UAE Day celebrated at SZIA

Students of Sheikh Zayed International Academy (SZIA), Islamabad enthralled the audience with sparkling set of traditional dances and vibrant performances to mark 39th anniversary of United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Day in Pakistan. Playgroup children waving flags of UAE and signing poem. The colorful event, held on Tuesday was attended by His Excellency UAE ambassador,…

4-day International Youth Conference in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD –  Pakistan’s first International Youth Conference & Festival (IYCF) kicked off Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad on Monday which seeks to bring together 300 Pakistani and international delegates to inspire, encourage and empower the youth. The festival has been organised by Miradore Production and Khudi Pakistan in collaboration with the…

Tolerance & Inter-faith harmony can end Violence

Edited version published in Pakistan Observer on 3 Dec. 2010Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Through peace, tolerance and inter-faith harmony, we can put an end to violence and live peacefully. This consensus emerged at a seminar held at Nomad Gallery, Islamabad which was part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence 2010 campaign in Islamabad.Nomad in…

Disabled demand access to equal opportunities

Published in Pakistan Observer (4 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Prejudice, lack of opportunities and official apathy – the disabled people in the country have to deal with more than just their physical disabilities in their struggle to lead respectable lives. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 Dec.) people with disability demanded for…

World AIDS Day observed in Pakistan

‘Prevention helps in overcoming HIV’Published in Pakistan Observer on 2 Dec. 2010Sana Jamal“HIV/AIDS is not only a health issue but a developmental problem and the only way to overcome this menace of by taking individual responsibility of our own lives as well as of people around us.” This point was highlighted by Minister for Health,…

Society’s role against child abuse stressed

Published in Pakistan Observer on 1 Dec. 2010Sana Jamal Islamabad- Ninety four percent of doctors of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have termed the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) as a serious problem in Pakistan and recommended a training programme for medical professionals. These findings were shared during a launching ceremony of Rozan’s Qualitative Research on “Child Sexual Abuse:…

Haiku – cultural bridge between Pak, Japan

A Japanese traditional poetry – ‘Haiku’ Mushaira “Basho Evening” was held at the National Art Gallery in Islamabad on Tuesday to pay a tribute to Matsuo Basho, the father of Haiku. The event started with screening of Japan Video Topic (Hiraizumi: Home City of Bosho) and was co-organized by Embassy of Japan, Pakistan Haiku Society,…

‘Awareness, education must to control AIDS’

Published in Pakistan Observer (Nov. 30, 2010)Sana JamalIslamabad – There are approximately 97,400 cases of HIV and AIDS in Pakistan. “Through awareness and education, we can fight the most dreadful diseases such as HIV & AIDS” was the message of the advocacy seminar organized by National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), Ministry of Health. The Advocacy…

Hotline for Children’s Grievances established

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Nov. 2010)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: “No lawyer, no fees, just call and complain” was the simple and effective message to the vulnerable children of Pakistan by Children’s Complaint Office (CCO), a unique organization working to address children’s grievances. CCO, the first children’s ombudsman office in South Asia established by Wafaqi Mohtasib and…

Security personnel sacrifice their Eid for others

Originally Published in Pakistan Observer (Nov. 20, 2010)Sana JamalWhile the whole nation celebrated their Eid by sacrificing animals and enjoying Eid with their families, thousands of security forces and policemen had to spend their holidays on duties remaining alert against a possible terror threat. On Eid-ul-Azha (Festival of Sacrifice), the guardians of the nation had…

‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ formed

To provide a platform to the women journalists working in print media, electronic media and radio the female journalists have formed an association ‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ (WJP) to address their problems and provide women journalists with special incentives to retain them in journalism. In this regard a ceremony was held at the National Press Club…

Book on Militancy launched

Islamabad — Journalist Zahid Hussain says, Lal Masjid tragedy triggered the wave of suicide bombing and terrorism in Pakistan and the death of Ghazi Abdul Rashid has not helped end terrorism in the country. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of his book titled “The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan: The Scorpion’s…

Culture, Music paint real image of Pakistan

Published in Pakistan Observer (3 Nov. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Music and Art, the two delicate medium of expressions of feelings were combined brilliantly at the inaugural ceremony of World Music instrument and Music Painting exhibition titled ‘Silent Decibels’ here at National Art Gallery, Islamabad. ‘Silent Decibels – The art of music’ was held to…

Journalists discuss self-accountability

Media of Pakistan should resolve the discrepancies within media, issues of unethical reporting and overreaction by free media.These views were expressed by media professionals at a national seminar on “Media, Democracy and Public Interest: Issues and Options” held on Tuesday in Islamabad, organized by Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR). Journalists, attending the seminar…

Dengue Fever – Symptoms and Preventions

  Edited version published in Pakistan Observer on Oct. 26, 2010   While dengue has existed since decades in many parts of the world in various forms, the killer disease emerged as a major health concern in Pakistan for last few years, and especially after the heavy floods in Pakistan, the disease has been witnessed…

Rural women’s role in society dev highlighted

Published in Pakistan Observer (16 Oct. 2010)Sana JamalIslamabad – To highlight the importance and address the woes of rural women, Oct 15 was celebrated as ‘World Rural Women’s Day’ all over the world.To mark the World Rural Women Day in Pakistan, a two-day annual conference was arranged by Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy (PODA) in…