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Int’l congress on Islamic history, culture, heritage of Kashmir to be held on April 4-5

Staff Reporter. Islamabad. The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary organ of the Organization of the Islamic.
Subsequently, IRCICA proposed to hold an International Congress in Pakistan on this topic in collaboration with NH LH Division and Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).In its Program of work for 2019, IRCICA has scheduled an International Congress on “Islamic History, Culture and Heritage of Kashmir” in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and Government of AJK in mid-2019. The Congress will be held on 4th – 5th April 2019 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

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Artist Imran Qureshi honoured at the Prestigious Asia Arts Game Changer Awards

LAHORE: Internationally acclaimed and award winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi has been honored at the Prestigious Asia Arts Game Changer.The awardees for this year also include Christine Ay Tjoe, Fang Lijun and Natee Utarit.Qureshi was honoured at a ceremony hosted by the Asia Society in Hong Kong on 29th March 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel.The Asia Arts Game Changer Awards is a signature event honoring the Asia Arts Game Changers.
Every year, major art collectors, artists, gallerists and dignitaries from the art world along with Asia Society trustees and patrons gather to celebrate contemporary art in Asia and honor artists and arts professionals for their significant contributions to contemporary art. For more than twenty years, Asia Society has been a pioneer in identifying and fostering the latest contemporary Asian artists, and engaging new audiences for their work.
Past honorees include: Cai Guo-Qiang, Hon Chi Fun, Abir Karmakar, Krishen Khanna, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Lee Ufan, Liu Guosong, Nalini Malani, Nyoman Masriadi, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Do Ho Suh, teamLab, Wucius Wong, Xu Bing, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Xiaogang to name a few.Speaking about receiving the Asia Arts Game Changer Award, Imran Qureshi said, “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award – it is for Pakistan.
Art transcends boundaries and this award will also highlight the art in and from my country.”Imran Qureshi is renowned for his site-specific paintings, installations, and videos created in the style of Indo-Persian miniature painting as a means to explore contemporary socio-political themes.His elegant miniatures often juxtapose figures in modern dress against ornate landscapes that reflect contemporary life in Pakistan while his large-scale works feature red leaves and floral patterns that are meant to provoke thoughtful reflection on the sometimes tenuous and often bloody relationship between religious ideologies and warfare. Qureshi has exhibited internationally, including at The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2016); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011); and Asia Society Museum, New York (2009).

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Global experts evince keen interest in fashion industry

“Pakistan can earn huge foreign exchange through export of fashion industry if it succeeds to catch the attention of western buyers.They are going to other regional countries to buy hand-made embroidery and products for fashion industry despite the fact that Pakistan has far better expertise.

Pakistan is a great place as it has marvellous potential as far as fashion industry is concerned”.These views were expressed by the speakers while addressing a conference on fashion industry.Head of Italian delegation Stella Maria Novarino, Diana Battaggia and UNIDO Representatives and LCCI office-bearers attended the conference. Stella Maria Novarino said that all those women are not just workers but artists who are doing embroidery, stitching and other related works.”We also want to change the perception of Pakistan in the world through Pakistani finest quality work and art and want to highlight the talent of Pakistani women that is fit for international fashion Industry”, she added.Pakistani women entrepreneurs have everything that Italian fashion companies need.

There is no reason to not to work with them, she added.He said that Pakistan’s fashion designing and clothing industry has become an important dimension for national economy because of its export potential.He said that decision makers should realize its significance in view of its huge potential for future expansion and give all possible facilities.Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Women Business Development Aasia Sial Khan said that we have to promote our fashion industry and embroidery sector to secure an important place in the international market.

She said that collaboration between Pakistani and Italian fashion designers can be a milestone. Pakistan’s hand-made embroidery can be merged with Italian designs and we are working on this project with the help of UNIDO, she added.Members of Italian & UNIDO delegation Danielle Doujour, Elisabetta Latanzio Illy, Federico Barassi and Dino Fortunato also spoke on the occasion.No content from Business RecorderBusiness Recorder shall not be responsible or held liable for any error of fact, opinion or recommendation and also for any loss, financial or otherwise, resulting from business or trade or speculation conducted, or investments made, on the basis of the information posted here.

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Nawaz never refused medical treatment nor sought to travel abroad: Abbasi

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Tuesday that it was on record that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz.He made the comment while speaking to the media after the Supreme Court suspended Nawaz’s sentence on medical grounds for six weeks.

