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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PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) postcard from 1960s showing fawn colour summer uniform and moss green colour winter uniform for airline’s air hostesses designed by famous French fashion designer Pierre Cardin. The photo taken in Paris, France, shows air hostesses standing on Avenue des Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe visible in the background.Mr. Chaudhry Abdul Rashid was the first to stitch this PIA uniform. PIA management sent him to Paris to work with Pierre Cardin and Mr. Pierre Cardin appreciated his work. Since then they are working with PIA. Right now under the name “Rashid & Sons” at Akhter Ali Umar Building,Dr.Daud Pota Road, opposite to Ice Berg, Saddar, Karachi. (via gulestan, karachiite)
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PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) postcard from 1960s showing fawn colour summer uniform and moss green colour winter uniform for airline’s air hostesses designed by famous French fashion designer Pierre Cardin. The photo taken in Paris, France, shows air hostesses standing on Avenue des Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe visible in the background.

Mr. Chaudhry Abdul Rashid was the first to stitch this PIA uniform. PIA management sent him to Paris to work with Pierre Cardin and Mr. Pierre Cardin appreciated his work. Since then they are working with PIA. Right now under the name “Rashid & Sons” at Akhter Ali Umar Building,Dr.Daud Pota Road, opposite to Ice Berg, Saddar, Karachi. (via gulestankarachiite)

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Going the Oxbridge route? Education City piques top ranking universities’ curiosity
Efforts to attract international universities to the proposed Education City near Swabi seem to have proven fruitful, as four more international universities have expressed an interest in opening their campuses.
In addition to the University of Bradford, the University of Cambridge and University of Nottingham from England, University of Pennsylvania from the United States, and Victoria University from Australia have initiated talks with the Higher Education Department (HED) regarding outposts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). (more)
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Going the Oxbridge route? Education City piques top ranking universities’ curiosity

Efforts to attract international universities to the proposed Education City near Swabi seem to have proven fruitful, as four more international universities have expressed an interest in opening their campuses.

In addition to the University of Bradford, the University of Cambridge and University of Nottingham from England, University of Pennsylvania from the United States, and Victoria University from Australia have initiated talks with the Higher Education Department (HED) regarding outposts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). (more)

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Dr Naweed I Syed is a globally acclaimed scientist of Pakistani origin and head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada. He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip which has paved way for progress in artificial intelligence computing.
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Dr Naweed I Syed is a globally acclaimed scientist of Pakistani origin and head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada. He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip which has paved way for progress in artificial intelligence computing.

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Rosheen Khan is Pakistan’s first female master scuba diver and the only Nitrox diving instructor in Pakistan. Hailing from a poor farming background, Khan had to go through a great deal of struggle to acquire an education and a job.
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Rosheen Khan is Pakistan’s first female master scuba diver and the only Nitrox diving instructor in Pakistan. Hailing from a poor farming background, Khan had to go through a great deal of struggle to acquire an education and a job.

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It is very difficult to nurture your love for a sport if you are born as a girl in South Waziristan. But Maria Toorpakai Wazir defied all odds by training and competing as a boy in Peshawar until she could not hide her gender any longer. Today she is Pakistan’s top female squash player and is ranked 54th in the world.
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It is very difficult to nurture your love for a sport if you are born as a girl in South Waziristan. But Maria Toorpakai Wazir defied all odds by training and competing as a boy in Peshawar until she could not hide her gender any longer. Today she is Pakistan’s top female squash player and is ranked 54th in the world.

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Nazia Parveen from Bajaur Agency makes history by becoming first woman to take part in International Rock Climbing Competition in Singapore. (more)
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Nazia Parveen from Bajaur Agency makes history by becoming first woman to take part in International Rock Climbing Competition in Singapore. (more)

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Aitzaz Hasan: Tributes to Pakistan teenager killed when he stopped a bomber
Tributes have been pouring in for a Pakistani teenager who was killed on Monday when he tackled a suicide bomber targeting his school in the Hangu area.
Aitzaz Hasan, 15, was with friends outside school when they spotted a man wearing a suicide vest.
Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided to confront and capture the bomber who then detonated his vest, his cousin told the BBC. (news)
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Aitzaz Hasan: Tributes to Pakistan teenager killed when he stopped a bomber

Tributes have been pouring in for a Pakistani teenager who was killed on Monday when he tackled a suicide bomber targeting his school in the Hangu area.

