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Scuba diving off the coast of Karachi
Meet Yousuf Ali of the Karachi Scuba Diving Centre (KSDC) and his daughter Rosheen – both teach people how to scuba dive and snorkel in Karachi. A breezy hour-long drive from the city and on towards the Mubarak Village is where the duo take Karachi’s adventure seeking crowds.
From Mubarak Village, people are taken to Charna Island on a boat, where they can experience diving, snorkeling and exploring the extensive marine life the Arabian Sea has to offer. However, as Ali explains in the video, the operations of an oil refinery are about to start in the area, which might just destroy this marine haven.
The KSDC has been in existence for the last 30 years, they promote environmental protection of all kind, especially underwater protection, and take groups for reef cleaning and conservation of the extensive coral reef life down below.
Recently Ali has worked with the WWF to catalog the different kinds of species the sea has to offer – they have compared the species cariation off the coast of sandy beaches versus rocky beaches in the country as well.
View the video to see exclusive footage of the various fish species, corals, plants and other marine life and hear the stories of beginners, amateur and veteran divers of the city.
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.
Furthering diplomatic ties: Japanese wrestler Inoki arrives in Pakistan
Antonio Inoki, a former Japanese professional wrestler, arrived in Pakistan on late on Friday to participate in an international wrestling competition, Express News reported.
Talking to reporters at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad upon his arrival, Inoki said that he was visiting Pakistan as part of the 60-year celebrations of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan.
Expess News added that during the brief press talk, the Japanese wrestler revealed that he had accepted Islam and that his Muslim name was “Muhamamd Hussain”.
Inoki, who has previously visited Pakistan to take on late wrestler Akram, reminisced that the Japanese wrestler had managed to break the Pakistani challenger’s arm. Inoki said that he would visit the graves of late wrestlers Gama and Akram and pay his respects. (Complete news)
Paragliding over Karachi
Away from clutches of smartphones, computers and social circle, these people paraglide their way to peace in Karachi! (complete photoset)
[source: um-er] Shoaib Akhtar.
Because we miss our Rawalpindi Express!
“In 1996, Wasim was one guy who volunteered to bring Pakistan team to Sri Lanka to play in the world cup amidst the civil war in that period. It’s time for us to pay back” - Sanath Jayasuriya (via his facebook page, umalik)
Who doesn’t like Sri Lanka :)
Thank you Jayasuriya!
|—||Pakistanis will be cheering for Sri Lanka in the finals ;)|
Masih, in his first international event, ended last in the heat – and 16th out of 18 starters – with a time of 4:51:.53.
“I am disappointed with my performance because I ran a 4:40 during practice in London but my effort in the event wasn’t that impressive,” Masih told The Express Tribune. “I was overwhelmed by the huge crowd which kept me under pressure because in Pakistan hardly any one turns up for the national championships.”
Masih pointed out that a different track to what he had raced on in his career was a minor reason behind a below-par show, while different weather conditions to Pakistan also proved to be an obstacle in his drive to improve his personal best of 4:46. However, the experience has formed a huge learning curve, helping him gain valuable insight into life on and off the track given his involvement with the top athletes of the world.
“I wanted to become a cricketer but when I lost my hand at the age of 12, I thought it was the end. But then I took interest in athletics in school and later started pursuing it as a career. Now, I stand at a place where me and my family are really proud.
“One can always fulfil his dream no matter what disability he has. You only need dedication for that.”