Newspackage: Problems faced in Charrar Pind

Charrar Pind is a squatter settlement area located next to the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Lahore, Pakistan. The village, which currently has no proper sewage system, streetlights or proper access to potable water, was inducted into the DHA fold in a ceremony on December 23. Despite this fact, the residents of DHA and Charrar Pind live a highly contrasting standard of living as no proper developments have taken in the region while the promises made by the MPAs and MNAs have never turned to reality.

Muhammad Abubakar Mourige, Agha Sarmad, Saad Naveed and Ujala Sabir together executed this report to make the people aware of this area and an opportunity for these citizens to voice their concerns:

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Social Networking and the Individual of the 21st Century

asasalarageThis is the 21st century – the age of social media, an age where we collect friends like stamps. However, despite the fact that man is a social creature, it is not possible for him to be friends with a very large amount of people. Research reveals that most humans are incapable of closely knowing more than around 150 people. This causes one’s social life to get demanding, as soon as new connections are built around the workplace or elsewhere. Thus, enters technology into the scene.

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With the emergence of new social networking apps, people have found more opportunities to represent themselves on a public platform.

We belong to a generation addicted to technology, and hence, it has controlled our social circle interaction to a great extent. We engage in online conversations, exchange videos and photos with friends, check-in to places to make people aware of how we live. Even while sitting home, we can be aware of what is going on in other people’s lives, where they are hanging around and how is their lifestyle. As difficult as it may be for one to admit, we all use social networking to represent ourselves to the world the way WE want to.

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Daily sharing of pictures related to people’s lifestyles has become a common frenzy on social networking apps like Instagram.

With the emerging concept of individualism in people, they have diverted themselves to a sudden feeling of self-actualization in which they explicitly reveal themselves through their personal achievements which may include one’s professional career, the amount of wealth one owns, a self-image, and of course, consumerism. Taking Instagram for example, we can vividly observe how people daily upload pictures of what they eat, how they look, what they wear, what they buy and where they go. It gives an opportunity to showcase one’s own lifestyle. This makes us realize how badly we’re engaged in endless personal promotion either on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Snapchat. We build up profiles, upload the photos only in which we look good, and share about the mainstream trending topics and point of view for the general public to absorb from our image – the way we want them to perceive us as.

One would reach to the thought about why interacting in real time has become so difficult nowadays. To answer that, in real-time conversation, you cannot control what you say. However, in conversing through a technological medium, we get the time-frame to think about how we create a message, or respond to one, think about the consequences of speaking something before we actually say it, have the ability to modify what we have written and no one can read our corresponding facial expressions to what we say. This gives our personal image another edge; however, deep down in our inner-self we know what we are trying to show. We use technology to define ourselves and this may lead to the extent of faking experiences just to have something to share. This sharing of continuous information about ourselves is itself a way in which we feel active and alive to the world of social networking and hence embed into the mainstream culture.

Facing the Reality by Zunaira Naeem

I am going to talk about people who are becoming replicas of celebrities and who are getting in this absurd competition with people who they look up to. Might it be a friend or someone who inspires them but rather then accepting the fact that they look up to them, they start to say “she or he is copying me” how hard would it be for you lot to accept the fact that you actually are inspired by someone’s style, personality or might it be anything? Karl Lagerfeld, Elie Saab and all the rest of the designers get “inspired” by something in their life and that is how you see these fashion weeks and their collections because nobody is born with a mind of a genius, we all get inspirations.

The society we live in is becoming so competitive that at times I feel people will just walk over the person who actually made them what they are today. Everyone asks for fashion and life advice but do they actually imply it on themselves? No, because everyone today thinks they are a photographer because they took a few good pictures, a blogger because blogging is in trend, a make-up artist because they can put a liner straight? Gone are the days when people used to give credits or good remarks to those whom they have actually learned a lot from. My only question is why so hate and competition? People who never compete always get ahead, that’s because they focus on themselves not others, it’s because they’re that much contend that they’ll say it up straight who they got inspired from. So how long will it take for you all out there to give credits to those people who have made you who you are? Stop hating, stop criticizing because not only will it affect your mind which I am sure is capable to achieve a lot more then you can imagine. And stop this competition with each other .We all are average people, living a normal life get out of your fantasy world and appreciate if someone younger to you is doing something good, in simple words stop all this before your mind gets rotten by taking out flaws in every single person you know and focus on yourself, because you actually will be surprised to see how much flaws you have within yourself that you need to get rid of.

