Google Goes Green with its Waving Pakistani Flag Doodle on Pakistan Independence Day 2018

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As, always what Google does is, it cares for its audience from different countries and localities. So Google changes its logo in accordance with special occasions of certain locality. So they always call those modified logos depicting those special occasions ‘Doodle’.

Enough of the background on Google doodles, Google have recently launched one such doodle to be part of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations in 2018. They did this many times on our Independence days, other occasions and their logo changed many times to remember people who had contributed to Pakistani society or the ones who have had a great following in Pakistanis, for whatever but good reason.

2018’s Pakistan Independence Day Google Doodle shows a Pakistani flag flying high under blue sky, on top of the word Google, as shown below.

Pakistan Independence day 2018 Google Doodle
Pakistan Independence day 2018 Google Doodle

I like the way Google shows interest in the occasions which are important to its audience from different parts of the world and wins hearts that way. I feel proud after seeing a waving Pakistani flag and somehow above doodle image have same affect. And it is great that google cared and tried to be part of Pakistanis’ Independence Day Celebrations.

Plus it is not the first time that google made a Doodle for Pakistan’s Independence Day, they did it for several years and some of these historic Pakistan Independence Day Google Doodles are depicted in following image.

Pakistan Independence Day Doodles Through time

Google Independence Day Doodle for 2017 was just an animated Waving Pakistani Flag replacing an ‘O’ in Google’s logo and the whole logo was turned into the shades or Green and of course white in Pakistani Flag.

In 2016 Doodle for Pakistan Independence Day, Google showed the historic archaeological site of Mohenjo-daro, which is situated in Sindh Province of Pakistan. This site belongs to an era estimated to be belonging to 2500 BCE and is comprised of, one of the world’s earliest major cities.

The doodle of Independence Day Pakistan from the 2015 shows the Pakistani Flag mounted on top of main entrance gate of Lahore Fort. This fort is situated in Northern city of Lahore, and belonged to the famous Muslim Mughal Emperors, who ruled in the territory for hundreds of years.

In 2014 Google opted for placing the Pakistan Monument inside its doodle for Pakistan Independence day. Construction of this monument was an initiative of Retired General Pervez Musharraf, while he was President of Pakistan. This Monument is situated in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad and was constructed in years 2004 to 2006. It was inaugurated in 2007 by President of time Retired General Pervez Musharraf himself. Monument is accompanied by a museum depicting the history and events of Pakistan through wax models as well as it have lots of audio and video archives etc and much more.

2013 Doodle by Google for Pakistan Independence Day featured the national animal of Pakistan called Markhor in local language and is also called ‘screw horn goat’. It is found in central Pakistan among other countries and areas. They are now very less in numbers and are classified as endangered species. Though in last decade they have managed to increased their species by 20 percent.

Pakistan independence Day Doodle of 2012 features the world famous truck art of Pakistan with colors of Pakistani flag, green and white, on center of the graphic in shape of white crescent and star, from Pakistani flag, on green background.

Google’s Pakistan Independence Day doodle of 2011 features the most important monument of Pakistan called Minar-e-Pakistan. Minar-e-Pakistan or Pakistan Tower was built to remember the 23rd March 1940’s resolution, which decided that now it is now critical for Muslims to build a separate state in subcontinent, where they can live freely and practice the teachings of their religion. Plus specially the country will not only be for Muslims but also for the minorities, who will have equal right to live in country and enjoy the freedom of practicing their own religion.

All the graphics shown above are Google’s own property and shared above to tell you a story about the several Google doodles released by Google on many Pakistan Independence Day occasions over the course of many years.

How to check details of your vote and polling station for 2018 General Elections

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It is important that you do not wait for the polling day and check your vote as early as possible. To do that simply send your ID Card Number to 8300 without dashes/hyphen (-). In reply you will be sent the details of your vote, where is it registered as well as where you will be casting the vote. Basically the details of polling station that has been assigned to you in these upcoming general elections 2018.

No matter which party you support, it is important for you to cast your vote and participate in electing the right people. The real change will only come when more and more people will leave their houses to use their right to vote in the correct people.

Court delays hearing of the appeals of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Safdar until after elections

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered to keep Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar remained behind the bars until the upcoming General elections of 2018, which are going to be held on 25th of July. The Sharif family’s lawyer submitted the appeal against the Avenfield apartments case decision in IHC.

