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Move forward to save Mian Brothers Nursery and Botanical Garden (Model Town Lahore) November 27, 2008

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What is the issue infact?

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The issue of razing one of the oldest nurseries in Pakistan gained international attention after the Model Town Society (MTS) got possession of the 28 kanal land with over 15,000 plants including many rare species some days back.

A local civil court had already issued contempt of court notices to the MTS office-bearers for displacing the owners who leased the nursery.

Professor Iftikhar Ahmed, Environmentalist and Botanical Gardens Consultant, California and Oregon, USA called the correspondent from USA and raised serious concern over the taking over of the Mian Brothers Nursery by the MTS, and said the government should intervene to rescue the plants.

“Unfortunately, I was recently informed that the Model Town Society again has attacked the garden. This time they are heavily armed, with some corrupt police and apparently they have blockaded the garden and they are readying to bulldoze the garden. It is difficult to understand how such an action can be allowed,” he said.

Talking about the project of establishing a research centre in Mian Brothers Nursery, he said, “We have great interest in protecting educational and natural resources. Here in the University of California, we have considered the possibility of establishing a cooperative environmental sciences programme with Pakistan, possibly using the garden as a site to establish an environmental education centre. While it is agreed that such a programme might be highly beneficial to the citizens of Pakistan, we were advised not to pursue such a venture until there is greater stability in Pakistan. The suggestion was made not because of local instability, but because of the obvious regional disruptions.”

He revealed that in the last meeting of Environment studies department of California State University, CHICO it was decided that the university would establish an environmental sciences and horticultural studies research centre in the Mian Brothers Nursery & Botanical Garden without destroying the environment of the existing garden and no trees would be cut for this purpose.

About the funds, he said the project would be run through NGOs and the university would give scholarships to the local students. The funds will be released not at once and will take time, he maintained.

He also revealed that the Director of the Environmental Department has also written letters to the Pakistan embassy in Washington DC and US embassy in Pakistan regarding the issue.

He said he also wrote letters to the Minister of Environment seeking his intervention into the issue.

He said the university would soon send a letter of support to the chief minister of Punjab and would request the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court as well as the Federal government in Pakistan to save this precious nursery and rare species of plants, which are at the brink of extinction.

Prof Iftikhar said that these kind of brutal activities against the local environment (destroying plants trees and green spaces) would negatively affect the local environment.

He added that such situations create more difficulties in attracting international environmental protection funds as well as educational funds to Pakistan.

On the other hand, when contacted, MTS President Col (Retd) Tahir Kardar said the MTS would not allow establishment of any such centre in the nursery. He said the land was the property of MTS and the society has already approved construction of a shopping mall at the site.

Updates

Here is a recent update on the Mian Brothers Nursery & Botanical Gardens.
The Model Town Society has shut off the electricity to the Nursery & Gardens. Everyday some person comes by to make threats or cause problems with the family running the Gardens. They have lost all their business and are unable to compost or make peat moss due to lack of electricity. At this time of year, this is very necessary to provide nutrients to the plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers currently growing on the land. The family cannot afford to live as their income is gone and the Gardens will not be able to produce the necessary flowers, shrubs, etc for sale in this Spring season. It is very sad indeed because they have been able to prove in court that they are legal lease owners of the land and have paid more than they owe in rent. Yet the Society continues to make life a living hell for these people who are trying hard to preserve Lahore’s botanical history. The lack of respect for the court system by the Society is a slap in the face to Pakistan. It is no wonder that Pakistan cannot move ahead in terms of law and order when the 10% rich people of Pakistan think they own every inch of Pakistani society and continue to squeeze every inch of life and blood from the poor.

History of Mian Brothers Nursery.

Originally the land was home to a mango fruit orchard but due to lack of maintenance and care, it was in miserable condition. Mian Bilal Ahmed and his father Mian Mohammed Latif then formed a nursery on this site and started a horticulture business. The Mian family of horticulturists is perhaps most well-known for the plantation of the trees along the canal that runs through Lahore, providing shade and beauty to the Lahore landscape. Additionally, they have been responsible for the upkeep of Shalimar Gardens during the glorious Mogul past and thereafter.

