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Poetry World Cup Final: Singapore-Pakistan
It’s time to decide who wins our first (and, quite possibly, last) Poetry World Cup. Over the last month, with the help of nearly 4000 reader votes, we’ve whittled the original 32 poems down to a final two. Both semi-finals followed a broadly similar pattern, with the two poems close to parity until a surge of support in the final hours of voting put the result beyond doubt. Singapore (represented by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé) and Pakistan (represented by Mehvash Amin) were the two countries that made it through, and they’ll go head-to-head over the next 24 hours. You can vote in the poll or via the comments (both at the foot of this page), and the poem with the most votes will win the Poetry World Cup. Ready? Let’s go! (more)
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Poetry World Cup Final: Singapore-Pakistan

It’s time to decide who wins our first (and, quite possibly, last) Poetry World Cup. Over the last month, with the help of nearly 4000 reader votes, we’ve whittled the original 32 poems down to a final two. Both semi-finals followed a broadly similar pattern, with the two poems close to parity until a surge of support in the final hours of voting put the result beyond doubt. Singapore (represented by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé) and Pakistan (represented by Mehvash Amin) were the two countries that made it through, and they’ll go head-to-head over the next 24 hours. You can vote in the poll or via the comments (both at the foot of this page), and the poem with the most votes will win the Poetry World Cup. Ready? Let’s go! (more)

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The Pakistan Four: Hareem Ahmad

The Pakistan Four is the first independent documentary by Pakistani filmmaker and Fulbright scholar Shehzad Hameed Ahmad that world premiered at the New York University Film Festival in February, 2014. It charts the journey of 4 path-breaking Muslim women in the United States: Pakistan’s first saber fencer, first international weightlifter, first international chef to win Chopped at the Food Network and the country’s first standup comedian. Filmed in Portland, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, New York City and Washington DC, the four narratives run in parallel, building up to one major event in each of their lives, with all four embodying the same goal in mind - redefining what it means to be a Pakistani Muslim female.

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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 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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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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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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It is very difficult to nurture your love for a sport if you are born as a girl in South Waziristan. But Maria Toorpakai Wazir defied all odds by training and competing as a boy in Peshawar until she could not hide her gender any longer. Today she is Pakistan’s top female squash player and is ranked 54th in the world.
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It is very difficult to nurture your love for a sport if you are born as a girl in South Waziristan. But Maria Toorpakai Wazir defied all odds by training and competing as a boy in Peshawar until she could not hide her gender any longer. Today she is Pakistan’s top female squash player and is ranked 54th in the world.

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Zoe Viccaji & Sumru Agiryuriyen - Ishq Kinara (Coke Studio S06E04, via umalik)

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Nazia Parveen from Bajaur Agency makes history by becoming first woman to take part in International Rock Climbing Competition in Singapore. (more)
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Nazia Parveen from Bajaur Agency makes history by becoming first woman to take part in International Rock Climbing Competition in Singapore. (more)

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This is the historic visit of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah in 1953 at de”montmorency college of dentistry. Picture taken in the prosthodontic Laboratory. L to R Dr Zia ul Hassan, principal Dr Hassan Raza Shah, Dr A R Sheikh, Health Minister, ? Dr Abbas Haider. This description is given by Prof. B A Yazdanie was also present at the time.
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This is the historic visit of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah in 1953 at de”montmorency college of dentistry. Picture taken in the prosthodontic Laboratory. L to R Dr Zia ul Hassan, principal Dr Hassan Raza Shah, Dr A R Sheikh, Health Minister, ? Dr Abbas Haider. This description is given by Prof. B A Yazdanie was also present at the time.

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