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Newlywed CSS Officer and husband found dead in their hotel room in Hunza

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Newlyweds from Islamabad die in a Hotel in Hunza

Newlyweds from Islamabad have been found dead in a hotel in Hunza on Friday night. The deaths were caused due to a gas heater leakage in their hotel room in the locality of Karimabad in the Central Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to local police, the two recognized as Syed Shoaib Hassan and his wife Syeda Fatimee, were staying in Hunza for their honeymoon. The couple had tied a knot just ten days back in Islamabad.

 Syed Shoaib Hassan. and Syeda Fatimee death
The couple had tied knot in Islamabad earlier in November this year.

Hunza Police has declared the cause of death as “suffocation due to heating gas leakage”.

Syed Shoaib Hassan was an engineer while his wife Syeda Fatimee, a CSS-qualified officer, worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad. 

Syed Shoaib Hassan
A memorable picture of Engineer Syed Shoaib Hassan signing the papers of his Nikkah.

Talking to GBee News, the owner of the hotel said that as per hotel policy, the guests were asked to return the gas heater within two hours, however, despite asking twice, the guests insisted on keeping the heater in the room.

The owner of the hotel and two employees including the receptionist and a waiter were arrested and taken to the Aliabad Police Station.

The bodies of the dead will be sent to Islamabad after a postmortem at a hospital in Alibabad.

Just a few weeks back, a father and newlywed son had passed away in Gojal village of the Upper Hunza district due to suffocation from power generator fumes.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, has show his grief on the death of the two. He posted his condolence message on social networking website Twitter. He said that the Foreign Office [of Pakistan] has lost a promising officer.

Electricity is on a record shortage in the Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan. The harsh cold weather and prolonged loadshedding are forcing locals and tourists to use Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) heaters.

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

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AKAH Celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2019

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A Hunza school girl at Al Murtaza School in Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
AKAH in collaboration with other AKDN and government agencies is campaigning for “Clean Hands for All”. Photo: Imran Hunzai / AKDN

Aga Khan Agency of Habitat (AKAH) in close coordination with other Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies, Government Departments, civil bodies and media groups celebrated Global Handwashing Day 2019. 

A number of activities and events were designed and organized at the school level across districts in Gilgit- Baltistan. These activities aimed at campaigning for better hygiene. 

school kids in Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
Global Handwashing Day 2019: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, through its School Health Improvement Programme (SHIP), is sensitizing school children and management across vulnerable communities for hygienic practices, including handwashing with soap.
A Hunza kid washing hands
AKAH is spreading smiles through providing access to safe drinking water and educating communities for handwashing with soap, under its Water And Sanitation Education Programme (WASEP), to prevent diseases and save lives.
AKESP Global Handwashing Day 2019
Students at AKES, P school in Chatorkhand are demonstrating handwashing in an event organized to campaign for hygienic practices on Global Handwashing Day.
school kids in Al Murtaza School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
The students of AKES, P school in Murtazabad Hunza are learning the steps of Handwashing with the help of health hygiene trainers.
Representatives of AKDN on Global Handwashing Day 2019
Representatives of AKDN agencies emphasized addressing “Handwashing disparities to prevent diseases and save lives”, in events organized to mark Global Handwashing Day, 2019.
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Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) appoints its first-ever female CEO

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Mehnaz Parveen, CEO, KADO Hunza
Cover Photo Credits: Jamil Alvi

Karakoram Area Development Organization, better known as its acronym KADO, has appointed Mehnaz Parveen as its first-ever female CEO. The vacant position of Chief Executive Officer at KADO Hunza was announced on 2nd August 2019.

Mehnaz Parveen, the new CEO of KADO Hunza, is a resident of Passu, Gojal. She has been working at Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education (FACE) as a Director and Institute for Preservation of Arts and Culture (IPAC) prior to FACE. She has also been associated with Indus Blues as a Production Designer. Indus Blues is an award-winning Pakistani documentary that focuses on the fading musical instruments in Pakistan.

Mehnaz Parveen holds a degree in journalism from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She also studied documentary filmmaking from Madison Area Technical College, Watertown, Wisconsin, USA.

Mehnaz Parveen with Jawad Sharif, director of Indus Blues, and hosts of GEO New’s morning show GEO Pakistan. Photo: Jawad Sharif (Facebook).

She has been in a leading position for Music Mela events in Hunza and Islamabad. Music Mela is an event organized by the Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education (FACE) in collaborations with partner organizations and brands.

Mehaz Parveen is also the co-founder of Seabuckthorn Hunza restaurant which is based in Islamabad’s sector F8. The restaurant serves Hunza Traditional Foods.

The new CEO brings on table years of experience working with indigenous communities from Kalash to Tharparkar. Mehnaz Parveen, during her time at FACE, has worked tirelessly for improving the livelihoods of these indigenous communities and for the promotion of culture and folk music of these areas.

Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) is an indigenous initiative aimed at to improve the socio-economic conditions of people in Gilgit-Baltistan.”

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KADO has been working actively since the mid-90s for the promotion of culture, entrepreneurship and giving training to differently-abled and young people across Gilgit-Baltistan and even Chitral.

With a headquarter based in Aliabad, Hunza, KADO has spent over a billion Pakistani Rupees, mostly grant and aid money, during the past two decades. KADO is currently operating projects like the Gems and Jewellery Development Centre, Karakoram Handicraft Development Project, Hunza Arts and Cultural Forum, Hunza Environmental Committee, Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), Rehabilitation Center and HiMaT ILDP.

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