RAWALPINDI: The Airports Security Force (ASF) has arrested four Afghan nationals including two women after recovering a dagger, razor, national and international currency from their luggage at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA), sources said on Wednesday.

The sources said ASF took four suspected passengers into custody from a domestic flight NL-122 which was leaving for Karachi.

During the course of the search, the ASF found a dagger, razor, Rs 90,000 and Afghan currency worth Rs 15000 from their luggage, they said. The accused passengers were identified as Ameeri Mirza, Qasim Ali, Farzana Jafri and Tamana Ameeri. Later on, the ASF handed over the passengers to officials of Police Station Airport, where a case has been registered against them.

Meanwhile, ANF has foiled a heroin smuggling bid by arresting a passenger at BBIIAP and recovered 60 heroin-filled capsules from his stomach. A case was registered against the smuggler who was trying to fly to Abu Dhabi from BBIIAP. Similarly, FIA Passport and Immigration Cell have taken some 86 passengers deported from a foreign country on charges of illegal stay into custody after they arrived at BBIIAP through a special flight. –STAFF REPORTER

 Le Concert Impromptu enthrals audience at Lok Virsa

 ISLAMABAD: A performance by Le Concert Impromptu, featuring music ranging from the pre-Napoleonic waltz to jazz classic and modern contemporary, was held here at Lok Virsa’s Bali Jatti Rooftop theatre.

The concert was organised by the Embassy of France and Alliance Française d’Islamabad. True to its name Le Concert Impromptu either played from memory or improvised instead of relying on sheet music.

The concert was held at an outdoor venue with a desert-themed backdrop, a cushioned floor and subtle yellow lighting.

The band began by expressing, their gratitude at being able to perform in Pakistan and discussed the memorable parts of their visit. The band sounded like a small orchestra because of the variety of timbers from its various instrument: the flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, and the consistency and clarity of their sound.–APP

Their music was influenced by their home country, France, as well as continental Europe, North Africa and Central Asia. Their performance was fresh and finely balanced, which was particularly apparent in the way they collaborated with Taimur Khan and Salman Adil on sarangi and flute.

Their rendition of Pavane Pour Une Infant Defunte (Pavane for a dead princess) was one of the most riveting performances of the night, mesmerizing the audience. The band, a wind quintet, surprised the audience by attempting an orchestra piece usually performed by 400 musicians. Le Concert Impromptu also paid tribute to Claude Debussy by, as they said, painting with sound. Their command over their instruments was also consistently on display. The concert ended with a bold fusion of continental French music with the flute and sarangi that emphasized the universality of music.