KARACHI – In a city torn with violence and terror, a colourful and soul soothing annual flower show offered some relief and peace to the citizens.The 62nd Pakistan Flower Show, 2013 flower show took place at DHA Sea View Public Park here on Thursday.A vivid ceremony was held on the occasion in which flower loving enthusiasts and organizations who won the flower competition in various categories were awarded trophies and prizes. Secretary Defence Lt Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik was the chief guest of the function.The Annual Flower Show was arranged by Horticultural Society of Pakistan (HSP) in collaboration with DHA and Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC). The venue of the show presented an exquisite view of colour and beauty with fragrance of flowers adding to the ambience of the scene. Naval Band played its melodies to give a festive mood to the environment. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Defense lauded the efforts of Horticulture Society of Pakistan (HSP) for organizing a splendid floral show. He said that the effort of the HSP in giving cleaner and greener environment to Karachi was commendable. He added that flowers reflected natural beauty and left indelible marks of creative charm on human mind. He emphasized that competition like flower show was a lively activity and helped in promotion of positive and health trends in society.In Welcome address, Horticultural Society of Pakistan President Faheem Siddiqui outlined the activities of his organization in promoting horticultural awareness in society. He said that HSP was actively engaged in beautifying the environment of the metropolis. Veteran Chairman of HSP, Lt Gen (R) Jahanzeb Arbab termed love of flowers as the essence of life. He said that flowers reflected natural beauty and such natural spots like gardens, parks and open grounds must be beautified as they provided aesthetic delight to the people and had a soothing effect on their nerves. A large number of individuals, organizations, amateurs and professionals participated in the flower show in various categories. Defence Authority Nisar Shaheed Park, CBC Hilal Park and CBC Rahat Park got first prizes in the categories of large, medium and small parks. In the category of beautification of spots, DHA Gizri Hilltop got the first prize while Getz Pharma Roundabout was second in the category. Flag Staff House got first prize in official bungalows (large) gardens, Administrator DHA’s House in official bungalows (small) gardens, Sindh Club in club gardens (large), Karachi Boat Club in club garden (small) and DHA Tooba Masjid in mosque garden got the first prize in their respective categories. College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan got first prize in institute gardens and DHA Degree College for Men got second prize in colleges/universities gardens respectively. The CBC won the first position of the Flower Show competition and was awarded the coveted Abdul Sattar Pirzada Trophy. President HSP, AK Khan was also present on the occasion. The Floral Show will remain open for the general public till Sunday.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 01-Mar-2013 here.