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Alam Channa ! World’s Tallest Man at (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. For more Visit us at: Facebook | Website 

Alam Channa ! World’s Tallest Man at (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. 

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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. 
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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-daughter 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.
 
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Quaid-e-Azam is Dead | Long Live Pakistan [Video]
A short Documentary on the accounts of last few hours of Mr. Jinnah’s passing. (Identity Project)

Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

Brother and Sister Duo 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.  

Brother and Sister Duo

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.  

Blast from the Past (Video Archive) 
Pakistan International Airlines - The National Carrier 


This clip is about Captain Afaq Rizvi’s life of how he made it to Pakistan, how he started flying and his recollection about PIA. 

The Citizen Archive (Identity Project)  


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.”

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.

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.


Meet Shiza Shahid Co-founder Malala Fund. 
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.
 

Meet Shiza Shahid 
Co-founder Malala Fund. 

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.  

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.

Muhje se pehli si mohabbat [Love, do not ask me for that love again]

Beautiful recitation of one of Faiz Ahmed Faiz iconic verses in urdu poetry by Zohra Sehgal. This is excerpted from an interview Anant Raina [ 
An Ant Photography ] did of her when she was 99 years old for my film ‘Zohra Sehgal: An Interview”. 

The film was screened at her 100th birthday celebration.

Nonsense That Won a Noble Prize. Pakistani Professor Abdus Salam, of Imperial College, London, said his daughter Bushra told her teacher at Putney Grammar School,of her father’s views on the forces that govern matter. ‘The teacher told her 'Whatever nonsense your father teaches you at home, don't put it in the exam paper or you will fail ' And, of course , she did fail.Above was published in The Glasgow Herald - Oct 16, 1979
The Nobel Prize in Physics 1979 was awarded jointly to Sheldon Lee Glashow, Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg “for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current”.

Nonsense That Won a Noble Prize. 

Pakistani Professor Abdus Salam, of Imperial College, London, said his daughter Bushra told her teacher at Putney Grammar School,of her father’s views on the forces that govern matter. ‘The teacher told her 'Whatever nonsense your father teaches you at home, don't put it in the exam paper or you will fail ' And, of course , she did fail.

Above was published in 
The Glasgow Herald - Oct 16, 1979

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1979 was awarded jointly to Sheldon Lee Glashow, Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg “for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current”.

BURKA AVENGER Burka Avenger gets the no.9 spot in TIME MAGAZINE’s most influential fictional characters of 2013  (ahead of Brian Griffin - Family guy and Tony Stark – Iron man). Bravo to the whole team of Burka avengers. 

BURKA AVENGER 

Burka Avenger gets the no.9 spot in TIME MAGAZINE’s most influential fictional characters of 2013 
 (ahead of Brian Griffin - Family guy and Tony Stark – Iron man). 

Bravo to the whole team of Burka avengers. 

Partitions divide countries, friendships find a way.

The India-Pakistan partition in 1947 separated many friends and families overnight. A granddaughter in India decides to surprise her grandfather on his birthday by reuniting him with his childhood friend (who is now in Pakistan) after over 6 decades of separation, with a little help from Google Search. 

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Marvel Comics Introducing a Muslim Girl Superhero

“Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for,” Ms. Wilson said. “She’s strong, beautiful and doesn’t have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and ‘different.’ ”

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Images from space confirm Pakistan earthquake created a new island

We now have confirmation from space that a new island has formed off the coast of Pakistan. Yesterday, NASA sent their Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite to check on the situation, and it took the picture on the right above (and below). The island is most likely a pile of mud from the ocean floor that erupted as a mud volcano shortly after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck northwestern Pakistans taken by the Landsat 8 satellite on April 17. The region has seen mud volcanoes in the past, including one spied by satellites in 2011. 

The volcanoes form when mud and or water is squeezed out of the sediment on the ocean floor, which may have been caused by the earthquake in this most recent instance.

Images credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data from the NASA EO-1 team. 

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