This is the historic visit of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah in 1953 at de”montmorency college of dentistry. Picture taken in the prosthodontic Laboratory. L to R Dr Zia ul Hassan, principal Dr Hassan Raza Shah, Dr A R Sheikh, Health Minister, ? Dr Abbas Haider. This description is given by Prof. B A Yazdanie was also present at the time.
A Restless Wind (by Shahrukh Husain)
A Restless Wind describes the position of rajas of the princely states of India amidst the flux of a transforming nation. Intertwining memory with contemporary events, it evokes a beautiful past and a troubled present, providing a vivid and intense read. (more on book / Author)
Indo-Pak border clashes disrupt village life
Clashes between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India are always unnerving, but for Tanveer Ahmed, the latest border flare-up is personal: It’s harming his marriage prospects.
The 20-year-old Pakistani’s village, Dhamala, is just a few hundred meters from the barbed wire and watchtowers. He says he has approached three families in other towns with marriage proposals and all demurred.
”They said ‘We can’t take this risk. You could be killed at any time,”’ said Ahmed. ”I think I will have to move away from this village.”
The gunfire and mortar shelling along the border of disputed Kashmir that erupted in August and peaked again in late October is the worst in a decade, killing eight Indian army soldiers and a border guard, and five military personnel and six civilians on the Pakistan side. (source)
K2 : Climbing the World’s Toughest Mountain (Full Documentary)
THE KARAKORAM ANOMALY
Showreel of upcoming documentary about climate change on the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges.
Hidden among some of the tallest peaks in the world, Baltistan and the Hunza valley are historically, culturally and environmentally unique: the mountains here hold the largest amount of glacier water outside the Poles, and the locals’ livelihoods have been depending on it for centuries.
This region, on the border between Pakistan, China and India, is a prime example of the kind of irreplaceable human heritage that is at risk of being lost because of climate change. The film explores the local culture, its rich history, and its miraculously-successful symbiotic relationship with the mountains and the glaciers.
Filmed by Niccolo Piazza on RED Scarlet-X at 4K.
Related news: The end of the Karakoram Anomaly?
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.” —Stanley Wolpert on Jinnah.
To the most stylish man and founder of Pakistan, happy birthday!
He was a visionary and at that one who had the best taste in suits and shoes. I hope we Pakistanis can remain true to his words:
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the State…We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State…I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.” (August 11, 1947 address of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to the members of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly)
Thirty-seven years in UAE and looking forward to more (By Iqbal Mankani)
I landed in Dubai towards the end of September 1975. That was the time when apart from construction workers, talented young men from Pakistan comprising bankers, insurers, engineers, doctors and other professionals were still migrating from the country in search of greener pastures. Banks and Life Insurance along with several heavy industries had earlier been nationalized by the Bhutto regime leaving behind a large group of talented professionals whose services would be welcome in any country in search of talented manpower, particularly the oil rich kingdom of the Middle East. The Arabs were indebted to Bhutto for teaching them to use their new found oil as a weapon against the West and to face the Western world with dignity and so they were more than happy to reciprocate by offering jobs to Pakistanis in their country. (complete article)
Shahs to perform in city
The irresistible Naseeruddin Shah and Ismat Chughtai will soon be getting together in Lahore to paya two-evening tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz, organised by the Faiz Foundation.
At Alhamra Centre on Dec 1, Mr Shah will be joined by his wife, Ratna Pathak Shah, and their daughter Hiba Shah to present a medley of three short plays based on Ismat Chughtai’s short stories. It will be followed by a similar composition of another set of plays based on the stories by the famous writer the following evening. (Complete news)
Jamil Ahmad, Mohammed Hanif make the cut for DSC Prize shortlist
Debut author Jamil Ahmad and journalist and novelist Mohammed Hanif were among the six writers shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for 2013, when the names were revealed late Tuesday. (Complete news)