What no one told you about Pakistan
PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) postcard from 1960s showing fawn colour summer uniform and moss green colour winter uniform for airline’s air hostesses designed by famous French fashion designer Pierre Cardin. The photo taken in Paris, France, shows air hostesses standing on Avenue des Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe visible in the background.Mr. Chaudhry Abdul Rashid was the first to stitch this PIA uniform. PIA management sent him to Paris to work with Pierre Cardin and Mr. Pierre Cardin appreciated his work. Since then they are working with PIA. Right now under the name “Rashid & Sons” at Akhter Ali Umar Building,Dr.Daud Pota Road, opposite to Ice Berg, Saddar, Karachi. (via gulestan, karachiite)
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PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) postcard from 1960s showing fawn colour summer uniform and moss green colour winter uniform for airline’s air hostesses designed by famous French fashion designer Pierre Cardin. The photo taken in Paris, France, shows air hostesses standing on Avenue des Champs-Élysées with Arc de Triomphe visible in the background.

Mr. Chaudhry Abdul Rashid was the first to stitch this PIA uniform. PIA management sent him to Paris to work with Pierre Cardin and Mr. Pierre Cardin appreciated his work. Since then they are working with PIA. Right now under the name “Rashid & Sons” at Akhter Ali Umar Building,Dr.Daud Pota Road, opposite to Ice Berg, Saddar, Karachi. (via gulestankarachiite)

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Steel Mill People: So earlier this month I went with some friends to shoot at a Steel Mill near Lahore. It is interesting how scrap from all over the world come to places like this to be melted (at whooping 1700 degree Celsius) and converted to rods to be later re-rolled by men with very little safety gear on. It is a tough job and yes it does present with some interesting captures.

Will try to post some more later. (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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Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.
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Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.

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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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Market share: Wireless takes over fixed line networks, PTA report reveals
As a sign that Pakistan is trying to keep pace with the global trend, wireless technology took over fixed line networks for the first time in the country, revealed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s annual report for the fiscal year 2013 (FY13).
The combined subscriber base of Fixed Local Loop [cable network] and Wireless Local Loop [wireless network], the report said, grew by 8.7% to reach 6.38 million at the end of June, 2013.
“Wireless technologies have finally taken over the leading position in the market with 59% share, while fixed line technologies hold 41%,” the telecom regulator said in the report.
According to a sector-wise analysis by PTA, the WLL sector added 473,737 new subscribers to reach 3.3 million at the end of FY13, which translates to a 16% year-on-year growth. The FLL sector, however, grew its subscriber base by a meager 1% during the same period to end at 3 million. (complete)
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Market share: Wireless takes over fixed line networks, PTA report reveals

As a sign that Pakistan is trying to keep pace with the global trend, wireless technology took over fixed line networks for the first time in the country, revealed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s annual report for the fiscal year 2013 (FY13).

The combined subscriber base of Fixed Local Loop [cable network] and Wireless Local Loop [wireless network], the report said, grew by 8.7% to reach 6.38 million at the end of June, 2013.

“Wireless technologies have finally taken over the leading position in the market with 59% share, while fixed line technologies hold 41%,” the telecom regulator said in the report.

According to a sector-wise analysis by PTA, the WLL sector added 473,737 new subscribers to reach 3.3 million at the end of FY13, which translates to a 16% year-on-year growth. The FLL sector, however, grew its subscriber base by a meager 1% during the same period to end at 3 million. (complete)

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How the fate of an artist is shaped by art collectors
The business of buying and selling artwork is a fascinating one. The dynamics of the art world have been dictated by the market, and this market constitutes a number of significant art collectors. Just like an accessory sported by an established celebrity becomes popular, items collected by art-loving heavyweights add to their value.
It all depends on where a piece of art finds its home. Throughout the course of time, collectors have lent impetus to the art market and played a major role in the success of many artists.
Nour Aslam, head of South Asian and Contemporary Art at privately-owned British auction house, Bonhams, talks to The Express Tribune about how Pakistani art is trending in the international market. (complete)
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How the fate of an artist is shaped by art collectors

The business of buying and selling artwork is a fascinating one. The dynamics of the art world have been dictated by the market, and this market constitutes a number of significant art collectors. Just like an accessory sported by an established celebrity becomes popular, items collected by art-loving heavyweights add to their value.