Nawaz, who is currently imprisoned at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, was awarded a seven-year imprisonment sentence by an accountability court in the Al Azizia/ Hill Metal Establishment corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the top court’s Panamagate judgment.An apex court bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Azmat Saeed Khosa heard an appeal submitted by Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris, seeking suspension of sentence for eight weeks on medical grounds.The bench granted a six-week suspension and allowed Nawaz to receive treatment from his personal physician but restricted him from travelling abroad.Dismissing reports that Nawaz had refused treatment in jail, Abbasi said the top court had acknowledged that the three-time premier neither refused treatment nor asked to be treated in London.

It is on record now that Nawaz never refused medical treatment nor did he seek to travel abroad. The SC observed that the doctors failed to concur on how and where Nawaz should be treated.”SC suspends Nawazs prison sentence on medical groundsHe blamed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for creating a false perception that Nawaz had refused to be treated locally and wanted to travel abroad. “Nawaz was given relief by the top court.We are confident his appeal against the verdict will also be accepted.”He critcised the federal ministers for playing politics on a matter concerning a person’s health.

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Chinese vlogger Trevor James has fallen in love with Pakistani food

Trevor James is a Chinese video blogger who explores street food culture in different countries. After visiting Pakistan with his wife, he couldn’t stop posting about his love for the country.
“Pakistan is the land of hospitality!!! We’ve been here one week now and have fallen in love with the delicious food,” he wrote in a post.The couple’s first stop was at Monal restaurant in Islamabad which James described as “incredible.” They went to Waris Nihari in Lahore next. “Eating the BEST nihari I’ve ever tasted!!! The ultra rich beef stew at Waris nihari in the deep back lanes of Lahore is a life changing flavor you must try in your lifetimein heaven right now,” he posted on Food Ranger (their handle).

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In Pakistan, Life and Society Become Art

Mahbub Jokhio is one of the Mittal Institutes newest Visiting Artist Fellows, bringing with him a wealth of talent that he uses to create issue-oriented art and inquiries into this life and experiences in Pakistan.
His interest in and pursuit of art was shaped by artists before him, whom he has come into contact with throughout his life.I was born into a very literary family full of artists, poets, and writers.The art was in the blood. My uncle, an internationally recognized visual artist, basically channeled my interest into visual arts.Since then, I have been involved in the visual arts, Mahbub said. I went to Lahore in 2010 for my Masters at Beaconhouse National University, where I had the opportunity to meet Rashid Rana, the father of contemporary art in Pakistan.He really shaped my understanding of art. I think most of my generation, and generations before me, have been influenced by his practice over time.Mahbubs mediums range from photography to video to massive concrete structures — and everything in between. All works have a meaning, a true symbolism behind them, while inviting viewers to come up with their own interpretations.
Recently, we sat down with Mahbub to learn more about the meaning behind his art and his hopes for the future.You’ve spoken about your artwork being a departure from popular Western art and influences.How do you think this makes your work stand out?I’ve always believed that an artist is like a radio. So, if you put that radio in Pakistan, it would transmit what’s in the air at certain times and certain places.But at the same time, if you put that radio in the USA or somewhere else, it will only transmit what’s in the air in that given context.My practice keeps on changing with time.I have a variety of subject matters, and I get very excited with new ideas. I want to push myself as an artist with newer subjects, newer media.But my earlier practice has been very referential, which also sometimes happens now. If you see my Graveyard project [the As Time Passes in the City of the Buried series], its actually about something completely different, but when you see it from the Partition perspective, it creates a new narrative, and you could actually see it as a reflection of Partition.
One piece within the series As Time Passes in the City of the Buried, by Mahbub Jokhio.At the same time, that work is also about photography as a medium.
They say photography is the death of reality. I see a photograph, and it becomes a celebration of the death of reality.The whole project revolved around death and life, and how they both exist in the same location. You can photograph something that binds these two realities: the constructed reality and the absolute reality — the whole idea of illusion.My practice keeps on changing with time, and my ideas and my subject matters as well. It has a huge range of concerns.Two pieces within the series As Time Passes in the City of the Buried, by Mahbub Jokhio, currently on display at the Crossings Gallery of the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston.I didn’t originally see the Graveyard project in relation to the Partition.The whole idea was, in Pakistan especially, graveyards are not frequently visited places. They’re very scary and abandoned places; nobody would go there.So that project was a suggestion that the graveyards could be a place where life could happen — you should go see it and pay homage to your loved ones. So, the project was about a public place that should have activity and frequent visits.When I saw it from the Partition perspective, it completely shocked me. It actually made much more sense, that project.And I think that’s the beauty of art: there tends to be so many interpretations that the creator wouldn’t have thought of.One piece within the series As Time Passes in the City of the Buried, by Mahbub Jokhio.
What kind of impressions or legacies has the Partition had on you and your generation in Pakistan?I dont have any relation to Partition — like a direct relationship. But I have this huge influence, you can say, of the Partition as a human being more-so than a victim of that event.As a human being, it really makes me sad to know about the Partition, it dislocated so many people and it was a complete disaster. It was not designed very well and it only led to chaos, and that chaos can still be seen min that region.The older generation who actually witnessed that event, I think it lives with them, and it somehow transferred to a generation like us.A group of people enjoying Mahbubs work on display at the Crossings Gallery of the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston.I was looking at a piece youve done, called They are Deaf, Dumb, and Blind. What does thisworkrepresent to you?It’s an image of a Quran page, the holy book of Islam, but its actually made out of small circular cut-outs from a Sindhi poetry book called Shah Jo Risalo by Shah Latif.So, when you see the work from afar, it creates an image of a Quran page. But when you come closer, the image breaks into abstraction.
The image is no longer there, so youll see an unreadable text. And the Sindhi text in the poetry cutouts, you can’t actually decipher that as well.So, the text works purely as an image.A piece called They Are Deaf, Dumb, and Blind, from a series entitled Words Are Image Makers Too, by Mahbub Jokhio.Full piece on the left, and detailed close-up on the right.That’s also the case in most of the Muslim countries; you could say [a large portion of] the population cant read the Arabic text, but they can tell you that it’s an Arabic holy text.
For them, it only works as an image. And the remaining population can actually can read it, but they can’t make meaning out of it.So, the whole work is about how the Arabic text is working as image. Islam is a very recent thing that happened to us, about 1,400 years back, so the work also comments on this adaptation of newer religion, which brought with it its own culture and collapsed with the ancient culture of Sindh Pakistan.It shows, in a way, how we couldn’t make sense of both cultures — the Islamic one and the local origin. So [in the work], both are in abstraction.
Do you try to create artwork that comments on your world and society, and how they impact you?Definitely. I think art should not be limited by walls, and it should have a meaning, an inquiry, a new thought for the viewer.I always believed that art should be issue-centered. I work with these public places, and how we make meaning of things.There are so many themes and current issues that keep on reflecting in my work in Pakistan.What do you hope to accomplish in this fellowship while you’re here?I have always believed that the city and the people you meet tend to leave their impression on you for a long period of time.It adds to your experience as a person, and, for me, as a maker. Apart from that, Im very much looking forward to learning more about the ongoing project of the Mittal Institute, which deals with oral stories from the Partition.I want to create a project that shows a visual history of the event.Join us on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 for an opening reception highlighting the work of the Mittal Institutes two newest Visiting Artist Fellows, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija.

