What no one told you about Pakistan

I didn’t know who Sarmad Tariq was… until he passed away

Can someone you’ve never known, someone whose name you’ve never heard of, inspire you enough to rethink your entire life?

Apparently it can.

It was only a couple of Facebook posts and the news of his death that moved me, leaving me feeling a little broken inside.

When I logged on to Twitter this morning, I found my timeline flooded with people mourning the death of Sarmad Tariq and talking about what a great person he was. Initially, I didn’t care much. I mean, people die all the time. Famous people die too. And everyone sings their praises after they are gone. (complete articleumalik)

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Moody’s puts positive outlook for Pakistan’s economy
“Moody’s decision to revise the outlook on Pakistan’s foreign currency rating is primarily based on a stabilisation in the country’s external liquidity position, supported by the government’s strong commitment to reforms under an ongoing programme with the International Monetary Fund,” the firm said.
Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves increased to $9.0 billion by the end of June 2014 from a low of $2.9 billion in early February 2014.
The country benefited from a new IMF programme, bilateral assistance and government deals that included the auctioning of 3G and 4G licences. A Eurobond sale in April also raised $2 billion. (more)
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Moody’s puts positive outlook for Pakistan’s economy

“Moody’s decision to revise the outlook on Pakistan’s foreign currency rating is primarily based on a stabilisation in the country’s external liquidity position, supported by the government’s strong commitment to reforms under an ongoing programme with the International Monetary Fund,” the firm said.

Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves increased to $9.0 billion by the end of June 2014 from a low of $2.9 billion in early February 2014.

The country benefited from a new IMF programme, bilateral assistance and government deals that included the auctioning of 3G and 4G licences. A Eurobond sale in April also raised $2 billion. (more)

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Non-traditional artwork: Two artists showcase contemporary calligraphy, paintings
An exhibition of contemporary calligraphy and paintings opened up at My Art World gallery on Monday.
Titled “Alfaaz”, the exhibition features artworks by Rabia Malik and Mahjabeen Atif, with each artist exhibiting nine pieces. (more)
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Non-traditional artwork: Two artists showcase contemporary calligraphy, paintings

An exhibition of contemporary calligraphy and paintings opened up at My Art World gallery on Monday.

Titled “Alfaaz”, the exhibition features artworks by Rabia Malik and Mahjabeen Atif, with each artist exhibiting nine pieces. (more)

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Trending Pakistan’s street cricket
Cricket has always been more than just a sport. A game, to halt every nation in the world, to define patriotism, to devote all the passion, to prove and to fight — a game of thrones.
Those who grew up in a country like Pakistan, know the alterations the game has adapted to survive, or rather innovate.
Street cricket is definition of a cricket loving nation for it has a very unique style, which must surely be documented, to tell the world: hey that’s how we roll! (complete slideshow)
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Trending Pakistan’s street cricket

Cricket has always been more than just a sport. A game, to halt every nation in the world, to define patriotism, to devote all the passion, to prove and to fight — a game of thrones.

Those who grew up in a country like Pakistan, know the alterations the game has adapted to survive, or rather innovate.

Street cricket is definition of a cricket loving nation for it has a very unique style, which must surely be documented, to tell the world: hey that’s how we roll! (complete slideshow)

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – the other side of the picture
 “Gone are the days when law and order would keep the investors away from investment in particular area,” said Raziuddin, CEO of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company.
“Chinese are working in Karak, a southern district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rich with oil and gas. Thanks to video-conference facility, Beijing and Karak are in touch and doing business,” said Mr Raziuddin while talking about the rich oil and gas prospects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in an event held recently. Security concerns may have been hurdle to the full exploitation of the potential of the area, still 10 companies are working in Southern districts rich with oil and gas, he said.
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not as dangerous as Siberia or other countries in Africa where companies are working in oil and gas fields,” he said.
While he talked of how with just 10 million dollars any one could invest in oil and gas as the KPOGC was going to help with all the formalities, some investors from Gulf already seemed to have started taking interest. (more)
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – the other side of the picture

 “Gone are the days when law and order would keep the investors away from investment in particular area,” said Raziuddin, CEO of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company.

