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Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. I never saw a book store till the age of 18 when I went to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, culture, Education, Fiction, Lahore, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Nature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, psychology, quetta, Religion

A Trip to Attabad Lake

A Trip to Attabad Lake

By Muhammad Usman On a recent group trip from Islamabad to Hunza in the month of July, I had the opportunity to see the Attabad Lake. The Attabad lake, otherwise known as the Gojal lake, was formed in 2010 due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gilgit-Baltistan, blocking the flow of the Hunza River for several months, and inundating certain parts of the Karakoram Highway. It took us an hour to reach the lake from Hunza … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Identity, Images, Love, Nature, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Tourism, Travel, water

A Prayer for the Dying: Environmental Injustice in Pakistan

A Prayer for the Dying: Environmental Injustice in Pakistan

by Imran Khalid   News stories about environmental catastrophes in Pakistan are fleeting in that they make the news and then are resigned to the dustbins of afterthought. Such is the case, it seems, with the death of ten people including a child near a Sugar Mill in Dera Ismail Khan. It was reported that a girl child fell unconscious due to the toxic fumes emanating from a drain and fell into it.  Her mother and immediate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Nature, Pakistan, poverty, Regulatory Affairs, water

Eating kosher-grasshopper to feed Pakistan’s poor

Fishel Benkhald Locust generally known as grasshopper (Acrididae / Orthoptera), can be a good and cheap source of protein for the undernourished 33%(percentage from SDPI 2012 report page 15) poor (58.7 million) Pakistani population challenged with multidimensional poverty. Our 40% children under five years of age are underweight as per UN FAO. Rising fuel cost, corruption and terrorism are indirectly affecting cost of food, on top of that Pakistan metrological department has already acknowledged that we are headed toward acute water crisis. Shortage of water and electricity increase the overall cost of livestock faming and fishing. Comparing to cow Locust is 73%+( FAO report 2006 5.1 Feed conversion page 06) more efficient in converting feed into body mass while Locust farming also exceptionally eco-friendly in low greenhouse gases emission. UN FAO fearing the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Food Crisis, liberal Pakistan, Nature, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, public policy, Religion, Society

Saving the Capital

Saving the Capital

Raza Rumi The recent decision of the Supreme Court to order closure of a multinational food chain restaurant in Islamabad is path-breaking It has become a cliché to praise the Supreme Court of Pakistan these days. Clichéd, because many partisan agendas find resonance within the all-embracing spectrum of judicial activism. Those who have been critical of judges turning into activists must rethink their misgivings. While the dangers of such blanket approval of the workings of a state … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamabad, Nature, Pakistan, public policy, Rights

Civilizations (Mirrors of Our Existence)

Civilizations (Mirrors of Our Existence)

From years of our travel We look back Upon these civilizations, From years of adventure We look back Upon these civilizations From days of our inheritance The lands and its cultures The old forms of languages The mystery of Universe The old journey taken By humans and nature together As they traverse From place one to another, In harmony and disarray As we born and die From on to another, As we love and hate The old circumstances And situation, intertwined Through languages and its art, The trails, lost and visible As we look back Upon these civilizations The … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, culture, Dance, drama, dynasties, Heritage, History, Identity, Languages, Law, Literature, movements, Music, musings, Nature, Philosophy, Physics, poetry, Politics, psychology

Glimpses into Islamabad's Soul

Book Review by Fiona Torrens-Spence Author: Fauzia Minallah In the past travel writers have been dismissive of Islamabad, passing it off as ‘sterile’ and ‘dull’; somewhere to be got through before visiting the real Pakistan. And the local joke ‘Islamabad, twenty minutes from Pakistan’ also belittles the country’s capital city by implying it is essentially foreign to the rest of Pakistan; a soulless, high rise city full of diplomats and other feather bedded foreigners. As Fauzia Minallah writes, Islamabad and its surrounding villages have both a soul and an immensely long and fascinating story. It is sometimes hard to locate historic sites and harder still to find information about them so I wish that I had been able to read Fauzia Minallah’s book before living in Islamabad as I know I have seen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Books, Environment, Heritage, Islamabad, Nature, Pakistan, public policy

Paradise Found: Pakistan's Charakusa Valley

Found this racy travel account here – the pictures are stunning and the narrative right from the heart and informal. Our friend Kelly Cordes, who tests gear and writes copy for us, went climbing in the Charakusa Valley of Pakistan last summer and sent us some photos to share. Though Kelly and his climbing partner, Scott DeCapio, were unsuccessful on their attempt at a new line on K7, they returned with some spectacular images — enjoy! [Photo: Arrival into base camp … Read entire article »

Filed under: musings, Nature, Pakistan, Travel

Save Thandiani

Save Thandiani

— Mahmood Aslam Pakistan Dear friend of heritage and history, Good news… Due to your prayers and great efforts government of NWFP has now decided to save most of the buildings which are included in this stream.. Please spread the word among your contacts , friends and media men, so that the way they stopped looting of Patriata forest in the name of “new murree”, similarly they also stop murder of pristine and innocent little Thandiani.. Thank you very much … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Heritage, Nature, Pakistan

Snow leopard is fighting extinction

From the daily DAWN CHITRAL, Jan 21: The local population has been educated and made aware of the global importance of the protection of the endangered snow leopard as a result of which people are now much more sensitive about the issue, an official of the Snow Leopard Project (SLP) has said. Talking to Dawn here on Monday, he maintained that the villagers used to kill the animal by using automatic weapons when it attacked their cattle, but today the situation was quite different. He said that many projects launched to ameliorate the target population had quite positive and encouraging results. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Media, Nature, Pakistan