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Shah Salim Khan Wins GBLA-6 Seat from Hunza

Shah Salim Khan, the representative of Pakistan Muslims League Nawaz – PMLN, has won the by-polls on GBLA-6 seat from Hunza district. The main content was seen between Shah Salim Khan, who is the son of Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, and retired Pakistan Army colonel Ubaid Ullah Baig. According to the official numbers, Shah Salim Khan won with a margin of 604 votes.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Shah Salim Khan Wins GBLA-6 Seat from Hunza

Shah Salim Khan, the representative of Pakistan Muslims League Nawaz – PMLN, has won the by-polls on GBLA-6 seat from Hunza district. The main content was seen between Shah Salim Khan, who is the son of Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, and retired Pakistan Army colonel Ubaid Ullah Baig. According to the official numbers, Shah Salim Khan won by a margin of 604 votes.

Earlier today morning, the electoral process was started under tight security. The process went till 6:00 PM. There was under 40% turnout, which is the lowest in any GBLA elections so far in the session. According to experts, postponing the elections multiple times might be one of the reasons behind such a low turnout.

More than 36,000 voters were registered for GBLA-6 by-polls from the largest district in Gilgit-Baltistan in terms of population, which means, less than 16,000 have used their right of vote.

According to unofficial results that we have received, Shah Salim Khan received 4,679 votes. Retired colonel Ubaid Ullah Baig remained at the second position with 4,025 votes followed by Naiknaam Karim (2,408), Wazir Baig (1,703), Aziz Ahmed (1,578), Akhon Bai (1,291) and Amin Sher (295).

After the official announcement, supporters of PMLN gathered at Royal Palace in Karimabad to celebrate the victory. Social media, although, was a place with mixed reaction from people concerned about the by-polls.

In an official statement, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafi Hafeez ur Rehman congratulated Shah Salim Khan for his victory and criticized Pakistan Peoples Party – PPP and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf – PTI. He said that people have given their reply of corruption during PPP government. He also congratulated the people of Hunza.

Summary of Hunza by-polls for GBLA-6 (Unofficial Results)

 

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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