Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, with an over 10, 000 fellows and members, has conferred Imran Khan with an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his services to healthcare in Pakistan and overseas, particularly for his enormous contribution to cancer services in Pakistan through his efforts to establish the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.
TEDGlobal Fellow Usman Riaz is an innovative musician who plays with vim and verve. He’s taken to the stage to enchant the assembled crowd with a virtuoso round of percussive guitar. But that’s not all. After one song, out comes the guy who invented percussive guitar playing– Riaz’s personal hero–Preston Reed. Um. His playing has the audience on the edge of their seats so as not to miss a note. Finally, the two come together onstage to perform a duet that’s, well, indescribable. Whoops, hollers, cheering and the most fervent standing ovation of the conference ensue, leading to insistence from TED curator Chris Anderson that the pair give us an impromptu encore. It’s pure, glorious improvisation, with Riaz even turning to the audience to shrug with a smile that he’s not quite sure what he’s doing. What a way to end the day.
Who is he?
He’s a scholar, a respected entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. Yale calls him an ‘emerging world leader’, his columns are published in various international newspapers, he’s dined at the White House and met with the Queen. With three masters’ degrees under his belt and an entire bank to his credit, it’s no wonder he’s considered one of the most influential young Brits. In March this year, the chairman of PTI, Imran Khan appointed him as the strategic policy advisor for the party.
Why we’re crushing on him
Ibrahim had a rough start growing up. His dad died and his business went bankrupt, so our hottie supported his family and has worked tirelessly from the age of 13. His Don Draper-like appeal, mixed with his distinctive style — quintessential bow ties and clean side part — make him look every bit the gentleman that he is. But, since Ibrahim is a marathon runner and self-admitted “fitness fanatic”, it is safe to assume that underneath that well-tailored suit is a killer bod. But the real cherry on this sumptuous cake is that he can speak four languages … and we’re absolute suckers for dreamy accents! More
Usman Riaz - Firefly
Pakistani guitarist Usman Riaz has been chosen as one of the nineteen people from the world to be part of the TED fellows. His name is amongst neuroscientists, engineers, mathematicians and more! Do check this out.
He’ll be travelling to Edinburgh, Scotland in June.
We wish him the best of luck and hope he has a wonderful experience :D
Pakistan Army tattoo performs in Moscow, Russia
Pakistan has a rich history of Military Band performance, and is in fact one of the biggest Scottish bag pipe manufacturer. Every year Pakistani bands perform the world over and bring praise for their land.
I’ll give you two because I’m creative like that. A year of boarding school and peeing my pants inLahore, Pakistan but a wonderfully weird experience and the first four years of my life in Glasgow, Scotland with a wee scottish accent to boot. (via mrepic92)
Some serious Pakistani Cyber Hugs his way! We here also have a Glaswegian bias so even though these Pakistani Cyber Hugs are filled with nepotism; we don’t care!
Dr Munawar Mirza, Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Lahore has been awarded honorary Doctorate (DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS - DLitt) on 30th June 2010 by University of Glasgow.
It is a pity that national media in Pakistan didn’t carry a single news item about this wonderful woman and her accomplishment.