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Pakistani athletes shine in Khunjerab Marathon 2019

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Pakistani athletes have managed to clinch all top positions in the Khunjerab Highest Altitude Road Marathon held on Saturday at Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Khunjerab National Park. The marathon was jointly organized by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in collaboration with Serena Hotels and Z Adventures.

A total 154 marathon athletes from Pakistan and across the world ran on the Karakoram Highway at an elevation of 4693 meters making it the Highest Altitude Road Marathon. The athletes included 39 international runners from 17 countries

Khunjerab Road Marathon

Khunjerab Marathon 2019 was held in three categories including ultra marathon (50 km), marathon (42 km) and half-marathon (21km).

The Khunjerab Marathon started from the PAK-China Border, also known as Khunjerab top and ended at Deh, a security check post near the trade hub of Sost in the Hunza district.

Personnel of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, and Gilgit-Baltistan Police and other security agencies were deployed to carry out the event successfully.

Khunjerab Marathon 2019

“This highest-ever marathon took place at an elevation of 4693 meters above sea level and featured a unique blend of young and old, local and foreign, male and female long-distance runners, sweating out on the eighth wonder of the world,” said a PAF spokesperson while talking to the media.

Khunjerab Marathon 2019

Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan and Air Marshal Aasim Zaheer, President Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan, Maj. Gen. Ehsan Mehmood Khan, Force Command Northern Areas, Sana Ullah Abbasi IGP Gilgit-Baltistan, Jawad Saeed, Air Marshal Pakistan Air Force, Abdul Moeed, Air Vice Marshal PAF, and Brig. Abrar Ahmad DG GB Scouts were also present at the closing ceremony.

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A group photo of international athletes who came to Hunza to attend the Khunjerab Marathon 2019.

Muhammad Siyar from Pakistan Army clinched the first position in the 50-km marathon. Aslam Khan from GB Scouts was the runner up and Muhammad Iqbal stood third in the same category.

In the 42-kilometers race, Army Athletics Team represented by Umair Haider, Muhammad Faheem, and Sohail Tanveer won the first, second and third position respectively.

In the 21-kilometer race, Mirza Aslam Baig bagged the first spot while Abdul Muheet and Musawwar ur Rehman won the second and third positions, respectively.

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

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Paramedic from Gilgit-Baltistan passes away in the fight against COVID-19

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Malik Ashdar Paramedic Nagar Gilgit-Baltistan - COVID-19 Coronavirus deaths

Coronavirus takes the life of another on-duty health worker from Gilgit-Baltistan. The 55-year-old radiology lab worker from Nagar district had contracted COVID-19 locally. He passes away four days after being shifted to a quarantine center in Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan’s most hard-hit district.

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Locally transmitted cases are surfacing more frequently as the government tries to contain the epidemic. As of March 29, Pakistan has over 1500 cases with 28 recovered patients and 16 deaths.

Malik Ashdar Paramedic Nagar Gilgit-Baltistan - COVID-19 Coronavirus deaths
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AKAH jointly with AKU-ISMC and KIU working to scale up and transfer rural water systems to urban settings

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) jointly with Aga Khan University- Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and Karakoram International University (KIU) are conducting research on Scaling Up and Transferring community-managed Rural Water Systems to Urban Settings

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On World Water Day, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Pakistan shared an important new research project led by AKU-ISMC’s Dr. Jeff Tan with Professor Steve Lyon in partnership with Karakoram International University and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.

Generously funded by the British Academy’s “Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being” programme, the £280,000 research grant is for a project titled “Scaling Up and Transferring community-managed Rural Water Systems to Urban Settings”, Many of the problems around access to clean water in the global south are because of poor maintenance and the deterioration of water infrastructure.

The research looks at an existing Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) in Gilgit- Baltistan which uses community-managed maintenance to the water infrastructure to help solve this problem.

The research will examine two projects and assess whether the model could be upscaled to be used in other urban settings. Gilgit-Baltistan is geographically isolated and suffers high levels of poverty.

There are currently 400 community-managed water projects in the scheme which cover over 100,000 households. By working collaboratively and bringing together researchers in economics, anthropology and engineering as well as development practitioners and other experts the project aims to identify how social, economic, cultural and technical factors all affect how community-managed water systems work.

Dr. Tan commented: ‘This is an exciting research project that not only seeks to address the pressing issue of access to water as part of the SDGs, but also brings together researchers and development practitioners from across AKU and AKDN, with capacity building and fieldwork opportunities for university students and graduates from Gilgit-Baltistan.”

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