India, Pakistan moving together in health
Prominent Indian doctor Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani will be visiting Karachi from March 12-25th, under the banner of the Aman ki Asha Health Committee, invited by AKA Health Committee member and Managing Director, PharmEvo, Haroon Qassim. Dr. Gyani's specialisation is the quality accreditation of hospital, including implementing certain standards to further efficiency and help in saving lives. During his time in Pakistan, Dr. Gyani will offer two hospitals complimentary accreditation. He will visit various medical institutions and meet with healthcare professionals.This trip marks a significant collaboration between the Pakistani and Indian chapters of the Aman ki Asha Health Committee and will also facilitate cooperation in the future.
WHAT:Seminar: "The benefits of accreditation" by Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani.
WHEN:Tuesday, March 13, 2012, @ 2:00 - 6:00 pm
WHERE:Marriott Hotel, Karachi. By invitation only (guests can register)
For details please contact: Arshad Saeed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaker overwhelmed with the love received in Pakistan
NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's charm offensive won her hearts during her recent five-day visit to Pakistan as leader of a seven-member delegation of Indian Members of Parliament (MPs) following an invitation by the Pakistani Speaker Fehmida Mirza.The delegation returned on Saturday (Feb 25) suffused with the warm hospitality of the people in Pakistan. This is the first bilateral visit of a Lok Sabha Speaker to Pakistan.The delegation comprised BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain and Tarun Vijay, Madan Lal Sharma (Congress), Birendra Prasad Baishya (AGP), Saidul Haque (CPM) and Inder Singh Namdhari (Independent).Kumar's speeches in Urdu struck a chord with her Pakistani audience. Her speech at the banquet hosted by her counterpart Fehmida Mirza was telecast by PTV. Her interactions in Lahore and Islamabad were peppered with Urdu shayari and charmed Pakistanis responded in equal measure.Kumar said she was overwhelmed with the warmth and love of the Pakistani people during her visit. She led a seven-member delegation of MPs, the first of its kind.
"There should be a relationship of peace and friendship between the two countries. Both countries should resolve their outstanding issues through dialogue," she said.Besides Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and interior minister Rehman Malik, the delegation met members of the National Assembly of Pakistan, chairman of the Senate in Islamabad. In Lahore, they met the chief minister and governor of Pakistan's Punjab province.The delegation met Pakistan's intellectuals, including Salima Hashmi, daughter of poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sana Mir, captain of Pakistan's women cricket team and family of slain governor Pakistan's Punjab Salmaan Taseer. "Every interaction threw up the desire of increased people-to-people contact and interaction between the countries. Dialogue should continue," said Saidul Haque of CPM.Kumar had an extensive tour of the historical Taxila, Data Durbar, Minar-e-Pakistan and samadhi of Maharaj Ranjit Singh.BJP's Tarun Vijay said Pakistan Muslim League president Chaudhry Shujat Hussain assured that renovation of Katas Raj temple would be taken up soon.
- Rakhi Chakrabarty,
Times News Network
Pakistani road named after Indian
CHANDIGARH: It's a first from Pakistan and has warmed hearts in India. Acknowledging the camaraderie Punjabis enjoyed before India's partition, a member of the provincial assembly in Pakistani Punjab, Shazia Ashfaq, has named a road, 65 years since partition, after a Sikh landlord, Pritam Singh Bhinder. Former legislator from Gujranwala, Peer Ghulam Farid, father of Shazia, who has taken the step to mend bridges between the two countries, is working towards getting the Indian side of Punjab to name a road from Hardothala village to Dasuya in Hoshiarpur district after a dargah located in the village. "I am just waiting the next government to be formed in Punjab and I will meet the chief minister to take the proposal forward," said Farid, who was in Chandigarh as part of a Pakistani delegation organised by the Chamber of Commerce.Walking down the memory lane, Farid remembered the days when Pritam Singh Bhinder was a prominent figure in Gujranwala, now in Pakistan. "He was a friend of my father and a rich landlord, owning over 150 acres of land. There was a lot of prosperity among his people and in Kotli Arbang village. But, after partition, the village road got damaged. When the Bhinder family came over and saw the condition of the road, they sought help from us," said Farid. Not only were repairs done, but the matter was taken up by Shazia to rename the six-km 14-feet wide road to Gujranwala city from Aroop village, as Pritam Singh Bhinder Road. However, Pritam Singh himself did not live to see the honour bestowed on him as he died in 2007. The road was inaugurated on February 19 amid much fanfare.Speaking about people's reaction in Pakistan to the Sikh name, Farid said, "Promoting peace between India and Pakistan is on Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) agenda and there has not been a single protest over naming the road after an Indian in Pakistan. People in Pakistan, especially in Lahore, are keen to shop in Amritsar, even as people in Amritsar would want to shop in Lahore. The two cities are barely 15 kms away and separated by an ocean of distrust."
Said Reetinder Singh, son of Pritam Singh Bhinder, "Our roots are in Pakistan and we cannot forget that. After partition, we settled in Karnal in Haryana but could not forget our village back in Pakistan and used to visit it quite often. We are thrilled that the road has been named after my father. We know from our experience that the common man on the street in Pakistan has only love for India."
- Priya Yadav, TNN
All-women parade at Indo-Pak border?
AMRITSAR: The India-Pakistan border at Attari - known for the colourful beating-the-retreat ceremony every evening - may soon see some girl power. India's Border Security Force (BSF) has drawn up a proposal to introduce an all-girl parade during the retreat ceremony held simultaneously by BSF and Pakistani Rangers.At present, two female constables open the parade as they enter the arena piloting their male counterparts and stand guard near the international gate till the culmination of the drill."We will send the proposal for an all-girl parade to Pakistan Rangers following induction of more women in the force. The women constables are supposed to perform at par with their male counterparts," BSF additional director General Himmat Singh told The Times of India. The retreat ceremony is famous for the high octane patriotism displayed by jawans on both sides of the border and the euphoria created around it.After its formation in 1965, the BSF took nearly 45 years to decide on the induction of women into the force and deployed a batch of 178 female recruits who had passed out at BSF's Subsidiary Training Centre, Kharga.Earlier, they were assigned the role of frisking women going beyond the border to till land and even visitors in Attari who came to witness the daily drill."Pakistan should reciprocate to our proposal with an all-women parade on its side too. The final decision will be taken after we hear from our Pakistani counterparts on holding all-women parades simultaneously," said General Singh."The female constables are working shoulder to shoulder with their male colleagues at the border. Their presence during the parade has also made a positive impact to the ceremony. Now, an all-girl parade will only take this further," said a senior BSF official.
- Yudhvir Rana, TNN
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