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  • Rare book experts join forces to stop tome raiders

    THEFTS of rare books, maps and manuscripts from national libraries have sparked such alarm that international experts are joining forces to stop any further vandalism to the world’s cultural heritage...

    Lawyers and librarians, booksellers and auctioneers will descend on the British Library next month for a major conference whose title — The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril — conveys the seriousness of the problem
  • Rs250m approved for renovation of St Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi

    Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday approved Rs250 million for the renovation of St Patrick's Cathedral's interior, including glass and woodworks...

    The chief minister took the decision in a meeting with a delegation of the cathedral, led by Rector Rev Fr Mario Rodrigues, who called on him at the CM House...

  • Use of non-custom paid vehicles in crimes growing

    There is no proper check on the movement of burgeoning number of non-custom paid (NCP) vehicles despite repeated complaints by the law enforcers that the smuggled vehicles are being used for criminal and terrorist activities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas...

    During a visit to parts of Malakand division the owners of several vehicles and showrooms said that they did not feel any hesitation to use the...

  • An old tribal custom still in vogue

    PESHAWAR: An ancient tribal custom, Akhtar Barkha (share), is still practiced in tribal areas and also in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the occasion of Eid...

    A separate budget is allocated in tribal families every year for solemnising the custom especially for the newly-wedded women on the occasion of both religious festivals -- Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha...

  • PHC moved against anti-women custom in tribal areas

    PESHAWAR: A Khyber Agency resident on Friday moved the Peshawar High Court seeking the outlawing of an anti-women custom, ghag, in tribal areas and orders for the federal government and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to make appropriate regulations for its elimination...

    He requested the court to declare ghag an inhuman, illegal, un-Islamic and unconstitutional custom...

  • Girl saved from repulsive custom is just one of many

    That fortunate combination certainly saved a 12-year-old girl from Mardan from being forced into marriage with a man thrice her age, and father of nine, in Rawalpindi in a case of vani – an outlawed tribal custom that supposedly restores honour to a wronged family...

    “Because of lack of social development in tribal areas, the centuries old custom is still alive there,” said a senior police officer, happy for saving the one Reshma but...

  • PHC asks victim of ghag custom to contact police for relief

    PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Monday disposed of a woman’s petition, which claimed a man, who had invoked the tribal ghag custom against her in Bajaur Agency when she was two only, was creating hurdles to her marriage...

    A bench consisting of Justice Ikramullah Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim observed that though the law prohibiting ghag had not been extended to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), the custom was...

  • Non-custom paid mobile phones being unblocked in market: PTA

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday conceded that even after implementation of its new mobile phone registration mechanism, non-custom paid mobile phone sets were being unblocked in the black market through stolen identities...

    He said non-custom paid handsets were being unblocked in the black market for Rs2,000 to Rs3,000, which could have earned the exchequer more than Rs30,000...

  • Ministry spending Rs80m on renovation of rented building

    ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) is spending over Rs80 million on the renovation of a rented building in which the offices of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) will be shifted just for 14 months...

    The renovation of the rented building is likely to take another year, he added...

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