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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....

Writing on the Wall
01/01/2020

In the world of communication, advertising through mass media is an expensive affair. The corporate world uses the print, electronic and digital media for selling their products to the masses. To eulogise political their leadership, the political parties use high end corporate advertising as well as low paid graffiti on the walls. Eye catching electronic bill boards advertising the latest globalised products for elite consumption adorn the...

Walls of Piety
01/01/2020

City mosques are often the most prominent landmarks of a neighbourhood. As an Anglicised form of the Arabic word masjid, the mosque is a central institution in an Islamic community, as it serves as the site for daily prayers as well as a place for exchange of community information. The matrimonial and funerary rituals are also performed at the mosques, in addition to celebration of annual religious ceremonies. Without any census of mosques in...