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First Ever Hunza Marathon Concludes in Karimabad

The much anticipated Hunza Marathon has concluded in Karimabad today. More than 200 local, national and international runners participated in 3 different categories; the 4th one being a practice-run to be arranged later this week down the hill from Khunjerab Pass. Prizes were distributed among the winners at a ceremony attended by Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and many others at Baltit Serena Inn.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Hunza Marathon 2016

The much anticipated Hunza Marathon has concluded in Karimabad today. More than 200 local, national and international runners participated in 3 different categories; the 4th one being a practice-run to be arranged later this week down the hill from Khunjerab Pass. Prizes were distributed among the winners at a ceremony attended by Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and many others at Baltit Serena Inn.

Starting at 5:00 AM in the morning, the 42-km long full marathon was kicked off. A total 7 laps were covered between Zero Point in Karimabad and Tutan Shun in Hyderabad town. The 10-km and 5-km long segments were started at 9:00 AM with the same starting and return points. The awards distribution and closing ceremony was held at Baltit Serena Inn later in the evening.

While talking to GBee.PK, Ziyad Rahim, who had first envisioned the Hunza Marathon, showed his satisfaction about the participation of runners and services of the volunteers. He said he is looking forward to continue the marathon next year with even better arrangements.”

Earlier, he talked about how he got to meet Mirza Ali and Samina Baig while they were returning from their Antarctica expedition.

“I met these two after their return from Antarctica. I shared the idea of a marathon in Hunza which they agreed to collaborate. We were lucky to have Serena Hotels as our main sponsor. Things were smoother than expected due to the collaboration.”

He added:

“I have seen great potential in the athletes of this region. I am sure with proper training, we can have world class runners from Hunza. We will continue the marathon as part of Pakistan Running Series.”

Babar Khan, who was one of the participants of the 5-km marathon was excited to finish the race, but at the same time he had some reservations about management. He said “There were some cases of mismanagement that I encountered during the race,” He added: “Since this was the first ever such marathon in the town, I expect a better event next year. I will participate again next time with better preparation.”

Ramiz Ali, another participant of the marathon was unhappy about the traffic which was not diverted or stopped during the marathon. He said that government should also take stake in such events and coordinate with the management for a better marathon experience. He pointed out that some of the runners of 5-km long marathon cheated by taking a ride in places where no management was present.

Medals and certificates were distributed among the winners by Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan. He showed his interest to support such events in the future.

The winners of Hunza Marathon are as under:

CateogryPositionNameCountry
Full Marathon Male (42-KM)WinnerSemjon ParkerGermany
Full Marathon Female (42-KM)WinnerNadine GillGermany
Half Marathon Male (10-km)WinnerRizwan KarimPakistan
Half Marathon Female (10-km)WinnerKishwar KarimPakistan
Half Marathon Male (5-km)WinnerSajid HussainPakistan
Half Marathon Female (5-km)WinnerNimla KarimPakistan

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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Zulfiqar Essa: Contending for the Hult Prize 2019 with a Million Dollar Idea

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Zulfiqar Essa

“My name is Zulfiqar Essa and I’m from Hyderabad, Hunza. I’m the co-founder of TechScape and previously have been awarded the Global UGRAD scholarship. Currently, I’m working on an idea called “Shirijon” which aims to create over 10,000 jobs in the next decade. I’m collaborating on this idea with my team members from Chitral, Punjab, and Germany.

Recently our idea got selected in the top 35 for HULT Prize 2019 from around two hundred thousand global applications received from across 120 countries. In the next round to be held in Amman, Jordan, we will be competing against young entrepreneurs from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, and other globally known institutions. Our idea is the very first Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) to make it to the regional round of HULT Prize.

Team Shirijon from COMSATS Islamabad - Hult Prize 2019

Our team from COMSATS University Islamabad is quite excited to participate in the 10th Annual Hult Prize Regional Summit in an attempt to win a $1 million USD as a seed fund. We think that this idea has the potential to change the economy of not only Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but entire Pakistan as well.”

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MMA Fighter from Gilgit-Baltistan to face his Afghani opponent at SLFC

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Shah Nawaz Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan at SLFC

MMA fighter Shah Nawaz is all set to face his Afghani opponent Abdul Wadood Matin at the Snow Leopard Fighting Championship (SLFC). The event is scheduled to be held in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 25th January 2019.

This is going to be the first major Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) championship for Shah Nawaz in the year 2019. Shah Nawaz belongs to the Hunza district in Gilgit-Baltistan and represents the Fight Fortress Islamabad.

Other prominent MMA fighters from Gilgit-Baltistan representing Fight Fortress Islamabad include Uloomi Karim Shaheen, Haider Farman, Anita Karim and Zeeshan Shah.

Shah Nawaz, who is originally from Hunza Valley, will travel to the neighboring country of Afghanistan with Ali Sultan, his coach and co-owner of The Fight Fortress Islamabad later this week.

SLFC - Pakistan vs Afghanistan

Player Comparison: Abdul Wadood Matin (Afghanistan) vs Shah Nawaz (Pakistan)

Shah Nawaz has won 2 out of 2 amateur matches. Both of the matches were held at PAK MMA ٖFighting Alliance. He is quite confident to add another win to his name.

He said while talking on social networking platform Facebook”I’ve been training hard for this championship. Abdul Wadood Matin is a good player and he is going to be a tough opponent.”

The matches of Snow Leopard Fighting Championship (SLFC) will be streamed live on Fight Night Afghanistan’s YoutTube Channel. The match will also be available for TV audience on TOLOTV (Yahsat 1A 52.5°E: 11785-H-27500-5/6 & ST-2 88°E: 10966-V-7300-3/4).

An embedded stream for viewers in Gilgit-Baltistan and rest of Pakistan will be available on GBee’s video section.

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Sonaina Hamiya: Working on Preservation of Burushaski Lanuguage

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Sonaina Hamiya - Working on Preservation of Burushaski Lanuguage

My name is Sonaina and I’m from Aliabad, Hunza. I’ve recently graduated from National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore.

Being a Hunza girl, it came to my realization that Burushaski language is being forgotten and young Burusho, especially those who live in the cities, have adopted other languages as the primary means of communication. These days, the influence of other languages on Burushaski is just tremendous.

To make my contribution to on-going efforts of preserving Burushaski, I did my thesis on “The Preservation of Burushaski language“. This project is a vehicle for expressing my ideas that language is the foremost pillar of society to communicate and a creative structural solution can be provided for its preservation.

My motivation to try preserving my own language in a visual form relates to the fact that many people have been fascinated about Burushaski and researchers have found it to be one of the very few isolated languages. Burushaski has still no standard writing system. There isn’t a lot of written literary work but a number of oral traditions have been collected. Burushaski continues to be a language of self-identification among its speakers and despite many efforts, this fascinating language is endangered.

My aim through this project is to preserve Burushaski language through visual means and to ignite the revival of the language in the daily lives of young Burusho living in and outside Hunza.

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