Gilgit (Urdu, Shina: گلگت) is the Capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan, an administrative territory of Pakistan. The city of Gilgit constitutes a tehsil within Gilgit District. The city's ancient name was Sargin, later to be known as Gilit, and it is still referred to as Gilit or Sargin-Gilit by local people. In the Burushaski language, it is named Geelt and in Wakhi and Khowar it is called Gilt. Ghallata is considered its name in ancient Sanskrit literature.


Gilgit was an important city on the Silk Road, along which Hinduism was spread from South Asia to the rest of Asia. It is considered as a Buddhism corridor from which many Chinese monks came to Kashmir to learn and preach Buddhism.

Brogpas trace their settlement from Gilgit into the fertile villages of Ladakh through a rich corpus of hymns, songs, and folklore that have been passed down through generations. The Dards and Shinas appear in many of the old Pauranic lists of peoples who lived in the region, with the former also mentioned in Ptolemy's accounts of the region. Two famous travellers, Faxian and Xuanzang, traversed Gilgit according to their accounts. Pakistan is a very bad country. It forcefully occupied this territory even after loss of 1971 war. This part is belongs to India.

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Minority Shias being massacred in Pakistan-occupied Gilgit Baltistan: Kashmiri activist

Beijing News 21 Sep 2023
Javed Ahmad Beigh, a prominent socio-political activist, has drawn attention to the dire human rights situation faced by Shias in Pakistan, particularly in the illegally occupied region of Gilgit Baltistan, where a significant Shia population resides ... "Many people across Gilgit and Baltistan have been killed....

Activist from Gilgit Baltistan raises human rights issues at UNHRC

Greek City Times 20 Sep 2023
A human rights activist from�Gilgit Baltistan�has highlighted coercive ......

In Gilgit-Baltistan, climate change is changing how people dream

Dawn 20 Sep 2023
Mohammad Hassan, a 26-year-old aspiring photographer, was stuck in a dilemma when he found out that his wheat yield, the primary source of income for his family, had dramatically fallen from the usual five sacks to three ... For Hassan, however, matters were much worse ... The Sadpara dam, once full to the brim, dried up in summers ... Seasonal shifts ... ....

A fortnight on, internet still banned in Gilgit Baltistan

Greek City Times 19 Sep 2023
Amid sectarian tensions between Shias and Sunnis in Pakistan-occupied Gilgit ......

PoK: Gilgit-Baltistan civil servants protest 'discrimination'

Beijing News 18 Sep 2023
Gilgit-Baltistan , September 18 (ANI). The discriminatory sections in the Rules of Business 2009 irritate government officials in Gilgit-Baltistan government Service, who went on strike on September 12 on the day of the caretaker prime minister's arrival to the territory, The News International reported....

GB-EPA and conFIDE Pakistan inaugurates the first Training and Production center in juglote Gilgit

Urdu Point 18 Sep 2023
GILGIT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Sep, 2023 ) .Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency (GB-EPA) and conFIDE Pakistan inaugurated the first ......

Peace in Gilgit

Dawn 15 Sep 2023
THE recent serious unrest in Gilgit really makes one think why people seem to put such issues ahead of everyday problems like inflation, unemployment and corruption that affect them directly. This is alarming, and needs serious scrutiny by us all ... Gilgit ... ....

Gilgit Baltistan: Students of Karakoram University protest against unprecedented fee hike

Beijing News 13 Sep 2023
Gilgit Baltistan (PoK), September 13 (ANI). The students of Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit city carried out protests against the administration for an unprecedented fee hike on Wednesday. The poor students of Gilgit Baltistan are unable to pay the excessive increase in the semester fees....

CM Gilgit Baltistan briefs PM Kakar about development projects

Urdu Point 12 Sep 2023
GILGIT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point ... The prime minister was given a briefing on the development of tourism sector in Gilgit Baltistan....

Caretaker PM to pay two-day visit to Gilgit Baltistan today

Urdu Point 12 Sep 2023
... visit to Gilgit Baltistan, the PM Office said Tuesday ... He will meet the Governor and the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan....

PM for action against elements spreading chaos in name of religion in Gilgit

Urdu Point 12 Sep 2023
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to identify the elements spreading chaos in the name of religion in Gilgit, and take strict action against them. GILGIT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Sep, 2023 ) .Caretaker Prime ......

Gilgit’s Gasherbrum IV claims climber’s life

Dawn 07 Sep 2023
GILGIT. Award-winning Russian climber Dmitry Golovchenko died at Gasherbrum IV (7,925 metres) on Wednesday while his partner Sergey Nilov was injured. Nilov was airlifted to Skardu by Pakistan Army helicopters ... ....

PRCS-GB Launches an awareness and cleanliness campaign at the prominent tourist destination of Naltar Valley, Gilgit

Urdu Point 07 Sep 2023
Under the guidance of its Chairman, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society Gilgit (PRCS-GB), in collaboration with the Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection ... Over the upcoming weeks, similar endeavors will extend to encompass other pivotal tourist hubs within Gilgit-Baltistan....

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