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LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza’s late owner

LUMS Adventure Society (LAS), over its 20-year legacy, has been dedicated to trekking paths untrodden and exploring new areas whenever possible. On our various expeditions, we have met a host of people all around Baltistan, whose hospitality remains unrivaled. At LAS  we have always been conscious about the unique position we hold in this community and have always worked hard at giving back. 

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza's late owner

LUMS Adventure Society (LAS), over its 20-year legacy, has been dedicated to trekking paths untrodden and exploring new areas whenever possible. On our various expeditions, we have met a host of people all around Baltistan, whose hospitality remains unrivaled. At LAS  we have always been conscious about the unique position we hold in this community and have always worked hard at giving back.

Shortly after our May Trip 2017, one of our friends and a colleague of LAS, Mr. Shafqat, passed away. The late owner of Cafe de Hunza has gone to great lengths for the development of Karimabad, the capital of Hunza. We wish to honor the memory of Shafqat Bhai and celebrate the legacy he has left behind.

Thus, as a tribute, LAS has decided on organizing the Shafqat Memorial Futsal League during our May Trip 2018. Playing and spectating under the shadow of Rakaposhi-Ultar Peaks and the Golden Peak, several teams from regions spanning the vast area between Haramosh to Shimshal will come to Karimabad for this nationally covered 3-day event. Not only will this event serve as a basis to unearth talent, but also promote healthy competition, provide exposure, and encourage the growth of sports in this region. The tournament will be held at Baltit Polo ground in Karimabad, Hunza.

LAS hopes to execute the entire event, along with providing all the necessities such as footballs, playing kits, etc. We believe it will be the perfect occasion to honor our great friends and to give something back to a people who have done so much for us over the course of the 20 years LAS members have trodden through these very areas.

LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza's late owner

LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza’s late owner

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.”

This story is part of the #GBCProspers campaign by GBee. Send your stories at editor[at]gbee.pk or inbox your story at our Facebook page.

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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.

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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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