Acid crime Bill may lapse within next 30 days

Islamabad – National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) has expressed its concern that if the Bill against acid crimes was not adopted within 30 days, it would lapse and lose its credibility. In a statement issued here on Monday, NCSW noted that on one hand the incidents of acid crimes are on the…

CRM stresses for Commission on Rights of Children

Islamabad – To observe and protect the rights of the millions of ill-fated children across the country, Child Rights Movement (CRM) has demanded the government to establish National Commission on the Rights of Children, since “there is nobody with a statutory status for the protection of their rights at federal level.” CRM has appealed to the Parliamentarians…

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World Literacy Day marked in Islamabad

Promoting a Culture of Reading in Pakistan Islamabad – Literacy is, rightly termed as ‘a bridge from misery to hope’. It is the ultimate key to open the door to progress, self learning which enhance human competencies and also help to achieve many other rights. On International Literacy Day (September 8) – a day aimed at…

Remembering a great Story teller – Ashfaq Ahmed –

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Sept.2011)Sana Jamal In this era of information technology, those old days are swiftly fading away, when children would restlessly wait for the time when their parents would tell them fascinating stories. Those stories used to be vital means of means of educating and entertaining the young generation. But regrettably, this primary activity…

Remembering Ahmed Faraz: Poet of Romance and Resistance

Road named after Faraz in Islamabad Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Aug 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ahmed Faraz, the poet of love and defiance, was remembered by his friends and admirers on his third death anniversary, observed on Thursday. Ahmad Faraz, who has often been compared with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, holds a distinctive position…

Unknown heroes of Pakistani Youth

“Change Our World” – the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for World Youth Day (Aug 12), is more than a theme; it is an idea to inspire young people at all times. The theme rightly befits the young Pakistani men and women who comprise of more than 60 per cent of the total population…

Proper Use of Right to Information highlighted

Published in Pakistan Observer (30 July 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Few people, even journalists are scarcely aware that Pakistan promulgated the Freedom of Information Ordinance in 2002, which is applicable to all departments, ministries and other institutions of the Federal government. In this regard, a major development took place in 2010 when Article 19-A was inserted…

Diabetic patients advised extra care during Ramadan

Published in Pakistan Observer (24 July 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – While stressing on the benefits of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, Islam also offers special exemption to the sick people from observing their fast during Ramadan to avoid any hard condition. This viewpoint was highlighted at a health seminar entitled “Diabetes and Ramadan” arranged by Shifa…

Health awareness project launched in rural Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (14 July 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Participants at a workshop urged the government to ensure that people living in slums of Islamabad have equal access to water, sanitation, and health care facilities. The health awareness workshop was arranged by Society for the Advancement of Community, Health, Education and Training (SACHET)…

German artist’s generous approach to help flood victims

Pakistan looks more beautiful as portrayed in the artwork of a German artist who has never been in the country yet has used simple means i.e. pen and ink to depict the architecture of Pakistan. This elegant work of Ute Elpers, a veteran artist, offer dual support for Pakistanis; firstly the art display major landmarks of…

Role of Investigative Journalism discussed

Published in Pakistan Observer (7 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – A proper investigative report can help increase awareness among the masses about the ills of the society, and at the same time it can portray the correct image of the nation to the outside world. To promote the culture of investigative journalism in Pakistan,…

Report on Violence against women launched in Islamabad

‘Zero tolerance against all sorts of violence in Pakistan’ urged Islamabad – Speakers at a report launch on Tuesday, urged the legislators to adopt Domestic Violence Bill (DVB) at the earliest, as the number of reported “incidents of Violence against Women (VAW) mounted to 8000 during 2010.” These findings were shared at the launch of…

“People’s Assembly” urges Govt. to restore peace in the country

Published in Pakistan Observer (5 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Following a two-day People’s Assembly gathering in Abbottabad, a unanimous resolution urged the Government to stress on the need for restoration of peace in the country and to invest in the people by spending on social services, health and education to lay the foundation…

NCHD protestors determined to continue struggle

Published in Pakistan Observer (3 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – More than 100 protestors have been staging a sit-in protest outside the Parliament building, since June 23, braving hot and rainy weather with hopes that Parliament, President and Prime Minister living few yards away will one day answer to their cries. The ill-fated employees of National…

Federal Ombudsperson stresses for child friendly laws

Published in Pakistan Observer (30 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Musarrat Hilali, federal ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women has urged on Wednesday that “justice for all children needs to be ensured through child friendly laws, rules and regulations, implementation procedures and mechanisms promulgated by the government.” Speaking at a ‘Dissemination workshop on…

Friends of Book gather at NLA

Published in Pakistan Observer (28 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – With the expansion of electronic media especially internet, people have parted away from books – which wise men described as ‘a man’s best friend’. And to see book-lovers gathered under one roof, and leafing through the pages of books, was certainly a pleasant scene…