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Security officials raid RMU boys hostel

RAWALPINDI: Intelligence agency officials carried out raid on Rawalpindi Medical University’s boys’ hostel and took belongings of a student into custody arrested earlier for alleged links with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, sources said on Tuesday.
During the raid, the accused Muhammad Jawad, a student of MBBS at the RMU, was also said to be accompanying the officials of intelligence agency, they said. The intelligence agency officials also questioned the management of hostel and several other students in a bid to collect more information about the accused, sources added.
According to sources, a team of intelligence agency officials have conducted a raid on the room of a student at Boys Hostel Number 2, RMU located at Asghar Mall Scheme, within limits of Police Station (PS) New Town. “During the course of search, the officials checked and seize all the stuff belonging to Muhammad Jawad,” they said. Sources added that the officials of intelligence agency also met with the wardens of the boys’ hostel and acquired information about the accused student.
“Muhammad Jawad was allotted a room in the hostel at time of admission but he barely lived here,” said the warden. The security of the hostel has been tightened after arrest of the student. A senior official of law enforcement agency on condition of anonymity told The Nation that Muhammad Jawad, a resident of Sara-e-Alamgir, had managed to escape to Afghanistan to avoid being arrested. After spending a few days in Afghanistan, Jawad went to Quetta from where he travelled to Multan.”After a brief stay in Multan, Jawad travelled to Lahore where he was held by officials of intelligence agency,” they said.–Staff Report

RDA to rehabilitate Chaklala dry port road

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Development Authority has started rehabilitation of the road between the Airport Road and Chaklala dry port as condition of the existing road had deteriorated enormously.
The RDA spokesperson Hafiz Irfan said that the project was of great importance as the airport, dry port and other important places were situated on the mentioned road. Therefore, keeping in view its significance, PC-1 of the project was approved a few months back, he added.
The spokesperson said that the dry port road from Rahimabad Flyover on airport road to Welfare Complex was a main link from the airport to the dry port used by the local residents as well as inhabitants of surrounding areas. To a question, he said that the project would cost Rs230 million and would be completed in six months. He said that the project would benefit the traders and ordinary commuters alike.–APP

Lok Virsa to organise Christmas mela on 22nd

ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) will organise a mela on December 22nd in connection with the Christmas celebrations.
The mela is being arranged in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Education. Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr Fouzia Saeed said that the Lok Virsa envisioned a pluralistic society with strong values of tolerance and harmony. A group of folk artists would also perform at the venue to entertain the visitors. Garments and food stalls would also be established. Moreover, a Christmas tree would be erected at the venue and the cake-cutting ceremony would also be held.–APP
Senior government officials, Christian religious scholars, families and a large number of people from the twin cities are expected to visit Lok Virsa during the mela.
Meanwhile, the Lok Virsa’s Mandwa Film Club would screen classic Pakistani film “Mann Ki Jeet” (1972) on December 23rd at its media centre. The film was directed by Shabab Keranvi, while music was composed by M Ashraf with beautiful voices of Runa Laila and Mehdi Hassan.
In connection with screening of the film, Dr Fouzia Saeed said, “We all know Shabnam and Nadeem as the two stalwarts from golden days of Pakistani cinema having contributed several memorable classics to the industry”. She said that ardent fans still remembered names of their films and their popular songs.
In addition, a ten-day seminar on “Folk Culture and Heritage Management” started at Lok Virsa. The seminar has been organised by US Embassy in Islamabad, Boston University, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Interactive Resource Centre and AUTAQ, a network of cultural organisations of Pakistan.
Dr Fouzia Saeed will deliver a lecture on folk culture, Farooq Qaiser on puppetry, Uxi Mufti on folk culture in South Asia, Dr Sadaf Ahmed on police women, Qazi Javed on contemporary practices of cultural documentation (photography), Changaizi on museum designs, Kamran Asdar Ali on global perspective of material culture and Zubair Torwali on intangible heritage during the seminar.

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