The Economist: ​The fall and rise of Pakistani film

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Updated 26 April 2018
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The Economist: ​The fall and rise of Pakistani film

 

April 25: The Economist report by Z.R states that THE 1960s and 1970s were a golden age of Pakistani cinema. Hundreds of popular films were produced yearly by Lollywood, the Lahore-based entertainment industry. The era’s stars included Waheed Murad, a heartthrob, and Sabiha Khanoum, known as the first lady of Pakistani screens. Both continue to be revered today. Murad’s 1966 film “Armaan” (“Desire”) introduced audiences to the first South Asian pop song, creating a new genre of Pakistani music. But for all its former glory, production in Lollywood collapsed by the end of the 1990s. By 2005, barely 20 local films were released annually. Political turmoil triggered the decline. General Zia-ul-Haq seized power in 1977 in a military coup. The new president proceeded to enforce an Islamisation agenda, under which film-makers were forced to comply with strict censorship. 

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The Express Tribune: Archbishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts to be elevated as cardinal

Updated 21 May 2018
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The Express Tribune: Archbishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts to be elevated as cardinal

May 20: The Express Tribune report by News Desk states that Karachi’s Archbishop Joseph Coutts is set to be appointed as a cardinal by Pope Francis on June 29. The announcement was made during Pentecost celebrations after the holy mass by the Vatican head. Coutts will be the second Pakistani archbishop to be honoured with the position after the death of cardinal Joseph Cordeiro back in 1994.

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