Saturday, December 24, 2016

Feliz Natal/ Merry Christmas

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Happy Holidays everybody and please pray for all of us who are not living in free countries because we cannot celebrate Christmas the way we should and yes the loneliness is real.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Film knockout girls (contains disturbing images)

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In Pakistan’s traditionally patriarchal society, women are expected to keep house and take care of the family. Many are engaged at a very early age and never even see their husbands until the wedding, after which they leave their parents and go to live with their new husbands. Until then, every day is devoted to preparing for married life: they learn to cook, do housework and raise children. Many are discouraged from going to school or taking part in sports, some are even forbidden to do so. Society frowns upon educated girls and sport is considered unbecoming of a young lady.
The first girls’ boxing club in Karachi has begun to challenge these stereotypes. Kids and adults train together with enthusiasm and dedication, often surpassing their male counterparts. The club is in one of the city’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, notorious for raging gang wars; many girls are keen to learn so that they will be able to protect themselves and their families. The training also gives them a sense of freedom that they can rarely enjoy in other areas of life. Attending the club boosts confidence and broadens horizons.
Founder, Younus Qambrani, dreams that someday, one of his students will win Olympic gold but his enthusiasm for the club is not shared by everyone. Younus and his club have been threatened and girls have had to leave because of pressure from disapproving relatives. Even so, Younus and his young punchers continue to do what they believe is right, hoping that the day will come when their sporting achievements will make their country proud.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_DweaS4zMg

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Achar (Pickle)

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If there is something in Indian/Pakistani cuisine I looooove is Achar (pickle). You find garlic pickle, mixed pickle, chili pickle but the most popular is mango pickle. In Pakistan you have two companies that make achar: National and Shan. But  you can buy in bulk in some markets and baazars. It is so delicious. You can mix it with your food or simply eat it with paratha (bread) like they eat here for breakfast for example.








INGREDIENTS

  • Kairi-1 kg (Cut into Pieces)
  • Cumin-1 tsp
  • Turmeric-1 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds-1 tbsp
  • Black Seeds (kalonji)-1/2 tsp
  • Carom Seeds (ajwain)-1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds (methi dana)-1/2 tbsp
  • Rai dana-1 tsp
  • Crushed Red Pepper-2 tbsp
  • Vinegar-1 cup
  • Mustard Oil (sarson ka tail)-2 cup
  • Salt- As required

COOKING DIRECTIONS

Take a pan Put 2 cups of water, vinegar and kairi and heat up the water.

After that add salt, turmeric, and cook it until kairi gets soft.
Take a large size pan put mustard oil in it.

when it get hot then add red pepper, black seeds, rai dana, cumin, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, carom seeds, and remove it from the oil immediately.

Put this oil with all seeds in kairi. Mango pickle is ready.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pakistan Fashion Week

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"The purpose behind bringing Mukhtaran Mai to Karachi and making her a part of my show is to tell her story so that it gives courage to other women. I could have easily gone down the typical route of paying a celebrity to be part of my show. I just felt that it would be so much better to spend the same money on a cause that was close to my heart," says Rozina Munib




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Shahi Qila – Lahore Fort

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17 Tremendous Views Of Shahi Qila – Lahore Fort


This stunning citadel situated in the heart of Punjab is said to be about 410 years old and historians say that the base structure was completed in 1605. Built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar originally, as Emperor’s changed, more things were made within the fort.





Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Whistle (2016)

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Whistle is an action-thriller film directed by Ammad Azhar and produced by Mian Yasin. The film stars Farhan Ally Agha, Sohail Sameer and Tatmain Ul Qulb in the lead roles. It is set to release under the production banner of Mian Brothers & Meditation Productions. Production manager Ahmed Mukhtar. 
Pakistan is trying to make subjective movies now and whistle is an example of it.
The story of the film is written by Shafaq Ammad and it is based on drug trafficking in Pakistan. The film is shot in Islamabad, Balochistan, and the Afghan border. It is the first film being produced from Islamabad
 The soundtrack of Whistle is done by Bakshi Brothers.

Watch the teaser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB7XkPhoJqE


Whistle opens in theaters in December 2016.


production Manager Ahmed Mukhtar

Internet's latest crush

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There is a new buzzzzzzzz here in Islamabad. The photographer Javeria Ali visited Atwar Bazaar (Sunday bazaar) and took what it could be one more random picture. But it went viral. 



Read more:

http://images.dawn.com/news/1176430


For more about the photographer's work,visit her website:

http://jiahsphotography.com/

And her page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Jiahsphotography/?fref=ts





Redon Films

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 Redon Films is a company based in Islamabad that gives digital solutions by making documentary films, photography, short films and music videos bringing its clients the top notch amenities to cater the needs of any company's digital presence.We are all about limitless creativity through high tech equipment and experience. We bring you the beautiful side of  life in form of films, marketing strategies, branding and social media.
Producing compelling videos for our clients is of utmost importance, but the experience during the process is equally important. The team at Redon Films cares deeply about customer service. 

http://www.redonfilms.com/



Asad Khattak 
CEO


Muhammad Imran Karim Khattak
Creative Director/ Founder


Tina Chen
Head of Projects



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fama Hasan

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Few days ago I had to go to the hospital, one of the best ones here in Islamabad and while I was waiting to enter the x-ray room I saw a panel about breast cancer, many flyers on the counter about it too saying that we have a hospital for this now in town. One of my students once gave me a pink ribbon ( a man, coming from a village). All this made me so happy and I started to think how much Pakistan has improved since 2011 when I arrived here.
Please read this article and see how the new generation is making a difference in this country.

http://www.mangobaaz.com/islamabadi-girls-rant-breast-cancer-jokes-powerful-took-india/



68 Non-Muslims from Pakistan That Have Made the Country a Better Place

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Pakistan is a nation of over 180 million people, both Muslims and non-Muslims. Often times, we tend to put emphasis on Muslims who made Pakistan proud. There’s no denying the contribution of Muslims to the cause of Pakistan, however, it’s time we celebrated the folks who represent the white stripe on our flag.

http://www.mangobaaz.com/68-non-muslims-legends-of-pakistan-that-you-should-know/



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Clara Arrighi

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“When you go to Pakistan you cry two times: when you are sent there and when you have to leave”.

