“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”
Greetings dear Wanderer,
Project Pakistan Tumblr Blog aims to be a mosaic of positive imagery for my country Pakistan.
The year is 2011 and with all the negative International news coming out of Pakistan in recent times, my goal is simple, I aim to share the other half of the coin for all my readers. All and any positive news coming out of Pakistan will be shared.
From pictures, videos, articles, to international or local accomplishments , all will be gathered under “Project Pakistan.”
This is a lifelong commitment of changing damaged Pakistan’s perception and I hope Project Pakistan’s mosaic will achieve its objective of “Pushing CTRL+Z , one Mind at a time”
I thank you for the time to read and visit this blog. Share my message with your family and friends, dont be afraid to leave a comment or share a story you feel moved by and lastly lets ALL push “CTRL+Z , one Mind at a time”
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The first ever Cannes Lions Award for a Pakistani agency. Congratulations!
Since 2004, drone strikes in Pakistan have killed an estimated 3500+ people, a disturbing percentage of which have been innocent civilians. Including more than 200 children. The Foundation for Fundamental Rights has been working to raise awareness of this crisis. Drone operators routinely describe their casualties as “Bug Splats” since viewing humans from far above gives the sense of an insect being crushed. Our strategy was to not only address pilots directly and create dialogue, but to also raise awareness globally of this otherwise ignored human-rights issue.
BBDO Pakistan Lahore Wins Award At Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival
The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival which is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious annual awards celebrating creative excellence in global advertising and communications announced its list of Direct Lions Bronze winners that included BBDO Pakistan Lahore for its campaign: Reprieve/ Foundation for Fundamental Rights.
This is one of the first awards that Pakistan has won at Cannes Lions, the biggest and most prestigious advertising festival in the world.
Pakistan may be known as a cricketing nation but not many know that the soccer balls for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be imported from the 159th-ranked football nation.
When World Cup’s Chinese supplier Adidas failed to keep up with the demand of soccer balls in Rio de Janeiro, a report in ‘Express Tribune’ said that a Sialkot ball manufacturing company then stepped in and got the contract.
Factory owner Khwaja Akhtar, who has made balls for the German Bundesliga, French league and the Champions League, is excited with the challenge of being a part of World Cup soccer history.
“It was when I felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup that I dreamt of a goal of my own: to manufacture the ball for the biggest football tournament on the planet,” Akhtar said.
“The people were chanting all around me. I just thought, this is the real thing. I was part of the crowd. I never had that kind of feeling before,” added Akhtar.
Alam Channa ! World’s Tallest Manat (7 ft 9 inch) high.
In 1998 Channa went to the United States for treatment for various ailments, including high blood pressure, diabetes and Kidney malfunction. Channa died of kidney failure in a New York hospital was buried in his ancestral town of Dadu, Pakistan.
One of the great forgotten figures of Lahore’s history is Bamba Sofia Duleep Singh Sutherland who decided to stay in Lahore after partition, died in 1957 and is buried in the Gora Kabristan next to Lahore Gymkhana. She was the grand-daughte…r of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Queen Victoria was her Godmother. Her friends in Lahore included Allama Iqbal.
She was married to King Edward Medical College Principal, David Sutherland (d.1939), had no children and lived in Model Town taken care of by her trusted secretary Pir Karim Baksh Soopra. Soopra’s descendants still visit her grave every Christmas, Shab-barat, Good Friday and Eid and leave a wreath.
The Persian verses on her gravesite: “Farq e Shahi wa bandage Bar Khwast Choon Qaza-i-Nawishta Ayed Paish Gar Kisay Khaak Murdah baaz Kunad Na Shanasad Tawangar Az Dervaish”
There remains no difference between royalty and servility When the moment of (fore-written) death arrives. If someone opens any grave they cannot tell the difference between the rich and the poor.
Pakistani mountaineers Samina Baig and Mirza Ali successfully scaled Mount Vinson in Antarctica, according to the Alpine Federation of Pakistan. On May 19, 2013 shows climber Samina Baig holding the national flag on the peak of Mount Everest, Nepal. PHOTO: AFP
The sister-brother mountaineer duo, which hails from Shimshal in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), has been on an eight-month expedition to climb seven summits on seven continents since the end of November 2013.
