What no one told you about Pakistan

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Multan trip part 2. Apologies for late share… was able to take photographs at the tombs of Shah Shams Sabazwari often confused with Shah Shams Tabrizi (which my cousin corrected me on), Bahaudin Zikaraya and old city.

I know it might sound morbid but the beautiful blue and white pottery design I saw on the graves around the Bahaudin Zikarya tomb has really made me tell my family that I want that on mine whenever the time comes. They do it so elegantly, with a narrow slab of these intricate design and Quranic calligraphy in it.

It is amazing to see how people devote their whole lives travelling and living at such places. So many of them are so confident that everything they have is through these saints. They tie these threads around the grills of the tomb with a hope that whatever they are wishing for will stay there and the Saints will help them get that. But overall the art, design and beauty you find in Multan is amazing - if you thought truck art is the best thing about Pakistan, wait till you get to Multan!

p.s. I need to get back on flickr it has been over a year since I last posted anything there.

previously

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Multan trip: I don’t know why, but Multan has always been this very magical city for me (at least inside my head) and with all the extensive travelling I like to believe I have done - I had never been there before! Finally on this 8-9th February some work took me there and these are some of the things I saw. 

There is a famous Persian saying: چهار چيز است تحفه در مولتان…..گرد وگرما گدا و گورستان (Chahar Cheez Ast Tohfa e Mooltan; Gard, Garmi, Gadda, Gooristan) which roughly translate as "Four things are Gifts of Multan: Dust, Summer, Beggars & Graveyards". Let’s just say that is cent percent true! 

Personally I am not a “shrine and saints” kind of a guy, but there is this certain tranquil aura in the old part of the city that with all the chaotic traffic (it is worse than Lahore by manyfold!) and hassling of beggars you feel so much calm.

It was truly wonderful to be in such an interesting city, will be posting another set of photos tomorrow. (via umalik)

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Going the Oxbridge route? Education City piques top ranking universities’ curiosity
Efforts to attract international universities to the proposed Education City near Swabi seem to have proven fruitful, as four more international universities have expressed an interest in opening their campuses.
In addition to the University of Bradford, the University of Cambridge and University of Nottingham from England, University of Pennsylvania from the United States, and Victoria University from Australia have initiated talks with the Higher Education Department (HED) regarding outposts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). (more)
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Going the Oxbridge route? Education City piques top ranking universities’ curiosity

Efforts to attract international universities to the proposed Education City near Swabi seem to have proven fruitful, as four more international universities have expressed an interest in opening their campuses.

In addition to the University of Bradford, the University of Cambridge and University of Nottingham from England, University of Pennsylvania from the United States, and Victoria University from Australia have initiated talks with the Higher Education Department (HED) regarding outposts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). (more)

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Shrine of Shah Rukn Alam (via umalik)
More about the building and the saint.
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Shrine of Shah Rukn Alam (via umalik)

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Traditional shoes from Multan (aka Multani khusa - at Hussain Agahi via umalik)
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Traditional shoes from Multan (aka Multani khusa - at Hussain Agahi via umalik)

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Beautiful details on the ceiling at this shrine. (at Shrine of Shah Shams Tabrez via umalik)
More details on the Shah Shams can be found here.
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Beautiful details on the ceiling at this shrine. (at Shrine of Shah Shams Tabrez via umalik)

More details on the Shah Shams can be found here.

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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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Ishtiaq Afzal displays winter casuals, perfect for chilly afternoons spent in the winter sun. (complete slideshow)
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Ishtiaq Afzal displays winter casuals, perfect for chilly afternoons spent in the winter sun. (complete slideshow)

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Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi
Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.
“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)
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Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.

“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)

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