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…

Child speakers’ visions – an eye opener for elders

Published in Pakistan Observer (18 May 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – Visionary speeches and suggestions laid down by child speakers of Children Association on Tuesday reaffirmed that future of Pakistan is as bright as their thoughts. The young leaders delivered speeches on child rights at a public awareness seminar on ‘Children’s Right to Participation: Building a Children’s…

“Best way to defend Pakistan is to be honest”

SDPI seminar on ‘War on Terror: Post-Osama regime’ Published in Pakistan Observr on 17, 2011 Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: In the current post-Osama scenario, the “best way to defend Pakistan is to be honest” and accountable to the people of Pakistan, said Lt-Gen (R) Talat Masood at a seminar on “War on Terror: Post-Osama regime” organized…

‘Pakistan should be hub of Tourism, not Terrorism’

Islamabad – Pakistan should become the hub of tourism and not terrorism by promoting the rich cultural heritage of the country. This was stressed at a conference on “Gandhara: Road to peace, prosperity and interfaith harmony” arranged here on Saturday by Gandhara Art and Culture Association (GACA). Anwer Saifullah Khan, chairman of GACA urged on…

Training Workshop on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

To safeguard the versatile Intangible Cultural Heritage of Pakistan, there is a need of cultural inventory, which simply means a process of documenting region’s heritage items in order to preserve the endangering the pluralistic features of society. This point of concern was raised by the cultural experts at a four-day (2-5 May) training workshop organized…

Restorative Justice System can help reduce crime

Published in Pakistan Observer (5 May 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – “There are currently almost 80,000 people in prison in Pakistan, mostly under trial and belong to poor class” pointed out Anees Jillani, an advocate and SPARC board member. “Normally, a judge has to deal with an average of 150 cases per day” making justice…

‘A. Hameed’s death – an immense loss to Urdu fiction’

Islamabad – A. Hameed, a prolific Urdu fiction writer, who rendered great services to national language has passed away, closing a golden era of Urdu literature. A. Hameed died at the age of 83 in Lahore on Friday. He was a patient of cardiac disease and diabetes. Condolence messages Prime Minister Gilani expressing his deep sorrow, said…

Tragic death of Child Servant sparks off New Concern

Govt urged to notify Child Domestic Labour in the banned occupations listEdited news published in Pakistan Observer (27 Apr. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: The tragic death of a child servant has sparked off a new concern in the civil society section and also exposed an obscured, cruel facet of the society. Six-year old Laiba died after being…

IIUI Cultural Festival: Food, Fun and Learning

IIUI Festival endorses harmony among diverse Cultures Published in Pakistan Observer (19 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal Spainish stall. ISLAMABAD: A huge number of visitors on Monday were fortunate enough to get glimpses of the major cultures of the world including Islamic, Asian, Eastern, Western, Latin and African culture – all under one roof at the…

“No discrimination, No harassment”: Minister assures women journalists

Published in Pakistan Observer (18 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Speaking at the second day of the conference on ‘Gender Discrimination in Media and Capacity Building for Female Journalists’, Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik stated that “let there be no discrimination” on basis of gender as “women render great contributions in every walk of life”…

Role of Media in Conflict Situations discussed

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a conference highlighted that the significant elements required while reporting in conflict situation included responsibility, impartiality and accuracy – in short the basic ethics of journalism. Media persons at the meeting stressed that media need to play its due role by bridging people…

‘Don’t send us back to stone age’: Students protest

Students stage a massive protest in IslamabadPublished in Pakistan Observer (13 April 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of students and scholars took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and vowed to continue protests till the government shelved the plan of devolving the HEC. The protesters gathered at…