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Father and newlywed son pass away of suffocation in Gojal, Hunza

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Father and son die of suffocation in Gulmit Gojal Hunza

Two including a father (65) and newlywed son (29) have passed away as a result of suffocation in their sleep from electricity generator fumes in Gulmit, Upper Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan. Two others of the same family were admitted to Aga Khan Medical Center in Aliabad but remained out of danger.

According to a relative of the deceased, an electricity generator was left operational due to load-shedding in Gulmit town, Gojal. The generator was powering heaters. The temperature in Hunza falls below freezing point in winters. The fumes from the generator left unconscious four members of the family including Mohammad Akram, his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

Zaiba, the newlywed bride someone gained consciousnesses and approached neighbors for help.

Mohammad Akram (60) and his son Nisar Tajik (29) were pronounced dead at Tehsil Headquarter Hospital in Gulmit.

Their burial was carried out in Gulmit at after postmortem.

Hunza Couple in Gulmit, Gojal
A memorable picture of the deceased son Nisar Tajik and his wife Ziaba taken on the day on their wedding just two weeks back. Photo: Kareem Aslam

Hunza has been facing a severe electricity issue for decades now. Use of LPG heaters rises in winters, which is quite hazardous. Electricity generators are also used to power electric heaters.

Despite multiple claims, the political leadership and district administration of Hunza have failed to address the electricity shortfall in the district.

Temperature falls below freezing point in winters in Hunza valleys.  More lives would be at risk if the energy needs of Hunza are not met soon.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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Brigadier Inayat Hussain from Hunza promoted to the rank of Major General in Pakistan Army

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Major General Inayat Hussain

Brigadier Inayat Hussain hailing from Ganish town of the central Hunza district has been promoted from the rank of Brigadier to Major General in Pakistan Army. He is the son of Colonel Retired Hadi Hussain.

The promotion board was held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi which was presided over by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

He is only the second army official from Hunza to be promoted on the rank of a Major General. Major General (Rtd.) Professor Salman Ali was the first army officer from Hunza to achieve this feat.

About 40 other Brigadiers were promoted to the rank of Major General during the promotion board held at GHQ, Rawalpindi.

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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.”

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