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  • SSU Commando shot dead in Karimabad

    KARACHI: A Special Security Unit Commando who performs duty at the state guest house was shot dead on his way home in the Karimabad area on Tuesday morning, police said...

    Jaffri was shot dead in a busy part of Karimabad, the DIG-West said, adding that initial reports suggest an unidentified man on a motorcycle attacked the guard, but witnesses are being questioned for more details...

  • Is US embassy building a hotel, SC asks govt

    ISLAMABAD: A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to verify the allegation by a private petitioner that a hotel was being constructed in the US embassy compound...

    Petitioner Zafarullah Khan, a lawyer and chairman of Watan Party, had approached the apex court in 2009 with the request to stop the government from providing additional land for the expansion of the embassy, which already occupied 38 acres in...

  • Want a 'special' paratha? Maantu Gul Kitchen serves fare from Hunza with a twist

    The head chef and owner, Aslam Pervez, is from Hunza and reluctantly came to Islamabad over a decade ago for medical reasons...

    Running his own establishment has allowed Pervez to introduce his customers to some traditional Hunza cuisine, like Dawdoo soup, Chap Shuroo (bread filled with a spiced chopped beef mixture), Mantu (steamed dumplings filled with meat) and Chamus (apricot juice)...

  • Locals to get NOC before climbing peaks in Hunza

    GILGIT: The Hunza district administration on Monday required the local expedition teams to obtain No Objection Certificate before undertaking any attempt to climb peaks in the region, causing concerns among the people involved in the tourism industry...

    Mirza Ali, who along with his sister Samina Baig, the first women mountaineer in Pakistan, are running a training programme to encourage women mountaineers, and promote tourism...

  • Hunza’s Baba Ghundi Festival concludes

    GILGIT: The four-day International Baba Ghundi Festival held in the Chipursan Valley of upper Hunza near the Pak-Afghan border concluded on Thursday...

    People of Chipursan and Gojal valleys and upper Hunza have ancestral cultural ties with the people of Wakhan...

  • Altit Fort — Hunza's silent prestige

    Hailing from one of the world’s biggest metropolitan cities, I have always been fascinated by the rural lifestyle and topographical features of Pakistan's northern areas...

    So struck I was by this phenomenon that I decided to make a journey to the valley of paradise, Hunza...

  • Hunza Nagar to export 28 tons of dried apricot to Japan

    ISLAMABAD: By the end of the year Hunza Nagar, also known as “Pakistan’s organic village”, plans to export around 28 tons of dried apricot to Japan...

    The four-year project largely focuses on the apple- and apricot-producing districts of Hunza Nagar and Baltistan where farmers have been facing difficulties in collecting, processing, grading and marketing agricultural produce...

  • Hydroelectricity transforms life in Hunza

    AHMEDABAD (Hunza): In her home in the remote Hunza valley, Gul Mehreen smiles as she places a tea kettle on the electric stove in her immaculate kitchen...

    In this picturesque village, perched above the gushing turquoise waters of river Hunza, and with a view of the 8,000 metre mountain Rakaposhi, in the Karakoram Range, women once had to walk for miles to collect firewood each day...

  • Festival marking start of spring season held in Hunza

    GILGIT: After a gap of 42 years, a two-day traditional festival marking the start of wheat sowing was held in Altit area of Hunza district...

    The two-day event, starting from Saturday, was organised by the local community with the assistance of Hunza Art and Culture Council and Altit rural support organisation...

  • 9-year-old Pakistani girl scales 5,000m peak in Hunza

    A nine-year-old Pakistani girl has become the youngest to scale the 5,765-metre-high Quz Sar Peak in Shimshal Valley, Hunza...

    "Selena who has been titled the "Mountain Princess" by Pakistan's mountaineering community, has now set her sights on three more peaks: Mingling Sar (6,050 metres), followed by Spantik Peak (7,027 metres) and then Broad Peak (8,051 metres), the 12th highest mountain in the world...

  • Hunza people worried about yaks stranded on Chinese side

    GILGIT: People of Shimshal, also known as the valley of mountaineers, in upper Hunza district, on the northeastern Pak-China border, are worried about their livestock stranded in a valley as Chinese border security personnel are not allowing the shepherds to bring them back before water level swells in the Braldu River...

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