By Nisar Ali
GHANCHE: Two bothers of Okara district of Punjab were found dead in district Ghanche of Gilgit-Baltistan on Saturday after they suffered suffocation from the gas they left turned on overnight.
The incident occurred in a room situated near Habib Metro bank in Khaplu district of Ghanche.
Muhammad Shehbaz Anjum 28 and his brother Imtiaz hailed from Okara district of Punjab. They were working in a new Bank building in the area.
According to sources, when a local person entered their room on Saturday morning he found them dead inside. Their room was unlocked while the gas was turned on. However later the bodies were shifted to a hospital for postmortem.
Talking to Outpost, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr. Ashraf said that both the persons were dead when brought to hospital. “There was no bruises whatsoever on the bodies,” he said, adding police were investigating the matter.
Negligent handling of gas in homes can bring death and destruction any time any where, but such accidents are more common in the winters.
Published in Outpost on December 24, 2016
By Nisar Ali
SARGODHA: Students of Gilgit-Baltistan arranged a welcome party for newcomers at the University of Sargodha (UOS).
Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Afzal, Dean Faculty of Pharmacy Bashir Sajid, Professor Dr. Alamgeer and over 100 hundred students attended the party.
The students wearing the local cap and white dressed performed the cultural dance with Shina and Balti traditional music.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Afzal said that he was very happy knowing that more than 100 students are studying in UOS. He maintained that that there is no dearth of talent in the students who belong to Gilgit-Baltistan, adding that the junior students should follow the seniors to understand the varsity environment.
He added that he was also ready to solve the problem of Gilgit-Baltistan students. Professor Dr. Alamgeer hailing from Gilgit-Baltistan based in Sargodha said ‘we should transfer our moral and ideological knowledge to others which is empowered by the university and hardworking is first condition to reach the destination.
Representing Gilgit-Baltistan he also welcomed and thanked the guest for participating in the event.
Earlier, a shield was presented by Acting Vice Chancellor to Zaheer Ahmad for completion of his degree.
Dr. Basheer Sajid, Zaheer Ahamad, Aslam Rahi and others spoke on this occasion. Later, the party turned into musical program as student started to dance with the music.
Published in Outpost on December 11, 2016
By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: The power generation in Gilgit has fallen from over 35 megawatt to 28 megawatt owing to frozen glaciers, says deputy commissioner Hamza Salick as he explains the causes behind the extended loadshedding in the region.
The shortage of power hits hard routine life in winters forcing people to depend on firewood that ultimately leads to deforestation.
“The excessive use of power for heating and cooking has also aggravated the situation,” Salick told reporters in his office on Thursday.
Executive engineer Hamid Hussain of power department also attended the briefing which was first since winter began and shortage of power increased up to 15 hours a day in the city where more than 25000 consumers use the facility.
In an attempt to curb misuse of power, Salick said special teams were formed which raided houses and confiscated handmade heaters and rods. “By doing that we were able to save about 1500 megawatts of power.”
The officials said every household was allowed to use up to 10 ampere of electricity and corssing the limit would lead to disconnection of line. “In the last one week, power lines of 1661 households have been disconnected,” said the executive engineer, adding 283 high power heaters have also been confiscated.
According to minister information Iqbal Hassan, federal government has allocated 5 billion rupees under public sector development program to overcome the power crisis in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The funds will be used to generate hydro energy, the minister told reporters recently inn Gilgit, adding Gilgit-Baltistan government will also spend three-billion rupees to establish a regional grid station in addition to establishing additional sources of energy generation.
Gilgit-Baltistan has the potential to produce over 45,000 Megawatts of electricity. However, due to lack of investment in the power sector is said to be behind the crisis which force people to increasingly depend on liquefied petroleum gas and firewood.
Published in the Outpost on December 2, 2016
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: The federal service tribunal Islamabad has issued a landmark decision this year, declaring job of teachers working in Gilgit’s largest educational institution ‘regular’.