Prior to the 1950s, nurseries were of very low profile in Pakistan. However, Mian Bilal revolutionized nursery and botanical garden conservation in Pakistan. He developed ways and methods to enhance and uplift horticulture. In early 1970s he traveled to the Far East, Europe, and other countries and brought with him various species of plants and introduced them to Pakistan commercially. He participated in many exhibitions, workshops and proved his acumen. He also sent representatives from Pakistan to Holland, Manila, England and many other countries for the development of horticulture.

Perhaps, Mian Bilal is most well-known for introducing avocado in 1978 to Pakistan, a butter fruit miracle food for cancer patients. As time passed, Mian Brothers Nursery became symbol of quality and standard in horticulture business circles in Pakistan.

Coir peat is a product that is only prepared in tropical countries. Mian Bilal took initiative and developed techniques to make international standard Coir peat at very low prices. He also introduced high-quality, low priced Coir peat leaf mould to the market.

Mian Brothers Nursery has many rare species of plants which are not available in other parts of Pakistan. The nursery took initiative and grew the famous Alexandra palm in Pakistan. This was the first time anyone had ever tried to grow this palm tree in Pakistan.

Mian Bilal was responsible for introducing many new species and varieties of plants to Pakistan; he developed techniques to uplift local horticulture in Pakistan to international standards. Mr. Ahmed took the decrepit mango orchard and turned into a thriving nursery that is famous for its quality and standards in horticultural circles. Mian Bilal Ahmed’s name is still taken as a reference for the horticulture revolution in Pakistan.

Mian Brothers Nursery is situated in an area which is surrounded by pollution, noise and a jungle of concrete where the sky is always blurred with dust and harmful particles. However, Mian Brothers Nursery provides a buffer zone, protecting the surrounding environment from the harsh pollution.

Unfortunately, Mian Brothers Nursery is now in danger of extinction. The Model Town Society wants to demolish this green haven for their own personal monetary benefit. The society has tried to forcefully evacuate the land by very unfair means such as disconnecting the nursery’s electricity and water supply in the month of August 2004, the hottest month in Lahore, Pakistan. The disconnection lasted for one month and the water storage pond was not sufficient to supply 22 kanals of land with water. As a result, many rare and other plants died. The whole nursery became a jungle of dead and wilted plants; for Mian Brothers this was nothing less than a nightmare.

On 8th September 2004, the Model Town Society forcibly demolished the nursery’s acquired area used for storage, a mechanical shed and all other places built as shelters for various uses. The Society created a “ground zero”. It was a colossal loss to the nursery and immense disrespect to the man who revolutionized horticulture in Pakistan. The hard-earned achievement of more than three generations was ruined in front of their eyes. There were no helping hands to prevent the destruction or to help the Nursery in its time of dire need.

Mian Brothers Nursery is still standing despite the Society’s efforts; however, its future is uncertain. After the rampage by the Society, some rare plants and old trees remain and need attention of those who understand the value of green space, and what it offers to the citizens of Lahore and Pakistan.

As we all know life is filled with tradeoffs; but in this case, we are trading off a botanical garden with a bus station or some commercial building. These man-made structures will not provide a green haven for the public and buffer zone for the surrounding area from harmful pollutants. In fact they will harm the environment further.

In recent months, the Model Town Society have reinitiated their efforts to take control of Mian Brothers Nursery and surrounding businesses so that they may sell the land to commercial prospectors who are planning to construct bus stations, hotel businesses, and a MacDonalds restaurant. On January 23, 2007 representatives arrived at the Nursery to shut down their water supply. Will the people of Lahore and Pakistan let greedy prospectors with alliances to USA-owned businesses destroy the natural beauty of Lahore and create a stifling and polluted environment for future generations?

We do not want to tell our children that their beautiful green haven was traded off to a bus station that was the interest of a few rich and powerful people, and now it is only a historical botanical garden. It is now necessary to consider the benefits of preserving the nursery and botanical garden. The Society’s greed and neglect of the environment will cost our future generations their good health for centuries to come.

Mian Brothers Nursery is located on Ferozpur Road, in the heart of Lahore, Pakistan. Please support their efforts to save this green haven for future generations.

