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Mehwish Hayat Louds Using Truck Art for the Rights of the Girl Child

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Tuck Owners, drivers and artists pose with their brightly colored trucks on the International Day of the Girl Child

The Ministry of Human Rights initiative “Truck Art for Awareness and Advocacy for the Rights of the Girl Child in Pakistan” mesmerizes stakeholders.

  • The biggest achievement of this intervention is that Truck owners, Truck drivers and Truck artists own this initiative” says Samar Minallah (Anthropologist/ Pioneer of the Truck Art for Awareness intervention in Pakistan
  • Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan stands tall for upholding all constitutionally enshrined rights of the girl child” Dr Shireen Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights

This year marked over 25 years of the International Day of the Girl Child. The Ministry of Human Rights, government of Pakistan, through the Huqooq-e-Pakistan Programme, in collaboration with the European Union held a launch event on 11th October 2019 at Lok Virsa in the country’s capital, Islamabad.

20 Newly painted trucks transverse across Pakistan to ensure the right message reaches the right audiences. Trucks, moving billboards, here are becoming vehicles for spreading awareness regarding educating girls, and truck art is making its way to bridge communication gaps between key stakeholders involved in ensuring rights are given to the girl child

“Let’s pledge to give girls a better brighter future” said Mehwish Hayat, the appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the Rights of the Girl Child by the Ministry of Human Rights,  in her talk engaging with the participants of the launch event.

Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of the Girl Ms. Mehwish Hayat addressing during a function to mark International Day of Girl Child (Advocacy and Awareness through Truck Art) at Lok Virsa

 “The brightly painted trucks through Pakistan’s indigenous truck art support us in creating awareness as well as amplifying a message to begin advocacy from within the grassroots of Pakistan from the remotest of areas” says Minallah.

She further added that Hayat Khan, a truck workshop owner, extended great cooperation in this regard and played a pivotal role in convincing other truck drivers to change the paintings on their rides.

The Launch evnt was attended by over 400 participants. A gathering with all relevant players present to commemorate the Day of the Girl Child. The event marks not only the beginning of a new era of the amplification of the rights of the girl child but also is a testiment to the fact that the Pakistani society is proud of its traditional art forms and the role community members like truck owner, drivers and artists are taken up for the cause.

Truck Artist Tahir Hayat adds finishing touches as he paints “Let me study, I will brighten the future”

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari, European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Mrs. Androulla Kaminara and Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of the Girl Ms. Mehwish Hayat jointly distributing certificates among the artists during a function to mark International Day of Girl Child (Advocacy and Awareness through Truck Art) at Lok Virsa.

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P.F. Chang’s Introduces Lunch Bowls

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After opening it first outlet in Karachi in November last year and making much hype, PF Chang’s just introduced it special distinctive lunch bowls menu.

Initially, the restaurant has introduced seven flavours made out of chicken, beef, shrimps, rice, noodles and assorted vegetables. Here’s what each bowl is named and contained.  

Spicy Chicken Bowl

Chang’s special chicken marinated in sweet spicy chilli sauce with green onion, served with the choice of white or fried rice.

Crispy Honey Chicken

Chicken balls in lightly battered tangy honey sauce with green onion served with the choice of white or fried rice.

Mongolian Beef (also served with chicken on demand)

Sweet soy glaze, flank steak, garlic and snipped green onion served with white or fried rice.  

Korean Bibimbap Bowl

A delicious bowl of chicken, fresh greens, Asian mushrooms and assorted vegetable on rice topped with fried egg and kimchi slaw

Chiang Mai Noodle Bowl

A nutritious bowl of marinated chicken, egg noodles, coconut curry broth, grape tomatoes and wanton crisps.  

Tokyo Udon Noodle Bowl

Served in both chicken and beef with special Japanese wheat flour udon noodles, the other ingredients of this bowl are fresno peppers, green onion, mushrooms and fresh basil.

Tempura Bowl

A spicy and crunchy shrimp and vegetable tempura spread on the bed of fried rice serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Claimed to be the Asian-American restaurant, and famous all over the world because of its distinctive taste and ambience, the first PF. Chang in Pakistan was opened in Lahore’s M. M. Alam Road in the summer of 2018.

The overall experience at P.F. Chang’s was quite different from the usual restaurants. The prices were a bit on the higher side but the quantity of meal in bowls is enough for a person even having a big appetite and it can serve to two with an average appetite. Also, the combination of Asian American taste and texture of the food give it a flavour, which grabs the taste buds of Pakistanis quickly who are usually fond of Chinese cuisine and American fast food.  

P. F. Chang’s is an American-based, Asian-themed, casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1993 by Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang. The name “P. F. Chang’s” is derived from those of Paul Fleming (P. F.) and Philip Chiang (whose surname was simplified to Chang).The restaurant has its headquarter in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The chain specializes in American Chinese cuisine, plus other Asian dishes. Besides 208 restaurants in the United States Chang has more than 100 in international markets including Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Philippines, South Korea, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and United Kingdom.

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Money Back Guarantee To Be Released on Eid-ul-Fitr

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The only Pakistani film which has confirmed its release on this eid-ul-fitr yet is Money Back Guarantee. Produced by Zashko Films, and penned, directed, and co-produced by actor/director Faisal Qureshi of Game Over Productions, MBG is said to be larger than life with names such as Fawad Khan, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Waseem Akram, Aisha Omar, Hina Dilpazeer, Shaniera Thompson, Mani, Gohar Rasheed, Shafaat ALI, and more. The film is also the second venture of Na Band Na Barati famed actor Shayan Khan, who is to be a part of the stellar cast of this all-out comedy entertainer this time. Besides this, many additional surprises are awaiting in guest appearances of other stars.

Zain Farooqi of Zashko Films views, “Pakistani Cinema will see exponential growth, we will continue our efforts to invest and globally support Pakistani films”

If ‘The Legend Of Maula Jatt’ doesn’t make to hit the screens of local cinemas before or on eid, Money Back Guarantee will prove to be the first Pakistani release of super star Fawad Khan after his debut, Khuda Kay Liye 13 years back.

So, all these facts have made the MBG one of the most anticipated Pakistani films this year.

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No Show Of Witnesses From Meesha Shafi In Court

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The Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar legal battle, which started in April 2018, regarding accusation of sexual harassment by the former on latter, takes a new turn in 2020.  

In the hundred crore defamation case filed against Meesha Shafi by singer actor Ali Zafar, the court was adjourned to 17th of January after a no show from Shafi or any of her witnesses.

Prior to this, Shafi was summoned to appear for her cross examination, however Shafi’s team requested adjournments on three occasions prior to this pleading that they would not be able to appear for cross examination due to lawyer’s strike as Zafar’s lawyers waited in court. The judge had granted request and summoned Shafi’s witnesses on the 7th of January, however her lawyer Saqib Jillani once again asked for adjournment.

Earlier, The Lahore High Court had dismissed Shafi’s case against Zafar in a 15 page long judgment. Zafar is now seeking damages for loss of reputation and mental trauma caused by allegations of harassment tweeted by Shafi on 19th April 2018. Zafar has reportedly also filed a criminal case in the FIA with evidence of a conspiracy against him by “closely related” individuals.

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