TURKISH FLAG flutters down for a day in the memory of Army Public School Martyrs.
The world’s highest mountain ranges exist in this country. They include the Himalayas and HinduKush range in which four mountains are present in the list of 14 highest peaks in the world. K-2, the world’s second highest peak, is also located in Pakistan.
2- Largest Deep Sea Port in the world
Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coast line of Balochistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on a collaboration with China to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.
3- Highest paved International Road
Do you know the “eighth wonder of the world” is located in Pakistan? Karakoram Highway has been constructed at a height of 15,397 ft between China and Pakistan. It is one of the popular tourist attraction in the region.
4- Second Largest Salt Mine in the World
Khewara Salt Mines are the world’s second largest and Pakistan’s oldest salt mines. It was discovered by Alexander’s troops in 320 B.C. These salt mines are the largest source of salt in the world producing 350,000 tons per year. However, the salt mines reserves are estimated to be about 600 million tons.
5- One of the Largest Desert In The World
Thar desert is located on the border of Pakistan and India. It is the world’s ninth largest sub-tropical desert. This desert is about 10,000 years old and was once a water source for Indus Valley Civilization.
6- Highest Polo Ground in the World
Shandur Top is located in Gilgit, Pakistan and called “Roof of the World” elevated at 12,200 ft. Every year a polo match is played between Gilgit and Chitral teams. People from all around the world come to watch this match.
7- Largest Irrigation System of The world
The world’s largest irrigation network are present in Pakistan. It serves 14.4 million hectares of cultivated land. The irrigation system is fed by water from the Indus River. The main features of the system are its three major storage reservoirs, namely, Tarbela and Chashma on the River Indus and Mangla on the River Jhelum; 19 barrages; 12 inter-river link canals and 43 independent irrigation canals with the total length of the main canals is 58,500 km.
8- Largest Ambulance Network in the World
Edhi Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit social welfare organization. This organization provides 24-hour emergency services, medical & healthcare services and shelter for orphans. Abdul Sattar Edhi started the service from a single room and now it has over 300 centers all over the country. It has branches in other countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Japan and China.
9- First Islamic Country To Attain Nuclear Power
Pakistan became the first Islamic country to become Nuclear Power on 28th May 1998. The country ensured its solidarity in the face of threats from its long time nemesis neighboring country.
10- More than 50% of World Footballs are made in Pakistan
Sialkot is a city famous for making sports equipment. Hand-stitched footballs are a trademark of this city. Around 60 milion hand-stitched footballs are produced in world cup year in small firms in Sialkot, Pakistan. This year 42 million official football Brazuca were exported to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014. Even NASA tested this football and declared it the best football ever made.
Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousufzai and the Indian children`s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their struggle for the right of all children to education and against the suppression of children and young people.
“Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls rights to education,”the Norwegian Nobel Committee issues a statement on its website.
The committee further stated that “showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children s rights.”
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has congratulated Malala on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, calling her the “pride” of Pakistan.
“She is [the] pride of Pakistan. She has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparallelled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take the lead from her struggle and commitment,” he said in a statement.
With the prize, Malala Yousafzai, 17, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize winner, eclipsing Australian-born British scientist Lawrence Bragg, who was 25 when he shared the Physics Prize with his father in 1915.
She was attacked in 2012 on a school bus in the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan by masked gunmen as a punishment for a blog that she started writing for the BBC s Urdu service as an 11-year-old to campaign against the Taliban s efforts to deny women an education.
Unable to return to Pakistan after her recovery, Yousafzai moved to Britain, setting up the Malala Fund and supporting local education advocacy groups with a focus on Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Syria and Kenya.
The prize, worth about US$1.1 million (S$1.4 million), will be presented in Oslo on Dec 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the award in his 1895 will.
MANSEHRA: Aug12 – View of Pakistani flag prepared by District Management on a mountain ahead of Independence Day.
