Pakistan Observer


Summer art workshop continues at Lok Virsa

Islamabad—The workshops of Summer Camp is continued here at the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) with a prime focus on Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan provinces. ... Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Details

SC seeks report from DCO Rawalpindi in contempt case

Islamabad—The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday has directed DCO Rawalpindi Sajid Zafar, business tycoon Malik Riaz, Ahmed Ali Riaz, vice chief executive of Behria Town Amjad Mehmood and ex administrator DHA brigadier retired Javed Iqbal to appear in-person before the apex court on August 12. ... Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Details

At least court takes pity on Katchi Abadi residents

Islamabad—Not only were they evicted from their residences, they were also tortured and dragged by the local police. Some 66 dwellers of the I-11 Katchi Basti were arrested by police and kept in confinement for over three days. On Monday, however, judge of the local Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) taking pity on four of them on account of their age, ordered police to release them at the earliest. The rest (62) were however sent to Adiala Jail on judicial remand. ... Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Details

Daesh to meet Al Qaeda, Taliban-like fate: Air chief

Islamabad—Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has reiterated that fighting terrorists groups like Daesh is “not a very big challenge for an able and professional force like the Pakistan Air Force” and the fate of the terror group would be no different than that of Al Qaeda and Taliban. ... Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Details

Cultural institutions to hold Independence Day programmes

Islamabad—The cultural institutions of federal capital have planned a number of activities to hold colorful programmes for celebrating the forthcoming Independence Day. Capital’s leading art and cultural institutions, Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa will hold events of national level engaging youth in various activities. ... Monday, August 03, 2015 Details

Army to take over security of Convention Centre, state buildings

Islamabad—The government has finalised the Independence Day celebrations to mark the day with full devotion and in accordance with the spirit of freedom and patriotism. According to plan, security of all the state buildings, government offices and foreign missions will be given to security forces, police and law enforcing agencies on Aug 12, two days ahead of the Independence Day. ... Monday, August 03, 2015 Details

Expats facilitation desk at Jinnah International Airport opens on Aug 5

Islamabad—All preparations have been made to inaugurate the Facilitation Desk for Overseas Pakistanis at Jinnah International Airport Karachi on August 5 for on spot redressal of the grievances of the expatriates, said Grievance Commissioner Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmad Khokar of the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat here on Sunday. ... Monday, August 03, 2015 Details

CDA’s mission accomplished; 250 houses razed, thousands rendered homeless

Islamabad—Katchi Abadi of the sector I-11 that continued to haunt Capital Development Authority (CDA) management for last two decades is no more there and what looked like a ‘mission impossible’ is now the mission accomplished. After bringing down 250 houses and turning roughly 500 families out of the site now the CDA is leveling the land perhaps to sell or develop it. ... Monday, August 03, 2015 Details

ECP’s informal meeting regarding Imran Khan’s letter held

Islamabad—An informal meeting on the matter of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s letter was held in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday. The meeting was presided over by chief election commissioner Sardar Raza Khan and was also attended by members of Punjab and Sindh. The meeting reviewed the proposals of PTI chief to remove shortcomings in the electoral process. ... Saturday, August 01, 2015 Details

16th anniversary of enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI celebrated

Islamabad—Festivity was in the air as the guests entered ‘Sheesh Mahal’ of Serena hotel in the evening on Thursday, 30 July, 2015. While the guests including capital’s elite class, the diplomats and most importantly the influential bureaucrats, were already in good mood believably due to Islamabad’s pleasant weather, the atmosphere inside Sheesh Mahal further cherished them. ... Saturday, August 01, 2015 Details

Once an Afghan Basti is now a wasteland

Islamabad—A large number of evicted residents of Afghan katchi basti of I-11/1 kept standing at the demolition site where they once lived a happy life. Their children and women with tears in eyes saw the remnants of their Basti that once bristled with the shouts and songs of the children. “It is hard to accept that we are without our homes and now will have to travel inside Pindi looking for expensive houses,” said Rehmat Khan a father of four and a worker in Sabzi Mandi. ... Saturday, August 01, 2015 Details

Reconstructed market of Raja Bazaar to reopen tomorrow

Rawalpindi—Member Damage Assessment Committee on Raja Bazaar incident, Sharjeel Mir Thursday said that affected shops of Madina market will reopen on August 1(Saturday). Talking to APP, Mir said , Juma prayers have been started in the affected masjid and the traders would restart their business after a period of 20 months from Saturday. He informed that around 180 shops of Al-Umer Plaza, Madina and Makkah markets were affected in the incident. ... Friday, July 31, 2015 Details