Aitzaz Hasan, 15, was with friends outside school when they spotted a man wearing a suicide vest.

Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided to confront and capture the bomber who then detonated his vest, his cousin told the BBC. (news)

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Project: Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (UBIT) at University of KarachiClient: Umaer Basha Foundation (USA)Architect: Akbar Mahmud Qaizar Associates (Karachi)Contractor: Mughals Constructors (Pvt.) Limited
Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (U.B.I.T.) is going to be the new name of the existing Computer Science Department at Karachi University and the department will be relocated into this prestigious new building. The project is jointly sponsored by the above client organisations. Umaer Basha was a student at MIT, USA with great love for computers and their related applications. His dream was to educate Pakistani youth in the field of Information Technology but unfortunately he did not live to bring his dream into reality. This dream was then fulfilled by Umaer’s mother, Dr. Fatima Zehra Basha who initiated this IT institute. 

U.B.I.T is a ground plus two floors building with a total construction area of 68,000/- Sq. Ft located at the Karachi University campus. It is a unique, monumental type of structure based on an existing building at the MIT campus in USA. The institute will constitute state-of-the-art networking, teaching and research facilities for students, researchers and scholars. The main building will have lecture rooms, multi-purpose halls, computer labs, library and faculty rooms to accommodate 1000 students. (more about Umaer Basha / UBIT)
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Project: Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (UBIT) at University of Karachi
Client: Umaer Basha Foundation (USA)
Architect: Akbar Mahmud Qaizar Associates (Karachi)
Contractor: Mughals Constructors (Pvt.) Limited

Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (U.B.I.T.) is going to be the new name of the existing Computer Science Department at Karachi University and the department will be relocated into this prestigious new building. The project is jointly sponsored by the above client organisations. Umaer Basha was a student at MIT, USA with great love for computers and their related applications. His dream was to educate Pakistani youth in the field of Information Technology but unfortunately he did not live to bring his dream into reality. This dream was then fulfilled by Umaer’s mother, Dr. Fatima Zehra Basha who initiated this IT institute. 

U.B.I.T is a ground plus two floors building with a total construction area of 68,000/- Sq. Ft located at the Karachi University campus. It is a unique, monumental type of structure based on an existing building at the MIT campus in USA. The institute will constitute state-of-the-art networking, teaching and research facilities for students, researchers and scholars. The main building will have lecture rooms, multi-purpose halls, computer labs, library and faculty rooms to accommodate 1000 students. (more about Umaer Basha / UBIT)

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Pakistan’s silent revolution
Charity for science
An imaginary circle of less than three kilometers encompasses what can safely be described as the hub for science in Karachi, Pakistan. Built with funds donated by individuals and groups from across the country in the last 50 years, the five centers for research that dot this particular area of Karachi University are now torch bearers in their respective fields.
Of these five centers, one is the only institute for human clinical trials in Pakistan, the other a core of computational biology and the third provides consultancy to people suffering from genetic diseases.
Besides world class research, these centers are also engaged in creating competent academia, providing solutions to hundreds of industries, as well as lending a hand in addressing various domestic issues.
The centers and their growth have been working towards what has been termed as a ‘silent revolution’ and had been described by Professor Wolfgang Voelter of Tubingen University as a ‘miracle.’ (more)
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Pakistan’s silent revolution

Charity for science

An imaginary circle of less than three kilometers encompasses what can safely be described as the hub for science in Karachi, Pakistan. Built with funds donated by individuals and groups from across the country in the last 50 years, the five centers for research that dot this particular area of Karachi University are now torch bearers in their respective fields.

Of these five centers, one is the only institute for human clinical trials in Pakistan, the other a core of computational biology and the third provides consultancy to people suffering from genetic diseases.

Besides world class research, these centers are also engaged in creating competent academia, providing solutions to hundreds of industries, as well as lending a hand in addressing various domestic issues.

The centers and their growth have been working towards what has been termed as a ‘silent revolution’ and had been described by Professor Wolfgang Voelter of Tubingen University as a ‘miracle.’ (more)

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