ONLINE PHOTO by Sultan Dogar
RAWALPINDI: August 12 – People busy in selecting national flags and other related items from vendor in connection with Independence Day celebrations. APP photo by Abid Zia
LAHORE: August 12 – An illuminated and eye-catching reflection view of Minar-e-Pakistan decorated with colourful lights in connection with Independence Day celebrations. APP photo by Mustafa Lashari
KARACHI: Aug11 – A 60-meter long national flag being hoisted at Mazar-e-Quaid in connection to Independence Day.
ONLINE PHOTO by Sabir Mazhar
KARACHI: August 12 – Ladies purchasing bangles of national flag colour from vendor to celebrate Independence Day of Pakistan. APP photo by Syed Abbas Mehdi
LAHORE: August 11 – Vendors displaying national flags to attract the customers in connection with Independence Day celebrations. APP photo by Muhammad
H E Mr Ban Ki-moon
First Ave at 46th Street
New York, N.Y. 10017
Date: 25 July 2014
THE GAZA MASSACRE
I write to you as the Chairman of the second largest political party in Pakistan and on behalf of the Pakistani nation that has always been the lead nation in UN peacekeeping across the globe. We have been watching in shock and horror as the state of Israel has unleashed the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza during the Muslim Holy month of Ramazan and the UN has stood by as a silent spectator. The death toll of the Palestinians in Gaza has risen above 800 and the Israeli aggression continues. The residents of Gaza cannot seek escape as Egypt has kept its border with Gaza sealed. The Egyptian authorities have also prevented medical supplies from going in to Gaza and the UN has issued not a word of protest.
Yet the UN’s primary responsibility is to maintain global peace and to prevent aggression. From the UN Charter’s preamble to Article 2:4 to Chapter V11, the UN has a duty to ensure that people are not persecuted and states do not aggress against other states and territories. The Office of Secretary General has a critical role to play in the maintenance of international peace and prevention of state aggression and war. Chapter XV Article 99 defines the special responsibility the SG has in this regard and Article 100.1 also calls on the SG not to be influenced by any state in the carrying out of his functions.
The SG has to ensure the credibility of the UN in times of crises and war. At present the UN is undergoing a major challenge in terms of sustaining its institutional credibility. The massacre of innocent women, children, and elderly by the state of Israel cannot simply be ignored by the UN and by yourself as its SG. Nor can the Israeli aggression under false claims of “self defence” be ignored – especially by the UN and its SG. The UN Charter clearly circumscribes the notion of self-defence in Chapter VII and the ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Israeli Wall further countered the Israeli claims of self defence. How can the bombing of a hospital, a cemetery and a UN school be regarded as acts of self-defence?
As the world watches Israel losing all sense of humanity and breaking all international norms of behaviour, it is the UN to which it looks for intervention. After the UN World Summit of 2005 the international community asserted the principle of the Right to Protect as part of humanitarian intervention. The primary responsibility for enforcing this rests with the UN and its SG. I call on you to immediately exercise this responsibility to prevent a genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza.
As SG your actions will decide whether the UN is to remain credible as the harbinger of peace, the protector of the weak and the institution that ensures aggression remains unsuccessful around the globe. After all the UN was founded “to prevent future generations from the scourge of war”. It is up to you to ensure that the UN fulfills the mandate given to it by the comity of nations.
My country has always been one of the prime supporters of the UN in its peace and security functions. My Party has justice and human dignity as underlying principles. We cannot now allow the UN to lose all credibility because one powerful state is allowing Israel to conduct aggression against Gaza with impunity. We have a right to demand that you as the SG enforce the UN Charter and play an active role in halting Israeli military aggression against the Palestinian population of Gaza. As SG you must also demand and ensure Egypt open its border with Gaza to allow medical assistance and essential supplies to go into Gaza. You have a duty to ensure that the plan of genocide of the Palestinians by the Israeli state is thwarted. It is time for you as the UNSG to fulfill this critical duty.
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As an internet user, and if you use social medias like Facebook , twitter, blogs etc. you must have seen many news, videos, documentaries and touchy ad’s on pets, animals rescue, safety and awwwww it fill my eyes with tears kind of stuff. Internet is full of such stories and yes they are nice and touchy enough.
