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  • Why can't the music industry be reinvented like the drama industry, asks Xulfi

    Over the span of the last one decade, Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka Xulfi remains to be one of the most vibrant and influential musicians of the current wave in Pakistan...

    However, the man who was behind popular bands like Fawad Khan-famed 'EP', Junaid Khan's 'Call' and saw their glory days is not very hopeful about the music scene until and unless it is recognised as a separate industry...

  • Laptop ban, protectionism hang over booming air travel industry

    CANCUN: Air travel is heading for a bumper year, but global airline leaders meeting in Mexico are concerned about the impact of an escalating row over laptop bans and rising protectionism...

    Although the industry has overcome previous losses to notch up an eighth successive year of profit, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which groups 275 airlines and meets from June 4-6, is now facing new challenges...

  • Air Marshal Asghar Khan: my role model, father of Pakistan Air Force, and the protégé of Jinnah

    I have many reasons to write in memory of the venerated Air Marshal Asghar Khan — a protégé of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, he was my role model from the age of 19 when I joined the Royal Pakistan Air Force (RPAF) in 1952...

    I first heard about Asghar Khan, who was at the time a wing commander, from my instructor at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy in Risalpur, who narrated to me the historic event of Jinnah’s visit to...

  • China may be developing new long-range air-to-air missile

    China may be testing a new, long-range air-to-air missile that could take out early warning aircraft and aerial refuelling aircraft, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, after pictures of the new missile surfaced online...

    Air force researcher Fu Qianshao told the newspaper he believed the missile was designed to hit distant high-value targets, such as early warning aircraft, normally outside actual combat zones...

  • Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan designated new chief of air staff

    Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was designated as the new chief of air staff of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by the federal government on FridayAir Marshal Mujahid Khan will take command on March 19, when incumbent Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman retires from his post...

    Air Marshal Khan was first commissioned in the GD (P) Branch of the PAF in December 1983...

  • Carpet industry for softer image of Pakistan

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PCMEA) urged the government to involve the handmade carpet industry in building a softer image of the country abroad with a view to enhancing exports and convincing buyers in Europe and USA to seek ‘Made in Pakistan’ tag on hand-knotted carpets again...

    In a press statement, PCMEA Chairman Usman Ghani stressed the need for convincing foreign buyers who hesitate in...

  • Pakistan's once-booming textile industry struggles to bounce back

    As Pakistan slowly emerges from a long-term power crisis, its once booming textile sector is scrambling to find its feet ? but high energy costs and a decade lost to competitors mean recovery is far from assured...

    Pakistan is the world's fourth largest cotton producing country but interminable power and gas cuts have stopped exporters from producing their orders on time...

  • Death knell for Pakistan’s music industry?

    Today, some three decades on, the trio have all migrated from Pakistan and Alamgir has been running from pillar to post in Canada, trying to collect money for his medical treatment...

    A music icon of the past lives in abject helplessness today — such has been the curse of being a professional musician in Pakistan...

  • As industry falters, Pakistan’s lack of policy comes to light

    IT IS beyond irresponsible, perhaps even stupid, not to have an industrial policy in a country like Pakistan, abundant in its resource base but reeling under the pressure of veiled vested interests...

    In the process the nascent industry is barely surviving in a hostile environmentAnother senior bureaucrat pointed out that the responsibility of industrial development has been vested with the provinces after the eighteenth amendment......

  • Poultry industry calls for review of FTAs

    KARACHI: The Pakistan Poultry Associa­tion (PPA) on Saturday urged Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir to review the free trade agreements (FTAs) that are hurting more than helping the country...

    Pakistan has opened up its market but the trading partners have not yet reciprocated...

  • Textile industry underscores power tariff distortions

    ISLAMABAD: The textile industry has identified serious distortions in the electricity tariff resulting in the build-up of billions of rupees per month of unpaid refunds, making the industry unsustainable...

    In a letter to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), the All-Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) has pointed out that the existing scheme of power tariff was not only creating problems for consumers,...

  • Toyota, Suzuki eye partnership as industry consolidates

    TOKYO: Toyota and Suzuki said Wednesday they are holding talks about a possible partnership to handle “unprecedented” changes in the global auto industry, as Japan's vehicle sector sees a wave of consolidation...

    “The environment surrounding the automotive industry has been changing drastically and rapidly in an unprecedented fashion,” a joint statement said...

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