief Justice Chief Court Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Jalaluddin has said that courts were being set up at every level to provide speedy and inexpensive justice to the people. He was talking to a delegation of Gilgit-Baltistan High Court Bar Association led by vice president Wazir Farman Ali Shigri here on Monday. The chief justice said that steps would also be taken for the establishment of family courts for women, banking courts, accountability, drug and labour courts. The lawyers’ delegation informed Chief Justice Raja Jalaluddin about the problems being faced by the lawyers’ community.—INP

Gilgit-Baltistan:GB Independence Day Celebrations

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Gilgit—All is set to commemorate 64th Independence Day of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as arrangements to observe the day in a befitting manner have been finalized. The day would dawn with special prayers for the solidarity and integrity of the country while later colorful events would be organized to pay rich tributes to the liberation movement heroes.

The main function would be organized here in Chinar Bagh where Governor GB Syed Pir karam Ali Shah would be the chief guest.—APP

Happy Independence Day

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Unarmed people of Gilgit-Baltistan, on November 1, 1947, fought a fierce battle against Dogra Raj and forced the Dogra Commander-in-chief Ghansara Singh to flee. Gilgit-Baltistan, after getting freedom from Dogra Raj, decided to affiliate with Pakistan.






THE People of Gilgit-Baltistan On Their 64th INDEPENNDENCE DAY!