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Karakoram Highway (KKH) Posted by on Oct 10, 2016

The Karakoram Highway (known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world. It’s also known as the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It’s regarded as one of the world’s hardest alpine climbs. The Karakorum Highway connects China and Pakistan across the…

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Urdu Proverbs Posted by on Oct 7, 2016

In a series of blogs this month I’ll be highlighting famous Urdu proverbs with their English translation and transliteration. Urdu اندھا کیا چاہے دو آنکھیں Roman Urdu Andha Kiya Chahay doo Ankhan. English A wish coming True. Urdu آنکھ کا اندھا نام نین سکھ Roman Urdu Aankh ka Andha Naam Naeen-Sokh English Opposite qualities of…

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Happy New Year! Posted by on Oct 5, 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016  was the first day of the Islamic calendar in the Islamic year 1438 AH. Awal (1st) Muharram (also called Maal Hijrah) celebrates the beginning of the Islamic New Year, and is also the beginning of ten days of remembrance for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, who was killed…

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Biafo Glacier Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

The Biafo Glacier is a 63 km (39 mi) long glacier in the Karakoram Mountains of the northern areas of Pakistan which meets the 49 km (30 mi) long Hispar Glacier at an altitude of 5,128 m (16,824 ft) at Hispar La (Pass) to create the world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms, Nagar (immediately south of Hunza) in the west with Baltistan in the east.…

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Kashmir Issue between India and Pakistan Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

 The state of Jammu and Kashmir (کشمیر), which existed in 1947 when the Subcontinent achieved its independence, had started taking shape in 1846, when the Valley of Kashmir was sold by the British East India Company to Ghulab Singh (گلاب سنگھ)  of Jammu. In 1947 the area of the State of Jammu and Kashmir was 84471 Sq.…

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