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Pakistani Philanthropist Wins 2009 UN Prize for Non-Violence

Dr Abul Sattar Edhi of the Edhi Foundation in Karachi has been awarded the 2009 United Nations Mananjeet Singh Prize for Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence in recognition of his services for his life-long efforts to ameliorate the conditions of the most disadvantaged groups in Pakistan and South Asia. The prize is given to promote [...]

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Pakistani Art Scene Thrives With Emerging New Talent

Art in Pakistan continues to inspire and produce more new and aspiring artists, despite the country facing tough times. The main centres of new art in Pakistan are its two largest cities, Karachi and Lahore. Karachi, on the Arabian Sea, is the country's financial and media capital, brash and cosmopolitan (and violent). Across the country, [...]

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Pakistani Guitar School a Hit Among Rock’n'Roll Youth

As Pakistani rock’n’ roll music begins to heat up, Pakistan’s youth have taken upon themselves to teach and learn to play the guitar in bigger numbers than ever – with a Lahori group of youngsters opening a guitar school. ‘The Guitar School‘, as it is known, has been surprisingly successful. Around 40 students have signed [...]

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Pakistani Golf Duo Creates History by Reaching World Cup Finals

Pakistani Golfers Muhammad Shabbir and Muhammad Munir have made golfing history for their country by reaching the finals of World Cup Golf in Malaysia. The have claimed the third and final berth in the Asian qualifying tournament. A country better known for its cricketers than golfers, earned a dream appearance at the Seri Selangor Golf [...]

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Small Pakistani Island Lights Up with Wind-Power

Kharochhan Island, a small island off the coast of Sindh has received electricity through Wind-power by charities and community contributions – making it a little success story of its own. The charity pitched up and installed five wind turbines. Now a fifth of homes — 100 out of around 500 — have been hooked up [...]

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Pakistan Sets World Record by Planting Half a Million Trees in a Day

A new world record is set by volunteers in Sindh by planting 541,176 trees in a single day, according to the Guinness World Records. The record-breaking tree-planting marathon was witnessed by representatives of Guinness World Records and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Some 300 volunteers, working in groups, planted mangrove saplings in [...]

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Pakistan Has More CNG Vehicles and Stations Than Any Other Country

Pakistan has been reported to have the largest number of CNG-powered vehicles in the world – leaving behind Brazil and Argentina for the first time, according to International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles. Pakistan also boasts the largest number of CNG filling stations in the world. The number of operational CNG pumps has increased to [...]

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Pakistanis Smile in Unison after Twenty20 Triumph

After a long time, something has given Pakistanis a reason to rejoice and smile heartily, collectively as a nation. Sri Lanka and Pakistan came together in a wonderfully cheering way and the nation earned the right on Sunday to a raucously united celebration for the first time in 17 years. On a midsummer afternoon in [...]

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Pakistan Jumps 10 Spots on Attractive Outsourcing Countries Index

Pakistan has been ranked at number 20 on the 2009 A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index of the most attractive outsourcing destinations in the world. Pakistan went from 30th in 2007 to 20th in 2009 on the report released May 18th. There are plenty of companies in the Middle East, for instance, that outsource work [...]

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Suggested by Kamran S.

Young Pakistani Group Sets Example by Picking Up Garbage

An almost revolutionary group of middle-class, well-to-do young Lahoris has had enough, so they have set an example by picking up garbage themselves every Sunday. "The rich don't care, the poor can't do anything, so it's up to the middle class to make the change." The idea was simple, Pakistan is a country full of [...]

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