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Gilgit-Baltistan’s prominent flutist and Shehnai player Imtiaz Karim passes away

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Imtiaz Karim flute player from Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan

Imtiaz Karim, one of Gilgit-Baltistan’s prominent flute and traditional Shehnai (Suranai in Burushaski) players, passes away due to cardiac arrest. He was the co-founder of Hunza Classical Group and regularly performed at local and international events. He also toured China and Australia to represent the folk music of Pakistan.

According to a local source, Imtiaz Karim was heading home from work on Wednesday evening when he collapsed. The reason for his death was declared a cardiac arrest. He was 40.

Many music lovers from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral are showing their grief over the sudden death of a musician who not only introduced bamboo flute into the music industry of this region but also trained numerous young people under his apprenticeship.

Ghazi Karim, bandmate and close friend of Imtiaz Karim, posted on his Facebook account that it is a black day for Hunza Classical Group.

Ishtiaq Karim, his brother, requested his fans and friends to pray for the departed soul.

Video: Imtiaz Karim performs at Hunza Cultural Festival

Imtiaz Karim was a regular artist to perform at Hunza Cultural Festival held often in Islamabad by Hunza Cultural Forum (HCF). His most recent appearance was in January 2017 where he performed along the traditional Domaki musicians and his bandmates of Hunza Classical Group.

He had played for numerous artists including Shahid Akhtar Qalandar, Khalid Abbas Hassanabadi, Sherbaz Khan, Rahim Ullah Rahim and Jabir Khan Jabir among others. He also released four instrumental albums with Hunza Classical Group.

Imtiaz Karim was an employee of Baltit Fort managed by Baltit Heritage Trust. He left behind a widow and two sons.

Imtiaz Karim was laid to rest at the Baltit Graveyard in his hometown of Karimabad.

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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.

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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