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India trying to undermine PSL from very first day: Ehsan Mani

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Monday said that from the very first day, India is trying to undermine the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday, he said that Pakistan faced many challenges like terrorism, adding that the protection of cricketers is our top most priority.Terrorism would win if cricket is stopped in Pakistan, he said and added cricket shouldn’t be stopped due to terrorism.The PCB chairman further added that politics has entered regional cricket, adding that politics and sports should be kept separate.
It only damages cricket, he said. Mani, on behalf of the PCB, has paid glowing tributes and thanked the die-hard cricket fans, the 39 foreign international players and all the local stars for making the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 an overwhelming success.He termed the league as a resilient’ event and said it had delivered all event objectives despite tough operational and logistical challenges caused due to reasons beyond the PCB’s control.Mani also thanked all the franchise owners and their players, as well as the Sindh Government and all the security agencies involved in providing a safe and secure environment for the commercial partners, players, spectators, officials, media and service providers for the eight Pakistan-leg matches played at the National Stadium.
The fans made this a truly Pakistan event. Cricket euphoria gripped the entire country as the fans got behind the tournament and made this an overwhelming success, Mani said, adding the fans not only enjoyed and celebrated the festival of cricket, but they also portrayed a very positive image of Pakistan.This is the real power of a nation and I can’t thank the fans enough for the way they got behind the tournament, supported all the teams and applauded good performances, Mani said.The success of any event is gauged by crowd attendances and I am delighted that the overall crowd turnout at the National Stadium over the seven match days was nearly 95 percent.
This reflects the passion and love for cricket here.The PCB chairman said: Despite facing severe mid-series operational and logistical challenges, the league didn’t drop the ball at any stage and continued to maintain its very high standard and quality.The 2019 event has shown how resilient this league is. Having lost the production partner in the first week and then the fallout from last month’s turn of events, to pull everything smoothly, flawlessly and professionally reflects the strength and power of this league.Shane Watson’s decision to come to Karachi after having declined pre-event, is a testament of the confidence he had in the PCB and all the security agencies. It was also a validation that he too considered Karachi as a peaceful and cricket-loving city, while reinforcing his respect and commitment for the league.

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