Professor Asim Khwaja is the first professor of Pakistani descent who has been employed by the Harvard University’s prestigious John F Kennedy School of Government. His research centered on issues such as finance, education and political economy among other areas has been featured in prominent publications including The Economist, New York Times,Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Al Jazeera, CNN and BBC.
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)
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.
Zeb Bangesh, Mohsin Hamid, Rashid Rana & @NJLahori on the Irtiqa’s #Art & Societal Development. Wonderful discussion on sexuality, nationalism, identity and pluralism. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #culture #history (at Ali Institute of Education, via umalik)
Sharif for upgrading ties with Thailand
BANGKOK, Nov 18: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said here on Monday that Pakistan desired to comprehensively upgrade its cordial relations with Thailand in different areas.
Addressing a news conference along with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, he said ‘Vision East Asia’ was an important component of Pakistan’s policy that complemented Thailand’s ‘Look West Policy’.
He said Pakistan and Thailand had common cultural linkages through Gandhara Civilisation. “Traditionally, our bilateral relations have always been most cordial and Pakistan desires to comprehensively upgrade these relations in all areas of cooperation.” (more)
The Lost Prince
A documentary promo (shot in May ‘12) about a real-life twenty-something male from Islamabad, Pakistan who has to face up to his true identity after the sudden death of his father - that of a Himalayan Prince.
Pakistani TV smashes taboos with its answer to ‘Glee’
Gay romance, Islamic extremism and a soundtrack of classic love songs make for Pakistan’s taboo-breaking answer to the hugely successful US television series ‘Glee’.
Like its smash hit forerunner, ‘Taan’ follows the lives and loves of a group of young people who regularly burst into song. But this time they attend a music academy in Lahore, instead of an American high school.
Taan - which is a musical note in Urdu - tackles subjects considered off limits in Pakistan’s deeply conservative Muslim society, with plotlines including love affairs between two men and between a Taliban extremist and a beautiful Christian girl. (Complete article)
Aeisha Gulalai:First Female MNA from FATA
GHALANAI, May 28: A young woman belonged to South Waziristan Agency Aeisha Gulalai vice president of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf become youngest Member of National Assembly on special women seat belonged to tribal area.
She told that there was no representation for FATA women in the parliament while tribal areas have talented women.
“After becoming MNA she will struggle to starts dialogue for peace process in the area keeping all the stakeholders in trust” she said.
“PTI chief Imran Khan has proved the slogans of changed and for the first time he selected a tribal women on special seat belonged to South Waziristan agency which is real changed in the history of country” Aeisha said.
She said that she wants to aware tribal women through education and to motivate for resolution basic issues.
Aiesha told that world consider FATA as terrorists and extremists, in fact tribal’s are talented and peace loving peoples and now they goes to the parliament of Pakistan. (complete article)
Chinese PM awarded Nishan-e-Pakistan on arrival in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was awarded the Nishan-e-Pakistan by President Asif Ali Zardari on his arrival in Islamabad for a two-day trip, reported Express News on Wednesday.
It is Keqiang’s first visit to Pakistan since taking office in March.
The award has been given to other foreign diplomats in the past such as the Prime Minister of Turkey in 2010 and the president of China then, Hu Jintao in 2006.
The JF-17s — a symbol of deep Sino-Pakistan friendship – guided the special Air China Boeing 747 aircraft of the Chinese dignitary to the Nur Khan Air Base.
President Asif Ali Zardari, caretaker prime minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, chief of naval staff, chief of air staff and other cabinet members were present at the airport to welcome the Chinese PM.
The Chinese PM was given a guard of honour on his arrival. (Complete news)
Visitors look at a latex russet-coloured sack designed to feel like human skin at an exhibition in Islamabad. While Pakistani artists have traditionally focused on tumultuous political and social changes they are now also engaged in self-examination, say art professors and gallery workers. (source)