Public Schools and Colleges Jutial Gilgit (PSCJG) is one of the largest institutions in Gilgit-Baltistan with more than 6000 students and around 200 faculty members besides the supporting staff. Established in 1979-80, the institution - spreading over about 100 Kanals - was initially named as “F.G Public school” but was renamed later as PSCJG – omitting the words F.G.
The decision will ensure pension for those already retired and is also expected to be applicable on hundreds others serving here.
“The decision is something like a dream for many of us who served or are serving,” said a teacher.
The man who made this all happen was Abdul Qayyum, a resident of Rawalpindi who served for over 22 years as English teacher before retiring in 2009. But on his retirement, he returned home empty-handed. He then appealed in federal service tribunal Islamabad in 2013. The court accepted his appeal and included ministry of Kashmir affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan and Public school and colleges Jutial Gilgit as respondents.
To begin with, it was in 1987 when Abdul Qayyum decided to join then F.G Public School in Gilgit, leaving his previous regular job as upper divisional clerk (UDC) in then Armed forces medical college Rawalpindi, which was renamed later as armed forces postgraduate medical institute Rawalpindi.
In response to an advertisement published in an Urdu daily in 1987, Qayyum applied for the post of English teacher grade 16 in then F.G Public School Jutial Gilgit and subsequently got selected after test and interview.
The appointment letter provided to Qayyum had it clearly mentioned that the “service was likely to be pensionable in very near future.”
In his appeal, he took a plea that he left his regular job in armed forces postgraduate medical institute Rawalpindi because the job in F.G public school was also being regularized. Therefore he deserves full pension under the rules applicable to federal government servants. He also referred to the letter provided to him by armed forces postgraduate medical institute Rawalpindi which agreed to pay pension for the period he served there as regular staff.
After hearing the parties and going through documents and record, the court ruled that appellant had long served in the school and that status of the school was under the federal government. In its judgment, copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, the court further noted the respondents assured the appellant several times that the service would be pensionable. “The appellant being a civil servant is entitled to all pensionary benefits for the period worked in the school,” read the judgment. The court also directed the respondents to pay the pension to the respondent without further loss of time.
“I’m thankful to God, justice delivered finally,” Qayyum told Outpost. “I suffered a lot – mentally and physically – over the years,” said the man whose meager financial resources have taken its toll on his health.
Lt Col Waheed Anjum, who is principal of PSCJG, said the institution was committed and will continue to provide quality education in the region. “It’s a court decision which came in response to an appeal file by a former teacher,” the principal told Outpost.
While the decision may be ‘a dream come true’ for the teachers, it is yet to be seen if the fee will be reduced and brought at par with other government schools without compromising education standard.
Published in Outpost on December 11, 2016
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: In what might be a pleasant surprise for many in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), Core commander 10 core Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal on Friday said there is no difference of opinion over giving constitutional rights to G-B.
The core commander’s comments, which are rare from an army top official, are expected to remove apprehensions of local politicians and intelligentsia who in one of the other way suspected military establishment’s role behind the ambitious constitutional status that deprived G-B’s representation in the parliament since independence.
“There is no disagreement on this that G-B must get its constitutional status. This must be clear,” said the Core commander while addressing a selected gathering at Gilgit, where he earlier visited Khunjerab pass, the starting point of CPEC.
He said G-B constitutional issue was a political decision and a committee was working on it and “we have also given our opinion on this.”
“But what is yet to be determined is the method to proceed. What is being discussed is if implementation should start at provincial level or otherwise.”
Referring to G-B empowerment and governance order 2009 – which made G-B equivalent to a province - core commander said the development took place in a couple of years what it hadn’t been over the past 60 years.
He said G-B empowerment and governance order 2009 was a milestone for G-B which would pave way for further development.
Malik Zafar Iqbal praise the youth of G-B and said they are more visionary and energetic than rest of the country.
The undecided constitutional status of G-B has been one of the top issues around which the politics in this region revolves. Pakistan Peoples Party bost on its achievement as the empowerment order 2009 was introduced in PPP government.
Published in Outpost on November 19, 2016