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15th March 2003

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Dated:(9.3.04).All the teaching staff of Saudi Arabian International School(Pakistani section) Al-khobar, congratulated Mohammad Arshad Afzal, English teacher of this School on successful completion and acceptance of his Ph.D.Thesis. They paid rich tribute to him for having accomplished this great task. Arshad has brilliant academic career. He is an old Ravian. He has been a lecturer in English at Govt. college of technology, Railway Rood, Lahore.

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-1 kg minced meat
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Chew on a small piece of ginger half an hour before a meal to sharpen your appetite and get the digestive system ready. Chew it immediately after a meal to put an end to indigestion problems and nausea. If you find raw ginger too sharp on your tongue, chew sugar coated ginger pieces. To cure chronic indigestion, extract a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, mix it with 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon mint juice and 1 tablespoon honey to make a syrup to be taken thrice daily. To relieve a bad cold, boil a one-inch piece of ginger in a cup of water, strain, add a teaspoon of sugar and drink it hot. To reduce the cough which accompanies a cold, take a syrup of concentrated ginger mixed with honey. When you have a fever, boil fenugreek seeds in a cup of water, strain, add a teaspoon of ginger juice and a dash of honey, and drink warm to bring down the fever and refresh the body. Add a piece of ginger to the water you use for making tea to refresh yourself during a fever. Pound dry ginger with a little water and apply to your forehead to relieve a headache. The paste relieves toothache when applied to the gums. Ginger also helps you travel without feeling queasy.

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Have you ever downloaded a file, went to open it, and ended up with a dialog box asking you what program you want to open the file with? What does it all mean? Glad you asked :-)
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AssalamAlikum Tahir bhai,I am really proud to see your work as you have brought large number of Pakistanis around the world to one platform. You've given us a sense of Unity while outside our homeland. I just had a point in my mind about that huge Muslims from India who are residing in the middle east. Well I know I may be saying something that does not at all concerns what contact Pakistan represents but many of us did migrate from India and we have our Muslim brothers and sisters there too. As both the Indian and Pakistani Governments are trying to reach out for peace in the subcontinent I was wondering if we could mention them (Indian Muslims in mideast) in one way or another on this auspicious platform of unity, love and peace as they are our Muslim brothers and sisters.
If possible they be given a place to come and join in with our Pakistani brothers and sisters in some section of this site then it will no longer be "us and them" thing. Most of the Pakistanis in the middle east are working side by side with their Indian brothers and we do have this tension between us because of the long standing conflict of Kashmir. We do feel for them when the Muslims in India are suppressed e.g. Gujrat violence, babri masjid demolishing and in Kashmir. Now that we have them among us how about if we make them feel as our own and not "one of them". I hope you may consider our Muslim brothers and sisters from India living in middle east to have their say and let us be one.
It of course is just a suggestion. With Best Regards,
Syed Amir Shahzad, www.amir4u.com.pk  http://dizcuz.proboards26.com/index.cgi  (Discussion Forums)
WaS Bhai, Hope you are doing fine. Thanks for the email and sharing your thoughts. Well firstly CP as an organization is purely for Pakistanis regardless of any status including religion. The purpose of this platform is to help and keep Pakistanis united. But this does not stop us accepting members from other countries, we have over 3000 members from India which even includes non Muslims. These are the people who wanted our help which was offered to them on humanity grounds. So there is no restrictions of other country nationals to become our member regardless of their background.
It is too early to know the real intentions and outcome of the soft relationship that is developing between us and India. Note that such times had come in past and we were deceived. So we have to wait and see. Indeed we all want peace but on conditions of accepting the truth not only by India but by us as well. Lets be honest, India has never accepted the truth of Kashmir so as I said we have to wait and see.
We can not do much in our publications due to our very strict policy that is in place at present which for sure may get flexible if and when the right time comes. Till then yes, our Muslim brothers from India can enjoy our professional services regardless of their country of origin but our offer just ends there.
Regards and once again thank you for sharing your honest and good thoughts with rest of us. PS: We have in KSA database 221 Indians listed!

