Japanese Animation Film Fest in Islamabad

Islamabad – By posing the question, “have you ever wished to go back to the past to change the future?” the Japanese Ambassador Mr. Hiroshi Oe generated a special interest among the audience at the Japanese Animation Film Festival held at National Council of the Arts, Islamabad. Interestingly enough the theme of the first animated…

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In search of Cultural Identity – Art exhibition at Hunerkada

A thought-provoking exhibition of drawings, followed by a video presentation was held at Hunerkada Art Gallery on Saturday. The latest art exhibition by Asma Arshad Mahmood, a Toronto-based artist, portrays her effort to connect the dots of identity with lines of culture and origin. Complicated subjects such as politics, religion and history emerge as the…

Gallery Louvre’s vibrant entry in Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 Oct. 2011)Sana JamalIslamabad – With the largest solo exhibition of Pakistan’s renowned artist Ahmad Zoay, Gallery Louvre has stepped in Islamabad’s art and culture scene. “Gallery Louvre is a new comer to the capital but has been part of art scene for over a decade” told Salim Lalani, one of…

Faiz remembered as a symbol of Hope

Umeed-e-Sehar ki Baat Suno Islamabad – Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered as the symbol of hope, heroism and constant struggle for the people of Pakistan particularly for the youth and oppressed class by the academics on Tuesday. The poetry of Faiz was depicted in the form of mime act and musical performances by the students…

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…

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.…

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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…

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…

National Conference on Child Rights as Human Rights

Islamabad – Basic right of education has been recognized by Pakistani leadership under Article 25 (A) of the Constitution which states that education has been made free and compulsory to all children of the age of five to sixteen years, said Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan. She was speaking at ‘National Conference…

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100 Books, 100 Guests

National Language Authority (NLA), Islamabad is organizing a special and unique event entitled as “100-Books and 100-Guests” on Monday, 27 June, at 11am at the NLA premises. According to newly-appointed NLA Chairman, Dr. Anwaar Ahmad, the objective of this event is to encourage habit of book-reading in our society and offer a 50 per cent…

World Drug Report 2011 launched in Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 June 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ahead of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched World Drug Report 2011 on 23 June at United Nations Headquarters. In Islamabad, the Report was launched on Friday by Iftikhar Ahmed, Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control; Major General…

End to Child Labour – still a dream

On World Day against Child Labour, few chotus (child labours) in Pakistan are aware of the importance of this day as they strive to earn their own and family’s bread. It is a fact that several million Pakistani children work for extremely long hours in exchange for little pay at the risk of maltreatment. Instead…

Anti-Tobacco Laws remain unimplemented

World No Tobacco Day being observed todayPublished in Pakistan Observer (31 May 2011)Sana JamalIslamabad – Today, people around the globe will mark World No Tobacco Day (31 May) with a hope to have a tobacco free society. This hope remains more distant for Pakistanis because almost a decade has passed since the ‘Prohibition of Smoking…

‘Creative Pakistan Film Festival’ aims at revival of cinema

Islamabad – Seeking to revive the Pakistani cinema and to provide a much needed platform to the passionate young generation, Creative Pakistan Film Festival began here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). Twelve short films made by amateur film-makers are to be screened during the three-day (23–25 May) Festival, co-organized by Akash Media Group…