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.…

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)…