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Power of Yoga by Mahnoor Asad

Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health. It’s exciting to enter a room full of young teens, athletes, middle-aged moms, older gentlemen. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos.Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help relieve stress and unclutter the mind , and helps you get more focused.

One of the benefits of yoga is that, you can choose your own yoga style such as , hot yoga , power yoga , relaxation yoga etc. One can perform yoga anywhere  whether you’re at home in a private session, watching a DVD or at a studio or gym. If you are a yoga beginner  Hatha yoga, which focuses on basic postures at a comfortable pace, would be great for you. If you want to increase strength through using more of your own body’s resistance, power yoga may be right for you.

yogayoga Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility is an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside-out, so you don’t just look good, you feel good too. Another one of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding of postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look.

 

States Foreign Policy towards Pakistan By Syed Ali Farhan Shah

Stated foreign policy of United States of America towards Pakistan says:
‘A stable democratic, prosperous Pakistan actively combating religious militancy is considered vital to U.S interests. U.S concerns regarding Pakistan include regional and global terrorism; Afghan stability; democratization and human rights protection; the ongoing Kashmir problem and Pakistan-India tensions; and economic development’
But there are a number of prominent violations of its foreign policy by United States of America which includes violation of human rights, violation of territorial sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan, spying on nuclear program, interference in internal matters of Pakistan, limiting political independence and other relative matters.
There seems to be a prominent different in the ‘stated’ foreign policy of America and its ‘obvious’ ones. American stated foreign policy says that they work for stability, sovereignty, and prosperity of Pakistan but there have been instances in which we see that America has been involved in a number of internal affairs of Pakistan like internal elections, policy making, judiciary matters and so forth.
A study called The Year of the Drone published in February 2010 by the New American Foundation found that in a total of 114 drone strikes in Pakistan carried out between 2004 and early 2010, approximately 834 to 1,216 persons had been killed, about two-thirds of whom were militants and one-third civilians. In a similar study, the Brookings Institution highlighted the “horrendously indiscriminate nature of drone attacks in Pakistan.” It concluded that more than 600 civilians had died due to the attacks in Pakistan. Thus, as a result every militant is killed at the cost of 10 civilians. The drone attacks by the US violate both the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions of 1949, which prohibit willful killing.
“Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights denounces the US missile strikes as gross violation of human rights, territorial integrity, political independence, and sovereignty of the country.”
“According to Article 57(2)(a)(i), the planners of the attack must take utmost precautionary measures to verify that the objects of the attack are not civilians and under Article 57(4) reasonable precautions must be taken to avoid losses of civilian lives and civilian objects. Under Articles 10 and 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 10 ensures that everyone is entitled to a fair public hearing and Article 11(1) states that anyone charged with a penal offence is presumed innocent until proven guilty in accordance with law. The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Philip Alston has also criticized the drone strikes in Pakistan on the basis that they violate the laws described in the article.”
US emphasize on human right protection in Pakistan but there have been a number of major instances which make us doubtful about American foreign policy towards Pakistan the major one remains the case of Aafia Saadique. Stephen Lendman in his article ‘WikiLeaks Reveals Diplomatic Cables on Aafia Saadique’ states the 86 years imprisonment sentence of Aafia Saadique as ‘Gross miscarriage of justice’.
“US has taken extrajudicial steps that are in violation of not only the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1966, but also numerous other treaties and United Nations (UN) resolutions such as UN Convention against Torture (CAT) 1975, International Customary Laws against Torture, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 37/194 of 1982 for Principles of Medical Ethics, UNGA Resolution 43/173 of 1988 and UNGA Resolution 3452 (XXX). These treaties and resolutions ensure the protection of the inalienable rights of a person and also prohibit a person from being subjected to torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading (CID) treatment.”
There has always been widespread dismay in Pakistan about unabashed US interference in the country’s internal matters. There have been number of instances in which we have seen too much interference of USA in some of the major internal matter of Pakistan but the question that is asked my every other educated Pakistani is that till how long will USA dominate this region? People have high expectations with the new democratically elected government of Pakistan with Mr. Sharif as its Premier for the third time. Let’s hope what magic he can play around this time.