“Chinese are working in Karak, a southern district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rich with oil and gas. Thanks to video-conference facility, Beijing and Karak are in touch and doing business,” said Mr Raziuddin while talking about the rich oil and gas prospects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in an event held recently. Security concerns may have been hurdle to the full exploitation of the potential of the area, still 10 companies are working in Southern districts rich with oil and gas, he said.

“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not as dangerous as Siberia or other countries in Africa where companies are working in oil and gas fields,” he said.

While he talked of how with just 10 million dollars any one could invest in oil and gas as the KPOGC was going to help with all the formalities, some investors from Gulf already seemed to have started taking interest. (more)

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Team leaves for UK with local formula car
The locally made formula-style sports car, manufactured by the students of National University of Science and Technology (Nust), left for United Kingdom (UK) on Monday along with the 31-member team from the university, to compete at the international formula student racing championship.
The Pakistani team will compete with 114 teams from various countries at the 16th International Formula Student Race, scheduled to be held at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, UK, from June 9 to 13.
The 600CC sports car, that can reach the speed of 120km/hour within four second, is named NAS-14, after the late dean of NUST, Naval Captain Nadeem Ahmed Shaheed. (more)
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Team leaves for UK with local formula car

The locally made formula-style sports car, manufactured by the students of National University of Science and Technology (Nust), left for United Kingdom (UK) on Monday along with the 31-member team from the university, to compete at the international formula student racing championship.

The Pakistani team will compete with 114 teams from various countries at the 16th International Formula Student Race, scheduled to be held at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, UK, from June 9 to 13.

The 600CC sports car, that can reach the speed of 120km/hour within four second, is named NAS-14, after the late dean of NUST, Naval Captain Nadeem Ahmed Shaheed. (more)

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Taking flight: Surfing the air above Chitral’s mountains
It is the simplest form of human flight—paragliding. All you really need is a wing, which is small enough to fit into a backpack. The only other thing you need is height and Chitral has plenty of that to offer.
It is here, amid the silent mountain air that you can look down on lush green fields and sweep past icy slopes. Chitral’s topography is so well suited to paragliding that international visitors have long been attracted to it, and in fact, they are the ones who made it popular with the locals around 2005 onwards.
One of the frequent foreign visitors is American Brad Sander, an expert pilot in the Hindukush region who has broken several records. On his second trip to Pakistan, for example, he set the distance record for paragliding on the Asian continent, flying 224km from Booni to Karimabad, as cited by Sports Illustrated.“It wasn’t until I came to Pakistan in May of 2007,” he wrote on his blog,“that I felt the overwhelming urge to combine my love of travel and flying in a commercial way so that I could share this adventure with others.” He urged people to come paragliding at Shandur 2014 where it has become a regular feature at the polo festival. (complete news)
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Taking flight: Surfing the air above Chitral’s mountains

It is the simplest form of human flight—paragliding. All you really need is a wing, which is small enough to fit into a backpack. The only other thing you need is height and Chitral has plenty of that to offer.

It is here, amid the silent mountain air that you can look down on lush green fields and sweep past icy slopes. Chitral’s topography is so well suited to paragliding that international visitors have long been attracted to it, and in fact, they are the ones who made it popular with the locals around 2005 onwards.

