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Gilgit-Baltistan’s Northern Light Infantry (NLI) Wins Gold Medal at Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2018

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Gilgit-Baltistan's Northern Light Infantry (NLI) Wins Gold Medal at Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2018

An 11-member team of Gilgit-Baltistan’s Northern Light Infantry (NLI) has won the 2018 edition of Exercise Cambrian Patrol. Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual event organized and run by 160th Infantry Brigade at Brecon in Wales, United Kingdom. This year’s exercise was held from October 12 to October 21. The event was attended by 137 patrols from 38 countries.

Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL is the premier patrolling event of the British Army which is held in Wales and hosted by 160 Infantry Brigade.

Exercise Cambrian Patrol itself began in 1959, when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, featuring long-distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains, culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge Training Area.

Pakistan Army’s patrol has won a gold medal for the fourth consecutive time. This year, Pakistan Army’s team was represented by a battalion from Northern Light Infantry (NLI). NLI consists of soldiers from Gilgit-Baltistan.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces, made a Tweet shortly after the result came.

A press release on Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) website states “Cambrian Patrol is a mission and task-oriented patrolling exercise of 48 hours during which participants of patrolling team cover 60 kilometers carrying 25 kilograms.”

NLI has been on a forefront of all major wars including the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and Kargil War of 1999. A toll of NLI soldiers have embraced martyrdom in Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the on-going offenses in Waziristan, Siachen and India-Pakistan borders.

Havaldar Lalak Jan and Captain Sher Khan, both recipients of Nishan-e-Haider for their gallantry in Kargil War, were soldiers of 12th Northern Light infantry Unit.

The Northern Light infantry (NLI) is currently headquartered at Bunji near Gilgit and consists of  16 battalions.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

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To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

For further information, please contact:
[email protected]

NOTES:
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

Read more about the agency at: http://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-agency-habitat

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Sirbaz Khan from Hunza Valley becomes first Pakistani to climb Mount Lhotse

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Sirbaz Khan from Hunza Valley becomes first Pakistan to climb Lhotse

History has been made early morning in Nepal as Sirbaz Khan, a mountaineer from the Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan, successfully climbs, Lhotse, world’s 4th highest peak.

The 30-year old climber from Hunza Valley accompanying a 12-member team.

Climber Mingma G made the announcement on his Facebook page. According to Mingma Sherpa, the team reached the summit of Mont Lhotse at 09:47 am on May 14, 2019.

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A portrait of Sirbaz Khan taken after acclimatization at Nanga Parbat Base Camp.

Hailing from Aliabad town in Hunza Valley, Sirbaz Khan has already made a respectable place in the mountaineering fraternity by climbing K2 (8,611m) and Nanga Parbat (8,126m)

The team that climbed Mount Lhotse as part of the Lhotse Expedition 2019 include:

  1. Dawa Gyalje Sherpa (Nepal)
  2. Kili Pemba Sherpa (Nepal)
  3. Pemba Chote Sherpa (Nepal)
  4. Ang jangbu Sherpa (Nepal)
  5. Dendi Sherpa (Nepal)  
  6. Tamting Sherpa (Nepal)
  7. Dawa Tenzing Sherpa (Nepal)
  8. Gao Li (China)
  9. Li Xiaolin (China)
  10. Christina Flampouri (Greece) 
  11. Antonios Sykaris (Greece) 
  12. Sirbaz Khan (Pakistan)

Sirbaz Khan has yet another mission to accomplish. He is aiming to become the first Pakistani to climb Mount Everest without oxygen. He has been training for #MissionEverest for over a month in Nepal.

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