Zeb Bangesh, Mohsin Hamid, Rashid Rana & @NJLahori on the Irtiqa’s #Art & Societal Development. Wonderful discussion on sexuality, nationalism, identity and pluralism. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #culture #history (at Ali Institute of Education, via umalik)
Sharif for upgrading ties with Thailand
BANGKOK, Nov 18: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said here on Monday that Pakistan desired to comprehensively upgrade its cordial relations with Thailand in different areas.
Addressing a news conference along with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, he said ‘Vision East Asia’ was an important component of Pakistan’s policy that complemented Thailand’s ‘Look West Policy’.
He said Pakistan and Thailand had common cultural linkages through Gandhara Civilisation. “Traditionally, our bilateral relations have always been most cordial and Pakistan desires to comprehensively upgrade these relations in all areas of cooperation.” (more)
Khayaal Festival: Cerebral bliss
On a crisp autumn morning, one of the four organisers of Khayaal Festival of Art and Literature, Ayesha Husain, stood in front of a small audience at the Alhamra Arts Council Hall 1 and shared her thoughts on why Lahore needs an alternative social narrative which is positive and all-inclusive.
She explained why she and her colleagues, Zainab Qureshi, Amna Omar and Nuria Rafique-Iqbal came together to form Khayaal Creative Network, stressing the need for preserving Lahore’s and Pakistan’s unique socio-cultural identity. Audience members, while few in numbers, agreed. Meekal Hasan and his troupe of musicians vowed the audience with a soulful rendition of the national anthem and so began an extravaganza that was a much needed balm to the usually intellectually parched social calendar of the city. (more)
'Waar' on it's way to global cinemas
KARACHI: ‘Waar’ has achieved one massive milestone after the other and created history in Pakistan, reaching nearly $2 million box office collections to date from Pakistan market. ARY Films now takes ‘Waar’ global as anticipation for this movie reaches its peak around the world.
Distributed by ARY Films, ‘Waar’ is written and produced by Dr. Hassan Waqas Rana while the young and talented Bilal Lashari has directed the movie. The star cast of ‘Waar’ includes a mix of industry veterans and newcomers: Superstar Shaan plays the lead role in the movie as he becomes the last hope for Pakistan’s security agencies to battle against the vicious opponent Shamoon Abbasi. Hamza Ali Abbasi, Aisha Khan, Ali Azmat, Misha Shafi, Kamran Lashari and Nadeem Abbas Rana make the rest of the cast of the movie.
The Lost Prince
A documentary promo (shot in May ‘12) about a real-life twenty-something male from Islamabad, Pakistan who has to face up to his true identity after the sudden death of his father - that of a Himalayan Prince.
We’ve been thinking it for a while, what if our URL was WWW.PAKI.IN instead of the longer PAKISTANI.TUMBLR.COM?
Realising that it can be a little controversial but hey we have it available :)
What do you think about it, should we?
I am very impressed to see this blog publishing positive Pakistani content. I am Canadian raised and not well affiliated with my Pakistani background. Discussions at home among family members have caused me to view Pakistan in a very negative perspective. But then that just goes to show the negativity promoted by Western media, and even Pakistani media in general. Your media collection revealing Pakistan’s growth and prosperity is really uplifting to go through. Well done with this blog and please continue to keep up the justice you are doing to acknowledge Pakistani success. God bless.
Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft performs during the Dubai Airshow in Dubai. (PHOTO PAF) More than 200 companies from all over the world displayed their aviation products and aircraft at Dubai Airshow 2013.