Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Times of IndiaEver since it went on the floors, Sandalwood's Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkath Maga has been a talking point in Gandhinagar. From Pakistani starlet Veena Malik
In response to a question about the possibility of an anti-US government coming to power in the next general election, Munter said both Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had assured him that their parties "support" the US. "I've met both Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif and they have assured me that their parties fully support the United States," he said.
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The Express TribuneNo fashion model of the 1970s got paid in the thousands, except for the larger-than-life Rakhshanda Khattak,
The Express TribuneAfter a hiatus of four years, folk musicians returned to entertain audiences under the open sky through their dance and renditions of music in Mingora on Monday. The musicians were performing at a wedding without any security restrictions. People of all age-groups were seen dancing to the beats, singing along with the performers. The event was open to all. “After a day’s work, I was in no mood to come here. But after hearing excited voices and blaring music, I came running to watch it live. I have to say, it’s just marvellous,” said Zahir Khan, a resident of Amankot. Idrees, a young boy who was dancing at the function, said, “I’m feeling ecstatic, we have been starved for this kind of entertainment for so long.” Music constitutes an integral part of celebration in Pakthun society. They hold musical concerts at wedding ceremonies, which are attended by not only relatives and friends but also outsiders frequently. “It is our custom to hold musical nights on weddings, which saw a temporary interval when terrorists uprooted the social fabric in this land. But it is good to see such events happening again,” Syed Karim Shilmani, a music lover, said. Even during the hard times under militancy, he never stopped listening to music, ever so secretly, he told The Express Tribune. Some of the musicians who had come from parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa seemed excited over the overwhelming response and hospitality of the audience. “We frequent Swat for concerts. It’s a great source of joy for us. But then we had to discontinue for security reasons,” said one musician. Muntazir, a singer from Sakhakot, said, “We are really excited to be performing here for the wedding ceremony of our friend.”
DAILY TIMESThe 81 recipient of US-funded scholarships, who has scored A and A+ grades during the recent ninth grade’s board examination (SSC Part1 examination) in FATA, were recognised in a ceremony held on Tuesday by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Five US-sponsored students scored above 490 points out of the total of 525, and two of them topped the Abbottabad and the Charsadda boards. Dr Marilyn Wyatt, the US awife, congratulated the students and wished them future success. “Without education, achieving sustainable human development remains an illusion,” said Dr Marilyn Wyatt. “I am proud that the US government is working with the Pakistani government and the FATA Secretariat to build a stronger economy where more young people like these we see here today can have a chance to apply their talent,” she said. These students were among the 1,363 FATA boys and girls who had received USAID-funded scholarships since 2008 to complete their secondary, vocational, or college-level education. Currently, 183 students remain enrolled under the scholarship programme in the following categories: Bachelor in Advanced Engineering Programme, Diploma in Advanced Engineering, and the Secondary School Certificate.
DUNYA TVMunter has claimed that both Nawaz Sharif and Imran have assured him that they are US supporters. US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter said that restoration of Nato supply is not enough; Pakistan is, yet, to do a lot of things. Talking to UK News channel, Munter said that he has met Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif and both of them have assured him that they are staunch supporter of the US. He said that restoration of Nato supply is not enough; Pakistan would have to do a lot of things in order to curb terrorism and enhance economic cooperation. Blockage of Nato supply was a challenge for Pakistan who was deprived of more than 50 friends, he said. He said that fight against common enemy was possible only when Nato supply is restored properly. He accepted that the US offered an apollogy to Pakistan on Salala check post but the reality is that the issue was resolved when both the states recognized that both of them would have to deliver jointly. He said that the US is in dire need of endurance and broad-mindedness regarding its ties with Pakistan, adding that Pakistan may become part and parcel of solution to these issues but for this purpose it would have to express true responsibility of leadership, he said. The US envoy made it clear that Pakistan would have to have firm confidnce in masses’ power as masses are the sole power of any nation. He said that Pakistan would also have to admit that he is confronted with hectic challenges which may be resolved with the help and support of the people.