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)
Flashback: Diary of a vagabond (by Samar Mahmood)
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)
Muhammad Asif victorious in World Snooker Championship finals
BULGARIA: Pakistani cueist Muhammad Asif won the IBSF World Snooker Championship finals, beating his opponent, England’s Gary Wilson.
Asif maintained a strong lead against Wilson, being up 6-3 at the break.
Asif had earlier sailed into the IBSF World Snooker Championship finals, crushing Malta’s Alex Borg, seven frames to one and secured his place in the final. He had reached the semi-finals after beating Syria 6-2.
The Pakistani cueist had triumphed against Australia’s Vinnie Calabrese 5-0 in their last 32-match played on Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria. Asif showed great confidence as he beat Calabrese 63-40, 115-14, 69-65, 67-55 and 67-15.
Asif remained unbeaten in the tournament.
The Glorious days of PIA
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.
Pakistan Hockey team wins against South Africa in a 9 goal frenzy. Green shirts are now ranked third in the Olympics pool behind Team GB at 2nd and Australia at first. On 7th August Pakistan will face present world champion, Australia.
Go Green Shirts! (via umalik)
Imran, Abbas guide Pakistan past Argentina
Pakistan recorded their first win in the hockey tournament at the London Olympics on Wednesday as they beat Argentina 2-0.
Mohammad Imran and captain Sohail Abbas scored as Pakistan swept past Argentina at the Riverbank Arena in London. Argentina, on the other hand, maintained a good rhythm but could not convert their chances into goals. (complete news)
Pakistan’s flag was raised at the Olympic village on Wednesday, July 25, two days before the London Olympics officially start. Officials and athletes from Pakistan participated in the flag raising ceremony where flags of other participating countries were also hoisted. -Photos by AFP
Queen Elizabeth, in Lahore (13.02.1962)
Pakistani made footballs to be used in Olympics
Just so that you know, London Olympics 2012 will be using Adidas footballs which are hand-stitched in Sialkot (Pakistan).
Muhammad Ali Jinnah - founder of Pakistan
Here is a story that my mom told me, which summarizes Jinnah and his descendants’ (Pakistanis) character:
Jinnah went to a gathering of British dignitaries. There one of the dignitaries asked him, “I hear Pakistanis eat their chicken bones. What do you leave for your dogs then?” This aroused a whole lot of laughter from all the dignitaries around. Jinnah smiled and answered, “The whole British empire”. (via samoosasforthought)
The incident sounds more like something which would have happened fresh into Mr Jinnah’s career - with some doubts on the actual wordings, it is a worth mentioning incident.