Documentation of NAs history on cards
3 May 2007
The Daily Times
Gilgit: Various literary societies and associations based in the Northern Areas will launch the preservation of this areas history by documenting it. A meeting jointly organised by the Brushaski Research Academy and Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zouq, Gilgit, agreed that research projects would be carried out in fields including literature, politics, cultural transformation, heroes and socio- political movements that had earlier taken place in the region before Pakistans creation. Researcher Sher Baz Ali Khan Barcha said during the meeting that without financial assistance, this kind of research would be impossible. Considerable material about the regions literature and history has been gathered, however few people are aware about this work. Another researcher, Shahnaz Hunzai, said the regions culture was fading quickly due to scientific and technological advancement. She termed the regions history oral and said the knowledge that remained with local elders should be documented. The meeting agreed that a criterion for researchers must be held and that all the research work should be compiled in an encyclopaedia. The meeting also discussed ways of conducting the research and linking the work with other national research organisations. It was also decided that a meeting would be held on Saturday in Hunza to discuss a project on former Hunza ruler, the late Mir Jamal Khans life and achievements, which would be presided over by the late rulers son and Northern Areas Deputy Chief Executive Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan. The meeting was attended by members of Brushaski Research Academy, Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zouq, Gilgit and reporters. Reforms for NAs to represent public wishes The chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence production Senator Nisar Ahmed Memon said the government had framed new reforms aimed at granting maximum rights to the people of Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan) according to their aspirations. Addressing a public rally in Hopper Village in the Upper Nagar tehsil of Gilgit on Wednesday, Memon said the government was taking concrete measures for the development of the region. He urged the youth to support the governments initiatives. He said peoples demands for constitutional rights were genuine and that the PML government was trying to fulfil the demands. Earlier in his welcome speech, Planning and Development Regional Advisor Mirza Hussain described to Mr Memon the problems faced by local farmers. He requested the senator to waive of the small-scale loans obtained by farmers in view of their abject poverty and bankruptcy.