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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Pakistan: Shiites Killed in Gilgit-Baltistan

Bitter Winter English 08 Aug 2022
Violence against Pakistani Shia Muslims during the sacred month of Muharram unfortunately repeats itself every year. by Marco Respinti ... Police is currently investigating an incident that happened near the monument of Yagdar Chowk in Gilgit City, in the autonomous territory of Gilgit-Balistan (former Northern Territories) at the beginning of Muharram....

Security tightened in Gilgit

Dawn 05 Aug 2022
GILGIT. Police tightened security arrangements in Gilgit on Thursday amid tension in the city after violence claimed two lives and left 22 people injured last week ... Pillion riding on motorcycles has been banned in Gilgit and 4G mobile internet will remain suspended till Ashura....

Normalcy restored in Gilgit

Urdu Point 02 Aug 2022
Normal traffic plied on the roads as law enforcement forces, including Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts patrolled the city with strict checking of vehicles on entry and exit points....

Gilgit Warriors won the fifth edition of Zalmi Madrasa League

Urdu Point 01 Aug 2022
Gilgit Warriors defeated Skardu Tigers in final by 35 runs ... beautiful place of Gilgit-Baltistan. In the final, Gilgit Warriors defeated Skardu Tigers by 35 runs. Batting first, Gilgit Warriors scored 150 runs for the loss of wickets in eight overs....

Apex committee reviews the law and order situation of Gilgit city

Urdu Point 01 Aug 2022
Commander FCNA, Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan, Inspector General Gilgit Baltistan, Home Secretary Gilgit Baltistan, representatives of GB Scouts, Rangers, MI, ISI and IB attended the meeting....

Two killed, 17 wounded in Gilgit clash

Dawn 01 Aug 2022
GILGIT. Two people were killed and 17 others were injured when two religious groups clashed here at Yadgar Chowk, near Gilgit deputy commissioner’s office ... They were identified as Syed Iqrar Hussain, 25, a resident of Nagaral of Gilgit district; and Mohammad Ali, 15, from Hoper valley of Nagar....

‘Mismanaged’ test for health dept jobs sparks protest in Gilgit

Dawn 30 Jul 2022
GILGIT. Hundreds of candidates boycotted a test for 32 posts in the Gilgit-Baltistan health department and protested outside Chief Minister House on Friday against “mismanagement” during the exam ... Soon after the test began, at a girls’ college in Gilgit’s Chinar Bagh area, hundreds ......

Gilgit Warriors win 5th Zalmi Madrasa League

Urdu Point 28 Jul 2022
Gilgit Warriors, by defeating Skardu Tigers by 35 runs on Thursday, won the 5th Edition of Zalmi Madrasa League, organized by Peshawar Zalmi and Zalmi Foundation in Gilgit-Baltistan. GILGIT, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jul, 2022 ) ......

First Career Fest to start in Gilgit from 15-18 August: CS GB

Urdu Point 27 Jul 2022
Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan Muhiudeen Wani on Wednesday said that the first ever Career Fest would be held from 15th to 18th August in Gilgit city. GILGIT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th ......

Gasho Lake fishing festival in Gilgit ends

Dawn 26 Jul 2022
GILGIT ... The event was organised by Gilgit-Baltistan’s fisheries department in collaboration with the district administration. “Gasho Lake is the nearest tourist spot from Gilgit city and the GB government is trying to make it easy for domestic and foreign tourists to reach here,” ......
photo: AP Photo
 A Pakistani soldier patrols at the newly built Gwadar port, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of

China using CPEC to gain control of Gwadar, Gilgit-Baltistan: Report

Beijing News 26 Jul 2022
Beijing has been using the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to gain control of the Gwadar port and the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, a media report said ... It is crucial for China to gain control over the Gilgit-Baltistan region (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir PoK), as the region borders the Xinjiang province of China....

The fifth edition of Zalmi Madrasa League started in Gilgit-Baltistan under the umbrella of Peshawar ...

Urdu Point 25 Jul 2022
Gilgit Warriors and Diamir Lions won the matches played on the first day ... at the beautiful location of Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit Warriors and Diamir Lions won the matches played on the first day....

Zalmi Madarsa League Gilgit-Baltistan edition begins

Urdu Point 25 Jul 2022
PESHAWAR, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jul, 2022 ) .The 5th edition of the Zalmi Madarsa League got under way at Gilgit-Baltistan and would continue up till July 28, Zalmi spokesman Abdul Ghaffar told APP on Monday....

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