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Baltistan Super League Season 2 ends after enthralling matches from 20 teams

The second season of Baltistan Super League came to an end at Alipur Cricket Ground on Sunday. Spanning for three-days about 20 teams battled it out to be the ultimate champions. Siksa Cricket Club grabbed the cup, yet the performance of Khalid remained the stand-out of the tournament. Mr. Mohammad Shafiq, the Minister of Food Department Gilgit-Baltistan, appeared as the chief guest on the final match.

Syed Mohsin Ali



Baltistan Super League Season 2

The majority of the teams were named from the respective Balti villages that the players belonged to. That’s why, there were representations from Machulu, Hasanabad, Siksa and Pion etc. Every team necessarily had to win from their first matches in order to qualify for the next round in the 5-overs tournament.

Playing for Al-Arif, Mairaj Khalid remained the stand-out of the tournament, performing both with his bat and bowl. In the first match of his team Al-Arif, he single-handedly steered away victory from Ghanche-II in what was turning out to be an emphatic win for the opposite team. At a time when wickets were tumbling like flies for Al-Arif during their chasing, Khalid remained firm at one side with his sixers and fours. 33 needed from 12 balls reached down to 15 needed from 6 balls thanks to some massive hittings from him. And when 9 remained from 3, Khalid hammered a sixer and a four of the next two deliveries to snatch away the victory. Although his team lost in the semis, his performance remained consistent both with the ball and the bat, earning him deservedly the player of the tournament.

Baltistan Super League

Mr. Mohammad Shafiq, the Minister of Food Department Gilgit-Baltistan, appeared as the chief guest on the final match.

While the final match between Siksa Cricket Club and Balghari Kingstars was no less enthralling. Batting first, Balghari Kingstars posed a mammoth target of 67 at a ground where the previous matches averaged in the 40s and 50s, and that too against a formidable bowling attack of Siksa. However, Siksa were unfazed as they kept the scoring rate in pace with the required rate without losing wickets during their chasing. The score was huge, but the Siksa captain Zaheer himself was leading from the front. In the ending part of the game when the asking rate was mounting, Captain Zaheer hammered some brilliant sixers which won them the game in only 4.2 overs, a significant achievement considering the target. The jubilant Captain Zaheer, therefore, won the man of the match title.

In the end, chief guest Mr. Mohammad Shafiq appreciated the effort of Mashabrum Student Community for organizing the whole tournament and subsequently provided medals and titles to the players of the winners and the runner-ups.

Mohsin has recently graduated from NUST with a major in Communication Studies. He is passionate about writing and reading. He has written both for his college and university magazines.


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




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.

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