It all depends on where a piece of art finds its home. Throughout the course of time, collectors have lent impetus to the art market and played a major role in the success of many artists.

Nour Aslam, head of South Asian and Contemporary Art at privately-owned British auction house, Bonhams, talks to The Express Tribune about how Pakistani art is trending in the international market. (complete)

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New app, new experience: No more tears
Tired of listening to that monotonous music when you dial into a customer service helpline? Fear not, rescue is here!
Meet Omar Khan and Rizwan Chand – two young Pakistanis, founders of the startup Appography, aspiring to revolutionise the caller experience for customer service helplines. They have developed a smartphone app, Vivid, that aims to transform the ‘boring’ and ‘frustrating’ ordeal into an engaging one.
This app, they say, will resolve a global problem through a locally developed app.
Just last month, Vivid, which landed a spot in not just the Punjab Information Technology Board’s technology incubator Plan9, managed to become a part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London. (complete)

New app, new experience: No more tears

Tired of listening to that monotonous music when you dial into a customer service helpline? Fear not, rescue is here!

Meet Omar Khan and Rizwan Chand – two young Pakistanis, founders of the startup Appography, aspiring to revolutionise the caller experience for customer service helplines. They have developed a smartphone app, Vivid, that aims to transform the ‘boring’ and ‘frustrating’ ordeal into an engaging one.

This app, they say, will resolve a global problem through a locally developed app.

Just last month, Vivid, which landed a spot in not just the Punjab Information Technology Board’s technology incubator Plan9, managed to become a part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London. (complete)

Despite hard times, Pakistan remains a top ship breaking destination
Pakistan, along with India and Bangladesh, remained the market leaders in global ship breaking, with the subcontinent accounting for more than two-thirds of business, a French monitoring group said on Thursday.
In 2013, 1,119 ships went to the world’s breaker’s yards, a decline of 16 per cent over 2012 which was an “exceptional year,” the environmental watchdog Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) said. (complete)
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Despite hard times, Pakistan remains a top ship breaking destination

Pakistan, along with India and Bangladesh, remained the market leaders in global ship breaking, with the subcontinent accounting for more than two-thirds of business, a French monitoring group said on Thursday.

In 2013, 1,119 ships went to the world’s breaker’s yards, a decline of 16 per cent over 2012 which was an “exceptional year,” the environmental watchdog Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) said. (complete)

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Merger and acquisition: Foreign firm shows interest in Meezan Bank
A British Virgin Islands-based company has expressed interest in acquiring 49.1% shares in Pakistan’s largest Islamic bank, according to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange on Tuesday.
Vision Financial Holdings has appointed KASB Securities, a Karachi-based investment bank, as the manager to the offer for the acquisition of a significant chunk in Meezan Bank.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Alternate Research investment analyst Umesh Kumar said he expects the deal to be finalised at a price of Rs47-Rs50 per share, which translates into a premium of 25%-30% over the current share price of Meezan Bank. Therefore, if the transaction takes place, its total size will be around $214-$230 million, he said.
However, other analysts shied away from stating the expected size of the transaction, saying it is too early to predict. (more)

Merger and acquisition: Foreign firm shows interest in Meezan Bank

A British Virgin Islands-based company has expressed interest in acquiring 49.1% shares in Pakistan’s largest Islamic bank, according to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

Vision Financial Holdings has appointed KASB Securities, a Karachi-based investment bank, as the manager to the offer for the acquisition of a significant chunk in Meezan Bank.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Alternate Research investment analyst Umesh Kumar said he expects the deal to be finalised at a price of Rs47-Rs50 per share, which translates into a premium of 25%-30% over the current share price of Meezan Bank. Therefore, if the transaction takes place, its total size will be around $214-$230 million, he said.

However, other analysts shied away from stating the expected size of the transaction, saying it is too early to predict. (more)