Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft performs during the Dubai Airshow in Dubai. (PHOTO PAF) More than 200 companies from all over the world displayed their aviation products and aircraft at Dubai Airshow 2013.
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)
Queen’s Baton Relay in Pakistan
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In the spotlight - The Sohrab Goth Mandi
Every year thousands of cattle farmers descend on the Sohrab Goth Mandi near Super Highway in Karachi. This year the mandi, which witnesses an inflow of animals worth billions and according to its administrators in the largest in Pakistan, is aiming for the Guinness Book of World Records.
Pakistan’s women police fight criminals, militants and scorn
When Shazadi Gillani, the highest ranking female police officer in Pakistan’s most conservative province, wanted to join the force she had to defy her father, forego marriage and pay for her own basic training.
During the next 19 years, Inspector Gillani and her faithful sidekick Rizwana Zafar, brought up as a boy after becoming her frustrated father’s ninth daughter, have battled bandits, earthquakes and militants. (complete)
In the crosshairs: Bilal Lashari on Waar
“This film was not made in a way a film should ever be made,” is something Bilal Lashari often said during the course of this interview.
Aisam-Rojer duo claims Stockholm doubles title
Pakistani tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Dutch partner Jean-Julian Rojer clinched yet another title, defeating Sweden’s Jonas Bjorkman and Robert Lindstedt 6-2, 6-2 in the final of Stockholm Open on Sunday.
The win has boosted the Pakistani-Dutch duo’s chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. This will be second consecutive occasion when they will qualify for the prestigious tournament. (complete)
Islamabad Fashion Week
The third edition of Islamabad Fashion Week was held from October fourth till the sixth at Serena Hotel Islamabad. The three day fashion event was organised under the aegis of the International Pakistan Fashion Council (IPFC) with support from the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). The primary goal of the fashion week is to help inform, empower and encourage designers as well as to promote traditional crafts. More then twenty designers and labels from across the country, as well as from Bangladesh and Malaysia, gathered to showcase their collection during the event.
THE FORGOTTEN DAUGHTER
Her works are part of the permanent collections of some of the world’s most famous museums—the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim. In 2005, The New York Times called her an “an artist on the verge of shaking things up.” The year before that, Newsweek counted her among the clutch of overachieving South Asians “transforming America’s cultural landscape.” Shahzia Sikander, arguably Pakistan’s most famous living modern artist, has been wowing the international art world with her multidisciplinary works inspired from Mughal-era miniature painting techniques and tropes. She’s been scoring accolades since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Last year, the U.S. secretary of State awarded her the Inaugural Medal of Art. She’s previously won a MacArthur “Genius Grant.” While Pakistan hasn’t entirely ignored Sikander—she won the President’s National Pride of Honor award in 2005—she’s hardly a household name in her home country, and viewed by Pakistani critics as an outlier. (complete news)
PHD programme: Belgian varsity waives fees of 10 Pakistani scholars
The University of Hasselt, one of the leading universities of Belgium, has agreed to offer full fee waiver to Pakistani scholars pursuing PhD in the fields of transportation and engineering.
It was agreed in a meeting between Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Javaid R Laghari and Belgium Ambassador Peter here.
Through an agreement between the HEC and the University of Hasselt, 10 Pakistani scholars have been selected for the fall 2013 session.