Yes, they fill my eyes with tears too, but the reason is not only rescuing a poor and sick animal but also because of fact that western society is busy in loving animals and here in Pakistan, what are we doing? We have humans here who are suffering like those animals and they even die on roads, but no one bother to feel anything. Where the other societies are having hundreds of organizations and societies for animals rescue, we don’t even have enough human’s right societies.
Animals on western streets are more secure than humans on eastern streets ? WHY ?
Isn’t it a sad thing, we have Edhi foundation, Chippa and some more, who are working for humanity but most of the time they remain busy in picking small child’s form garbage, picking dead bodies from different areas, picking remains of bodies from the bombing points, We have so much worst situations going on here that no one could think of doing anything else. We are still fighting for education, health, basic living necessities.
We are Muslims and our religion is the one who emphasize on humanity with so much power, it taught us humanity since child birth till his death but poor we, where are we standing? What are we doing?
Do you ever think, what will you say to Allah on the domes day?
Allah says, killing one human is like killing all humanity!!
Allah says, respect elders, love children and help those who are needy.
Why are we forgetting every single humanity rule?
We forget to smile when we see anyone?
We don’t even say Aslamoalikum , when we see someone ?
The good acts of western society are a slap on our face.
Yes a slap, if you could only feel the pain!
Because our religion, our culture and our roots are actually followed by them, in terms of HUMANITY.
June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day reminds the world about the adverse effects of drugs on individuals, families and society.
I was looking through the Technical Report on Drug Use in Pakistan 2013 by the Ministry of Narcotics Control, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
An estimated 5.8 per cent, or 6.45 million, of the population in Pakistan aged between 15 and 64 used drugs in the last 12 months Plant based drugs are the most predominantly used drugs in Pakistan by those between the ages of 15 and 64 with 3.6 per cent or just over four million annual users of cannabis. High levels of opiate use have been found with 0.9 per cent or just more than one million users of which 0.7 per cent use heroin and 0.3per cent use opium annually.
Levels of use for opiates are highest as a proportion of the population in provinces that border cultivation areas in Afghanistan.
These are only figures, and as far as I experienced the drug abusers, I think its lil more than that shown in figures, when I was working in a Pharmaceutical firm in countryside of Lahore, I experienced so many life’s, workers from villages, small towns frequently come and go, I met so many men and women who were personally effected by drugs and then how their families get ruined because of their bad habit. How they finally get rid of drugs.
I remember on a way back home I daily saw a man sitting under a bridge injecting himself and his fellows around him. It makes me surprised that no one stops him, law and order officers , citizens , no one bother to even see them.
Once, my colleague says that she often saw 2 drug abusers come to the backside of their home which ends in a playground where trees and bushes are abundant. They keep the syringes in a plastic bag, and hide them in the bushes. Daily they wash the same syringe with water and then inject themselves as they have taken care of all the hygiene and sterility. Funny for us on that moment but seriously now when I think of that, it alarms me, how we are killing ourselves? And how easily we let someone kill himself in front of us? Majority of us just see and do nothing, as we do not know what to do??
But thanks Allah that, there are some organizations and individuals who are working on this issue, I really want to mention Edhi Foundation, who has been working in diverse areas and are playing a very major role in society in many ways. ** I must write about this foundation in detail sometime.
Anyway, I am just praying that more and more people get aware of this issue and help drug abusers. I pray that government take full actions on the drug suppliers and mafia, which although presently seems like a dream. Sad but true!
May Allah bless us all.. ameen
Pakistan is not so familiar in world with the game of football but in this FIFA Football world cup in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. Pakistan will have a major role, by manufacturing Brazuca , Yes Brazuca is an informal local term which means “Brazilian” or to describe the Brazilian way of life, It’s an official name of world cup ball.
Pakistan’s city Sialkot is a major sports Good manufacturer’s, supplier and exporter.
Take a look 🙂