Saturday, December 26, 2009


Fashion designing institutions have been mushrooming in Pakistan since the last few years. These institutions are imparting training to the budding fashion designers considering the rapid growth of fashion industry in Pakistan. Pakistan School of Fashion Design, located behind Aitchison College and adjacent to the Mayo Gardens, was established by Pakistan Government some years back.
With the passage of time, the number of students increased. The institution has now got a new campus in Jauhar Town where a number of new programmes have been introduced. From Pakistan School of Fashion Design it has now been changed to Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design. Its premises are also used for displaying the thesis work of other educational institutions like the National College of Arts and College of Home Economics. Recently thesis of some 32 students were put on display at the Institute’s Campus in Jauhar Town which evoked great interest among the students, their friends and parents. The thesis display was judged by fashion designers Maheen Kardar, Nilofer Shahid and Kamiyar while to encourage the students, Sehyr Saigol, Deepak Parwani, Nomi Ansari, Maria B. and Maheen Khan were also present on the occasion.
The Institute is also supervising three sub-divisions namely Pakistan School of Textile Design, Pakistan School of Fashion Marketing and Promotion and Pakistan School of Products and Accessories.
In a brief speech the Principal, said that the aim behind inviting big names from the fashion industry was to enable the young students to interact with them besides opening the doors of practical life for them.

LahoreAlhamra Art Gallery was the venue of a group exhibition of print work by seven artists under the banner of “The Print”. On display were the print works of Waqas Amjad, Saba Manzoor, Bushra Obaid, Aun Raza, Saba Raza, Mohsin Sahafi and Sarah Zahid.

Designer Timmy displayed her collection at a local hotel recently. Models walked down the ramp wearing tastefully designed dresses stirring up on applause from the guests. The fashion show was followed by dance performances by film artist Laila and others, providing entertainment to the select gathering at the event.

Punjab Governor, Salman Taseer addressed a press conference at the Governor’s House recently to highlight the measures taken in promoting Sufi, Punjabi culture which has been ignored in the past. For this purpose, Universities and all other possible forums would be utilised appropriately to revive the same.
World Punjabi Congress, Chairman, Fakhar Zaman, veteran actor Mustafa Qureshi, Madeeha Gauhar, writer Farkhanda Lodhi, Sabir Lodhi and popular folk singer Ibrarul Haq were among those present at the conference.

PPP Parliamentary Leader in Sindh Provincial Assembly, Pir Mazharul Haq paid a goodwill visit to the Punjab capital city for a couple of days and went through a rather hectic schedule of engagements. Pir Mazharul Haq called upon Provincial Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, who is also PML (N) President, where he addressed a press conference and met the local party leaders.

PML(N) leader and twice former Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif has returned home after his brief stay in London.
While talking to newsmen at the Allama Iqbal International Airport of his home city Lahore, Mian Nawaz Sharif made it clear that his party means serious business and would no longer stand any irresponsibility from other partners in the coalition regime.
Earlier on arrival, Mian Nawaz Sharif was warmly greeted by PML (N) President and Provincial Chief Minister, Mian Sahahbaz Sharif, party leaders and workers.

Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar, who hails from Muzaffargarh, is one of the founder members of PPP along with Chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto besides others. He has served as Governor Punjab and has also been a Federal Minister twice. He has been in and out of the PPP a number of times and has come to be known as a maverick political figure besides being famous for his frequent marriages and divorces.
During last week, Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar addressed a news conference at the Press Club more to lambast the PPP leadership than to outline his future strategy for his political career.
He also joined the Lal Haveli Rawalpindi famed Shaikh Rashid Ahmad when he demanded that fresh polls be held as the coalition regime had failed to deliver.
Shaikh Rashid Ahmad after losing the February election which he had contested on ML (QA) ticket has already formed his own political party named Awami Muslim League which in fact is yet another faction of Pakistan Muslim League. Is Mr Khar going to follow Shaikh Rashid Ahmad and form his own political party after all?Lahore


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