A Mass Wedding in Northern Pakistan

I reread the crumpled wedding invitation for what must be the twelfth time: 10:00 a.m. I look at my watch: 1:00 p.m. Over a thousand guests sit sweating under the tent, waiting for the festivities to begin. Pakistani weddings tend to run late, and I shouldn’t be surprised that a wedding involving five brides, five grooms and all of their extended family members would start … Continue reading A Mass Wedding in Northern Pakistan

Wall of water could engulf Shangri-La – The Independent

A seven-mile lake formed by a massive landslide in north-east Pakistan is threatening to burst its banks and sweep through a valley, wiping out villages and endangering 45,000 people who live downstream. Engineers are racing to build a channel at the top of the natural dam, formed by a landslide in early January which killed 19 people and blocked the Hunza River. –snip– The villagers, … Continue reading Wall of water could engulf Shangri-La – The Independent

Education in Hunza, by Dr Shahid Siddiqui

Hunza’s success story shows that difficulties can be overcome if the leadership has political will. No doubt Hunza, known for its fruit orchards, lofty mountains, panoramic meadows and breathtaking beauty, is a major tourist attraction, but it is equally interesting to explore the educational initiatives that have empowered the local community there and set an example for other areas. Those who are familiar with the … Continue reading Education in Hunza, by Dr Shahid Siddiqui

Race to save Pakistan’s ‘Shangri-La’ valley from devastating flash flood

ISLAMABAD // Army engineers are battling against time and the threat of seismic shakes to save a 500km stretch of northern Pakistan from being devastated by a potential flash flood. The threat has been building since January 4, when a massive landslide temporarily dammed a river in the mountainous area of Hunza, widely believed to be the inspiration for the fictional kingdom of Shangri-La, creating … Continue reading Race to save Pakistan’s ‘Shangri-La’ valley from devastating flash flood

Emergency plan to rescue people affected by Hunza River blockade

Minister for Environment Hamidullah Jan Afridi Tuesday issued directives to the concerned authorities to immediately prepare an emergency plan to rescue people who are at high risk due to blockade of Hunza River as a result of large-scale landslide. Speaking at an interactive session held here he asked FWO, NESPAK, NDMA and other authorities to carry out a comprehensive study on perceived impacts of landslide … Continue reading Emergency plan to rescue people affected by Hunza River blockade

Pakistan « Pat Deavoll

–excerpt– It was only when we reached the Hunza Valley we began to see other women, in colourful shalwa-kameez, some bare-headed, walking in the streets, either with their husbands or in happy chatting groups. We puzzled over this until Baig explained that Hunza is predominantly populated by Ismailies, who practice the most moderate form of Islam. “I’m Ismailie myself,” he told us, with a big … Continue reading Pakistan « Pat Deavoll

PBDE’s and the Mary Beth Doyle Act: Story of a visit to Hunza

Mary Beth was not a professional scientist, but she was a keen observer. She danced through life. If I could teach anything in science class, it would be how to open your senses to the world. She did just that. Twenty years ago today, Mary Beth and I arrived in the fabled Hunza Valley, the model for Shangri-La, in northern Pakistan. We stayed in a … Continue reading PBDE’s and the Mary Beth Doyle Act: Story of a visit to Hunza

People decry govt inaction as lake threat rises | Dawn News

HUNZA, Jan 23: It is 23 days since the massive landslide hit Atabad village, blocking the Karakoram Highway (KKH), the only land link between China and Pakistan, bringing to a halt the civic and commercial life in Gojal. With the passage of time, shops, stores, and health units are running out of stocks of food and other daily use items and medicines. An artificial lake … Continue reading People decry govt inaction as lake threat rises | Dawn News