Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Domestic Violence - Awareness Campaign (English Subtitles)

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" I believe one of the major reasons that discrimination still prevails, is the fact that such incidents are never reported. Women should not just stay silent if they are made victim of domestic violence. Its time they should stand up and speak up. Support the cause and create awareness!!

I did a  project that is about domestic violence against women. Please check it out."


Muhammad Imran Karim Khattak








Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dados sobre o Paquistão

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Dados básicos:
 
Nome Oficial: República Islâmica do Paquistão
Superfície: 796.095 Km2 (metade do Estado do Amazonas)
Países fronteiriços: Irã, Afeganistão, China e índia
Capital: Islamabade
Principais cidades: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabade, Faisalabad, Sialkot e Multan
Idiomas oficiais: inglês e urdu
Moeda: Rúpia Paquistanesa (1 US$ = 95 Rps)
População: 189 milhões




Patricia

Friday, October 23, 2015

Once Upon A Time...

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Every culture has its traditions, customs and beliefs. Retelling of fables and folktales is a big part of any culture. Pakistan has its own share of legends and tales as well... 


Read more


http://www.shughal.com/upon-time-5-enchanting-folktales-across-pakistan/


Patricia

The Legacy Of Pakistan: 10 Vintage Coins Through The Decades

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Take a look at the vintage coins of Pakistan, a part of the glorious history of Pakistan.




http://www.shughal.com/legacy-pakistan-10-vintage-coins-decades/


Patricia

9 Awfully Lame Pakistani Jokes

Native languages in Pakistan

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Ethnic Groups by Religion

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cultural Map of Pakistan

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From http://historypak.com/culture/

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Syed Ahmad Khan

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“Do not show the face of Islam to others; instead show your face as the follower of true Islam representing character, knowledge, tolerance and piety.” - Sir Syed Ahmad Khan




Allama Iqbal believed that, “The real greatness of the man (Sir Syed) consists in the fact that he was the first Indian Muslim who felt the need of a fresh orientation of Islam and worked for it.” While in the words of Jawaharlal Nehru, “Sir Saiyad was an ardent reformer and he wanted to reconcile modern scientific thought with religion by rationalistic interpretations and not by attacking basic belief. He was anxious to push new education. He was in no way communally separatist. Repeatedly he emphasized that religious differences should have no political and national significance”.
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was born on Oct 17, 1817 in Delhi, belonged to a  family which held prominent positions in the reign of Mughal emperors and he, himself, was bestowed with the title of Jawa’d-ul-Daula and Arif-e-Jang by Bahadur Shah Zafar II. But he soon realized the crumbling position of the Mughals and their deviancy from religion, and hence kept at distance from them.
He initiated his practical career by joining East India Company in 1937 as serestadar, managing court affairs and record-keeping. His educational reforms started when he laid the foundation of a madrassa (Muradabad Panchayaity Madrassah) in Muradabad in 1859, which was one of the first religious academies to incorporate scientific knowledge along with the religious one. Here Hindu and Muslim students were taught Urdu, Persian and Arabic along with English. T he school was run from Hindu and Muslim funding. 
After a brief interval of four years, he established another English High school based on the rules of religion in Ghazipur in 1963. His marvelous achievement , while he was posted at Aligarh was the establishment of MAO (Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental) High School in 1875, which was inaugurated by William Muir. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan wanted to upgrade its level to a college, and to attain this end, he speeded up fund-raising. Ultimately, his vision proved fruitful, and the viceroy of India Lord Litton elevated it to the level of a college on Jan 8, 1877.

