To the most stylish man and founder of Pakistan, happy birthday!
He was a visionary and at that one who had the best taste in suits and shoes. I hope we Pakistanis can remain true to his words:
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the State…We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State…I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.” (August 11, 1947 address of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to the members of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly)
Thirty-seven years in UAE and looking forward to more (By Iqbal Mankani)
I landed in Dubai towards the end of September 1975. That was the time when apart from construction workers, talented young men from Pakistan comprising bankers, insurers, engineers, doctors and other professionals were still migrating from the country in search of greener pastures. Banks and Life Insurance along with several heavy industries had earlier been nationalized by the Bhutto regime leaving behind a large group of talented professionals whose services would be welcome in any country in search of talented manpower, particularly the oil rich kingdom of the Middle East. The Arabs were indebted to Bhutto for teaching them to use their new found oil as a weapon against the West and to face the Western world with dignity and so they were more than happy to reciprocate by offering jobs to Pakistanis in their country. (complete article)
Shahs to perform in city
The irresistible Naseeruddin Shah and Ismat Chughtai will soon be getting together in Lahore to paya two-evening tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz, organised by the Faiz Foundation.
At Alhamra Centre on Dec 1, Mr Shah will be joined by his wife, Ratna Pathak Shah, and their daughter Hiba Shah to present a medley of three short plays based on Ismat Chughtai’s short stories. It will be followed by a similar composition of another set of plays based on the stories by the famous writer the following evening. (Complete news)
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)
Indian, Pakistani guards exchange Diwali sweets
Border Security Force (BSF) officials on Tuesday exchanged sweets with Pakistan Rangers at the India-Pakistan land border check post to mark Diwali.
BSF officials went up to the zero line and offered sweets to their counterparts in Pakistan Rangers. The border check post lies around 30 kilometres from Amritsar.
The Pakistani side also offered sweets to the BSF. Officials from both sides shook hands and greeted each other.
“The BSF shared sweets with our Pakistan counterparts on the occasion of Diwali. They also greeted us,” a BSF official said at Attari. (via)
Le Roi de Lahore (The King of Lahore) - photographed at Palais Garnier. (via aaylaview)
Bumbu Sauce - Mojambo (fan made video)
Moustache on Shahrukh Khan = WIN!
Guess I like Bumbo Sauce. (via umalik)
“Its so sad to hear that ChaCha Pakistani passed away today at the age of 90.
Devoted to Pakistan and a true patriot, Chacha Pakistani went to the border everyday adorned in his kurta made out of a flag of Pakistan. He had this eccentricity, his nephew said, where he believed the flag of Pakistan should never touch the ground. They said he was almost scared of it happening.” (via leenyk)
Thousands of Pakistanis sing national anthem to set world record
Thousands of Pakistanis sang their national anthem together at a ceremony named Punjab Youth Festival 2012 at National Hockey Stadium in Lahore on Saturday to set a world record.
According to the Sports Board Punjab at least 24,000 students and athletes, and 60,000 citizens were invited to sing the national anthem for creating a new record in the Guinness World Records.
At least 70,000 Pakistanis sang the national anthem together in Lahore on October 20, to set a new world record breaking India’s record.
The previous record was set by India when 15,243 people sang the national anthem simultaneously earlier this year, AFP reports. (complete news)
Indians and Pakistanis celebrate their respective countries’ Independence Days together at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah, holding up candles and joint-national flags, at midnight on August 14, 2012. Pakistan celebrated Independence Day on August 14 and India on the 15th. Photos: Getty Images (via thebengalcat)
On this 65th Independence day for both Pakistan and India, prayers of mutual respect and coexistence for another 65 years to come! amen.