Jamil Ahmad, Mohammed Hanif make the cut for DSC Prize shortlist
Debut author Jamil Ahmad and journalist and novelist Mohammed Hanif were among the six writers shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for 2013, when the names were revealed late Tuesday. (Complete news)
In this rare photo you can see PIA’s legendry pilot Capt. M. M. Salehjee (left) talking to airline’s very first Chairman Mirza Ahmad Ispahani (right). Mr. Anwar Hussain is also seen in this photo taken at Dacca Airport in East Pakistan. The brand new Fokker F-27 seen in the background had arrived at Dacca Airport after completing its delivery flight from the Netherlands. Mirza Ahmad Ispahani was the longest serving chairman of PIA from its inception until 1962. PIA’s wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar at Karachi Airport is named after Mr. Ispahani. Capt. M. M. Salehjee, a respected and talented pilot, was elected as President of Pakistan Air Line Pilots’ Association (PALPA) in 1968. He did a lot to bring PIA pilots to world standard. Capt. M. M. Salehjee also served as Sector Chief Pilot Eastern Division (East Pakistan). Due to his vast experience, Capt. M. M. Salehjee on a number of occasions was given responsibility of flying PIA’s VVIP flights. Famous personalities like Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser and First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy were flown on PIA VVIP flights piloted by Capt. M. M. Salehjee
But one thing, one very important thing was missing. Some very important people got overlooked when it came to expressing gratitude. Namely the upwards of 23, 000 Bangladeshis who filled the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to capacity and cheered every triumph of the Pakistan team to the point where one could be forgiven for thinking that our side was playing on home ground.
IMPORTANT INFO FOR PAKISTANIS IN DISTRESS IN BAHRAIN
Since it is becoming evident that protesters in Bahrain are on purpose destroying expatriat properites and threatening their lives (including various attacks) and in specific of Pakistanis, if you are in Bahrain and a Pakistani keep this information handy.
Phone number for Pakistan’s Embassy Bahrain : 17244113
A night time satellite picture of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and of course Sri Lanka (the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, as the original post mentioned). Enjoy perhaps one of the very few pictures which shows you beauty of the region without the ugly internal politics and conflict between these countries.
Further, Sri Lanka and Pakistan enjoys a very historic friendship and not talking about support Sri Lanka offered to Pakistan in 70s or recent Pakistani help in ending the long civil war in Sri Lanka - Sri Lankans have been giving Pakistanis sight for years (watch out, posting an article about it shortly).
The Kominas are an American-Pakistanipunk rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band is fronted by two Pakistani-Boston natives, Basim Usmani (bass, vocals) and Shahjehan Khan (guitar, vocals). Fellow Pakistani-American Imran Malik plays drums, and Arjun Ray, a Bengali-American plays guitar. In 2010, The Kominas released a 7-song E.P. entitled Escape to Blackout Beach, and a documentary that follows the early history of the band entitled Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam was released. Since the beginning, The Kominas have piqued the attention of mainstream media. The Guardian called their music “irreverent and un-PC”. As the L.A. Times put it, “The recognition that the [Kominas] have gotten is a Catch-22 for them: While they welcome the attention from both the mainstream media and the blogosphere, they resent that the focus has been more on the Muslim angle than on their music”. CNN wrote “Many conservative Muslims may peg [The Kominas] as heretic for their suggestive and irreverent lyrics. But the musicians say they are just trying to show both cultures how broad the spectrum of belief can be”. The band has expressed frustration with the lack of quality music journalists covering their work.he Kominas’ debut album, Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay was released in March of 2008, and was cited among the top ten CD’s of 2008 by Boston Globe reviewer Siddhartha Mitter.