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Monthly Archives: March 2017

An intriguing blend of tunes

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KARACHI: Good music is something unparalleled. When, amidst the endless lists of noises we consider music, there is something magical when you find something that really touches you. Having just finished watching Mozart in the Jungle, one thing that I now know how to describe is when I see a musician perform with all his heart […]


Government denies discrimination against Ahmadis

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LAHORE –  Punjab government has strongly denied the allegations that it is pursuing a policy of discrimination against Ahmadiya Community and providing patronage to groups targeting the religious minority. The group, also known as Qadianis with reference their spiritual leader Mirza Ahmed Qadiani, was declared non-Muslim in Muslim-majority Pakistan through a constitutional amendment in 1974. […]


Ahmadi lawyer killed in ‘LeJ attack’

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SHEIKHUPURA/LAHORE: A senior lawyer and prominent member of the minority Ahmadiya community was gunned down in Nankana Sahib on Thursday in an attack claimed by the banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) al-Alami. Malik Saleem Latif — a member of the Nankana Bar Association and relative of Pakistan’s first Nobel Lau­reate Dr Abdus Salam — was […]


Govt ‘committed’ to journalists safety: Minister

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ISLAMABAD – Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government was committed to safeguarding the rights of journalists across the country. Addressing a protest rally taken out by journalists outside the Parliament against the closure of newspapers in Gilgit-Baltistan owing to government’s apathy, she said that all the issues […]


Media men file complaint against PTI leader

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Islamabad – Bani Gala police are yet to initiate legal proceedings on the application of media-men against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan for hurling threats. An official at the police station told The Nation that police have received the application and the matter is being discussed amongst the senior police officials. It is to […]


APNS elects office bearers

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KARACHI: The APNS has elected Sarmad Ali as President, Kazi Asad Abid as Senior Vice President, Mehtab Khan as Vice President, Umer Mujib Shami as Secretary General, S.M. Munir Jilani as Joint Secretary and Waseem Ahmed as Finance Secretary of the Society for the year 2017-18. The Annual General Council  held on March 30, 2017 […]


Help sought from private hospitals as city prepares for expected heatwave

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The city administration on Thursday decided to seek cooperation from major private hospitals to bolster preparations being made in view of an expected heatwave this summer. It has been decided to establish heatstroke relief centers next month at all major public and private hospitals in the city after the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warned of […]


Pemra bans channel’s show for five days

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ISLAMABAD: Pemra on Thursday prohibited the morning show titled Geo Pakistan from broadcasting or rebroadcasting fresh, old or repeat on Geo News for a period of five days from April 03 to April 07 for airing objectionable/indecent content. According to a Pemra statement, a fine of Rs1 million has also been imposed on Geo News […]


Social media team to visit Islamabad next month

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ISLAMABAD –  Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf on Thursday said that a team comprising representatives of social media websites including Facebook and Twitter will visit Islamabad next month to discuss issues relating to blasphemous contents. Addressing a Press conference flanked by Minister of State for Religious Affairs Peer Amin ul Hassanat, here, he […]


‘PTA be allowed to block all objectionable websites’

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ISLAMABAD: The ministry of religious affairs asked security agencies concerned on Thursday to allow Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block all websites containing blasphemous, anti-state and/or objectionable content as soon as possible. The request was forwarded during an inter-ministerial meeting here. An official, who attended the meeting, said that the meeting was attended by officials of […]


This US based qawwal group vows to change the outlook of Qawwali

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Far away from south Asia, a US based qawwali group has vowed to change the outlook of qawwali in the country. While most of them are skilled in Hindustani classical music, some are also trained in western music from American campuses. So it is pretty rare when Riyaaz Qawwali group started experimenting with the art that has […]


Right to know

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WILL the newly enacted Sindh Trans­parency and Right to Information Act 2016 be a harbinger of transparency in Sindh? The answer to this question lies in understanding the roles played by the provincial bureaucracy, the Sindh government and civil society groups in the enactment of this law. As in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Sindh […]


Heatwave similar to 2015 expected in Karachi this year

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KARACHI: The director of the Karachi health office has issued an alert to hospitals for heatwave, saying that the situation this year will be similar to the one in 2015, in which hundreds of people lost their lives due to escalating temperatures. The notice reads that since the unprecedented heatwave in Karachi in 2015 claimed the […]


Karachi mayor inaugurates CPNE Editors Club

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KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar inaugurated the Editor’s Club of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) on Tuesday. Senior Sindh Minister Nisar Khoro, President CPNE Zia Shahid, General Secretary Aijazul Haq, former president Jamil Ather, former secretary Jabbar Khattak, members of CPNE and senior journalists were also present on this occasion, said a statement on […]