They successfully climbed the 6,962-metre Mount Aconcagua in Argentina in December 2013 to complete the first leg of their expedition, which aims to promote gender equality and world peace.
Mohsin Hamid (Features in top 150 global thinkers in Foreign Policy for painting a disquieting picture of Asia’s rise)
Mohsin Hamid is a master critic of the modern global condition, using humanization, wit, parody, and other devices to examine how the fast pace of social and economic change has affected the individual. And in 2013, as a New York Times reviewer put it, he “gestures to a new direction for the novel”—big praise for any writer.
Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a rags-to-riches story, but without the clear uplift that such tales usually provide. It is rife with the tensions and pathologies awakened by rapid development that offers some people a way out of poverty, while leaving a great many behind. Structurally, the novel pokes fun at the business self-help books and get-rich-quick schemes that have proliferated in Asia. Written in the second person and set in what is unmistakably Hamid’s native Pakistan, the novel chronicles 70-plus years in the life of “you,” an appropriately unnamed male protagonist who travels to the city in search of a better life. The character cycles through many exploits, from falling in love with a glamorous but impulsive model, to starting a business selling falsely labeled bottled water, to turning to crime in order to make money. Through it all, he runs up against the stark and often ironic contrasts that so often mark developing countries: the coexistence of piety and corruption, fabulous displays of wealth amid unimaginable squalor, and the unshakeable urge—exemplified most clearly in the novel by the explosion of gated communities—to live above it all.
Best known for his 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Hamid has gained further affection among readers with How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. And in tackling the subject of development so trenchantly, he has garnered praise for breaking a genre barrier: As American academic Tyler Cowen put it, Hamid’s book is “a landmark in the integration of economics and fiction.”
Meet Saba and Gilalai Ismail (Activist sisters featured in Foreign Policy’s Top 150 Global thinkers for 2013 for their advocacy work in empowering Girls in Pakistan)
Before Malala Yousafzai, there were Gulalai and Saba Ismail. The Pakistani sisters grew up in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near the border with Afghanistan. At the ages of 16 and 15, respectively, Gulalai and Saba founded Aware Girls to empower young women.
Initially, the organization taught girls about their rights and gave them strategies for negotiating with their families over issues like education. Malala was among Aware Girls’ many mentees. The organization has since branched out explicitly into politics. In 2013, Aware Girls formed the first all-female observation team to monitor women’s polling stations in Pakistan’s spring election. And the sisters themselves have also broadened their own mission to include encouraging all Pakistani young people, not just women, to become more active citizens.
For her efforts, Gulalai, now 26, was a recipient of the 2013 Democracy Award from the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy and earned a Twitter shout-out from the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. Today, the Ismails’ group is expanding into Baluchistan province and Afghanistan.
As the world learned with Malala, empowering girls can be extremely dangerous work. Aware Girls has had to relocate its office after receiving threats. But in Malala and other young women whom their organization has influenced, the Ismail sisters can see that their work has been worth every risk.
Shiza featured in FORBES 30 under 30 Social entrepreneurs of the world. Two other Pakistanis also feature in the list , Malala Yousafzai and Khalida Brohi. goo.gl/9LJ5hd
When Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani daring to advocate for girls’ education, was shot by the Taliban in 2012, Shahid, who had met Malala in 2009, got on a plane. She helped oversee Malala’s medical care in London. “While I was there by her side,” says Shahid, “she woke up and said, ‘I want to continue my campaign.’ ” The Stanford grad and McKinsey consultant became the 16-year-old’s chief strategist on the spot. “How do we leverage her voice in a way that drives all this energy around Malala into meaningful action?” Her answer is the Malala Fund, founded to turn her vision for girls’ education into reality. Grants to date: $400,000, half from the World Bank and half from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. A documentary on Malala’s work by Davis Guggenheim is expected for release in 2014.