What no one told you about Pakistan
Chakwal’s lone Hindu family leads peaceful but secluded life
CHAKWAL: “When I first went to a local college two years ago, students and teachers gave me a strange look,” recalls 18-year-old Manisha Chhiber, a Hindu girl whose family lives a secluded life in Kariyala village located at the top of Surla Hill, some 10km away to the south of Chakwal city.
Manisha’s family is one of the only two Hindu families living in Chakwal district (the other lives in Kot Chaudhrian village located some 40km to the west of Chakwal).
“They gave me a bizarre glance because being a Hindu I was an alien to them and such a situation always hurts me but I don’t express my feeling,” Manisha continues.
But in village Kariyala she and six other members of her family live peacefully and do not feel isolated.
Manisha now waits for her BCom result and wants to become an officer by passing the Central Superior Services (CSS) exam. (more)
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Chakwal’s lone Hindu family leads peaceful but secluded life

CHAKWAL: “When I first went to a local college two years ago, students and teachers gave me a strange look,” recalls 18-year-old Manisha Chhiber, a Hindu girl whose family lives a secluded life in Kariyala village located at the top of Surla Hill, some 10km away to the south of Chakwal city.

Manisha’s family is one of the only two Hindu families living in Chakwal district (the other lives in Kot Chaudhrian village located some 40km to the west of Chakwal).

“They gave me a bizarre glance because being a Hindu I was an alien to them and such a situation always hurts me but I don’t express my feeling,” Manisha continues.

But in village Kariyala she and six other members of her family live peacefully and do not feel isolated.

Manisha now waits for her BCom result and wants to become an officer by passing the Central Superior Services (CSS) exam. (more)

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Dilip Kumar’s Peshawar home declared national heritage
Manzoor Ali Memon, spokesperson of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, told the TOI over phone that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared the ancestral house of the actor in Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani Bazaar as national heritage.
Memon added that the government would turn the house into a museum that would depict the journey of the legendary actor from Peshawar to Mumbai. A gallery would also be dedicated to the actor.
The Pakistani government would also invite Dilip Kumar for the inauguration ceremony. (more)
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Dilip Kumar’s Peshawar home declared national heritage

Manzoor Ali Memon, spokesperson of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, told the TOI over phone that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared the ancestral house of the actor in Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani Bazaar as national heritage.

Memon added that the government would turn the house into a museum that would depict the journey of the legendary actor from Peshawar to Mumbai. A gallery would also be dedicated to the actor.

The Pakistani government would also invite Dilip Kumar for the inauguration ceremony. (more)

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Transition: Decorated war hero passes away
Pakistan Air Force’s retired air vice marshal Muhammad Younas, who was awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat after 1965 war, passed away on Monday leaving behind two sons and a daughter.
He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past many years. He was buried at Cavalry ground grave yard.
Muhammad Younas was born in July 24, 1933 in Gordaspur, India and received early education in Jhang.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Rizwan Younas said that his father joined the air force as a sepoy and rose up to the rank of an officer.
Muhammad Younus went to the Royal Air Force Academy in Cornwell and was the first Pakistani pilot to shoot down an Indian spyplane in Rawalpindi on April 10, 1959. He was air officer commanding of Northern Air Command in 1985 during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
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Transition: Decorated war hero passes away

Pakistan Air Force’s retired air vice marshal Muhammad Younas, who was awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat after 1965 war, passed away on Monday leaving behind two sons and a daughter.

He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past many years. He was buried at Cavalry ground grave yard.

Muhammad Younas was born in July 24, 1933 in Gordaspur, India and received early education in Jhang.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Rizwan Younas said that his father joined the air force as a sepoy and rose up to the rank of an officer.

Muhammad Younus went to the Royal Air Force Academy in Cornwell and was the first Pakistani pilot to shoot down an Indian spyplane in Rawalpindi on April 10, 1959. He was air officer commanding of Northern Air Command in 1985 during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

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Despite hard times, Pakistan remains a top ship breaking destination
Pakistan, along with India and Bangladesh, remained the market leaders in global ship breaking, with the subcontinent accounting for more than two-thirds of business, a French monitoring group said on Thursday.
In 2013, 1,119 ships went to the world’s breaker’s yards, a decline of 16 per cent over 2012 which was an “exceptional year,” the environmental watchdog Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) said. (complete)
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Despite hard times, Pakistan remains a top ship breaking destination

Pakistan, along with India and Bangladesh, remained the market leaders in global ship breaking, with the subcontinent accounting for more than two-thirds of business, a French monitoring group said on Thursday.

In 2013, 1,119 ships went to the world’s breaker’s yards, a decline of 16 per cent over 2012 which was an “exceptional year,” the environmental watchdog Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) said. (complete)

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Pakistan supersedes India but still ranks near bottom of n-safety index
Despite superseding nuclear rivals India, a US study on worldwide nuclear materials security for 2014 said Pakistan is ranked 22nd out of 25 countries with weapons usable nuclear materials worldwide.
However, Pakistan has shown the most improvement recently among nine nuclear-armed states through a series of steps to update nuclear security regulations and to implement best practices.
The 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiative Nuclear Materials Security Index has ranked Pakistan above India in terms of nuclear safety.
India is ranked 23rd out of 25 countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials in the world while China is placed 20th on the index.
The NTI study predicts further improvement in Pakistan’s regulations for protection and threat prevention. (complete)
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Pakistan supersedes India but still ranks near bottom of n-safety index

Despite superseding nuclear rivals India, a US study on worldwide nuclear materials security for 2014 said Pakistan is ranked 22nd out of 25 countries with weapons usable nuclear materials worldwide.

However, Pakistan has shown the most improvement recently among nine nuclear-armed states through a series of steps to update nuclear security regulations and to implement best practices.

The 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiative Nuclear Materials Security Index has ranked Pakistan above India in terms of nuclear safety.

India is ranked 23rd out of 25 countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials in the world while China is placed 20th on the index.

The NTI study predicts further improvement in Pakistan’s regulations for protection and threat prevention. (complete)

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Some pictures from recent trip to Kashmir and the Line of Control (LoC) at Chakothi-Uri dividing the State between Pakistan and India (2-3rd January 2014)

Thankfully now things have improved for better with 4 days of trade taking place between the two countries and one day of visitor exchange. Hopefully one day I will be able to travel without any hassle in my car to Srinagar, drink that awesome salted tea and be back home. (via umalik)

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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.
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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.

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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)
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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 bookAuthor)

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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)
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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)

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K2 : Climbing the World’s Toughest Mountain (Full Documentary)

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