US initiative on Education may soften strain ties

USAID signs 7 MoUs with Pak Universities Sana Jamal  Islamabad – While Pakistan-United States strategic relations continue to remain strained, cooperation in the field of education continues to grow. To reaffirm the support, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed on Wednesday between seven universities of Pakistan and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The signing…

‘No story is worth dying for’

Journalists safety must be top priority  Islamabad – Safety of journalists should be the top priority for media industry as well state institutions to ensure the freedom of media in Pakistan. Speakers warned that competitive pressures can force reporters to take unnecessary risks, but journalists must remember a cardinal rule of journalism: no story is…

Winter brings fear and joy

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Oct. 2011) Sana Jamal  Islamabad – With the first chilling winds of the season, the cold weather has made its presence felt in the capital city quite raucously, sending alarm and fear for have-nots and delight for haves. Those who can afford it, have already prepared for the season, and…

Faiz remembered as a symbol of Hope

Umeed-e-Sehar ki Baat Suno Islamabad – Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered as the symbol of hope, heroism and constant struggle for the people of Pakistan particularly for the youth and oppressed class by the academics on Tuesday. The poetry of Faiz was depicted in the form of mime act and musical performances by the students…

Memory Lingers On: Remembering Victims of 2005 earthquake

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Oct. 2011)Sana JamalIslamabad – Six years later, since the massive earthquake struck northern Pakistan in October 2005, the heart-rending reminiscences continue to live on in our memories. The day is a memento to remember those who lost their lives and loved ones, and also to pay gratitude to those individuals, organizations and…

Good old family system is fast fading away

International Day of Older Persons marked Published in Pakistan Observer (1 Oct. 2011) Sana JamalIslamabad – In this era of technology, with all its advantages, the traditional values and morals are at a greater risk of fading from societies, causing generation gap. This gap is leading to breakdown of traditional values, diminishing the centuries old difference…

‘Hamara Yaqeen – Piyara Cheen’

Students hold peace walk to mark National Day of China Published in Pakistan Observer (1 Oct. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – Chanting slogans ‘Hamara Yaqeen – Piyara Cheen’ students of Islamabad thronged the Parade Ground (D-Chowk) in Islamabad, on Friday, to endorse the Pak-China friendship. The peace walk was held on the eve of the national…

WPC demands extensive role of women in Politics

Islamabad – Following a round-table conference, a unanimous declaration was passed by the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, on Thursday, calling for equal opportunities for women in the public and political spheres. The Parliamentarians also agreed to build consensus among their respective political parties to provide at least 10 per cent quota for women on winnable general…

Revisit of Foreign Policy urged

Published in Pakistan Observer (27 Sept. 2011)Sana JamalIslamabad – In the wake of worsening Pakistan-US relations, speakers at a seminar on ‘security situation and role of media’ urged a diplomatic solution and revisiting of foreign policy. The interactive discussion on media’s role, arranged by South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) at SAFMA center in Islamabad,…

Hajj – a mean to strengthen Islamic solidarity

Islamabad – Prominent Islamic scholars from around the world, on Tuesday, highlighted the real message of Hajj and advised the Muslim Ummah to close their ranks to establish a unified Islamic approach against serious challenges. Speaking at the two-day international conference on “Hajj – Unity and Solidarity of Islamic Ummah”, organized by the Ministry of…

Population management can help develop nation

Published in Pakistan Observer (27 Sept. 2011)Sana JamalIslamabad – Manageable population can lead to progress of the country while the uncontrolled population rise can result in shortage of basic necessities of life. This point of concern was raised at national seminar on World Contraception Day held on Monday in Islamabad. Senator Suriya Amiruddin noted that…

Structural changes in society stressed to offset VAW

Islamabad – Women from South Asian region often experience and face gender inequalities due to rules of a patriarchal social system, which makes it difficult for women to seek their due rights as they have little support from the community and state. To address the concerns of survivors of violence, a number women rights activists…

Gender Equality Impossible Without Help from Men: Plan 2011 Report

Published in Pakistan Observer (23 Sept. 2011) Sana JamalIslamabad – Girls and women around the world can only win the battle for gender equality if boys and men in their lives join the cause to help improve their lives, says a new report released on Thursday in Islamabad. The report ‘Because I am a Girl:…

Joint Struggle to counter VAW urged

Published in Pakistan Observer (23 Sept. 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Speakers at a conference here on Thursday urged for collective struggle and structural reforms to challenge Violence Against Women (VAW) in South Asian countries particularly. The three-day South Asian conference on “Reclaiming Space: from victimhood to agency: State and civil society response to VAW”…

Mental, physical activity needed to counter Alzheimer

Published in Pakistan Observer (22 Sept. 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Experts urged Pakistanis to remain engaged in healthy physical and mental activities to counter threats of Alzheimer disease, as “people who were less active during their leisure time nearly quadrupled their risk of developing the mind-robbing Alzheimer’s disease.” Speaking at a public awareness seminar…

Thai performer present an enchanting performance in Islamabad

Thai Cultural performance mesmerize the audiences

Islamabad- To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a magnificent Thai Cultural show was arranged at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). His Excellency, Mr. Marut Jitpatima, Ambassador of Thailand to Pakistan was the chief guest of the occasion.…