 

Doctor Afia Siddiqui, a victim of international controversies. August 22, 2008

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Doctor Afia Siddiqui, a victim of international controversies.

Step by step case studies:

Dr. Afia Siddiqui left her mother’s house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Sindh province, along with her three children, in a Metro-cab on March 30, 2003 to catch a flight for Rawalpindi, Punjab province, but never reached the airport. The press reports claimed that Dr. Afia had been picked-up by Pakistani intelligence agencies while on her way to the airport and initial reports suggested that she was handed over to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). At the time of her arrest she was 30 years and the mother of three sons the oldest of which was four and the youngest only one month.

A few days later an American news channel, NBC, reported that Afia had been arrested in Pakistan on su****ion of facilitating money transfers for terror networks of Osama Bin Laden. The mother of the victim, Mrs. Ismat (who has since passed away) termed the NBC report absurd. She went on to say that Dr. Afia is a neurological scientist and has been living with her husband, Amjad, in the USA for several years.

On April 1, 2003, a small news item was published in an Urdu daily with reference to a press conference of the then Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat. When questioned with regard to Dr. Afia’s arrest he denied that she had been arrested. This was followed by another Urdu daily article on April 2 regarding another press conference in which the same minister said Dr. Afia was connected to Al Qaeda and that she had not been arrested as she was absconding. He added: “You will be astonished to know about the activities of Dr. Afia” A Monthly English magazine of Karachi in a special coverage on Dr. Afia reported that one week after her disappearance, a plain clothed intelligence went to her mother’s house and warned her, “We know that you are connected to higher-ups but do not make an issue out of your daughter’s disappearance.” According to the report the mother was threatened her with ‘dire consequences’ if she made a fuss.

Whilst Dr. Afia’s whereabouts remain unknown, there are reports of a woman called ‘Prisoner 650′ is being detained in Afghanistan’s Bagram prison and that she has been tortured to the point where she has lost her mind. Britain’s Lord Nazeer Ahmed, (of the House of Lords), asked questions in the House about the condition of Prisoner 650 who, according to him is physically tortured and continuously raped by the officers at prison. Lord Nazeer has also submitted that Prisoner 650 has no separate toilet facilities and has to attend to her bathing and movements in full view of the other prisoners.

Also, on July 6, 2008 a British journalist, Yvonne Ridley, called for help for a Pakistani woman she believes has been held in isolation by the Americans in their Bagram detention centre in Afghanistan, for over four years. “I call her the ‘grey lady’ because she is almost a ghost, a spectre whose cries and screams continues to haunt those who heard her,” Ms Ridley said at a press conference.

Ms Ridley, who went to Pakistan to appeal for help, said the case came to her attention when she read the book, The Enemy Combatant, by a former Guantanamo detainee, Moazzam Begg. After being seized in February 2002 in Islamabad, Mr Begg was held in detention centres in Kandahar and Bagram for about a year before he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. He recounted his experiences in the book after his release in 2005. Mr. Imran Khan, leader of Justice Party (T.I) suspects that prisoner 650 is the Dr. Afia Siddiqui and USA and Pakistani authorities are hiding facts of ‘Prisoner 650′.

To date, neither the American nor the Pakistani government have come out about the arrest and detention of Dr. Afia in either Bagram or Guantanamo Bay where suspected terrorists are held. On December 30, 2003 Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui, Dr. Afia’s elder sister met with Mr Faisal Saleh Hayat at Islamabad with Mr Ejazul Haq, MNA, regarding the whereabouts of Dr. Afiai. Mr Faisal told Dr. Fawzia and Mr Ejazul Haq that according to his information Dr. Afia Siddiqui had already been released and that she (Dr. Fawzia) should go home and wait for a phone call from her sister.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Dr. Afia Siddiqui, who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, for about 10 years and did her PhD in genetics, returned to Pakistan in 2002. Having failed to get a suitable job, she again visited the US on a valid visa in February 2003 to search for a job and to submit an application to the US immigration authorities. She moved there freely and came back to Karachi by the end of February 2003 after renting a post office box in her name in Maryland for the receipt of her mail. It has been claimed by the FBI (Newsweek International, June 23, 2003, issue) that the box was hired for one Mr Majid Khan, an alleged member of Al Qaeda residing in Baltimore.

