Thesis artwork put on display

the annual thesis display show by Naqsh School of Arts opened on Wednesday showcasing the artwork of both students and teachers. Around 200 art pieces were put on display for the general public and the exhibition will continue till 2nd November. The exhibition was inaugurated by National College of Arts Principal Dr Murtaza Jafri and was attended by Executive Director Alhamra Atta Muhammad Khan along with students. The artwork included miniature, oil on canvas, ceramic tiles, Islamic calligraphy and sculpture. Dr Murtaza Jafri said, “Art is a struggle for everyone. Not just because the creative process involves rigorous mental and physical effort but also because it is a very difficult career path to take. Iram Qaiser, a student whose work was showcased said, “My work is based on philosophy of Sufism. I have attempted to show human feelings and emotions through instruments and its movement in my work,” she said. Another student Ali Hamza said, “My mother used to make flowers with threat and I showcased my artwork getting inspiration from her. I have revived the memories of my mother in my final project,” he said.–Staff Reporter

PM visited CM ‘just to enquire after him’

A spokesman for the Punjab government has said that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi came to enquire after Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The PM enquired after the CM as he underwent an eye operation, the spokesman said, adding that Mir Zafarullah Jamali and Riaz Hussain Pirzada were not present in the meeting. “Some media channels and newspapers have aired and published concocted news stories about the presence of Mir Zafarullah Jamali and Riaz Hussain Pirzada during the meeting of PM and CM,” he said.–Staff Reporter

Minister visits Police Lines hospital

Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Kh Imran Nazir has said that medical equipment would be installed before the inauguration of hospital at Police Lines. Talking to the media after visiting Police Lines on Wednesday, he said that 40-bedded hospital would be a state of the art health facility for policemen and their families. DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf, Health CEO Dr Yadullah and other senior police officials were present. Kh Imran Nazir visited emergency, male and female outdoor, laboratory, medicine store, wards and washrooms. He directed setting up ‘Khidmatgar counter’ for the guidance of the patients. He directed outsourcing janitorial service and initiation of token system at OPD. He said that referral system would also be established and serious patient would be shifted to teaching hospital through Rescue-1122 ambulance. –Staff Reporter

Diabetes clinic opens at FMH

Chairperson Executive Committee Fatima Memorial System Shaheema Rehman inaugurated Diabetes Clinic at FMH on Wednesday. Head of Diabetes Unit of Shalamar Hospital Prof Bilal bin Yousaf and President Pakistan Endocrine Society Prof Ali Java were also present. The Clinic will provide multi disciplinary diabetes care including examination of feet, eyes and expert advice regarding management of mother of all diseases.–Staff Reporter

NPT moot from tomorrow

The NPT will organize two-day Khuddar Pakistan Conference at the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust on Friday and Saturday. NPT Chairman Rafique Tarrar will preside over the session. The purpose of the sitting is the new US policy on Afghanistan. Moreover, it would be an effort to develop awareness among people to protect ideological, political and geographic boundaries of Pakistan.–Staff Reporter

Religious parties join hands for elections

More than a dozen religious organisations representing Brelvi school of thought have decided to contest next election from a united platform. The decision to form alliance was made on Wednesday at residence of JUP-Imam Norani president Pir Ijaz Hashmi. The leaders who participated in meeting included former MNA and federal minister Sahibzada Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Sunni Ittehad Council chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza, JUP-Noorani president Sahibzada Abual Khair, Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat chief Pir Syed Riaz Hussain, Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat chief Pir Mian Abdul Khaliq, Pakistan Mashaikh Council chief Pir Syed Munawar Hassan, former MNA Jalil Ahmad Sharqpuri and others. The meeting decided to develop a manifesto for the alliance in next meeting scheduled to be held on November 7. It was also decided that a united Suuni Ulema Board to be formed to guide people on different religious matters. The meeting decided to invite leaders of Sunni Tehreek, Nizam-e-Mustafa Party, Tehreek Labiak Al-aalmi and Tehreek Labaik Pakistan in next session. Although the parties entered into an alliance represent country’s popular (around 60 per cent) Brelvi school thought, they never showed performance in any election held in country’s history. However, some custodians of shrines like Sahibzada Hamid Saeed from Multan and Jalil Ahmad Sharqpuri from Sharqpur (Sheikhupra) secured national assembly seats with support of PPP and PML-N in past elections. The meeting decided to develop contacts with custodians of every shrine in country in future and invite them to be part of the alliance.–Staff Reporter

Motorcyclist injured by kite string

A 26-year-old man was injured by the string of a stray kite near Ichhra flyover on Wednesday afternoon. The injured was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. Toufeeq Ahmed riding on a motorcycle was on his way to Chungi Amar Sidhu when the string of a stray kite inflicted a cut on his throat. Toufeeq, in a state of bleeding, was rushed to a nearby hospital. The police were investigating the incident.–Staff Reporter

Shehbaz condemns Indian firing

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned unprovoked firing of Indian army at the civilian population in Lipa Sector at the Line of Control. He has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of two women as a result of Indian firing and extended sympathies to their families. He also prayed for early recovery of the injured. The Chief Minister said that targeting of civilian population by the Indian army is highly condemnable and a cowardly act. He said that Indian military jingoism is a threat to peace in the region and added that India must not forget that brave armed forces of Pakistan have the fullest capability to deal with any Indian aggression and the nation stands by army.–Staff Reporter