What no one told you about Pakistan

Kushti as the traditional wrestling is known in Pakistan is a cultural phenomena in old part of the cities and smaller towns. They wake up early in the morning, oil their bodies and wrestle in the Akhara (Earth pits). It does not include much weight lifting beside some dumbbells, just relying on making the boys plough the pit, pushups, jumping jacks and other indigenous exercises. With the summer sun rising the men will cover themselves with the dirt as it claim to cool them off and drink their favourite all-natural-energy drink Sardi made from the smashed almonds mixed in milk. 

Visited Dunga Akhara near Taxali Gate in Lahore at the backdrop of the historic Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque on 28th June 2014. Here are some pictures from the day and yes a few of the little Miss who came to visit them with her dog. (via umalik)

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Sad news: Plane of Pakistani father-son duo flying around the world crashes into the Pacific
The plane of father-son duo attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, crashed into the Pacific near the American Samoa Islands,
The father-son duo of Babar Suleman and Haris Suleman were flying from American Samoa Island to Hawaii in their Hawker Beechcraft Bonanza when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Pago Pago International Airport.
Hiba Suleman, Haris’s sister, confirmed on her Facebook account that the body of her brother had been recovered, while rescue teams are still searching for her father. (more)
We blogged about it before when they touched down in Pakistan here. Our prayers are with the family, they had an amazing son and father who went on an epic adventure with the goal of raising funds for Education in Pakistan. 

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Sad news: Plane of Pakistani father-son duo flying around the world crashes into the Pacific

The plane of father-son duo attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, crashed into the Pacific near the American Samoa Islands,

The father-son duo of Babar Suleman and Haris Suleman were flying from American Samoa Island to Hawaii in their Hawker Beechcraft Bonanza when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Pago Pago International Airport.

Hiba Suleman, Haris’s sister, confirmed on her Facebook account that the body of her brother had been recovered, while rescue teams are still searching for her father. (more)

We blogged about it before when they touched down in Pakistan here. Our prayers are with the family, they had an amazing son and father who went on an epic adventure with the goal of raising funds for Education in Pakistan. 

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@Talalqureshi performing at #TEDxuLahore

#TEDx #log #video #music #Pakistan #Lahore (at The University of Lahore Defence Road Campus, via umalik)

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I didn’t know who Sarmad Tariq was… until he passed away

Can someone you’ve never known, someone whose name you’ve never heard of, inspire you enough to rethink your entire life?

Apparently it can.

It was only a couple of Facebook posts and the news of his death that moved me, leaving me feeling a little broken inside.

When I logged on to Twitter this morning, I found my timeline flooded with people mourning the death of Sarmad Tariq and talking about what a great person he was. Initially, I didn’t care much. I mean, people die all the time. Famous people die too. And everyone sings their praises after they are gone. (complete articleumalik)

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6/5 The tempting yet killer mountain, Nanga Parbat from Beyal camp. This is where your heart desires nothing more.
#Pakistan #GilgitBaltistan #travel #log #notes #photos (at Beyal camp, via umalik)
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6/5 The tempting yet killer mountain, Nanga Parbat from Beyal camp. This is where your heart desires nothing more.

#Pakistan #GilgitBaltistan #travel
#log #notes #photos (at Beyal camp, via umalik)

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A mosque in Attock in the 1940s. (via dastaanewatan)
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A mosque in Attock in the 1940s. (via dastaanewatan)

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Moody’s puts positive outlook for Pakistan’s economy
“Moody’s decision to revise the outlook on Pakistan’s foreign currency rating is primarily based on a stabilisation in the country’s external liquidity position, supported by the government’s strong commitment to reforms under an ongoing programme with the International Monetary Fund,” the firm said.
Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves increased to $9.0 billion by the end of June 2014 from a low of $2.9 billion in early February 2014.
The country benefited from a new IMF programme, bilateral assistance and government deals that included the auctioning of 3G and 4G licences. A Eurobond sale in April also raised $2 billion. (more)
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Moody’s puts positive outlook for Pakistan’s economy

“Moody’s decision to revise the outlook on Pakistan’s foreign currency rating is primarily based on a stabilisation in the country’s external liquidity position, supported by the government’s strong commitment to reforms under an ongoing programme with the International Monetary Fund,” the firm said.

Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves increased to $9.0 billion by the end of June 2014 from a low of $2.9 billion in early February 2014.

The country benefited from a new IMF programme, bilateral assistance and government deals that included the auctioning of 3G and 4G licences. A Eurobond sale in April also raised $2 billion. (more)

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Chakwal’s lone Hindu family leads peaceful but secluded life
CHAKWAL: “When I first went to a local college two years ago, students and teachers gave me a strange look,” recalls 18-year-old Manisha Chhiber, a Hindu girl whose family lives a secluded life in Kariyala village located at the top of Surla Hill, some 10km away to the south of Chakwal city.
Manisha’s family is one of the only two Hindu families living in Chakwal district (the other lives in Kot Chaudhrian village located some 40km to the west of Chakwal).
“They gave me a bizarre glance because being a Hindu I was an alien to them and such a situation always hurts me but I don’t express my feeling,” Manisha continues.
But in village Kariyala she and six other members of her family live peacefully and do not feel isolated.
Manisha now waits for her BCom result and wants to become an officer by passing the Central Superior Services (CSS) exam. (more)
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Chakwal’s lone Hindu family leads peaceful but secluded life

CHAKWAL: “When I first went to a local college two years ago, students and teachers gave me a strange look,” recalls 18-year-old Manisha Chhiber, a Hindu girl whose family lives a secluded life in Kariyala village located at the top of Surla Hill, some 10km away to the south of Chakwal city.

Manisha’s family is one of the only two Hindu families living in Chakwal district (the other lives in Kot Chaudhrian village located some 40km to the west of Chakwal).

“They gave me a bizarre glance because being a Hindu I was an alien to them and such a situation always hurts me but I don’t express my feeling,” Manisha continues.

But in village Kariyala she and six other members of her family live peacefully and do not feel isolated.

Manisha now waits for her BCom result and wants to become an officer by passing the Central Superior Services (CSS) exam. (more)

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The glory of Sindh
Sindh, the mystical land and home to the Sufis, is known to harbour the most ancient civilizations of time. Its soil speaks of its rich history and culture. (gallery)
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The glory of Sindh

Sindh, the mystical land and home to the Sufis, is known to harbour the most ancient civilizations of time. Its soil speaks of its rich history and culture. (gallery)

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Dilip Kumar’s Peshawar home declared national heritage
Manzoor Ali Memon, spokesperson of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, told the TOI over phone that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared the ancestral house of the actor in Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani Bazaar as national heritage.
Memon added that the government would turn the house into a museum that would depict the journey of the legendary actor from Peshawar to Mumbai. A gallery would also be dedicated to the actor.
The Pakistani government would also invite Dilip Kumar for the inauguration ceremony. (more)
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Dilip Kumar’s Peshawar home declared national heritage

Manzoor Ali Memon, spokesperson of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, told the TOI over phone that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared the ancestral house of the actor in Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani Bazaar as national heritage.

Memon added that the government would turn the house into a museum that would depict the journey of the legendary actor from Peshawar to Mumbai. A gallery would also be dedicated to the actor.

The Pakistani government would also invite Dilip Kumar for the inauguration ceremony. (more)

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