Religious education along with modern learning was uncompromisingly essential. Students of it were encouraged to take part in healthy discussions avoiding sectarian issues. But this college was unable to impart knowledge to millions of Muslims scattered around the sub-continent; many of whom were those who were unaware of its existence even. The aim of Sir Syed was not merely restricted to establishing a college at Aligarh but at spreading a network of Muslim managed educational institutions throughout the length and breadth of the country. He established Muhammadan Educational Conference in 1886. Its importance surpassed all other institutions previously established. Great figures such as Maulana Shibli Naumani, Maulana Hali, Maulana Nazeer Ahmad, Nawab Muhsin-ul-Mulk, and others beautified the intellectual atmosphere of this institution and stirred up a flare of enthusiasm among many Muslims. 
Sir Syed himself remained active in politics, yet he advised Muslims to keep away from it. He knew the educational backwardness of Muslims and their unawareness of political current. He also urged upon Muslims to remain at distance from Congress, because in his justified opinion, it was a party that was solely devoted to the cause of Hindus and detrimental to Muslims and their ideologies. This paved way for the establishment of Muslims League later in 1906.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a man of versatile personality. He rendered memorable contributions in the field of writings. Beginning at the age of 23, he started his career as an author writing religious texts. He was the first Muslim to produce a commentary on the Bible in which he tried to show that Islam was very close to Christianity in certain aspects. His other valuable tracts such as Loyal Muhammadans of India, Tabyin-ul-Kalam and A Series of Essays on the Life of Muhammad (SAW) and Subjects Subsidiary Therein proved to be a milestone in bridging the difference between the British and the Muslims. Some religious works of him that deserve mention are Ahkam Tu’am Ahl-Kitab, Al-Du’a Wa’l Istajaba, Al-Nazar Fi Ba’z Masa’il Imam Al-Ghazzali, Tafsir-a-Samawat, Tahrir fi Usul al-Tafsir, Tarjama fawa’id al-afkar fi amal al-farjar, along with such miscellaneous works as On the Use of the Sector (Urdu), Syed-ul-Akbar, Qaul-i-Matin dar Ibtal-i-Harkat i Zamin, Tashil fi Jar-a-Saqil, Ik Nadan Khuda Parast aur Dana dunyadar Ki Kahani, Kalamat-ul-Haqq. 
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan breathed his last on March 27, 1898. He is buried right along the Sir Syed Masjid inside Aligarh University. His funeral was attended not only by thousands of Muslims but British officials as well. He revived the dormant consciousness of Muslims and through his educational and social reforms, he went down in Muslim history as arguably the most influential Indian politician of 19th century. 
After his death, his Muslims and English friends started raising money to fulfill Sir Syed’s dream of making the MAO college in a Muslim university. People loved him, because in his life he was like a shady tree to them and after his death they remembered him and showed their love for him by making efforts for raising the status of the college to the university, which came finally in 1920.
Patricia

Structural Wonders of Pakistan

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Structural Wonders of Pakistan – 

8 Types Of Traditional Houses We Live In


Pakistani architecture varies from place to place – every part of Pakistan caters to different people who prefer living in different types of homes, due to a number of reasons.
The choice of different architecture comes after taking many issues in account – the environment, weather, the locals and most of all.. their budget. However, a home is a home – and everybody loves their own the same.
Here are a few absolutely phenomenal, cultural and traditional houses that native people live in from all over Pakistan.
Patricia


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

President of Pakistan

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President Mamnoon Hussain was born on December 23, 1940 at Agra, British India. He migrated to Pakistan in 1949 with his entire family. 

Mr. Mamnoon Hussain received his education in Karachi. He did his B.Com (Hons.) from Karachi University in 1963, and then joined the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi from where he completed his M.B.A. in 1965.He joined his father’s factory on completion of his education. Later, he shifted to textile business. 


President Mamnoon Hussain entered the Pakistani politics with a missionary and reformative zeal in 1968. He joined Muslim League in Karachi and soon became Joint Secretary of the City Organization. He entered the national politics by joining Pakistan Muslim League (N) in 1993. In view of his integrity and commitment, he was appointed the Finance Secretary of the PML (N), Sindh. In 2001, he was given the portfolio of the General Secretary of the PML (N), Sindh, and he continued in that office until 2005. His formidable stature as a veteran politician earned him the honour of the Acting President of the PML (N), Sindh. In recognition of his meritorious services for his party, he was appointed Senior Vice President (SVP) of the PML (N) and Member of the Central Executive Committee in 2005. In 1997-98, he was appointed Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh. In 1999, he was elected to the coveted position of the President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI).
In June 1999, he went on to become the Governor of Sindh, but his term was cut short on October 12, 1999 when the PML (N) government was removed. His credentials as a politician devoted to the cause of democracy were established when he became a political prisoner after raising his voice against the totalitarian regime of the then military dictator.
In landslide victory, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan through his official nomination made by PML (N). He took the oath of office on September 09, 2013. Since he has a firm belief that the office of the President of Pakistan is a symbol of Federation and should be apolitical, therefore, he has resigned from the PML (N). Mr. Mamnoon Hussain is known as a man of impeccable integrity and courage against all odds.


