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Pathanay Khan – a legend

Pathanay Khan – a legend

LAHORE – Eleven years have passed but yet the legend of the great Pathanay Khan still remains, whose lilting sweet yet pain filled Saraiki songs are absorbed by lovers of folk music. Pathanay Khan or Ghulam Mohammad, was born in 1926 in the village Basti Tambu Wali, situated in the heart of the Thal Desert, several miles from Kot Addu, Punjab. When he was only a few years old, his father, Khameesa Khan, brought home a third wife after which his own mother decided to leave her husband.

PA session today – PPP lawmakers longing to show their teeth

LAHORE – The 23rd session of the Punjab Assembly (PA) will be held on Friday (today) under the chair of PA Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal amidst strict security arrangements. The house proceedings will start at 3:00 pm and soon after the recitation of the holy verses from the Quran and Naat, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will make its maiden entry as opposition after being a part of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)-led government for the period of over three years.

Threats become important after recent terrorist attacks

LAHORE – Recent terrorist attacks, one near an office of a secret agency and another in the midst of a crowded funeral, had not only claimed the lives of dozens of people and injured hundreds more, but had also has increased the significance of threats received by these agencies, sources told Pakistan Today. Sources said that two terrorist attacks, which took place on successive days in Faisalabad and Peshawar, had forced people and law enforcement agencies to review all threatening

Parliamentarians to resolve education policy issues

LAHORE – parliamentarians’ caucus has been set up on Thursday with the collaboration of UNICEF and Punjab education department to make efforts at policy making level for the promotion of education without any gender discrimination. “After Nepal, Pakistan is the second country where such a caucus has been established with UNICEF’s cooperation. According to UNICEF statistics only 20 students, out of a hundred enrolled in Pakistani schools, appear in Matric examination. After Nigeria and

Specialists raise consciousness about kidney disorders

LAHORE – Every year almost 17,000 people fall victim to kidney failure across Pakistan, Shaikh Zayed Hospital Chairman and Dean Professor Dr Muhammad Saeed said on Thursday. He expressed these views during a seminar held at Shaikh Zayed Hospital to mark the World Kidney Day. The International Society of Nephrology has selected “protect your kidneys and save your heart” as the theme for this year. In his speech, Dr Saeed said that the main cause of this fatal disease was diabetes, high

LCWU holds debating competition

LAHORE – An Inter-Collegiate and Inter-University debate competition was held at the Lahore College and Women’s University. The competition was organised by the English debates society. The participant colleges included Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Government College University, Queen Mary College, Samanabad College and College of Home Economics.
The topic of the competition was “Sterility of emotions is the gift of technology”. Saleha Cheema from Fatima Jinnah Medical College

SAP-PK commemorates Women’s Day

LAHORE – South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP-PK) organised a seminar in commemoration of the 100th International Women’s Day tilted “Farmer Women in the Post-Flood Situation” at the Punjabi Complex, in Qaddafi Stadium. Addressing the seminar, Shabnum Rashid from SAP-PK highlighted the importance of International Women’s Day while voicing her concerns over the gaps in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation programmes.
She demanded land reforms to provide economic space to flood

Seven-year-old boy sodomised, killed

LAHORE – Kabeer Saleem alias Vicky, 7, a prep-class student and and a resident of Kot Khawaja Saeed, was killed by unidentified men after sexually assualting him in Gujjarpura Police precincts on Thursday. Police said that around 9am on Thursday, Gujjarpura Police received a call at rescue 15 number by a laborer, who informed them about the body of a minor boy buried under sand inside an under-construction boys high school building located in the same area. Local police reached the

Education emergency in Pakistan- Citizens show concern at PETF report

LAHORE – Educational experts and citizens, on Thursday, have expressed concern over the revelations of the report issued by Pakistan Education Task Force (PETF) that says that Pakistan has been crippled by an education emergency that threatens tens of millions of children. A senior analyst and Pakistan Law College Principal Dr Humayun Ehsan said no government throughout country’s history was serious for promoting education. He said that the current leadership lacked political will,

‘Govt must conduct LB polls without more ado’

LAHORE – SPO, a non-government organisation, in collaboration with Action Aid, organized a one day consultation seminar on local government issues and challenges faced by the office bearers of different Punjab districts, civil society and media at a local hotel on Thursday. MPA Amna Ulfat, Ayma Mehmood, Local Government Association Director Anwar Hussain, Advocate Qazi Mobeen, Regional head SPO Salman Abid, Syed Shahabuddin, Irfan Hote from Action aid, Laila Azhar from Home Net, Zafar

SPARC condemns growing violence against children

LAHORE – The Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC) has shown concern over increasing violence against children. For this purpose an awareness walk was organised by the society in collaboration with Allama Iqbal High School Umer Road, Kirshan Nagar, Lahore, from the school to the Punjab Civil Secretariat. More than 100 children along with adults and the school staff participated in the awareness walk. The children carried banners addressing their rights and asking

LHC warns NAB judges for poor performance

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) issued warning on Thursday to all presiding officers of accountability courts in Punjab over poor performance. The court warned Ali Hassan Rizvi, Ahmad Nawaz Ranjha, Mian Subah Sadiq Wattoo, Falak Sher Farooqa, Mian Muhammad Younas, Muhammad Tariq Abbasi, Wamiq Javaid , Syed Najam-ul-Hassan Najam and Abdul Haque. Earlier, the chief Justice expressed his displeasure over the judges’ explanations to the court. CJLHC Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry had expressed

Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) moot held at PU

LAHORE – Religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil said Muslims must make education a priority and take decisions to change their lives to glorify Allah and Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). He expressed these views while addressing participants of a ceremony titled “Hubb-e-Rasool (PBUH) Aur Is Kay Taqazay”, in connection with Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH), organised by Punjab University Student Teacher Centre (STC). The ceremony took place in the Faisal Auditorium on Thursday and was headed by the

LDA employees’ plots quota scam – Balloting restrained

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) is unlikely to decide the fate of plots of its employees on its own terms, discarding LDA staffers’ demands. All was set to dole out the plots through balloting on Thursday (today) but the court issued restraining orders on Wednesday. An LDA employee, Muhammad Khalid, petitioned in the civil court, saying that LDA should be stopped holding balloting for employees’ plots on March 10 as he apprehended that balloting will not do the justice

PACIFYING ANGRY DOCTORS -‘Let’s have doctors’ parents on board’

LAHORE – On the directions of the Punjab government, the Health Department has decided to take the parents of agitating young doctors on board, as part of its efforts to bring the prolonged doctors’ strike to an end, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Health Department and the office bearers of the Young Doctors Association Punjab (YDAP) have held several meetings to resolve the issue of a special salary package for the doctors. However, the talks have not been able to bring a thaw and

Roadside OPDs continue operation

LAHORE – Outdoor Patient Department (OPD) services continued on Wednesday on the roads outside all government hospitals as half of the deadline given by the young doctors to the Punjab Health government surpassed. OPD services continued for the third day as the young doctors provided free medical advice to the public while sitting outside their respective government hospitals.
The tug of war between doctors and health department officials is at its climax as the young doctors

CNG stations preferred…

Lahore – Sui Northern Gas Pipe Lines’ (SNGPL) claims of accommodating domestic users proved wrong, as half of the city experienced gas load-shedding on Wednesday.
Despite weather changes and a gas demand reduction by the domestic users, SNGPL failed to supply gas to homes. Johar Town, Wapda Town, Township, Wahdat Road, Rehmanpura, Muslim Town, Shadman, Gulberg and other vicinities remained deprived of gas for hours while many other areas experienced extremely low gas pressure.