Connect with us

Diamer

4 Toursits Including 2 Kids Dead at Babusar Pass in a Van Accident

A family van has faced a fatal accident as a result of brake failure at Babusar top killing 4 people from the same family. The deceased included two young girls, the driver and another person. 13 others have been injured, 3 of whom are in serious condition. There were 21 tourists on-board who were visiting Gilgit-Baltistan from Lahore.

Published

on

Babusar Top Accident

A family van has faced a fatal accident as a result of brake failure at Babusar top taking lives of 4 people from the same family. The deceased included two young girls, the driver and another person. 13 others have been injured, 3 of whom are in serious condition. There were 21 tourists on-board who were visiting Gilgit-Baltistan from Lahore via Naran-Kaghan which leads to Babusar pass.

Soon after the accident, locals and police helped transfer the injured to district headquarter hospital (DHQ) in Chilas. According to a media representative of Diamer police, 4 people were confirmed dead. The deceased have been recognized as:

  1. Hussain Uddin
  2. Mithu (Driver)
  3. Noor D/O Nadeem
  4. Saira D/O Nadeem

According to an eye-witness, the van had overtaken their vehicle just 20 minutes before the accident happened. He pointed that many drivers who don’t have experience on this road make use of brake a lot causing brakes failure.

It must be noted that Babusar Pass or Babusar Top in located at an elevation of about 4,200 meters where divers have to take special considerations like using low gears instead of brakes. In the past, ignoring these tactics have caused several accidents.

 

babusar-pass-accident-15-july-2016_1

Although the road from Babusar top to Chilas is well metaled but there are no signboards and roadside guardrails to help prevent such accidents. Both Gilgit-Baltistan government and Federal Works Organization (FWO) need to take notice of such accidents and come up with precautionary measures.

This is the second deadly accident in recent months. Another accident at Babusar Pass in June this year had taken lives of 6 people from the same family belonging to Sikandarabad, Nagar.

Astore

Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

Published

on

Introducing #GBCProspers - Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Every day when we wake up, we struggle hard to make a name for ourselves, our families and our country. We see a handful of names in the limelight while hundreds and thousands of names remain in an obscurity no matter how big or small that person’s contribution to the society is.

At GBee, we believe that a society cannot prosper without the small yet meaningful contributions of its members.

This is why, we are announcing the launch of an on-going campaign which we are now officially calling #GBCProspers. This campaign aims to celebrate the contributions, small and big, by the common citizens that collectively reflect in the social, cultural, religious, musical and economic prosperity of the mountain communities.

How to access the stories?

The stories published under #GBCProspers campaign can be found on a dedicated topic section. Each story will also be published in its relevant district page on Facebook and GBee’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Alternatively, you can search for the hashtag #GBCProspers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest as well as the stories published in the past.

How to submit a story?

Stories can be submitted at our email editor[at]gbee.pk with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

Continue Reading

Blogs

Pakistani Filmmaker Fahad Kahut uses Gilgiti Cap to depict terrorists of APS Peshawar Attack

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

Published

on

Fahad Kahut Gilgit-Cap APS Peshawar Attack Terrorists
YouTube

Pakistani filmmaker Fahad Kahut has used a Chilasi version of Gilgiti Cap to depict terrorists of Army Public School  (APS) Peshawar Attack in his new short film released on Youtube.

There has been a backlash on social media by activists from Gilgit-Baltistan against the filmmaker for using the Gilgit traditional cap to depict the terrorists involved in the 2014 Peshawar school massacre.

Fahad Kahut APS Peshwar Attack Short-film
A screen grab from Fahad Kahut’s short film on APS Peshwar Attack. A terrorist holding a gun has is shown wearing a Gilgiti Cap.

The director, producer and writer, who describes himself to be “focused on creating narrative films ” has primarily worked on Kashmir issue and published various pro-army publications including an article titled “General Raheel Sharif – A Man living up to the vision of Allama Iqbal”.

“I was also surprised to see this cap. One must take into consideration while using a cultural symbol of any people. The filmmakers have no right to use our caps as something a symbol of terrorism. Shame” said a Twitter user Noor Akbar.

Also read: Three policemen martyred, two terrorists killed in attack on Kargah Nullah check post in Gilgit

“What is your motive behind showing this cultural cap as a symbol of terror – there can be lot of other ways to depict a terrorist why you choose this cap which can not be easily found in any market in down countries except in Gilgit?Shame on everyone who contributed in this video and those who did not censor it. People like you are born to divide the country by showing intolerance and disrespect towards other cultures. Shame on you for using the cultural cap of Gilgit-Baltistan!” adds a Youtube user while commenting under the short film.

However, there are some who think this could have been a mistake. 

Facebook user Shahid Khan comments that maybe the filmmaker wanted to use the famous Pakol or Peshawari hat which has been associated with the Taliban for so many decades.

At the same time, as correctly pointed out by a Youtube user, the Gilgiti Cap, specifically the Chilasi (Diamer) version is very hard to find in the market.

Only the people behind the short film can tell what exactly went behind using the specific cap to depict the terrorists.

Kahut’s short-film Faryad had won IndieFEST Film Awards for short movie on Kashmir in 2016.

Update:

Fahad Kahut has spoken and says it was “merely out of sheer ignorance”.

“have apologized in past and I apologize again, this was merely out sheer ignorance and my lack of understanding of cultural norms back then. I am a huge admirer of GB people and can never imagine to disrespect them. I hope my apologies are accepted.” he commented on Twitter.

Note: The wood color Gilgit cap is not only used in Diamer but also in the districts of Astore, Gilgit, Ghizer and even Kohistan. A black color version of the traditional cap is widely used in Diamer.

Continue Reading

Astore

Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon swears in as the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan

Published

on

By

Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon

Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon has sworn in as the 7th Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan. He was appointed by President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi after the resignation of Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan.

The former governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan’s resignation was accepted by the President, which came a few days after a video scandal surfaced.

Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman and Chief Justice Javed Iqbal during oath-taking ceremony of Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon as the new Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan at the Governor House in Gilgit

The caretaker Chief Justice of Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan Justice Javed Javed Iqbal took oath from the new Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan who hails from Skardu district in the Baltistan region.

Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon as the new Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan at the Governor House in Gilgit

Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon taking oath as the new Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan at the Governor House in Gilgit

The appointment letter was read by Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Babar Hayat Tarar.

The event held at Governor House in Gilgit was attended by Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders, judges, civil servants and the public.

Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon has formerly served as the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf PTI Gilgit-Baltistan.

He had lost Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections from Skardu in 2015. His defeat came against Haji Akbar Khan Taban who won by just one vote.

According to the infamous GB Order 2018, the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan has to be a local resident.

Continue Reading

Like us on Facebook

Advertisement

Trending