What no one told you about Pakistan

The Pakistan Four: Hareem Ahmad

The Pakistan Four is the first independent documentary by Pakistani filmmaker and Fulbright scholar Shehzad Hameed Ahmad that world premiered at the New York University Film Festival in February, 2014. It charts the journey of 4 path-breaking Muslim women in the United States: Pakistan’s first saber fencer, first international weightlifter, first international chef to win Chopped at the Food Network and the country’s first standup comedian. Filmed in Portland, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, New York City and Washington DC, the four narratives run in parallel, building up to one major event in each of their lives, with all four embodying the same goal in mind - redefining what it means to be a Pakistani Muslim female.

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The Robert Alexander Salon: From Lebanon to Lahore
The Nishat adds another much-needed amenity to its premises — the Robert Alexander Salon and Spa. It has created quite a stir in Lahore with its über modern interior and fantastic installations.
“I wanted The Nishat to be a one-stop shop for our clients, and it is important for a hotel to have a good salon,” says Iqra Hasan Mansha, owner of The Nishat.
“Not only is it important to cater to your spa needs, it is also vital to have good in-house stylists,” she adds. With guests flying in from Karachi and Islamabad for fashion and bridal weeks, and choosing to stay at The Nishat, it only seemed fit to have a state-of -the-art salon to cater to their hair and style needs. This is why it is great that Lebanese salon Robert Alexander has opened its doors to the Lahore market.
“I have always felt that the Lebanese have a great way with hair and are very artistic,” continues Mansha, “when I met Robert, I knew it was time to bring his services to Lahore and bring the hotel not just a great stylist but also an international touch.” (more)
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The Robert Alexander Salon: From Lebanon to Lahore

The Nishat adds another much-needed amenity to its premises — the Robert Alexander Salon and Spa. It has created quite a stir in Lahore with its über modern interior and fantastic installations.

“I wanted The Nishat to be a one-stop shop for our clients, and it is important for a hotel to have a good salon,” says Iqra Hasan Mansha, owner of The Nishat.

“Not only is it important to cater to your spa needs, it is also vital to have good in-house stylists,” she adds. With guests flying in from Karachi and Islamabad for fashion and bridal weeks, and choosing to stay at The Nishat, it only seemed fit to have a state-of -the-art salon to cater to their hair and style needs. This is why it is great that Lebanese salon Robert Alexander has opened its doors to the Lahore market.

“I have always felt that the Lebanese have a great way with hair and are very artistic,” continues Mansha, “when I met Robert, I knew it was time to bring his services to Lahore and bring the hotel not just a great stylist but also an international touch.” (more)

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Non-traditional artwork: Two artists showcase contemporary calligraphy, paintings
An exhibition of contemporary calligraphy and paintings opened up at My Art World gallery on Monday.
Titled “Alfaaz”, the exhibition features artworks by Rabia Malik and Mahjabeen Atif, with each artist exhibiting nine pieces. (more)
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Non-traditional artwork: Two artists showcase contemporary calligraphy, paintings

An exhibition of contemporary calligraphy and paintings opened up at My Art World gallery on Monday.

Titled “Alfaaz”, the exhibition features artworks by Rabia Malik and Mahjabeen Atif, with each artist exhibiting nine pieces. (more)

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Trending Pakistan’s street cricket
Cricket has always been more than just a sport. A game, to halt every nation in the world, to define patriotism, to devote all the passion, to prove and to fight — a game of thrones.
Those who grew up in a country like Pakistan, know the alterations the game has adapted to survive, or rather innovate.
Street cricket is definition of a cricket loving nation for it has a very unique style, which must surely be documented, to tell the world: hey that’s how we roll! (complete slideshow)
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Trending Pakistan’s street cricket

Cricket has always been more than just a sport. A game, to halt every nation in the world, to define patriotism, to devote all the passion, to prove and to fight — a game of thrones.

Those who grew up in a country like Pakistan, know the alterations the game has adapted to survive, or rather innovate.

