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PIA resumes ATR service after clearance from CAA

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has cleared for flying all ATR flights operated by PIA. About 10 ATRs from PIA’s fleet were earlier grounded following two incidents, one of which took the lives of 47 people flying from Chitral to Islamabad

Imran Ahmed Hunzai



PIA temporarily grounds all ATRs after PK-661 crash

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has cleared for flying all ATR flights operated by PIA. About 10 ATRs from PIA’s fleet were earlier grounded following two incidents, one of which took the lives of 47 people flying from Chitral to Islamabad. Another flight had some technical complications while flying from Multan to Karachi, which forced the national airliner to board passengers on another plane.

PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani Tweeted: “Good News: One ATR-42 aircraft has been cleared in shakedown test”

With CAA giving green signal to resume the flights, ATRs will now operate under PIA between Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral (GBC). Due to harsh weather, there were growing concerns among passengers. Babusar Pass has been closed due to snow while Lowari Pass is covered with snow and posing a potential threat.

Babusar Pass connects Rawalpindi to Gilgit while reducing about six hours of road travel. Similarly, Lowar Tunnel, which is currently under a major maintenance, by-passes the dangerous Lowar Top.

Travelers to Gilgit, Chitral and Skardu from Islamabad are relieved after the decision. At the same time, people are demanding for free and fair investigation of PK-661 crash.

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.


Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Imran Ahmed Hunzai



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] with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

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Four including two brothers killed in an avalanche in Drosh, Chitral




Chitral avalanche
File Photo via Pamir Times

At least four people have been killed in an avalanche in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest district of Chitral.  According to Khursheed Alam, the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, four dead bodies have been recovered. The avalanche occurred at around 3:00 AM on Sunday in Gorin Gol, an area in Shishikoh union council of Drosh, Chitral.

Abdul Wali Khan, the Assistant Commissioner Drosh, personally participated in the efforts for recoveries of bodies. Chitral Levies, local police, 1122 personnel, and community volunteers were engaged to recover the dead bodies. The rescue officials faced difficulties in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals due to blockage of roads. Pakistan Army had provided a helicopter for the rescue of the injured.

Earlier, Rescue 1122 personnel and volunteers rushed to the Shishikoh after over a dozen people went missing following a snow avalanche. Drosh region of Chitral received heavy snowfall since last Tuesday.

DC Chitral said in a press release that people were trapped beneath a thick mass of snow after the avalanche hit a village in Shishikoh’s Gorin Gol area.

The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 AM said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA).

She added that three people have been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped.

At least 10 people have been safely evacuated who were trapped under the avalanche.

The dead have been recognized as Momin s/o Khaista Khan, Amirzada s/o Khaista Khan, Saad Malook s/o Bahadur and Usman s/o Gul Mohammad.

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