KARACHI: A delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), led by Secretary General G. M. Jamali, held a meeting with Sindh Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Pervez at his office here today.
The delegation, took the matter of slain journalist Shan Dahar up with Home Secretary, demanding an inquiry into the matter.
Home Secretary told that he has asked the Sindh IGP AD Khawaja to look into the case himself ensuring transparent inquiry.
Qazi Shahid Pervez assured the PFUJ delegation that perpetrators will soon be put behind bars.
Sister of Shan Dahar Miss Fouzia and General Secretary Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) Wajid Raza Isphahani were also present on the occasion.
Achievements of British Pakistanis celebrated!
LONDON: The Pakistan High Commission, London and the Consulate General of Pakistan in Manchester organized the fourth Councillors Convention in Manchester on Saturday to celebrate achievements of British Pakistanis.
The theme of the event was “Celebrating Diversity and Multiculturalism in Northwest UK”. Around 100 MPs, MEPs, British Pakistani Councillors, Mayors and community representatives from across the Northwest United Kingdom participated in the event, said a statement issued by the High Commission here Sunday.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas presided over the convention. Consul General of Pakistan in Manchester Aamar Aftab Qureshi welcomed the guests and outlined the basic aims and objectives of the important forum.
Syed Ibne Abbas, in his inaugural address, highlighted the importance of constant interaction between elected representatives from the British Pakistani community for social cohesion and better future.
He emphasized the importance of becoming good and responsible British citizens as it would add to the image and prestige of their motherland Pakistan. He highly appreciated the remarkable achievements made by the community, especially in politics and business.
The High Commissioner underlined that engagement with the grassroots tier of Westminster democracy was of vital importance as there were almost 350 Councillors of Pakistani origin in the UK.
He stated that two of the most powerful political positions, that of the Home Secretary and Mayor of London was being currently held by British politicians of Pakistani heritage.
He requested the participants to take this as a motivating factor and keep contributing positively to the social fabric of the UK. The High Commissioner said, “We have gathered to celebrate the success and contribution that our diaspora has made to the progress and development of the UK as well as Pakistan.” He, however, said, over 1.2 million strong Pakistani diaspora could still achieve much more through focus on education and enhanced political and socio-economic participation in the UK.
Giving an overview of Pakistan, the High Commissioner said Pakistan’s economy was doing well. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game changer which would make Pakistan a regional economic hub, he added.
He shared with the audience that Pakistan had been ranked as one of the best tourist destinations this year and it had huge investment opportunities on offer in the tourism industry.
The day-long convention was divided into an inaugural session followed by two main sessions featuring panelists from MPs, Councillors, Mayors, and experts from various fields.
Speaking on the occasion, Members of Parliament Tony Lloyd, Mrs. Rebecca Longbailey, Afzal Khan, Jim Mcmohan, Faisal Rashid and Mrs. Yasmin Qureshi in addition to Members of European Parliament Sajjad Karim and Wajid Khan highlighted the importance of multiculturalism and diversity in the North West UK.
They shared their experiences in a multicultural environment and how best this can be used as an opportunity to benefit the entire society. The speakers spoke about understanding and accepting each other as well as effective integration and mainstreaming within the wider British community.
The two main panel discussions were held on the following themes relevant to the British Pakistani community: “A Dialogue with the Next Generation of Youth and Women” and “British Pakistani Community – A Catalyst for Socio-Economic Development”.
While emphasizing the need to reach out and connect with youth and empower women, the panelists emphasized on the enhanced focus on education for children, higher education for youth, the active role of women in various walks of life, and respect for plurality and diversity while retaining one’s own culture, identity, and heritage.
The speakers encouraged the women to be productive citizens and enroll themselves for higher education. They appreciated the importance of devising strategies to further the contribution of the British Pakistanis in the social and economic life of Britain.
The panelists also discussed how focusing on business development and business support at the grassroots level in addition to bigger projects like CPEC can play a vital role in elevating Pakistan’s economic position.
The opportunities and the outward outlook for the post-Brexit UK was discussed at large as it presented an opportunity for enhanced collaboration in economic field between the UK and Pakistan.
The High Commissioner in his concluding remarks thanked the audience for their overwhelming response and appreciated all the important points raised by the panelists. The event provided a platform to the elected representatives of the British Pakistanis to exchange views and share ideas and best practices on issues of mutual interest. The event also offered an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the British Pakistanis in various walks of life.
The purpose of the convention was to carry forward the dialogue initiated in the previous councilors conventions and reach out to the community through the elected leadership of the British Pakistanis. The event was held at the British Muslim Heritage Centre.