Street cricket is definition of a cricket loving nation for it has a very unique style, which must surely be documented, to tell the world: hey that’s how we roll! (complete slideshow)

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – the other side of the picture
 “Gone are the days when law and order would keep the investors away from investment in particular area,” said Raziuddin, CEO of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company.
“Chinese are working in Karak, a southern district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rich with oil and gas. Thanks to video-conference facility, Beijing and Karak are in touch and doing business,” said Mr Raziuddin while talking about the rich oil and gas prospects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in an event held recently. Security concerns may have been hurdle to the full exploitation of the potential of the area, still 10 companies are working in Southern districts rich with oil and gas, he said.
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not as dangerous as Siberia or other countries in Africa where companies are working in oil and gas fields,” he said.
While he talked of how with just 10 million dollars any one could invest in oil and gas as the KPOGC was going to help with all the formalities, some investors from Gulf already seemed to have started taking interest. (more)
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – the other side of the picture

 “Gone are the days when law and order would keep the investors away from investment in particular area,” said Raziuddin, CEO of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company.

“Chinese are working in Karak, a southern district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rich with oil and gas. Thanks to video-conference facility, Beijing and Karak are in touch and doing business,” said Mr Raziuddin while talking about the rich oil and gas prospects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in an event held recently. Security concerns may have been hurdle to the full exploitation of the potential of the area, still 10 companies are working in Southern districts rich with oil and gas, he said.

“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not as dangerous as Siberia or other countries in Africa where companies are working in oil and gas fields,” he said.

While he talked of how with just 10 million dollars any one could invest in oil and gas as the KPOGC was going to help with all the formalities, some investors from Gulf already seemed to have started taking interest. (more)

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Team leaves for UK with local formula car
The locally made formula-style sports car, manufactured by the students of National University of Science and Technology (Nust), left for United Kingdom (UK) on Monday along with the 31-member team from the university, to compete at the international formula student racing championship.
The Pakistani team will compete with 114 teams from various countries at the 16th International Formula Student Race, scheduled to be held at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, UK, from June 9 to 13.
The 600CC sports car, that can reach the speed of 120km/hour within four second, is named NAS-14, after the late dean of NUST, Naval Captain Nadeem Ahmed Shaheed. (more)
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Team leaves for UK with local formula car

The locally made formula-style sports car, manufactured by the students of National University of Science and Technology (Nust), left for United Kingdom (UK) on Monday along with the 31-member team from the university, to compete at the international formula student racing championship.

The Pakistani team will compete with 114 teams from various countries at the 16th International Formula Student Race, scheduled to be held at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, UK, from June 9 to 13.

The 600CC sports car, that can reach the speed of 120km/hour within four second, is named NAS-14, after the late dean of NUST, Naval Captain Nadeem Ahmed Shaheed. (more)

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Transition: Decorated war hero passes away
Pakistan Air Force’s retired air vice marshal Muhammad Younas, who was awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat after 1965 war, passed away on Monday leaving behind two sons and a daughter.
He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past many years. He was buried at Cavalry ground grave yard.
Muhammad Younas was born in July 24, 1933 in Gordaspur, India and received early education in Jhang.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Rizwan Younas said that his father joined the air force as a sepoy and rose up to the rank of an officer.
Muhammad Younus went to the Royal Air Force Academy in Cornwell and was the first Pakistani pilot to shoot down an Indian spyplane in Rawalpindi on April 10, 1959. He was air officer commanding of Northern Air Command in 1985 during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
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Transition: Decorated war hero passes away

Pakistan Air Force’s retired air vice marshal Muhammad Younas, who was awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat after 1965 war, passed away on Monday leaving behind two sons and a daughter.

He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past many years. He was buried at Cavalry ground grave yard.

Muhammad Younas was born in July 24, 1933 in Gordaspur, India and received early education in Jhang.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Rizwan Younas said that his father joined the air force as a sepoy and rose up to the rank of an officer.