Throughout March 2003 flashes of the particulars of Dr. Afia were telecast with her photo on American TV channels and radios painting her as a dangerous Al Qaeda person needed by the FBI for interrogation. On learning of the FBI campaign against her she went underground in Karachi and remained so till her kidnapping. The June 23, 2003, issue of Newsweek International was exclusively devoted to Al Qaeda. The core of the issue was an article “Al Qaeda’s Network in America”. The article has three photographs of so-called Al Qaeda members – Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Dr. Afia Siddiqui and Ali S. Al Marri of Qatar who has studied in the US like Dr. Siddiqui and had long since returned to his homeland. In this article, which has been authored by eight journalists who had access to FBI records, the only charge leveled against Dr. Afia is that “she rented a post-office box to help a former resident of Baltimore named Majid Khan (alleged Al Qaeda suspect) to help establish his US identity.

 

Lyrics of Madonna’s La isla Bonita.

Filed under: 1 — modeltownparklahore @ 3:10 pm

  (spoken:)
Como puede ser verdad
How could it be true?
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Last night I dreamt of san pedro
Just like Id never gone, I knew the song
A young girl with eyes like the desert
It all seems like yesterday, not far away

Chorus:

Tropical the island breeze
All of nature wild and free
This is where I long to be
La isla bonita
And when the samba played
The sun would set so high
Ring through my ears and sting my eyes
Your spanish lullaby
The beautiful island

I fell in love with san pedro
Warm wind carried on the sea, he called to me
Te dijo te amo
I prayed that the days would last
They went so fast

He told you, I love you

(chorus)

I want to be where the sun warms the sky
When its time for siesta you can watch them go by
Beautiful faces, no cares in this world
Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl

Last night I dreamt of san pedro
It all seems like yesterday, not far away

(chorus twice)

La la la la la la la
Te dijo te amo
La la la la la la la
El dijo que te ama

He told you, I love you

He said he loves you
*****END OF SONG*****

 

Caring Indoor Plants and Houseplant Growth August 3, 2008

Filed under: Indoor Gardening — modeltownparklahore @ 11:38 am

 

Considerable measures and cares should take for proper growth of houseplants which are temperature, humidity, fertilizers and moisture, light and soil mixtures with some pest control tips. Unnecessary cares and tags that shipped with plants seeds and bulbs cause tiresome struggles and endurances which eventually result in hesitating attitudes and evaporate your interest levels for a useful and healthy hobby. In the following lines, we are going to discuss moisture and light combinations for your houseplants cultivations.

 

Moisture

Determining the needs of water for a specific plant is highly considerable measure to care about and in this regard, one should have keen observations of soil moistures, caused by changing weathers and humidity conditions. Because over watering a plant can cause several fungal and roots issues that would be fatal for the life of your indoor plants. You can use humidity and moisture meters for accurate checking but most of the potted plants need intervals of dryness in between watering. Over watering creates strange kind of tragic conditions in plant cells and then humid weathers do not allow them to dry up their extra consumed water through leaves and brunches of a plant grown indoor atmospheres. So we should have cares about weather conditions and should water our favorite plants in accordance to the required quantity of water that could make the soil bed moisture and soft for deep roots penetrations into soil bed of potted plants. Most of the modern indoor planting pots have a hole in the bottom to give extra water a way out and a plat like pot beneath the bottom little spaced for water level maintaining from actual plant pot. Such pots are useful to water the plant directly in the roots and a household shower that we use to moist the cloths and face or hairs, can be used to wash leaves faces and to provide moisture upper level of soil bed. This all never meant to keep your indoor plants under-watering. A balance watering with conditional weathers behaviors adoption is the best policy.

Light.