The judge of IHC delays the hearing of appeals and put it into the waiting list and also issued the notices to NAB and investigation officer to give the records of this case. Three appeals have been filed by the Nawaz Sharif and two filed by Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar. These three members of Sharif family have been sentenced in the corruption case and were expecting to come out of the jail before the election and start the campaign of their party, but their hopes got shattered one more time and their appeals have put into the rest till the last week of July.

Pakistan Muslim League- N leader requested the court to not waste time he said, “We want that the appeal should be decided as quickly as the trial was held”. The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse capt (retd) Safdar got arrested into the illegal property case of Avenfiled in London and presently these three are in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.

Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Haris submitted the application to transfer the remaining cases to another court in which includes Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship reference case which are currently under the Justice Mohammad Bashir who heard the Avenfield case earlier. Meanwhile, Justice Mohammad Bashir wrote a letter that he has no issue if the remaining cases have to transfer to another court. Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced for 10 years, Maryam Nawaz for 7 years and Safdar for 1 year in jail and currently their appeals are on hold by the court until the upcoming General election of 2018.

This article was written by the staff member: Sehrish Ilyas

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz found guilty in Avenfield Apartments case

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The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz found guilty in reference of Avenfield flats case. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 8 Million fine and Maryam Nawaz sentenced seven years in prison and 2 Million fine while, Capt. (retd) Safdar was given a one-year imprisonment.

The Sharif family submitted the plea to delay the verdict announcement in front of NAB, which was declined. The National Accountability Court’s (NAB) Judge Muhammad Bashir announced the verdict against Avenfield flats and ruled the order that apartments shall be seized by the Federal Government.

Moreover, Maryam Nawaz now cannot contest the upcoming general election of 2018. The Election Commission of Pakistan stated that Maryam’s name will be removed from the ballot papers of NA-127. Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were not present in the court and earlier on Thursday, requested to delay the verdict as they want to be in the court at the time of announcement but the court denied the plea and announced the historic decision in their absence.

The judge called the lawyers of both sides and didn’t allow the media inside the chamber until he reached the final decision. The Sharif family is currently in London due to ailing Kulsoom Nawaz and heard the verdict at the Avenfiled apartments together.

Moreover, right after the announcement Maryam Nawaz tweeted, “The accountability court verdict has further emboldened us to fight against tyranny.” She said that it was not a big punishment for “standing up to the invisible forces” in the country for the past 70 years. In another tweet, Maryam said, “Nawaz Sharif, you didn’t get scared; you didn’t bow down; you preferred Pakistan on your personal life. The nation is standing with you. You will emerge victorious,”

Furthermore, Shahbaz Sharif tweet right after the announcement, “Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) strongly rejects the verdict of the Accountability Court in the Avenfield case. History will remember this verdict in black words. The decision is flawed, politically motivated & has glaring loopholes.” He further said, “The NAB court’s decision is based on oppression & cruelty. The name of Nawaz Sharif was not mentioned in Panama papers nor was it there as owner of Avenfield flats.” While disagreeing to the NAB’s decision he tweets, “There is no denying the fact that NAB has dual standards of justice. Proven corruption cases have been pending before NAB for many years. Some as old as ten years but no action was taken. Justice on pick & choose basis is no justice.

There Should be Age Restriction for Election Contestants for MNA and MPA

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In Pakistan for most government organizations and departments, there is a restriction of age until which one is allowed to serve. This age is mostly the 60 years old, after which the employee is forced to retire even if he/she is not willing to do so. This age is mostly set by keeping in view the energies of a person, as with ageing its bit difficult to perform daily life tasks required by job, so for good of both, the organization and the employee, they are sent home on that specific age.

Authority which Organizes Elections in Pakistan

Similar, being an MPA (Member Provincial Assembly) and MNA (Member National Assembly) are demanding jobs. They ask for lots of travel, thinking and collaboration to analyze and upgrade the existing laws. Plus in country like Pakistan, where there is no concept of local government, in fact the politician delay those kind of elections to keep control of city administrations and funds etc, its important that they have enough energy left in them to meet the demands of busy schedule and actively working for people.

Not necessarily the age should be 60 at max but it could be something like 65 or even 70. But something to which, one have enough energies to perform, daily tasks of the job easily. But here I had heard a lady having age more than 100 years, was considering filing papers to fight in MNA elections. Also she have been doing this from last few times in General elections. Similarly, most of our current politicians are the ones over 60 year old, specially the main ones, who will run the country and ministries.

Bringing in the younger people on Important posts will mean, that they will use the best of their latest knowledge, they will concentrate more on steps needed to advance the country in technical fields like more importantly in cyber technologies and space technologies. Along with this I suggest having the minimum and related education criteria for ministries, specially which are related to technology.

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