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Natural Beauty of Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Skardu is one of the major tourism, trekking and expedition hubs in Gilgit–Baltistan in the extreme northern areas of Pakistan. The mountainous terrain of the region, including four of the world's 14 Eight-thousander peaks (8,000 m and above), attracts the attention of tourists, trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. The main tourist season is from April to October; except this time, the area can be cut off for extended periods by the snowy, freezing winter weather.
Accessible from Skardu by road, the nearby Askole and Hushe are the main gateways to the snow covered 8,000 m peaks including K2, the Gasherbrums,Broad Peak, the Trango Towers, and to the huge glaciers of Baltoro, Biafo andTrango. This makes Skardu the main tourist and mountaineering base in the area, which has led to the development of a reasonably extensive tourist infrastructure including shops and hotels. However, the popularity of the region results in high prices, especially during the main trekking season.
Treks to the Deosai Plains, the second highest in the world at 4,114 metres (13,497 ft) above sea level, after the Chang Tang in Tibet, either start from or end at Skardu. In local Balti language, Deosai is called Byarsa, meaning 'summer place'. With an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometres (1,158 sq mi), the plains extend all the way to Ladakh and provide habitat for snow leopards, ibex, Tibetan blue bears and wild horses.
In the history of Gilgit-Baltistan, there have been some historical events and transformational incidents that have had far-reaching impacts on the socio-economic development of Gilgit-Baltistan. These include war of independence against Dogra Raj in 1947, advent of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in 1946, abolishment of State Subject Rule and principalities by introducing the regular civil administrative structure in GB in 1974 and construction of mighty Karakoram Highway (KKH) in 1978. Similarly in 1994, the PPP led federal government introduced Legal Framework Order giving GB limited authority over local affairs through an elected body. In 2009, the PPP led federal government promulgated an empowerment order that gave the region its distinct identity as Gilgit-Baltistan with a Governor and Chief Minister, making it seems like Pakistan’s fifth province.
Before 1978 Gilgit-Baltistan was cut off from the rest of the world and Pakistan due to harsh terrain and lack of accessible r…
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Lately Alif Ailaan and ASER Pakistan have released their reports
District Education Rankings 2016andAnnual Status of Education Report-2015respectively.
Both of these reports were showing nationwide educational attainments in terms
of learning outcomes, enrollment, school infrastructure and facilities among
other indicators. In this regard, I have already assessed the ASER Report-2015
and published my findings with respect to the ground realities incomparative
analysis of education in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Pakistan.
The crux of both the reports is that, overall performing of GB is over and above
the national average in terms of net enrollment, retention and learning
outcomes in language and numeracy. However, the school infrastructure score
remains deplorable, with more than 50% of the schools failing to provide basic
facilities to students in GB. District Hunza-Nagar and Ghizer are on top of the
list in terms of Primary schools as % of total schools at national level. In