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January 2013

The long lost Basant

Association asks Supreme Court to allow kite flying in rural areas

LAHORE: As authorities are planning to continue the ban on the festival of kites this year, the All Pakistan Kite Flying Association has urged the Supreme Court chief justice to allow holding the festival outside the urban areas so that the centuries-old tradition could be preserved.

All Pakistan Kite Flying Association Chairman Khawaja Nadeem Wayn said that around 150,000 people in Lahore and 180,000 people in Gujranwala and Kasur districts, affiliated with the kite industry, had lost their jobs and were facing hardship, as they had no other means to earn livelihood.
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The pitfalls of packaged milk in Pakistan

By Shireen Campwala

It is quite hectic to evaluate, explain and understand the delicate situation about packaged milk in Pakistan as there are many dangerous and poisonous substances and other harmful detergents being mixed in the packaged milk in Pakistan, Canada, USA and other European countries.

Justice Mian Saquib Nasir of the Lahore High Court expressed his serious concern about the packaged milk in our country. On Wednesday June 17, 2010 he had given information about the harmful substances mixed in the packaged milk, which is easily available in our country in local shops and stores. The information was given by Pakistan Standards And Quality Control Authority’s (PSQCA) chairman.Read More »The pitfalls of packaged milk in Pakistan




AliSakhanverA few weeks back the Pakistan army published its new Green Book which identified internal insurgent forces as the country’s principal national security threat. The book also indicated a shift of concentration of the Pakistan army from Eastern borders to the western front. This doctrinal change was warmly welcomed by various sections of the national and the international society and it was being hoped that the relations between Pakistan and India would get better as a result of this shift of concentration. Moreover it was also expected that the process of giving India the status of the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ would also expedite. But unfortunately just after the announcement of the policy of this shift in Read More »HOSTILE FRIENDS



ali-sukhanver2According to the New York Times, an ex-CIA officer Mr. John C. Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison as part of a plea deal in which he admitted violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by e-mailing the name of a covert C.I.A officer to a freelance reporter. The paper says Mr. Kiriakou, 48, earned numerous commendations in nearly 15 years at the C.I.A some of which were spent undercover overseas chasing Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. He led the team in 2002 that found Abu Zubaydah, a terrorist logistics specialist for Al Qaeda, andRead More »LEARNING FROM THE USA

CDA cancels NOC issued to Roshan Pakistan housing scheme in Sector E-16


Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has cancelled the NOC issued for development of the Roshan Pakistan Housing Scheme in Sector E-16, as according to it, the planners of the project were not completing various formalities.

The CDA has informed the public and other concerned regarding cancellation of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued to the M/s Roshan Pakistan (RP) Corporation for development of Roshan Pakistan Housing Scheme in Sector E-16, Zone-II of Islamabad, with immediate effect. 

The CDA spokesman said that action had been taken by civic body because of non-completion of post-NOC formalities even after lapse of more than seven years after issuance of the NOC.Read More »CDA cancels NOC issued to Roshan Pakistan housing scheme in Sector E-16