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Gilgit-Baltistan Celebrates 69th Independence Day

Gilgit-Baltistan celebrated its 69th independence day on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The celebrations included various government and private organizations across Gilgit-Baltistan holding events to remember the sacrifices made by Gilgit Scouts to liberate the region from Dogra Raj.

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Gilgit-Baltistan Independence Day

Gilgit-Baltistan celebrated its 69th independence day on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The celebrations included various government and private organizations across Gilgit-Baltistan holding events to remember the sacrifices made by Gilgit Scouts to liberate the region from Dogra Raj.

On first November 1947, Governor Ghansara Singh of was overthrown by Major William Brown. Major Brown had been serving as a commander for Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir. After successfully overthrowing the Hindu Dogra rule, Raja Shah Rais Khan was appointed the first president of Gilgit-Baltistan while Mirza Hassan Khan was given responsibilities of the commander-in-chief.

 

The interim government lasted for only a forth-night before Pakistan sent its first political agent Khan Mohammad Alam Khan, who was a Tehsildar from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (then N.W.F.P.). He took over the administration of Gilgit upon his arrival. Eventually, other princely states dissolved and became part of Gilgit agency, Hunza being the last one to mark its accession with Pakistan in 1974. Even though Pakistan took control of Gilgit-Baltistan (then Northern Areas) soon after its own independence, the region is still seeking constitutional rights.

Shah Rais Khan(Left), Mirza Hassan (middle) and Babar Khan (Right)

The independence day of Gilgit-Baltistan is celebrated every year on 1st November. People of Gilgit-Baltistan pay tribute to the heroes of freedom in their speeches and on social media. However, there has always been only a little coverage by Pakistan’s mainstream print and electronic media.

Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman attended the independence day celebrations at Chinaar Baagh in Gilgit where march past and flag hoisting was ceremonies were held.

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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 on Twitter @ihunzai.

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Men threaten Ismailis in a protest on KKH against the arrest of Malik Afreen Khan

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Kohistan Protest against Malik Afreen Khan's arrest

Two men and others were seen threatening the Ismaili community, students and travelers from Gilgit-Baltistan in a video released on 25th February. The protestors were demanding the release of Malik Afreen Khan.

Malik Afreen Khan is a Kohistan resident who was arrested upon the orders of a session court in Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan for his involvement in the Hundarap Nullah Case.

According to Gilgit-Baltistan Police, Malik Afreen and others were involved in the Hundarap Nullah Case. Last year, four shepherds were kidnapped from a Hundarap Meadows by armed Kohistani men.

Hundarap Meadows and Hundarap Nullah are located in Hundarap Valley, adjacent to Phandar Valley in Ghizer District, Gilgit-Baltistan.

The protestors threatened they will not let travelers from Gilgit-Baltistan, especially the Ismaili Community, to travel on the Karakoram Highway in the Kohistan region. They demanded the release of Malik Afreen Khan without 24 hours or get ready for consequences.

A crowd had gathered in Dasu Market in Kohistan in a protest against the arrest of Malik Afreen Khan, the central figure behind the abduction of four people from the grazing lands of Hundarap.

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Watch Anita “The Arm Collector” Karim beat Marie Ruumet in ONE Warrior Series 10

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Anita Karim - The Arm Collector
Photo Credits: ONE Championship

Pakistani Mixed Martis Arts fighter Anita Karim was victorious in ONE Warrior Series 10 in a women’s atomweight category against Estonia’s Marie Ruumet. Watch Anita “The Arm Collector” Karim beat her Estonian opponent in a fight that she won unanimously.

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