Showing posts from July, 2012

Environment Protection in Cholistan

Punjab Rangers in collaboration with locals and government officials worked out on multiple options for provision of sweet water to its troops performing their duty under scorching sun on vast front of Cholistan Desert. Punjab Rangers has also taken a number of serious and practical steps to rehabilitate the depleting water resources in desert with the help of civil administration / philanthropist to meet the water requirement of troops / local population.

Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) is guarding eastern border of Pakistan within geographical commitment and dedication. Multifarious tasks to include border guarding from green belt to scorching desert, internal security assignments in varying / difficult environment have transformed Rangers soldiers capable of delivering their best.

Punjab Rangers are also guarding huge area in Cholistan desert. Cholistan is the largest of four major deserts of Pakistan. It is bordered on the south by the Thar Desert in Sindh province and on the east by th…

Environment Protection in Cholistan

This article was published in "Sunday Plus; The Nation" 29 July, 2012.

Sadiq Public School (SPS)

About Sadiq Public School (SPS) The Emergence of Pakistan with the changing horizons and new aspirations required a new leadership in almost every walk of Public and Social life. Thus the need of the Hour was a Public School to lay special emphasis on Islamic Ideology, revive our Glory and restores our cultural heritage besides character building and personality development programmes and usual academic activities; a Public School disciplined on the style of Harrow or Eton. The building of such an institution is an uphill task but real men are those who established such colossal monuments, worthy of the Nation, the teacher and the taught. Such institution illumines the life and character of the young generation which is but the future hope of our Millat.

This project was taken up by the Government of Bahawalpur. Its foundation stone was laid by Alahazrat, Sir Sadiq Mohammad Khan Abbasi V, in March 1953.

No country can prosper and flourish unless its people are properly educated so t…

Movement for Bahawalpur Province

Abstract: Bahawalpur Division was the State of Bahawalpur, which had a history of 228 years of rule by the Abbasi Nawabs. The State, which was formed in 1727, ended in 1955 and the whole area of the State was made a division of Punjab Province. Bahawalpur region since last 300 years has faced a common historical experience. The people of Bahawalpur region are facing similar problems; these include underdevelopment, economic and political deprivations. The general masses feel that their region is being exploited and they are not being provided their due shares. These shared problems have brought the people of Bahawalpur region closer to each other towards the demand for a separate province for Bahawalpur region which has always been geographically distinct. Ever since the establishment of the State, Bahawalpur region has had an independent and separate identity.

Introduction: Bahawalpur region in one of the nine divisions of the Punjab province. Its total area 18,000 sq miles. Area w…

Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally

Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab’s Cholistan Jeep Rally event began in the majestic desert of Cholistan, in the year 2005, with a view to promote southern Punjab as a winter tourist destination, and a way to introduce motor sports in Pakistan.

Cholistan is locally known as Rohi. This famous desert is 30 Km from Bahawalpur, and comprises an area of approximately 16,000, which extends up to the Thar Desert, and over to Sindh. Camel and Jeep Safaris and Tours in the Cholistan Desert give tourists the opportunity to learn and experience a nomadic life and culture having experienced guides and modern facilities at their disposal. The Jeep Rally affords an opportunity to visit Derawar Fort the most famous among the many ancient forts that are located in the Cholistan Desert.

Islamia University of Bahawalpur

About Islami University of Bahawalpur (IUB):
Bahawalpur has always been a seat of higher learning. Uch Sharif (a nearby ancient town) had one of the largest universities in the world where scholars from all over the world used to come for studies. As a continuation of this tradition a religious University (Jamia Abbasia) was established in Bahawalpur in 1925, following the academic pursuits of Jamia Al-Azhar, Egypt. The renowned scholars spread the beacon of Islam by teaching Tafseer of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, and History along with other contemporary subjects.
In view of the changing scenario, Jamia Abbasia was declared as a general University in 1975, and was renamed as The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Initially, it started functioning at Abbasia and Khawaja Fareed Campuses with ten Departments. In order to construct a modern and self-contained campus, 1250 acres of land was allotted to the University on Hasilpur Road about eight kilometers away from the city centre.

