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Citizens reflect on Ramadan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 12, 2013. Islamabad – The Muslim holy month of fasting comes pre-packaged with messages of tolerance and forbearance. But just like it is difficult to separate deep-fried food from the quintessential Pakistani Ramazan experience, it sometimes also becomes difficult to […]

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More rains in the Twin Cities

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 31, 2013. A Google map that shows areas prone to flash flooding in Islamabad. After two days of excruciating hot and humid weather, the twin cities can expect a few consecutive days of rain this week. The Pakistan Meteorological Department […]

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Pindi’s Imperial Market: From video to cellular

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 21, 2013. Islamabad – For the past 22 years, Imran Ghauri had been selling electronics at a shop in Rawalpindi’s famous Imperial Market. But six months ago, the 43-year-old Ghauri said he was forced to make the move so many […]

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Construction banned in Rawal Lake catchment areas

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 28, 2013. The Rawal Lake monitoring committee has decided to formally forbid any future construction in Rawal Lake’s catchment areas and watershed region without prior environmental approval, Asif Shuja, the committee’s chairperson, told The Express Tribune. Shuja, who is also […]

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Islamabad’s green belts losing to the concrete

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 1, 2013. Islamabad – Back in the ’70s, when Islamabad was still in its teenage years, Fauzia Minallah remembers the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to be a strict and efficient organisation. “If residents cut trees in front of their houses […]

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Development allocations for the Twin Cities mostly for existing projects

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 13, 2013. Islamabad – The government has allocated Rs28.9 billion for development projects in the twin cities in the Public Sector Development Programme 2013-14, but less than one-fifth of the allocations went to new schemes. Only Rs4.8 billion were allocated […]

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Islamabad Airport road in terrible condition

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on June 2, 2013. Islamabad – It is a road much travelled by. Foreign heads of states and dignitaries — guests of the Pakistani state — cruise over it in their well-guarded cavalcades as they are led to the heart of Pakistan’s […]

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Row boats at Rawal Lake escape CDA action

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 17, 2013. Islamabad – Row boats on the Rawal Lake got another short lease on life. A sessions court on Saturday extended a previous stay order against the closure of the boating jetty at the Lake View Park. The court will […]

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CDA to cease boating at Rawal Lake, close jetty

March 6, 2013 – Islamabad – After almost two years of risking human lives at the Rawal Lake, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has finally found some sense. CDA Parks Directorate officials said a notification was issued to the Lake View Park management on Tuesday asking it to close the boating area. Lake View Park manager […]

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Jiyalas ransack minister’s office

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 30, 2013. Islamabad – Activists of the Pakistan People Party’s youth wing ransacked the office of Federal Minister for Water and Power in Islamabad on Tuesday. The protesting activists alleged that the minister had ignored them in job vacancies recently filled in the ministry. […]

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