Effective Policing to prevent Extremism

Reforming Pakistan’s Police can help curb Extremism  Sana Jamal  ISLAMABAD – A comprehensive state policy along with mechanism to strengthen the police force of Pakistan are the key solutions to tackle extremism, according to a Report launched here on Wednesday. “Despite the surge in terrorist attacks in Pakistan since 2005, there has been no consistent…

Photographs of Onart reveal a picturesque Turkey

Turkey – Land where Climates, People and Cultures meet (Published in Pakistan Observer) Viewing Turkey through the lens of Erkut Onart was pleasantly refreshing for many as the photographs reflected a Turkey, culturally rich and diverse. Erkut Onart’s photography exhibition titled “Turkey: the land where climates, people and cultures meet” that opened here at Satrang Gallery was…

Making Islamabad a Bicycle-friendly City

The ordinarily car-clogged streets of Islamabad presented an inspirational sight when dozens of local bicyclists came together on roads to promote pro-cycling culture in the capital city. These bicycle enthusiasts were taking part in the Critical Mass Mega Cycling Ride on a pre-determined route that started from F-9 Park and continued for over three hours.…

Pakistan’s Cultural Treasure documented by Japanese Archaeologist

Sana Jamal Islamabad – A renowned Japanese professor and archaeologist, Prof. Koji Nishikawa has spend more than two decades to come up with an excellent publication on Pakistan’s brilliant chapters of cultural history, titled ‘Ranigat, a Buddhist Site in Gandhara, Pakistan, surveyed 1983-1992’. The comprehensive report, based on two volumes, is a fine photographic record…

Bid to enlist Kalash on the World Heritage List

Efforts to preserve Kalash Culture Published in Pakistan Observer Sana JamalIslamabad – To the good fortune of Kalash people, the government of Pakistan has finally moved to take long-awaited measures for the preservation of Pakistan’s rare tangible and intangible cultural heritage.Following the repeated demands from the endangered community and a comprehensive deliberation held on Wednesday at…

Young pupil promote Pak-Japan understanding

Islamabad – Inspiring words and splendid colours at the Art and Speech Competitions about Japan not only expressed the talent of young Pakistani students but also promoted Pak-Japan cultural understanding and relationship.  Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Hiroshi Oe remarked that “the competition shows that the Pakistani students are extremely intelligent 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…

Valentine’s Day festivity in Islamabad

Valentine’s Day has gained momentum in recent years in Pakistan where it is celebrated with more fervor every next year. From the roadside florist to the telecom companies, from the lavish restaurant to the trendy gift shop, everyone seems to be celebrating Valentine’s Day in their own special way on 14th of February. A day…

Diary – Urdu stage play enthralls audiences

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Feb. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Yasra Rizvi’s play “Diary” enchanted the audiences of the twin cities throughout the week as the play was staged at Pakistan National Council of the Arts from February 2-7. The reality-based play aimed to preserve the language and the cultural heritage of Urdu was well-received and…

Preservation of Cultural Heritage stressed at National Conference

Published in Pakistan Observer (10 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Research scholars and experts at a conference stressed that cultural centers should be established countrywide to help document and project the country’s rich cultural heritage which faces extinction if appropriate measures are not taken. The two-day (Feb. 8-9) conference on ‘Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage’…

Conference on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Published in Pakistan Observer (9 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: In this era of globalization, with all its advantages, the poor craftsmen are the most vulnerable to having their traditions and skills ignored, leading to devaluation of Pakistan’s distinct culture and heritage. This point was noted at a two-day national conference on “Safeguarding of the…

Fashion Week 2011 makes its way to Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (22 Jan. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: The first ever ‘Islamabad Fashion Week’ is all set to launch in the capital city. The highly anticipated, four-day glamour event is scheduled to take place from January 27-30, 2011. After the successful launch of Karachi Fashion Week Chapter 1 and 2, Excellent Events and…