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Still looking at the illnesses and their non-physical causes…. The second Energy Center of the body is located in the abdominal area. It comprises of the pelvis, hip area, bladder, appendix, lower vertebrae, large intestine and the reproductive organs. Some of the illnesses related to the second energy center, are: Ob/gyn problems, urinary infections, pelvic pain, lumbago, headaches and skin problems etc.
The underlying issues for these physical ailments can include: Blame, guilt, money, ethics and honor in relationships, stress, the desire to be in control of situations, the sense of creativity etc. More specifically, the uterine problems can mirror how a woman feels about motherhood. Bladder problems and infections can be related to anxiety and our ‘holding on’ to old ideas. Appendicitis can reflect fear of life and problems in the large intestine can show our need to settle old issues and to let go of past incidents that are having a negative effect on our present. Interestingly, constipation signifies ‘refusal’ to let go and on the contrary, diarrhea shows ‘letting go’ perhaps too quickly without mental settlement. I hope I am making sense to you this far. My point is that Reiki can be very helpful in harmonizing the energy flow in the above-mentioned organs by minimizing and hopefully, eliminating the root causes associated with them.
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Rawalpindi Rhetoric and realities

By S.A.J. Shirazi

Located between landscapes of the rough, rolling plains beginning from the foot of the Murree hills, Rawalpindi city, commonly called Pindi, has a kaleidoscopic history spread over several millenniums extending to the ancient times corresponding with the decaying period of Buddhism to the invasions of the Macedonians and then to the dawn of the Muslims era. The long spells of darkness overcast the history of the religion as well as the city before Muslims conquest.
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 Man is Known by the Company He Keeps
Assalam-O-Alikum Here I am once again. How is life going? How did the results of exams go? Hope they were good. Best of luck as you all get geared up for your next semesters.
Today we will talk about a saying that I am sure all of you must have heard of. Yes. The saying goes like “Man is known by the company he keeps”.
We are judged by our character and our character is reflected in our choice of friends.

We are all influenced by each other. The people around us influence our ideas, our thoughts, and even our traits. People with whom we are associated and whom we choose to be friends with critically determine who we ultimately will become.

Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) has also stressed upon keeping good company. He always emphasized on sitting in good company and among pious people. This will tend to strengthen our faith and help us to come close to our Lord. However, choosing morally sick people as friends and being in bad company will draw us away from God and corrupt our character too. There is hardly anything more ruinous to the soul than the company of such a friend.
Bad company corrupts good habits. This is an easily observed commonplace fact. Throughout history, the company of bad friends has been seen to cause the downfall of a person. If we keep company with people who are immoral, or greedy or worldly ambitious, the pressure from these friendships will soon deprive us of our good habits.
Bad company is the breeding ground of all sins and vices. From the very early times, peer pressure has been a crucial factor in leading people astray. Parents shall always keep a watch on the company their keep, and the friends they hang out with. From their experience, they know quite well that some of the friends have unhealthy and bad traits, and could very easily put a negative influence on the thinking process of their children. They rightly warn their offspring of them. We have to be careful ourselves too. Mingling and socializing with the wrong crowd could eventually breakdown the moral values that our elders had worked so hard to implant in us. Studies show that the main reason for the criminal behavior and wrong habits such as smoking and drinking are peer pressure or the influence of disagreeable persons with whom the criminals socialize. Let me quote Charles Haddon:  “When a man is known to suffer from a sadly contagious disease, none of his friends will come near the house. There is little need to warn them off, they are all too alarmed to come near. Why is it people are not as much afraid of the corruption of vice? How dare they run risks for themselves and their children by allowing evil companions to frequently visit their house? Sin is as infectious as and far more deadly than the smallpox or fever. Flee, then, from every one who might lead you into it.”
Rot will encourage rot, but one ripe piece of fruit will not drive out rottenness from another. It does not mean that we have to hate people with bad traits, rather it means that we aught to keep the distance to protect ourselves. If we sit among good people, we will catch their good habits. If, during our life we have struggled to do well, have friends that are of good character, etc., we are likely to be seen in the eyes of our fellowmen as being a good person because it says “Birds of a feather flock together”. So the lesson is to recognize bad company - and avoid it.

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