Caracal Kittens: The Caracal is distributed over Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and India. Its chief habitat is dry steppes and semideserts, but it also inhabits woodlands, savannah, and scrub forest. They generally prefer open country, as long as there is sufficient cover, in the form of bushes and rocks, from which to ambush prey.
Its life expectancy in the wild is 12 years, and 17 years in captivity. The Caracal may survive without drinking for a long period — the water demand is satisfied with the body fluids of its prey. Since it is also surprisingly easy to tame, it has been used as a hunting cat in Iran and India. (via brooklyndreaming)
Capt. Abdullah Baig and Capt. Taimur Baig: PIA pilots who flew airline’s brand new Boeing 720-040B (registration AP-AMG) on its record breaking delivery flight from London to Karachi on January 2, 1962. The flight was captained by Capt. Abdullah Baig. With representatives of FAI (Federation Aeronautique International) on board to monitor the official timings, AP-AMG completed the flight in 6 hours 43 minutes and 55 seconds, the record which to this day remains unbroken!! This achievement symbolized the fledgling Pakistani airline’s fighting spirit and urges.
Above photo was taken soon after the arrival of record breaking flight at Karachi Airport from London. In the photo you can see PIA’s ace pilot Captain Abdullah Baig (left) and his co-pilot Captain Taimur Baig (right). In those days PIA’s policy was to have 2 fully rated captains as pilot and co-pilot on jet flights.
Boeing 720-040B flown by another crew to London from where Captain Abdullah Baig took command and broke the existing world speed record. On the left side of this photo you can see Aizaz Moin’s father Captain Moinuddin Quraishi. Incidentally Capt. Taimur Baig was also Capt. Moinuddin Quraishi’s co-pilot when he suffered a heart attack at Tehran in 1961. Capt. Taimur took command and flew the Boeing 707-321 (registration N723PA) to Karachi. This Boeing 707 (registration N723PA) was on lease from Pan Am and it had made PIA the first Asian airline to fly jetliner. Capt. Moinuddin Quraishi was one of the very first Pakistani pilots to fly jetliners.
Modern-day Persian warriors battle it out over traditional Ramazan matches
Come Ramazan and Parsis in Karachi gear up for a volleyball face-off which is not just a 46-year-old sports tradition, but a highly competitive one.
“Saying that the teams get competitive would be an understatement!” says Yashaan Mavalvala, who participated every year in the inter-colony volleyball tournament from 1998 till 2009, before leaving for his studies. “Every Ramazan, all the Parsis come together and almost kill each other out in the court during the tournament.” (complete news)
KARACHI: Pakistani fruit exporters have lost a lucrative market in neighbouring Iran, where at least 30,000 tons of mango were exported previously, as a result of the trade embargo imposed by the United Nations on Tehran.
With the loss of this market, the exporters could not export around $10 million worth of mango during the current season, said Waheed Ahmed, Co-chairman of Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association in a statement on Monday. (complete article)
Another way how US handling of world affairs is hurting Pakistani economy.
Antoine Pagis: Around the world in search of an ‘ideal match’
Antoine Pagis, a 30-year-old Frenchman, is visiting Pakistan in his VW van fuelled by two desires: to explore the world and to find ‘Miss Right’.
Pagis has been on the road for two months, having decided on a world tour after waking up one morning fed-up with the drudgery of his daily life. He quit his job at a software company in his hometown of Montbrun les Bain, southeast France, and embarked on his dream trip. “I felt the need to feel alive,” he explained.
He also felt the nagging need to find his perfect match. Marriage and children are on his mind, and Pagis told The Express Tribune he seeks the one true love of his life — something to alert all single Francophile women in Pakistan.
What qualities is he looking for? “I’m a young man. Of course I want her to be beautiful, but it’s very important that she’s also smart,” he said.
Arriving in Karachi, he was pleased with what he saw. He said he was glad to discover that young and ‘modern-looking women’ exist in this part of the world. In Quetta, by contrast, he said he rarely saw women, except for elderly ones or children. (Complete news article)
Saindak Dam:Saindak & Reko Diq: The Land of Gold & Copper. This is Saindak Dam in the middle of Barren desert of Saindak-Reko diq, Baluchistan. [Located 50 km away from Iran Border near Taaftan] (via teenageodyssey)
Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Mohammad Hussain Panjwani. He was born in Iran in the year 1940 in an emigrant family that hailed from the Indian province of Gujarat. His father Mohammad Ali Panjwani was an eminent Khoja businessman who had migrated to Iran. After the creation of Pakistan, on grounds of strong affiliation with the Pakistani ideology and movement, the family chose to acquire Pakistani nationality and despite being now fourth generation settlers in Iran, they have retained their loyalty and distinct identity as Pakistanis. The Panjwanis were well known for their socio-educational activities and dedicated services to Pakistani visitors and immigrants in Iran. Dr. Panjwani earned his Doctorate in Development Economics from the University of Tehran. Besides his full time involvement in business, he was a keen scholar who loved to share his knowledge and experience with people. He served as an honorary lecturer in his alma mater in the Department of Economics. He regularly presented papers on contemporary, historical and philosophical aspects of Islam as well as Economics in various academia of the world.
His philanthropic activities were unrestricted by geographical boundaries and his commitment to the concept of better education among people can be seen in his multinational efforts including setting up of libraries, scholarships, education centres and schools in Iran, Pakistan and Europe. Dr Panjwani was the main force behind the establishment and development of the Pakistani Community School in Tehran. He served as the first President of the Pak-Iran Friendship Association and worked untiringly for the promotion of better ties and understanding between the people of the two brotherly countries. With the objective of enhancing health and education services in Pakistan, he established the Panjwani Charitable Foundation. Just ten days before his demise, he laid the foundation stone of the Zainab Panjwani Memorial Hospital in Karachi, a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of his wife. Dr Panjwani passed away on 19th January 1992 due to sudden heart failure. His mission is now continued with equal zeal and vigour by his able daughter Nidra Panjawani Sahiba, a leading philanthropist of Pakistan.
For more information about Dr Panjwani International Center of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Karachi University, click here.
A contemporary folk music group from Peshawar, having initially formed the band in 2008, Yasir Rehman and Jawad Iqbal added a third musician to the Y&J band in 2010, Abdul Wali Orakzai . With Yasir on the traditional instrument, the Rubaab, Jawad on Rhythm Guitar and Wali as lead vocalist, the band recently recorded a single, yet to be released with Zeeshan Parwez of Zeepar Studios.
The band has enjoyed developing compositions and structures with the Uth Records and team and to this end, Yasir, Jawad and Wali have said “It was our first experience working with such great artists of Pakistan. They are highly talented and really hard working. In fact recording was a tough procedure as they pushed us to strive for perfection which transformed our simple melody into something exceptional”.
Traditional Pashto folk melodies with a contemporary feel are to be expected from this dynamic trio, on the Uth Records stage.