What no one told you about Pakistan
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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The inside man: ‘In the police department, truth is stranger than fiction’
“I would say most of it actually happened,” remarked Omar Shahid Hamid serenely, speaking about the contents of his book, The Prisoner, during a reading session at The Second Floor (T2F) cafe on Wednesday.
In his 12 years of service for the Karachi Police, Hamid has seen and done it all — he has been injured in the line of duty, been the target of several attacks and was even bombed by the Taliban in 2010. Though the book’s genre is based on fiction, a dialogue between the author and the audience revealed that it is actually so much more. “There is an element of truth to it,” one of Hamid’s colleagues told The Express Tribune. (complete)
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The inside man: ‘In the police department, truth is stranger than fiction’

“I would say most of it actually happened,” remarked Omar Shahid Hamid serenely, speaking about the contents of his book, The Prisoner, during a reading session at The Second Floor (T2F) cafe on Wednesday.

In his 12 years of service for the Karachi Police, Hamid has seen and done it all — he has been injured in the line of duty, been the target of several attacks and was even bombed by the Taliban in 2010. Though the book’s genre is based on fiction, a dialogue between the author and the audience revealed that it is actually so much more. “There is an element of truth to it,” one of Hamid’s colleagues told The Express Tribune. (complete)

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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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Russian marine animals Memo (sea lion), Boris(dolphin), Stephen(Beluga), are performing at Maritime Museum in Karachi. (slideshow)
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Russian marine animals Memo (sea lion), Boris(dolphin), Stephen(Beluga), are performing at Maritime Museum in Karachi. (slideshow)

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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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East meets West, the classical way
The phrase ‘music has no boundaries’ may sound like an overused cliché but it is one of those rare hackneyed statements that will never lose its meaningfulness. The seven notes that musicians employ to exhibit their art and to woo music lovers fundamentally remain the same no matter which part of the world they’re played in. What Italian classical pianist Marco Giliberti and tenor Mariano Sanfilippo managed to do with sitar player Ustad Nafees Ahmed and his team through their distinct performances at a concert titled ‘Music Without Borders’ at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) on Tuesday evening endorsed the observation that even in its most experimentally ‘fused’ form music can be an experience like no other.
The show started off with Ustad Nafees Ahmed’s rendition of raga kalavati. He was accompanied on stage by Ustad Bashir Khan (tabla). Nafees Ahmed, a Napa’s faculty member, did not take long to get into the groove of the pentatonic scale, playing the softer notes with the kind of feeling that’s required for the raga, nicely supported by Bashir Khan who kept things unfussy and simple. Their synchronization in terms of ending set-pieces was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. (complete)
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East meets West, the classical way

The phrase ‘music has no boundaries’ may sound like an overused cliché but it is one of those rare hackneyed statements that will never lose its meaningfulness. The seven notes that musicians employ to exhibit their art and to woo music lovers fundamentally remain the same no matter which part of the world they’re played in. What Italian classical pianist Marco Giliberti and tenor Mariano Sanfilippo managed to do with sitar player Ustad Nafees Ahmed and his team through their distinct performances at a concert titled ‘Music Without Borders’ at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) on Tuesday evening endorsed the observation that even in its most experimentally ‘fused’ form music can be an experience like no other.

The show started off with Ustad Nafees Ahmed’s rendition of raga kalavati. He was accompanied on stage by Ustad Bashir Khan (tabla). Nafees Ahmed, a Napa’s faculty member, did not take long to get into the groove of the pentatonic scale, playing the softer notes with the kind of feeling that’s required for the raga, nicely supported by Bashir Khan who kept things unfussy and simple. Their synchronization in terms of ending set-pieces was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. (complete)

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Merger and acquisition: Foreign firm shows interest in Meezan Bank
A British Virgin Islands-based company has expressed interest in acquiring 49.1% shares in Pakistan’s largest Islamic bank, according to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange on Tuesday.
Vision Financial Holdings has appointed KASB Securities, a Karachi-based investment bank, as the manager to the offer for the acquisition of a significant chunk in Meezan Bank.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Alternate Research investment analyst Umesh Kumar said he expects the deal to be finalised at a price of Rs47-Rs50 per share, which translates into a premium of 25%-30% over the current share price of Meezan Bank. Therefore, if the transaction takes place, its total size will be around $214-$230 million, he said.
However, other analysts shied away from stating the expected size of the transaction, saying it is too early to predict. (more)

Merger and acquisition: Foreign firm shows interest in Meezan Bank

A British Virgin Islands-based company has expressed interest in acquiring 49.1% shares in Pakistan’s largest Islamic bank, according to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

Vision Financial Holdings has appointed KASB Securities, a Karachi-based investment bank, as the manager to the offer for the acquisition of a significant chunk in Meezan Bank.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Alternate Research investment analyst Umesh Kumar said he expects the deal to be finalised at a price of Rs47-Rs50 per share, which translates into a premium of 25%-30% over the current share price of Meezan Bank. Therefore, if the transaction takes place, its total size will be around $214-$230 million, he said.

However, other analysts shied away from stating the expected size of the transaction, saying it is too early to predict. (more)

Foreign palette: Lost in transition
What is the definition of home and belonging for a generation that is growing up global? How do we associate the term ‘homeland’ with migration, exile, diaspora and multi-cultural existence? How valid are notions of loyalty to state, nationality, language, culture and tradition for citizens who are at home in the entire world?
These are the questions that have been raised in the current VM Gallery exhibition in Karachi, ‘Homelands — A 20th Century Story of Home, Away and All the Places in Between’. The show is curated by Latika Gupta, who explores this evolving phenomenon through art productions selected from the British Council Contemporary Art Collection. All the participating artists are British but their focus is not confined just to Britain because as Andrea Rose, director visual arts points out, “The ‘Britishness’ itself is now an increasingly fluid concept, with the capital city, London, home to 300 different nationalities.” (more)
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Foreign palette: Lost in transition

What is the definition of home and belonging for a generation that is growing up global? How do we associate the term ‘homeland’ with migration, exile, diaspora and multi-cultural existence? How valid are notions of loyalty to state, nationality, language, culture and tradition for citizens who are at home in the entire world?

These are the questions that have been raised in the current VM Gallery exhibition in Karachi, ‘Homelands — A 20th Century Story of Home, Away and All the Places in Between’. The show is curated by Latika Gupta, who explores this evolving phenomenon through art productions selected from the British Council Contemporary Art Collection. All the participating artists are British but their focus is not confined just to Britain because as Andrea Rose, director visual arts points out, “The ‘Britishness’ itself is now an increasingly fluid concept, with the capital city, London, home to 300 different nationalities.” (more)

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Faith Restored: When this shop owner went outside to feed a disabled homeless man (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Faith Restored: When this shop owner went outside to feed a disabled homeless man (Karachi, Pakistan)

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