Photosynthesis is a process by which plants make their foods and store them for energy utilizations in dry and crucial weathers conditions. Plants convert sunlight with chemical reaction into plants foods and get energy through this natural phenomenon where they consume carbon dioxide for necessary chemical reactions from the air and exhaust pure oxygen as plant wastes. Light or sunlight is required as catalyst for this plants metabolism and without light; plants cannot perform this vital food making procedures. This is our duty while we grow indoor plants to keep them intact to sunlight or artificial light sources. Here we need to arrange houseplants locations indoor, where we have sunlight rays during the day or spot lights fixing up above the plants to provide them light energies. We can manage them by keeping plant pots in the open air during the day time for proper sunlight consumptions and little care need to consider that it can cause over dryness in soil. Better is to place your indoor plants near the windows and doors outlets where they could get sunlight directly or indirectly.

Indoor lights suggestions.

Fluorescent lights are excellent light quality for houseplants. Standard incandescent light bulbs do little to provide required light needs for plant growth. Cool blue fluorescent lights help green foliage plants growths, while warm and red fluorescent lights provide the light needed for blooming flowers. Such fluorescent lights are easily available in ready to fix packing and manage light issues for indoor plants growths.

 

 

     

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Gardening Makes Life Happy August 2, 2008

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Indoor plants or house plants are those plants which you grow in special pots and containers to fix them in some corners and corridors of your house and office. You can display them by hanging to the walls and balcony shades of your home and in your living room windows as side decoration pieces with natural fresh look and natural oxygen producer for your fresh breath inside of your house premises and evacuating carbon dioxide for their food production process. Growing a house plant is rather easy than purchasing a grown plant from your near by plant nursery, as these purchased plant are often fell victim of indoor irregularities of temperatures and light. Indoor plants are very sensitive kind of stuff and better to grow them and customize them for your home routines. You can adopt indoor planting as your favorite hobbies and this would be very soothing while long winter nights and short days put a burden of time to spend and forced to stay inside, your planting hobby would get you busy and would improve the sense of aesthetics for natural and exotic beauties brought indoor by tinny indoor plant bulbs and seeds to grow them in decorated and furnished containers of mud jars and plastic stuffed containers.

Indoor planting and gardening is beneficial by all means and a healthy activity to spend time with absolute nature that talks to you, ask you questions and tells your solutions for thousands of daily confusions that you feel while growing gestures and language of plants answer you the mere and simple questions which you happened to ignore throughout your life. Your indoor gardening teaches you about caring things and punctualities in manners and behaviors. Showering the plants, feeding them with plants neutrinos and caring them for light focus on their leaves and stems for proper chlorophyll processing of plant food productions are those things which make you caring women and men for forth coming practical life where you stand liable to your family and kids.

You cannot ignore your kids and same here; you cannot ignore your self grown indoor plants. Both carry equal status for you and get same cares and your endurance to uplift them for strong and stemmed plants and strong personality of men and women.

Indoor plants are vital part of home and office décor and very simple are their care and growing procedures; you have to learn about different plants types and their neutrinos. Weathers and temperatures are somewhat necessary things to look before you plant seeds or bulbs of desired home plants. We will teach you and would inform you exactly the individual plant type requirements in these blog posts. Simply stay tuned with us and learn lots of natural interactions while indoor of your home and we are planning to make you indoor plants expert where your skills and our suggestion would definitely come up with your own little green house at home, in your car porch, back yard of your kitchen. Your mornings would blossom like flowers and flowers in your home with sweet chirpings of colorful little birds to awake you for a tension and stress free day.

 

This Blog is a sister concern to http://www.modeltownparklahore.com July 17, 2008

Filed under: The Message — modeltownparklahore @ 11:35 pm

Dear Readers,

Thanks for being here and reading following lines:

1-This blog is a sister concern to my underconstruction website “www.modeltownparklahore.com”

2-This blog is just created to support visitors comments for main domain features.

3-In future, I will manage and would try my level best to promote green bloging through a park series of websites in Lahore and then throughout Pakistan.

4-I am new to bloging so I would appreciate your comments and suggestions for uplifting this theme and promoting model town lahore lifestyles and value of the park situated in the heart of model town lahore.

5-I want to collect all excited people who are interested to join this online community for better model town and better parks in it.

Please feel free to contact me,

Muhammad Tariq Toor.

webmaster

info@modeltownparklahore.com

+92 333 4265890

+92 322 8663065

+92 42 6153012

 

 
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