Muhammad Younus went to the Royal Air Force Academy in Cornwell and was the first Pakistani pilot to shoot down an Indian spyplane in Rawalpindi on April 10, 1959. He was air officer commanding of Northern Air Command in 1985 during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

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Taking flight: Surfing the air above Chitral’s mountains
It is the simplest form of human flight—paragliding. All you really need is a wing, which is small enough to fit into a backpack. The only other thing you need is height and Chitral has plenty of that to offer.
It is here, amid the silent mountain air that you can look down on lush green fields and sweep past icy slopes. Chitral’s topography is so well suited to paragliding that international visitors have long been attracted to it, and in fact, they are the ones who made it popular with the locals around 2005 onwards.
One of the frequent foreign visitors is American Brad Sander, an expert pilot in the Hindukush region who has broken several records. On his second trip to Pakistan, for example, he set the distance record for paragliding on the Asian continent, flying 224km from Booni to Karimabad, as cited by Sports Illustrated.“It wasn’t until I came to Pakistan in May of 2007,” he wrote on his blog,“that I felt the overwhelming urge to combine my love of travel and flying in a commercial way so that I could share this adventure with others.” He urged people to come paragliding at Shandur 2014 where it has become a regular feature at the polo festival. (complete news)
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Taking flight: Surfing the air above Chitral’s mountains

It is the simplest form of human flight—paragliding. All you really need is a wing, which is small enough to fit into a backpack. The only other thing you need is height and Chitral has plenty of that to offer.

It is here, amid the silent mountain air that you can look down on lush green fields and sweep past icy slopes. Chitral’s topography is so well suited to paragliding that international visitors have long been attracted to it, and in fact, they are the ones who made it popular with the locals around 2005 onwards.

One of the frequent foreign visitors is American Brad Sander, an expert pilot in the Hindukush region who has broken several records. On his second trip to Pakistan, for example, he set the distance record for paragliding on the Asian continent, flying 224km from Booni to Karimabad, as cited by Sports Illustrated.“It wasn’t until I came to Pakistan in May of 2007,” he wrote on his blog,“that I felt the overwhelming urge to combine my love of travel and flying in a commercial way so that I could share this adventure with others.” He urged people to come paragliding at Shandur 2014 where it has become a regular feature at the polo festival. (complete news)

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Transgender moral police to clap down prices
 “If you don’t stop profiteering, you will go to hell!” shrieked Payal, a transgender as she clapped her hands loudly at a poultry seller.
“Who are you to say that to me?” came the burly man’s meek response. He knew full well that he was helpless against this moral police. These transgender inspectors have been authorised by the city’s commissioner to go around in markets and scold, embarrass and complain against those selling commodities at higher rates.
Two hours before Iftar on Wednesday, transgender Payal and Fouzia, accompanied Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and the assistant commissioner of Saddar to the Empress Market in raid against profiteers.

The commissioner has included eunuchs in the campaign against profiteering as he feels their presence across the city can be effective. “Their role in the drive will also help them get respect in society,” said Siddiqui. (complete news)
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Transgender moral police to clap down prices

 “If you don’t stop profiteering, you will go to hell!” shrieked Payal, a transgender as she clapped her hands loudly at a poultry seller.

“Who are you to say that to me?” came the burly man’s meek response. He knew full well that he was helpless against this moral police. These transgender inspectors have been authorised by the city’s commissioner to go around in markets and scold, embarrass and complain against those selling commodities at higher rates.

Two hours before Iftar on Wednesday, transgender Payal and Fouzia, accompanied Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and the assistant commissioner of Saddar to the Empress Market in raid against profiteers.

The commissioner has included eunuchs in the campaign against profiteering as he feels their presence across the city can be effective. “Their role in the drive will also help them get respect in society,” said Siddiqui. (complete news)

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Ex-Pakistani cricketer given ODI boost by Netherlands
Ex-Pakistani Test batsman Muhammad Waseem was handed a One Day International (ODI) cap by Netherlands on Wednesday, a move that will see the veteran revive his international cricketing career.
Waseem, who played 18 international Test matches for Pakistan, shot to fame when he scored a century on his debut against New Zealand in November 1996 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
He ended up playing 18 Tests for Pakistan, he scored 783 runs at an average of 30.11 per match, with the help of two centuries and two half centuries. (complete news)
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Ex-Pakistani cricketer given ODI boost by Netherlands

Ex-Pakistani Test batsman Muhammad Waseem was handed a One Day International (ODI) cap by Netherlands on Wednesday, a move that will see the veteran revive his international cricketing career.

Waseem, who played 18 international Test matches for Pakistan, shot to fame when he scored a century on his debut against New Zealand in November 1996 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

He ended up playing 18 Tests for Pakistan, he scored 783 runs at an average of 30.11 per match, with the help of two centuries and two half centuries. (complete news)

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