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  • Lahore’s Fort and Shalamar Gardens escape Unesco danger list

    ISLAMABAD: The World Heritage Committee at its meeting which concluded in Manama on Wednesday decided to not place the Shalamar Gardens and Fort, Lahore, on the list of World Heritage in Danger...

    The delegation included managing director of the Punjab Mass Transit Authority Sibtain Fazal Halim and officials from Punjab’s archaeology department as well as engineering department of the Lahore Development Authority...

  • Rangers escort Mirza home on SHC order

    KARACHI: The Sindh High Court restrained police on Saturday from arresting estranged PPP leader Dr Zulfikar Mirza till Monday or registering new cases against him without the court’s permission and ordered Rangers to escort him and his wife back to their residence...

    A division bench issued orders to police to escort the former provincial minister on a fresh application filed by him after an abortive bid to arrest him, but the...

  • Supporters from Murree, Hazara, rest of KP escort Nawaz through capital

    ISLAMABAD: Most of the well-wishers that turned up to see-off former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the start of his political journey homeward were not locals; most of them came from nearby party strongholds in Murree and the Hazara Division in Khyber Pakhtunkwa...

    The overall mood of the rally was jubilant rather than despondent, despite the recent political setback suffered by the party head at the hands of the apex court
  • Karachi police to replace SMGs with revolvers for officials on patrol, escort and picket duty

    Karachi police chief AIG Amir Ahmed Shaikh on Saturday conveyed the department's decision to replace Kalashnikovs/sub-machine guns (SMG) with pistols and revolvers for officers performing patrol, escort or picket duties...

    "It has been observed with great concern that all police personnel deployed for patrolling, pickets or escort duties are armed with sub-machine guns," the order read and acknowledged that the "display of automatic...

  • ‘Unesco concerned over Orange Line threat to Shalimar Gardens’

    ISLAMABAD: Human rights activist Asma Jahangir on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) had expressed concern that the Orange Line Metro Train could pose a threat to the Shalimar Gardens, a world heritage site...

    “[Unesco’s] World Heritage Committee, in its 40th session in 2016, had expressed serious concern about the development of the Orange Line and had...

  • Proposal to declare fort, Shalamar Gardens endangered: activists

    LAHORE: Threatening to strike off Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens off the World Heritage Site list, civil society activists quoted the World Heritage Committee (WHC) as saying that the Orange Line Metro Train project will “irreversibly compromise the authenticity and integrity of the properties and is a potential threat to its Outstanding Universal Value (OUV)”...

    The committee should request the state party to immediately stop...

  • From a city of gardens to cactus land

    Certainly we have travelled a long way to this wasteland, once was “a city of majestic Mughal gardens”...

    The solution is huge shady trees (PTI’s billion tree tsunami has yet to hit Peshawar!) Meanwhile, the hapless citizens of Peshawar have to bear the fact that a historic city of gardens and flowers is now turning into a cultural and ecological desert...

  • Orange Line project: Punjab govt allays Unesco’s concerns about Shalamar Gardens

    LAHORE: Responding to a Unesco letter that expressed its concern at passing of elevated Orange Line track along the Shalamar Gardens and sought construction in front of the monument to be stopped, the Punjab government has allayed apprehensions of the organisation...

    “Shalamar Gardens, located on GT Road, is one of the monuments of Pakistan which is included in the World Heritage List...

  • The joy that is Eden Gardens

    The exclusive Calcutta Club, the Victoria Memorial building which are masterpiece of architecture of the Colonial time reminding us all of the East India Company which infiltrated to later develop India into the centre of the British Raj, was all right in front of me as I headed towards the Eden Gardens in the distance and across the vast maidaan (savannah) for the Test between India and Pakistan...

    The aura that makes Eden Gardens,...

  • Change in Orange Line route Track to bypass Chauburji, Shalamar Gardens

    LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and its subsidiary, Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (Tepa), have decided to construct the track of the Orange Line metro train away from Chauburji and Shalamar Gardens in order to save these historical/heritage sites from environmental impacts, maintaining their view clear as it is at present...

    75km long section from Jain Mandir to Lakshmi via GPO Chowk, has been...

  • Shalamar Gardens: Unesco body seeks suspension of work on Orange Line project

    LAHORE: The Unesco’s World Heritage Committee has urged the Punjab government to immediately suspend any further work on the Orange Line Metro Train along the Shalamar Gardens and identify an alternative location for this section of the projectThe committee in its 40th meeting in Istanbul has issued a “draft decision”, urging “the State Party to immediately suspend any further work associated with the Shalamar Gardens of the Orange Line Metro...

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