Mustansar Hussain Tarar is a man of many shades and a wandering soul who has travelled far and wide. His restless nature made him a man without boundaries. From writing to journalism to acting to anchoring, he tried his hand at everything that came his way. He is also a high-altitude adventurer and explorer. But he likes to introduce himself as a vagabond and a risk-taker.
“I’m not a writer, a columnist, an actor or an anchor. I’m just a vagabond. I do not travel for the sake of writing a travelogue. Rather I travel because of my adventurous and exploring nature. It was because of my mental or physical need that I travelled to so many countries around the globe.
“It all started in 1958 when I was in England for my studies. I was selected by a British delegation for a youth festival in the Moscow University. This provided me with a unique opportunity to go to the Soviet Union, though on a fake passport thanks to the Russians. (Complete article)
..So, I stopped a policeman on the street to ask if he knew a place that was open where I could buy bread and milk. I can still hear his reply, “Quieresdecirun Pakistani?” (Do you mean to say a Pakistani one?) more
Spotted: Pakistani Fried Fish and Chicken Chargha on the streets of Barcelona, Spain.
BARCELONA: El Raval is in el centro of town but it’s the one area avoided by tourists in Barcelona. What a timid creature is the modern sightseer, for El Raval is a fascination, packed as it is with pimps, prostitutes, peddlers of drugs and doner kebabs, and Pakistanis.
Of this last sector, official statistics put the number between 15,000 and 35,000. Either way, this gives Barcelona the largest Pakistani population in any city in Europe outside the UK. Most of them live or work (or both) in El Raval and their main businesses are barbershops, fast food, mobile phones, net cafes and minimarts.
The pimping and peddling of less halal services is done by everyone else: the Morrocans, East Europeans, Romanians and others of seemingly untraceable origin. Not everyone is an immigrant; on the pavement outside a Pakistani butcher stood a Spanish woman. She was also in the meat business, advertising her goods to all male passersby with a word and a wink. (Complete article)
ISLAMABAD: Eight amateur mountaineers felt in the clouds when two members of their international expedition scaled their first 8,000-metre plus peak in the Karakoram range.
“Mountain climbing is a daring and challenging sport that makes all senses react,” said the team leader, Scott Mackenzie, on return from the 8,051 metre high Broad Peak. It took the expedition nearly six arduous weeks to conquer the twelfth highest peak in the world late in July.
Extreme weather conditions made the group have second thoughts at times but it continued to push up. “The weather got so bad that most expeditions to Broad Peak abandoned their ascent and left except one team,” Mackenzie noted, praising the courage of his team of young climbers ranging in ages between 24 and 27. (For complete news article click here, and here for their campaign page)
Broad Peak (8051m)
Broad Peak is the 12th highest mountain in the world and is part of the Gasherbrum group in the Karakorum in Pakistan. Originally know as K3 it is known by some locally as Faichan KangriIn. In June 2011, a team of 6 Brits will set off to Pakistan to attempt to climb this peak. The team aim to summit, without guides, without porters and without oxygen. It will be the first time any of them have gone to 8000m and will be a big test of thier physical and mental strength. If they succeed they will be the 9th - 14th Brits to stand on the summit. To find out more about this mountain follow here.
Catalan description: Vídeo del viatge al Pakistan l’any 2008. Imatges de la vall d’Hushe, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Chitral i Machulo. Filmat amb una Sony PD170 i, quan aquesta va morir, una sony HVR-A1E. Editat amb Final Cut i Soundtrack Pro el desembre del 2010.
English description: Video of trip to Pakistan in 2008.Images of the Valley Hushe, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Chitral and Machulo. Filmed with a Sony PD170, and when she died, a Sony HVR-A1E. Edited with Final Cut and Soundtrack Pro in December 2010.
Let us sit and talk, and talk as neighbours who have to co-exist; we have to help each other. The challenge…is too huge. I think you (India) are being myopic…you are being narrow minded…you have to look at the broader picture, and the broader picture demands co-operation and not confrontation,