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    Two-day 'Punjab Peace and Cultural Festival' kicks off in Lahore

    LAHORE: (AwesomePakista) - Provincial minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman on Saturday inaugurated a two-day festival “Punjab Peace and Cultural Festival” at Punjabi Complex.

    On the first day, an assortment of people flocked to the cultural event organised by Punjabi Parchar, an organisation working for the propagation of Punjabi language and culture.'

    Addressing the gathering, Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said that festivals like such promote peace, harmony and love among people. He added that peace-

    About 80 mln domestic tourists annually travel in Pakistan: PTDC

    ISLAMABAD: About 80 million domestic tourists annually travel for tourism purposes inside the country.

    According to an official of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), domestic tourism has increased manifold as picnic resorts are receiving a record of people.

    Specially the northern parts of the country including Murree, Nathiyagali, Ayubia, Bhurban Patriata, Abbottabad, Swat, Naran, Kaghan, Shogran, Rawalkot, Nelum

    PTDC says Tourism Business Flourishing

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Managing Director Abdul Ghafoor on Monday said that the tourism industry business has witnessed a 40% increase as the flow of tourists has been increasing during the current season. Ghafoor said PTDC motels in the northern areas and Murree have been doing good business due to the rush of domestic tourists from across the country. He said the PTDC was analysing the trend of the tourism industry and at the end of the season a detailed report would be issued for bringing further improvement. Ghafoor added that a similar situation was being

    Thailand Urged to Invest in Pakistan Amid Changing Landscape

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Managing Director Abdul Ghafoor met with officials of Thailand’s renowned investment group King Power and recommended them to invest in Pakistan’s tourism sector.

    Italy to bring eco-friendly tourism to G-B

    Talking to APP, Ghafoor said that his visit to Thailand was upon the instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with the aim of relaying the message of peace in

    Pakistan to Introduce Police Force for Tourists

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Managing Director Abdul Ghafoor said on Wednesday that they would introduce a special police force on Thailand’s pattern to provide maximum security for tourists.

    During a meeting in Thailand with Tourist Police Division Deputy Commander Nithithorn Chintakanon, the PTDC managing director said that Pakistan would soon take security measures for prospective tourists.

    “We will establish a tourism police force on the model of Thailand to provide security for incoming tourists,” he said, according to a press release.

    Supporting wildlife: Two chicks of dying vulture breed born

    LAHORE (AwesomePakistan.Net): For the second time in two consecutive years, two chicks of the critically endangered oriental white-backed vultures have been born at the WWF-Pakistan’s Changa Manga vulture conservation facility.

    The chicks, now over six weeks old, are growing and developing after surviving the critical period of the initial four weeks post-hatching. The addition of these chicks to the existing flock will contribute in achieving a viable population and will give this species a fighting chance to move out of the endangered species list.

    Pakistan: A paradise for mountaineers

    Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters and is home to the world's second tallest mountain, K2, as well as four of the world's 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters. While other parts of Pakistan and northern India were flooded last month, Concordia in the Karakoram mountain range was covered with a seasonally unusual amount of snow. In more peaceful times, northern Pakistan's unspoilt beauty was a major tourist draw but the potentially lucrative industry has been blighted by years of violence. The number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependant on climbing for income and starving Pakistan's suffering

    Panic as snow leopards strike again in Gojal valley

    GILGIT (AwesomePakistan.Net): Snow leopards launched a fresh attack on livestock in the Gojal valley on Tuesday night, killing several livestock, locals claimed. The attack comes a week after locals had captured a female wildcat in the area. Locals had claimed that the leopard killed over 40 livestock in two months. The wildcat had been freed after hectic negotiations with the authorities and the assurance that the nine-years-old wildcat would be released several miles away in the Khunjerab National Park.

    What is so awesome about Pakistan?

    And so my friend, my point was – what is so awesome about Pakistan?

    I’m a bloke who thrives on chaos but answering this question before buggering off on a new adventure would have resulted in a droopy “I don’t know mate, cricket?”. Personally, I can’t bear a game of ball and sticks any more then warm beer on a hot summers day… What a contrast Pakistan is, and here’s why.

    The terrorists will kill me

    By all the unglamorous artworks the armchair experts of the world were painting of Pakistan, I was in line for a beheading, a bombing or a kidnapping. It’s

    How Three Foreigners Conquered Pakistan's Most Unfriendly River

    KARACHI (AwesomePakistan.Net): Pakistan is known the world over for being a country rife with crime and terrorism, and more often that not, portrayed in a negative light by the international media. A new movie, Inside The Indus, however, aims to show the true beauty of Pakistan as three friends come together to conquer a river that is far from friendly.

    For every water sports enthusiast, kayaking the Rondu Gorge of the Indus River is at the top of the list. Very few have attempted to tackle its rough waters and till now there have only been three teams to have conquered the Rondu Gorge; the last one being in 2008, led by adventure kayaker Ben Stookesberry from the


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