Music has again bridged borders. India and Pakistan share a rich heritage in music; this bond just became stronger after Bombay-based singer Sharmistha Chatterjee, joined Pakistan’s popular Mekaal Hasan Band as a lead vocalist.
The band’s classical fusion renditions are both soothing and stirring, which makes them cater to a global audience. Talking to Sharmistha . . . → Read More: Bombay-based singer, joines Pakistan’s popular Mekaal Hasan Band
Istanbul Award has been announced for Pakistan Army and its Chief of Army Staff (COAS) for their brave fight against terrorism in Pakistan.
The award was announced by 6th Think Tanks Forum of the Islamic Countries at Islamabad late on Friday night at a ceremony held at Aiwane Sadar.
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After a gap of 11 years, the city of lights, Lahore has organized a Horse and Cattle Show once again, with the event spanning over duration of 4 days.
The opening ceremony, grandiose in nature, kicked off at Fortress Stadium with chief-guest President Mamnoon Hussain present in the ranks of the crowd that watched the . . . → Read More: Lahore’s Horse and Cattle back after 11 years gap
And I thought only Arab and North Korean Parliamentarians clapped their hands off for their leaders. Turns out I was wrong! But while I am pretty much convinced that most Arabs and North Koreans do it out of fear from being assassinated or kicked out of Parliament, I am not sure why this act by . . . → Read More: US raped by Israel – Finally Netanyahu bends and breaks Obama
February in Pakistan is Literary Festival Month, with the Karachi Literature Festival held at the beginning and the Lahore Literary Festival at the end. 125,000 people attended the festival in Karachi — I launched my novel A Season For Martyrs there — and 75,000 attended in Lahore. A friendly rivalry has developed between both festivals, . . . → Read More: Terror threats fail to stop literary festivals in Pakistan
By I.A. Rehman
THANK goodness, February has become Pakistan’s month of celebrating literature and the people’s successes in expressing themselves in other media. This year’s Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) and Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) appeared to have come of age.
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On Friday, a few young men in Faisalabad celebrated what the media termed a “mini-Basant”. The celebration was organised despite the enduring government ban against the festival. Yet the festivity was marred, as it has been in many instances before, by loss of life. Ali Hasnain succumbed to bullet injuries sustained as a result of . . . → Read More: Reclaiming our culture
The Karachi Literature Festival 2015 continued for three days with over 80 sessions and several book launches of authors like Musadiq Sanwal, Nayantara Saghal and Arif Hasan among others. Important topics were discussed ranging from politics and art to television and psychology with an esteemed panel of personalities which comprised many new faces from India . . . → Read More: Something for everyone in Karachi Literature Festival
By Aasma Farhad
As I walk under the pale blue sky today, the pre-spring breeze resounds with the distant clatters of a Basant from my childhood. A sadness settles in, as I realise it is a sound that will never ring in the ears of our new generation.
Basant, the annual spring . . . → Read More: Our colorless spring sky
First it was 1 million copies. Then it was 3 million. Then 5 million. Now the publisher of Charlie Hebdo says it is printing a total of 7 million copies of the once-obscure French satirical magazine.
The new total reflects extraordinary demand for what has become known as the magazine’s “survivors issue.” It was produced . . . → Read More: Charlie Hebdo doing more well now than ever