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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

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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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Campaigning in schools for better hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

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Kids perform at Global Handwashing Day 2019 in Gilgit

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), in collaboration with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), government agencies and voluntary bodies, facilitated events in schools across Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. These activities aimed at raising awareness about healthy and hygienic practices including the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is “Clean Hands for All,” reminding us that the simple message of proper handwashing for better health has yet to be spread to all. In local schools and communities awareness-raising sessions, handwashing demonstrations and school plays have reached around 5,000 students, parents, and school faculty.

Children and schools play a key role in spreading greater awareness about health and hygiene. In over 600 communities in Pakistan, AKAH has implemented health and hygiene education through its School Health Improvement Programme, benefitting over half a million people.

Nawab Ali Khan, AKAH CEO stated:

“AKAH has reached over half a million people through its health and hygiene education programme focusing on personal, domestic and environmental hygiene and the numbers increase every year. Handwashing is a key component of our health and hygiene programme and this year we are celebrating it as a complement to the prime minister’s vision of clean and green Pakistan.”

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral as part of their Royal Tour in Pakistan

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral, Pakistan
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew from Islamabad to Chitral on their third day of Royal tour in Pakistan. This is the first royal tour of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton to Pakistan.

The two were welcomed with traditional Chitrali Pakol, a traditional Chitrali cap, and Chitrali Chogha, a traditional long coat in often presented to dignitaries, at the Chitral Airport.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport where they were presented with traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha. Photo: WireImage

The royal couple had landed in Islamabad on Monday evening as part of a 5-day long royal tour in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy first day in the capital where they had a meeting with Prime  Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, the royal couple visited Islamabad Model College for Girls, a government-run school in the capital city.

Later, the British High Commissioner for Pakistan Thomas Drew hosted a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad. The royal couple arrived at Pakistan Monument in an auto-rickshaw.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at Chitral Airport wearing a traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha.

The Duke had spoken of the challenges Pakistan faces from climate change at a reception at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.

“Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages,” he said.

He further added:

“I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.”

William and Kate are also expected to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and the historic city of Lahore as part of their royal tour.

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