February 4, 2015 Amir Mehdi

Amir Mehdi: Left out to freeze on K2 and Forgotten

Amir Mehdi wanted to be the first Pakistani to scale the country’s highest peak, K2, and as one of the strongest climbers in the first team to conquer the summit, 60 years ago, he nearly did. Instead he was betrayed by his Italian companions, left to spend a night on the ice without shelter, and was lucky to survive.

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November 12, 2014

We Are What We Eat: Chai, Chapatis and the Taste of Home

Packing up his underwater gear, Matthieu Paley says goodbye to the sea-dwelling Bajau. After a weekend stop-over in Turkey to see his wife and sons, Paley travels to a place that has a special hold on his heart, the mountains of northern Pakistan. Over the coming weeks, we will be taking you with us as Paley travels the globe on assignment for National Geographic in search of our ancestral ties to the food we eat.

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October 31, 2014 Women Suicide in Gilgit-Baltistan

Self, society and suicide in Gilgit

The contemporary society of Gilgit is undergoing an existential crisis begotten by drastic changes and ruptures caused by the forces of modernisation. For the last four decades it has been exposed to a medley of forces which are exogenous, but which have given birth to trends endogenous to the society. These changes have enabled people to get rid of a few institutions and actors that were impediments to progress.

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October 25, 2014 Tourim in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan

Tourism in Pakistan’s Hunza Valley returns with new faces

Tourists visit at the Baltit Fort in Karimabad, a town of northern Hunza valley on August 3, 2014. After a slump in tourism that has lasted more than a decade, the streets of Karimabad in Pakistan’s idyllic northern Hunza Valley are bursting once again with visitors enjoying the city’s sights and sounds — but the locals aren’t happy.

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October 23, 2014 New Jamatkhana Inaugurated in Shishkat - a Attabad Disaster Hit Village in Upper Hunza

New Jamatkhana Inaugurated in Shishkat – a Attabad Disaster Hit Village in Upper Hunza

The resilient people of Shishkat village of Gojal Valley in upper Hunza have moved forward, leaving the agony and pain caused by the damming of the Hunza River caused by the Attabad landslide disaster. Today, hundreds of people gathered in Shishkat to attend the inauguration ceremony of the refurnished and repaired Jamatkhana (Community Center). The […]

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