Patricia

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Beauty of culture within culture

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From the photographer Salman Alam Khan:
"I traveled across Sindh & found really interesting cultures.This is the picture of a Hindu girl who is coming back after giving lunch to her husband. She is wearing bangles & decorated dress for her husband who is working hard in the fields.
Its their tradition that the ladies never show their faces to unknown people but they dress up well for their husbands, no matter how poor they are. This shows their love and respect for each other.
I appreciate & respect their tradition smile emoticon "





Patricia

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pakistan National Book Foundation

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One of the things I love the most in my job is the privilege of going to amazing places. Today I visited, together with my Ambassador and the Ambassador of Portugal, Pakistan National Book Foundation. There I met great people who are in love with what they do. Also, I had an experience that many Muslims have not had yet: see the smallest an the biggest Quran in size. And they are more than 400 years. What a great morning!! The pictures below were taken inside the museum.






























Patricia

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hunza People

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Cheerful, healthy and full of life, it seems as if the people of Hunza Valley belong to another planet. They eat fresh apricots, breathe the mountainous air, look youthful and they hardly ever get sick.



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Pakistan's first female truck driver

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Akhtar, 53, decided to step out of Pakistan's traditional domestic rule which requires women to stay home.


Breaking stereotypes and driving through gender-based obstacles, Shamim Akhtar from Rawalpindi is Pakistan’s first female truck driver.
The 53-year-old single mother said “Nothing is too difficult if you have the will, however if women make themselves believe that they can’t do certain tasks then nothing works for them.”

Read more:
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

This is Pakistan

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Please watch this beautiful video. I am so excited!! Looking forward to watching the series.

https://www.facebook.com/theglobetrotterspk/videos/676360075834528/

The Globetrotters

Countless people were involved in this international collaboration, and we still have much to do in #Pakistan. Many provided support in tangible ways, while others quietly supported behind the scenes. All are remembered in my prayers.
Pakistan is always an ‪#‎adventure‬: akin to riding a roller coaster at an amusement park- there are ups and downs. One knows going in to anticipate the unexpected.
There are many who view Pakistan through a negative lens- without ever having visited the country. Why should I follow suit, and replicate what so many have done before? This is not to say we ignore concerns, and this is not to say Pakistan is perfect. No country is perfect. ‪#‎America‬ is not perfect.
On the people-to-people level, I believe if we want change, we must model behaviours conducive to an environment of change. Most Pakistanis in the rural areas have never been to America and rarely get a chance to meet Americans, to see how ‪#‎generous‬ and ‪#‎friendly‬ most Americans really are; all they 'know' is what is shown on the news. How unfortunate would it be to spend your life distrusting or hating another ‪#‎culture‬ without ever having known how ‪#‎hospitable‬ the vast majority of the people really are.
In this adventure documentary reality series, we will avoid politics and bureaucracy as much as possible. We will focus on the 95% of Pakistan that is rarely seen. We intend to show the rural life and the modern technologies; the tonga (donkey) carts and sports car races; the mud huts, ‪#‎archaeological‬ sites and the brand new malls/skyscrapers; the ‪#‎ICT‬ and ‪#‎telemedicine‬ technologies used for education and training; all the while taking a foodie/cultural tour through the country. I love my Doodh Patti!
The ‪#‎Diaspora‬ will play a critical role in this journey as well: from Los Angeles to NYC and beyond, we will include conversations from Pakistani's all over the world, sharing their involvement in the development of their home country.
Presenting the final cut for the preview: ‪#‎EmergingFaceOfPakistan‬
With gratitude: Todd Shea Ali Hamza Muhammed Zubair Makhdoom Muhammad Arshad Dr. Naveed Irfan [Official] Ehsen Naveed Irfan Naveeda Naveed Elishbah Naveed Irfan Ezza Naveed Hassan Naveed Asim Altaf Kayani Zubair Ghouri Shoaib Khan Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles Hamid Asghar Khan Malik Qamar Abbas Khokhar and many more.