The sand du…

Famous Saraiki Music Artists

Famous Saraiki Music Artists
Saraiki folk music revolves around the desert's beauty and following are the famous Saraiki singers who perform folk and Sufi music.

Attaullah Khan Essa KhailwiPathanay KhanAbida ParveenUstad Muhammad JumanSuraiya MultanikarMansoor MalangiAhmed Nawaz CheenaTalib Hussain DardKamal MahsudThe Sketches (band)

Many modern Pakistan Singers like Hadiqa Kiyani and Ali Zafar have also sung Saraiki folk songs. Shakeel Awan,Hussain Baksh,Munir Awan, Naeem Hazarvi, Shahzad Awan, Tariq Hazarvi, Sanam Afreen, Saeed Hazara, Afshan Zebi, and Manzoor Hussain Basir are new Saraiki singers.


Music Academies in Bahawalpur

Here are the some address of the music teachers and the academies, I found them on an old website.
Flute Syed Nasir Shah
Akash Bansari Club
Shahi Bazar, Farid Gate, Bahawalpur

Ghazal, Classical and Folk Music Syed Mahmood Naqvi
Ghazal Academy
Shahi Bazar, Farid Gate, Bahawalpur

Classical Music, Semi-Classical Music, Folk Music and Ghazal Music Nadir Shah
Sur Sangeet Academy
SE College Road, Bahawalpur

Pop and Bhangra Music

Music Math Band
Here are the names of the members, but I couldn't locate their address and contact details. 

Moeen Shah

Lead Vocal

Hassan Shah


Nasir Khan
Lead Guitar


Key Board Player

Nasir Mahmood Khan

Listen Saraiki


I found this information at
Some facts from Filcher (1984): EMIRATE OF BAHAWALPUR
Princely States of Western Punjab, Present-day Pakistan - Sind
17 Gun Salute
Area: 42,564 sq. km
Acceded to Pakistan in 1955, Founded in 1701
Emir's Standard
Flag of the Mir (Emir):The personal standard of the Emir of Bahawalpur is entirely black with in the center the crescent (points up) and a star (5-pointed), surrounded by Arab invocations, placed:
a) below the two symbols, horizontally: "Sadiq Mohammed Abassi Khan, Farmanraway Mamlikat Khudad Dad Bahawalpur".
b). on both sides (but the extremes don't touch the former ones): that is the "Khalma-i-Shahadad"
c) and on top two small words, one beside the other in a half-circle:
- on the left: "Wa Fatehun Quareeb"
- on the right: "Nusrun Min Allah"
- in the center: 786 (for Bismillah Sharif)
This flag was adopted by the Souvereign in 1935 after his pilgrimage to Mec…

Places of Interest of Cholistan Desert

I found some posts, at by Mr. Asif Naz, the native of Cholistan, didn't mention the date of publish. It looks me too old so I changed the text which needed, as there are a lot of changes have appeared during the past years in the Countrysides of Bahawalpur.

Places of Interest in Cholistan DesertDerawar Fort
Location 48 km from Dera Nawab Khan
The tombs of the old rulers of Bahawalpur and their families are located in this fort. The tombs have nice glazed blue tile work.

Shrine of Channan Pir
Distance 45 km from Derawar fort
The Urs of Chananpir is held in the beginning of March. A colorful Fair known as Mela Channan Pir is held on the night of the full moon to offer fateha.

The Cholistan Desert

Cholistan is locally known as Rohi. This famous desert is 30 Km from Bahawalpur and comprises of an area of 16,000 which extends upto the Thar desert extending over to Sindh. The word Cholistan is derived from 'Cholna' which means moving. The people of Cholistan lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals.

Cholistan is changing amazingly after the dryness of the Sutluj River, as the Sutluj was taken by India according to Sindh-Tas Agreement. The desert was under perennial regular irrigated cultivation till 1200 BC and under seasonal regular irrigated cultivation till about 600 BC. The area turned into arid and desolate desert with drying up of River Hacra. These days again, the desert is undergoing a process of profound change because of canal system originating from the River Sutlaj. But one can still find people living in houses made of mud and straw almost as they might have been living 200 years ago.