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University Affairs
02/01/2020

In May 2017, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad — ranked as one of the top universities in the country — was shut down for few days on account of student violence in which more than 30 students were injured. The fight which broke out between the two student groups, comprising of members of ethnolinguistic councils in the university was recorded and shared widely on social and electronic media. The viral video showed hundreds of students...

Heritage-Centred Urban Development Needed
02/01/2020

With its 101 million inhabitants, Punjab is one of the most urbanized provinces of South Asia. The province is experiencing a sustained demographic shift from rural to urban areas, with 40 percent of its population now living in cities. The government of Punjab (GoPb) is engaged in the task of developing Punjab’s cities as the engines of economic growth, since they provide employment and education to a large number of people in the country. It...

End Discrimination Against Transgender Community
01/01/2020

A transgender person is defined as one who identifies with a gender other than one assigned at the time of birth. Transgender people are the most visibly invisible minority. They face social discrimination which starts right from the family, and leads to school. It is heartening to know that the equal rights of transgender people are being recognised by the parliament, through a proposed legislation in the Senate of Pakistan. Pushed by Senator...

Transgender Legislation
01/01/2020

In the shadows of grand game of snakes and ladder in the country, a small step has been taken by the legislature, which if successful, will be a giant leap towards the emancipation of transgender people in Pakistan. It comprises of a private member bill, for the protection and welfare of transgender people, submitted to the Human Rights Committee in the Senate of Pakistan. Carrying the stamp of approval of all the major political parties, the...

TV ‘Journalism’
01/01/2020

From an exotic object of technology showcased by the American Consulate in an exhibition at Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum in Karachi on September 1955, television today has become a household item, earning its place in the heart of every family in Pakistan. Pakistan started its journey in electronic media by establishing the Pakistan Television (PTV) station at Lahore in 1964, a modest start which over the decades expanded into a network of PTV...

Democratising NCA
01/01/2020

National College of Arts (NCA) is one of the oldest institutions in Pakistan, which is credited with quality education in the fields of arts, design and architecture as well as acknowledged for leading the creative production of modern arts in the country. Some of Pakistan’s top most architects, designers, artists, film makers and performing artists attribute their worldly success to their education at the NCA. For many, the word NCA has become...

Capital Builders of Pakistan
01/01/2020

Until its bifurcation last year into Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, Capital Development Authority (CDA) was the chief bureaucratic body, responsible for the planning and development of Pakistan’s new capital, Islamabad, since its inception in early sixties. CDA’s ordinance was issued on 14th June, 1960, under which it was to function under the direction and supervision of the Board of Governors, with Gen Yahya Khan, as its first...

Film For Peace In Asia
01/01/2020

A continent of 4.4 billion people, Asia covers about 30 percent of Earth’s total land area. It is home to a majority of the human population. Asia—a name dating back to classical antiquity— varies greatly across and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and governance. On the world atlas, Asia comprises of diverse geographical and cultural units. Culturally dominated by China...

Monuments That The CDA Must Preserve
01/01/2020

Islamabad is projected as a quaint essential-modern city of Pakistan, which has the singular distinction of being planned, as the capital, in a scenic environment in the foothills of Margalla. General (r) Ayub Khan, then president of Pakistan was instrumental in its creation, as he pressed the newly formed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to look for the world’s famous architects to plan the city and design most of the government buildings....