Patricia

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Haroon - Dil se

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I love , love looooove this song. Even now, after all these years, this video makes me cry. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmS3JBtclRE

Song:   Dil se Pakistan
Singer: Haroon

iss watan pe jaan-o-dil qurban
ye watan hamara
iss watan se pehchaan hamari
ye watan hamara
qurbaniya kitni, deyker aazadi laaye
mai to yeh chahoun, sari dunya hi yeh jane
dil se, mai nai dekha pakistan
jan se, mera dharti pe eemaan
dil se, mai nai chaha pakistan
jaan se, mera dharti pe eeman 

yeh mera pakistan, jaan-o-dil qurban

qurbaniya kitni, deyker aazadi laaye
mai to yeh chahoun, sari dunya hi yeh jane
dil se, mai nai dekha pakistan
jan se, mera dharti pe eeman
dil se, mai nai chaha pakistan
jan se, mera dharti pe eeman

dekho kaise rang rang ke phool khile
dekho to kaisi khushboo
dheeray dheeray jaisay sub'ho se shaam dhalay
jahan zindagi hai har soo
yuN milain gai jaise milta hai, neher se kinara
yuN chalain gai jaise chalta hai zindagi ka dhara
milke yahan saray jaana aagey hi chahein
jo bhi hain rahain, sari jeene ki hain rahain

dil se, mai nai dekha pakistan
jan se, mera dharti pe eeman
dil se, mai nai chaha pakistan
jan se, mera dharti pe eeman
dil se, maine dekha Pakistan
jaan se, mera dharti pe eeman

Dil se..paakistan
haan say pakistan
Dil se
DIL SE!!!


Patricia

Pakistan’s top comedians

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Over the decades since Pakistan’s inception – the country has seen some extremely talented, versatile and rib-tickling comedians; who have made us laugh day and night.
These comedians have had the guts to take making people laugh as a career and do very well at it. From stage shows, to tv shows... 
Read more:
http://www.shughal.com/15-hysterically-funny-pakistani-comedians-whove-always-made-us-laugh/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Shughal&utm_content=15%20Hysterically-Funny%20Pakistani%20Comedians%20Who%27ve%20Always%20Made%20Us%20Laugh



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4 cities in Pakistan you must visit in winter

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I'd like to add two more cities to this list: Murree and Islamabad.


http://tribune.com.pk/story/968753/4-cities-in-pakistan-you-must-visit-this-winter/





Patricia 


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

20 Things Every Pakistani Living in A Joint Family Can Understand..

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I'm in Pakistan for almost 5 years  and trust me, this is hands down the weirdest thing to me: joint family.



20 Things Every Pakistani Living in A Joint Family Can Understand..

20 coisas que todo paquistanês que tem famílias conjuntas entenderá! 




http://webchutney.pk/20-things-every-pakistani-living-in-a-joint-family-can-understand/



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Third gender

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Kajal, 25, has a heartbreaking story to tell. “A man saw me dancing at a wedding and fell in love with me. He wanted to marry me. I liked him too, but I knew I couldn’t give him children and his family would never have accepted me, so I said no. He came after me here, right outside my house. He grabbed my hair and chopped it off, then he beat me. Everyone in the neighborhood watched but no one came to my assistance...

“It feels like we were born to be humiliated. Policemen harass us and say disrespectful things but I have hardened myself to be able to laugh off all the insults. Everyone wants us to disappear, but where should we go? We have no protection from anyone.”

— Photo: Sara Farid





Read 'Life no bed of roses for third gender' here: dawn.com/news/1210789/



9 things about Noor Jehan

AoA http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Dec-2015/9-things-to-know-about-noor-jehan-on-her-death-anniversary