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General Rizwan Akhtar named new ISI chief

RAWALPINDI: Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar has been promoted to the post of Director General Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) on Monday among other promotions within the army ranks. The announcement was made by Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major Asim Bajwa on Twitter: The announcement comes as current ISI chief Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam and five lieutenant generals are scheduled to retire from service in the first week of October. The military officers retiring in October include ISI chief Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam, Mangla corps commander Lt-Gen Tariq Khan, Gujranwala corps commander Lt-Gen Saleem Nawaz, Peshawar corps commander Lt-Gen Khalid Rabbani and Karachi corps commander Lt-Gen Sajjad Ghani. All five ...

September 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm | News Desk

Karachi Diaries: Floyd by Smith

The press surrounded the entrance to Zamzama mall. Inside, a welcome mat had been rolled out for a Scandinavian label, as Floyd by Smith, made its Pakistani debut.  The collection on display featured a delectable mix of casual chic / formal wear paired with footwear & accessories.  People seen milling around the tea bar, red carpet, and catwalk being prepped to showcase high street fashion admired the whimsical lines and elegant cuts used to adorn its edgy canvas.  The launch of the Norwegian flagship store was capped by a fashion presentation and the event organizers had made seating arrangements outside the shop allowing guests / curiosity seekers to cheer for the models from the sidelines. Not everyone could make it past the medi...

September 18, 2014 at 3:16 am | News Desk

Karachi Diaries: Walk in Klauset

“Dressing well is a sign of good manners” – Tom Ford fashion designer / film director A Canadian based clothing giant that opened the doors of its flagship store in Karachi offers custom made menswear (for now), touch screens to craft unique profiles, and a coffee bar to placate waiting customers.  Klauset’s ‘Made in Pakistan’ label has to be clarified since labor is local, the cloth is imported, and standards are international. The owners try to outline the process for Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro, and regale him with a lesson on texture, weight, limitations (220 gms) and material (micro light, poly wool). Tuxedos that are the rage and come with snazzy cummerbunds raise some eyebrows.  It is the first taste of col...

July 13, 2014 at 12:25 am | News Desk

Alliance Francaise de Karachi Resource Centre Inauguration

It was dark - the lights had been turned off, and doors of the French Cultural Centre locked when a gentleman arrived, and bought 7 paintings – among them was a set of 4 honoring the elements which the artist had been reluctant to break. Alliance Francaise de Karachi had invited six painters to be a part of the inaugural ceremony of their new Resource Centre. A charming Diptych by Paul Mehdi Rizvi that blended in so beautifully, and was erroneously believed to be a part of the décor was actually from the exhibit. The Centre which has gone through several iterations over the years, and lay forgotten as a storage space, now offers combined facilities of a study section, cultural corner, a recreational area, and on May 15th  - a taste of c...

June 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm | News Desk

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