SUCCESS Sakafat Mela held at PNCA
ISLAMABAD: Sakafat in collaboration with the European Union-funded Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS) Programme on Sunday organized a “SUCCESS Sakafat Mela” here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The event was aimed to promote the cultural diversity of Pakistan while celebrating social development done by Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) through SUCCESS programme in Sindh.
The exhibition at the SUCCESS Sakafat Mela started at 10 am showcasing a variety of stalls ranging from crafts, clothing, jewelry, home décor to traditional food.
A seminar on poverty reduction through women empowerment was held at the PNCA Auditorium. Panelists included Director General PNCA Jamal Shah, Ms. Shandana Khan (CEO RSPN), Dr. Abdul Basit, Dr. Maria Sultan (Director General of the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute), Ms. Fozia (Community activist from LSO Chira) while Aliya Qaiser, PTV anchor, was the moderator.
The seminar was followed by a theatre play titled Roshni, performed by True Theatre and focusing on societal issues faced by women in Pakistan.
An array of cultural performances followed by the play most markedly that of Khanzada Asfandyar Khattak, who performed fusion Attan to enthrall the audience. The evening time activity centered around an exciting concert by Bakshi Brothers who performed cultural, Sufi and other popular numbers for the audience.
A relevant piece published earlier: The newly approved National Culture Policy and Film Policy have been prepared after consulting all the provinces and experts from across the country to integrate culture and civilization. National Culture Policy will help promote national identity and present the real face of the country abroad, a noted artist Muhammad Azeem Iqbal said. Talking to the Media, he lauded the efforts of Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) renowned Actor Syed Jamal Shah for hosting a three-day National Artists Convention to finalize the draft of the policies. He said that each artist’s and official’s role was laudable in formulating the policies. Talking to APP, he said that implementation of the culture and film policy will promote tolerance, film, music, theater, folklore, heritage and regional languages. First-ever National Film and Culture policy was widely welcomed by the leading artists, film producers, cultural and literary personalities.
Former Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, prominent singers Multanikar, Ahmed Ali Khan, legend Actors Qavi Khan, Mustafa Qureshi, Film Producer Zeba Bakhtiar, Usman Pirzada, Syed Noor, Babra Sharif, Sheema Kirmani and Film Star Shan and Meera welcomed the approval of new Culture and Film Policy. Legend Actor Qavi Khan expressed the hope that new National film policy would be implemented for the promotion of art and artists of the country. The new National Film Policy envisages formally according to the status of industry to the film industry; establishment of finance fund and film academy; building of film studios; restoration of the Directorate of Films and Publications and abolition of duty on import of film equipment, film censor fee and sales tax; inclusion of artists in the health scheme and 70% rebate to the foreign film producers on traveling allowance and eatables. (Published on 6th June 2018)
Lyon: Pakistan pavilion in global festival attracts masses
ISLAMABAD: The colorful and tastefully decorated Pakistan pavilion was thronged by hundreds of visitors at the multicultural world village held in Lyon, the second largest city in the center of France.
Mayor of Lyon Georges Kepenekian formally inaugurated the three-day festival in the presence of ambassadors of all the participating countries. Pakistan was represented by Press Counselor Qamar Bashir and Abbas Sarwar Qureshi, Head of Chancellery, said a message received here Saturday.
The mayor of Lyon specially visited the Pakistan pavilion set up by the Embassy of Pakistan and the Pakistani community of Lyon and deeply appreciated the creatively decorated pavilion which was adorned with traditional art and crafts of Pakistan.
The visitors also watched with great interest documentaries depicting progress made by Pakistan in economic, manufacturing, infrastructure and defense sectors and tourism opportunities.
A variety of Pakistan dishes were offered to visitors free of cost. Specially prepared touristic brochures in the French language were also distributed amongst the visitors.
The participation of Pakistan in the World Cultural Festival, Lyon was a part of the public diplomacy initiative launched by the Embassy in 2016 under the banner “Celebrating Pakistan” to introduce Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage, natural landscapes, archaeological treasures and tourist attractions in all major regions and cities of France.
LYON: Mayor Georges Képénékian appreciated the Pakistan Pavilion in the Multicultural World Village.
A relevant piece published earlier: The Secretary-General and Co-founder of International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Sir Rafal Marcin Wasik has appointed and designated Madame Elegant Tabassum Saleem the Ambassador at Large in France. In his official statement, Sir Rafal Marcin Wasik proclaimed: “In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by the constitution of the International Human Rights Commission and issued in accordance with the authorization of the Supervisory Board, I, Secretary General and Co-founder of the International Human Rights Commission Sir. Rafal Marcin Wasik is pleased to appoint and designate Ms. Tabassum Saleem the Ambassador at Large IHRC in France.” (Published on 22nd May 2018)