First ‘Gem Bazar’ in Islamabad

Pakistan can earn Billions through Gem exports ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is home to rare gemstones and minerals that can earn billions of dollars for country if properly exploited and marketed. However, this gem paradise has been unfortunate to receive due attention of the concerned authorities. Inaugurating the Islamabad’s first ever ‘Gem Bazar’, Minister for Industries and Production,…

Opportunities for youth crucial for a peaceful Balochistan

Published in Pakistan Observer (1 Jan. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: “Employment opportunities and youth participation in policy making is imperative to have peace in Balochistan”, this consensus was reached at a press conference at Islamabad Press Club on Friday. The conference was organized by Chanan Development Association (CDA) a national youth lead organization, in collaboration with…

Challenges and opportunities in media discusses at 3-day seminar

2nd Munsalik National Annual Seminar for Journalists Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Challenges and opportunities in media, reporting on critical issues and issues of women in media were discussed in a three-day (27-29 Dec.) seminar titled “Framing Social Issue, Shaping Individual Responses” in Pakistani media. Media is a key player in any society to highlight issues of public…

Swara’ criminals must be dealt with iron hand

Published in Pakistan Observer (24 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad—“Neither Quran nor the law of the land allows brutal customs such as Swara under any condition” Justice Fakhrunisa noted at a seminar here Thursday. The seminar held at a local hotel on Thursday at the end of the two-year project of Rahnuma, affiliated with Family Planning…

Children Parliamentarians demand basic Child Rights

Published in Pakistan Observer on Dec. 25, 2010 Sana Jamal Islamabad—Children Parliament Pakistan (CPP) demanded the government to ratify direct steps to put a ban on child trafficking, child labour and on involvement of children in armed conflicts. The members (children) of the CPP forwarded these demands in the form of resolutions passed by the…

Chinese traditional art signifies harmony

Chinese brush paintings at Pak-China Friendship Center Swift strokes of the brush, deep philosophical thinking and visions of nature combined in beautiful Chinese brush paintings reflecting the art and culture of China is awaiting Pakistanis at the Pakistan-China Friendship Centre. To celebrate the inauguration of Pakistan-China Friendship Centre, masterpieces of the Chinese Brush Painting titled ‘Ink…

Rare Korean Art at display in Islamabad

Korean artist gives the message to revert to nature Vibrant colours combined with soothing images in the paintings of Korean artist, Ae Jae Lee offered the message to the world ‘to go back to nature’ to recuperate peace in our chaotic lives. The painting exhibition titled ‘Sacred Forest’ organized by Gandhara Art and Cultural Association was…

Islam advocates Human Rights

10th Annual Human Rights Conference in Islamabad Published in Pakistan Observer (21 Dec. 2010)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Islam offers the best solution for all human rights issues. This consensus emerged at the 10th Annual National Human Rights Conference held in Islamabad on Monday. Around 300 participants from government, civil society and media organizations attended the conference which was organized…

Bangladeshi renowned artwork at display in Islamabad

 Artwork from Bangladesh based on surrealism titled ‘The International Show’ was put on display at the Nomad Art Gallery here on Tuesday. The exhibition includes the works of 10 eminent Bangladeshi artists offering a unique opportunity for the art lovers to relish the worldwide celebrated artwork in the capital city. The exhibition was inaugurated by…

Speakers discuss the legality of drone attacks

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: “Without determining the nature of conflict in Pakistan in light of international law, legal status of CIA-operated drone strikes can not to be established” said Dr. Robert. He was speaking at a session assessing the legality of pilot-less drone attacks in the backdrop of international humanitarian law and…

Attacks on educationists hamper progress in Balochistan: HRW repprt

Published in Pakistan Observer (14 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Nationalist, sectarian and militant groups are engaged in killing of teachers and harming educational institutions resulting in hampering development in Balochistan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released here on Monday. The 40-page HRW report, “Their Future is at Stake: Attacks on Teachers…

International Mountain Day observed

Northern Pakistan is known as a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and hikers however this paradise has been unfortunate to receive due attention of the concerned authorities. To highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development, National Institute of Folk and Heritage- Lok Virsa and WWF-Pakistan arranged an art competition at the Heritage Museum here on Saturday.…

‘Through the Gender lens’ launched

Handbook on Gender Based Violence launched Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: As the World celebrated the Human Rights Day amidst seminars and talks, challenges to human rights in Pakistan have enlarged as the number of internally displaced persons, extra-judicial killings and gender based violence increased this year. Relating to the theme for Human…

Pakistan Girls Education Initiative (PGEI) launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (10 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Enhancement in education budget, equity and gender equality of education are desired for correcting the present imbalance in education scenario. These were the remarks of the speakers at the launching ceremony of UN “Pakistan Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI)” at Pakistan National Council of Arts…

‘Say No to Corruption’

World Anti-Corruption Day today (9 Dec.) By Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: It is a general perception that corruption in Pakistan is increasing with rapid pace and it not only destroying the society but also the economy of country. This belief has been confirmed recently by the latest Transparency International Index which has ranked Pakistan as the…

Democratic steps urged on Golden Jubilee of Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Islamabad as well so to discuss its governance structure, a conference on “Governance of the Federal Capital” was held in Islamabad on Tuesday. The speakers highlighted that Islamabad may be the seat of democracy in Pakistan but the city itself…