One of the frequent foreign visitors is American Brad Sander, an expert pilot in the Hindukush region who has broken several records. On his second trip to Pakistan, for example, he set the distance record for paragliding on the Asian continent, flying 224km from Booni to Karimabad, as cited by Sports Illustrated.“It wasn’t until I came to Pakistan in May of 2007,” he wrote on his blog,“that I felt the overwhelming urge to combine my love of travel and flying in a commercial way so that I could share this adventure with others.” He urged people to come paragliding at Shandur 2014 where it has become a regular feature at the polo festival. (complete news)

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Transgender moral police to clap down prices
 “If you don’t stop profiteering, you will go to hell!” shrieked Payal, a transgender as she clapped her hands loudly at a poultry seller.
“Who are you to say that to me?” came the burly man’s meek response. He knew full well that he was helpless against this moral police. These transgender inspectors have been authorised by the city’s commissioner to go around in markets and scold, embarrass and complain against those selling commodities at higher rates.
Two hours before Iftar on Wednesday, transgender Payal and Fouzia, accompanied Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and the assistant commissioner of Saddar to the Empress Market in raid against profiteers.

The commissioner has included eunuchs in the campaign against profiteering as he feels their presence across the city can be effective. “Their role in the drive will also help them get respect in society,” said Siddiqui. (complete news)
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Transgender moral police to clap down prices

 “If you don’t stop profiteering, you will go to hell!” shrieked Payal, a transgender as she clapped her hands loudly at a poultry seller.

“Who are you to say that to me?” came the burly man’s meek response. He knew full well that he was helpless against this moral police. These transgender inspectors have been authorised by the city’s commissioner to go around in markets and scold, embarrass and complain against those selling commodities at higher rates.

Two hours before Iftar on Wednesday, transgender Payal and Fouzia, accompanied Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and the assistant commissioner of Saddar to the Empress Market in raid against profiteers.

The commissioner has included eunuchs in the campaign against profiteering as he feels their presence across the city can be effective. “Their role in the drive will also help them get respect in society,” said Siddiqui. (complete news)

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Ex-Pakistani cricketer given ODI boost by Netherlands
Ex-Pakistani Test batsman Muhammad Waseem was handed a One Day International (ODI) cap by Netherlands on Wednesday, a move that will see the veteran revive his international cricketing career.
Waseem, who played 18 international Test matches for Pakistan, shot to fame when he scored a century on his debut against New Zealand in November 1996 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
He ended up playing 18 Tests for Pakistan, he scored 783 runs at an average of 30.11 per match, with the help of two centuries and two half centuries. (complete news)
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Ex-Pakistani cricketer given ODI boost by Netherlands

Ex-Pakistani Test batsman Muhammad Waseem was handed a One Day International (ODI) cap by Netherlands on Wednesday, a move that will see the veteran revive his international cricketing career.

Waseem, who played 18 international Test matches for Pakistan, shot to fame when he scored a century on his debut against New Zealand in November 1996 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

He ended up playing 18 Tests for Pakistan, he scored 783 runs at an average of 30.11 per match, with the help of two centuries and two half centuries. (complete news)

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Innovating science education: First Pakistani to get Howard Hughes professorship
Boston University’s Hamid Zaman and his students have developed a detector for counterfeit and defective drugs flooding poorer countries, among other technologies to improve medical care in the developing world.
Zaman is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at BU’s College of Engineering and a columnist for The Express Tribune. But now he has another feather in his cap.
He is one of the 15 professors across the United States – and the first Pakistani – to receive the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professorships, awarded to researchers to introduce innovative techniques for undergraduate science education. And for this, the professorship confers a five-year $1 million grant to each HHMI professor. (complete news)
Zaman Lab’s website
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Innovating science education: First Pakistani to get Howard Hughes professorship

Boston University’s Hamid Zaman and his students have developed a detector for counterfeit and defective drugs flooding poorer countries, among other technologies to improve medical care in the developing world.

Zaman is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at BU’s College of Engineering and a columnist for The Express Tribune. But now he has another feather in his cap.

He is one of the 15 professors across the United States – and the first Pakistani – to receive the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professorships, awarded to researchers to introduce innovative techniques for undergraduate science education. And for this, the professorship confers a five-year $1 million grant to each HHMI professor. (complete news)

Zaman Lab’s website

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