Yes, everything she said is true. I am living here for more than 5 years and I don't have any plan to leave soon.

Read the article:

http://www.mangobaaz.com/her-trip-to-pakistan-was-memorable/



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ayesha Farooq

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Ayesha Farooq is a female Pakistani fighter pilot from the city of Bahawalpur. She is one of five women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force. Flight Lieutenant Ayesha Farooq, is the first of six female fighter pilots in the force to pass the final exams to qualify for battle. She will now fly missions in a Chinese-made F7PG fighter jet alongside her 24 male colleagues in Squadron 20.



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Happy Independence Day Pakistan!!!

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Pakistan’s Independence Day, which is annually held on August 14, celebrates the country’s independence from the British rule on that date in 1947. This day is an occasion to promote patriotism and national unity.

What Do People Do?

People all over Pakistan celebrate Independence Day with patriotic zest. Many people who attend the Independence Day parades dress up in green and white, which are the Pakistani flag’s colors. People visit national monuments and places of national significance to celebrate Independence Day. This is also a time to meet relatives, exchange gifts and visit recreational spots.
Pakistan’s national flag is hoisted on public, private buildings, residences and monuments at dawn. Official buildings, including Parliament House, are decorated and colorfully lit. The prime minister and president address and congratulate the nation and talk about the day’s significance. Streets and houses are decorated with candles, oil lamps and pennants. Firework shows are put together on the eve of Independence Day.
Pakistan’s Independence Day also pays homage to people who devoted their lives for Pakistan’s freedom movement and made sacrifices to attain Pakistan’s independence. A change of guard takes place at national monuments, including the mausoleums of Muhammad Iqbal, who was a poet, philosopher, and politician, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who is considered by many as Pakistan’s founder and Quaid-i-Azam (supreme leader).
Events held during the day include special theatre shows, national song competitions, concerts, and Independence Day pageants. Radio and television stations broadcast national songs and specially prepared Independence Day programs.


Public Life

Independence Day is an official holiday in Pakistan on August 14. All governmental, non-governmental offices, organizations, educational institutions, post offices, and major markets are closed.
Public transport remains unavailable on all major routes. Traffic congestion is common due to Independence Day parades.

Kalma Chowk Underspass - photo: Express News


Islamabad: August 13 –NICL Building seen decorated with lights during
Independence Day celebrations.(pakistan observer) photo by Sultan Bashir


Islamabad: August13 – President House seen decorated with lights during
Independence Day celebrations(pakistan observer) photo by Sultan Bashir

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Background

The Indo-Pak subcontinent remained a British colony from 1849–1947. The subcontinent’s inhabitants did not approve of the British rule in united India. An uprising that occurred in 1857 eventually formed the shape of a freedom movement, which exemplifies the efforts of the people of British India in gaining their independence.
Muslims ruled the subcontinent before the British incursion and suffered due to the 1857 uprising against the British East India Company. Leaders such as Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Syed Ameer Ali worked diligently for the Muslim people’s political advancement.
The Indian National Congress was formed in 1885, which later on became British India’s largest political party. Major Muslim political leaders, including Muhammad Ali Jinnah, were members of the Indian National Congress and worked towards Hindu-Muslim unity and India’s independence.
The All India Muslim League was founded on December 30, 1906. There was growing demand for an independent Muslim state in India. In 1930 Muhammad Iqbal presented the idea of a separate Muslim state that would geographically consist of the Muslim majority areas in the subcontinent. The word Pakistan is a conjunction of two words Pak meaning Pure and Stan meaning Land, a name coined by Choudhary Rahmat Ali.
Strong Hindu nationalism gave birth to the Two Nation Theory, an ideology that is accredited as being the basis for Pakistan’s creation. In 1940 the Pakistan Resolution was passed in Lahore demanding greater Muslim autonomy in British India.
After World War II, it was expected that the British colonies would soon disintegrate. The Pakistan Movement, spearheaded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, resulted in creating a Muslim state. Pakistan gained independence from the British rule on August 14, 1947. At its birth, Pakistan had two parts commonly referred to as East and West Pakistan. In 1971 East Pakistan parted from West Pakistan and became Bangladesh.

Symbols

Green and white are Pakistan’s official colors. White represents peace while green symbolizes prosperity and good fortune.

from: www.timeanddate.com




Friday, July 8, 2016

Peter Oborne: The day I met Abdul Sattar Edhi, a living saint

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For those that don't know much about Abdul Sattar Edhi this is a good start:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8440920/The-day-I-met-Abdul-Sattar-Edhi-a-living-saint.html


'They call him an infidel': Pakistan's humble founder of a charity empire

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“They call him an infidel saying that he does not say his prayers,” says his wife Bilquis, who, with her children, helps run the foundation. “What we are doing should be done by the government and should be appreciated, but instead we are blamed.”


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/01/pakistan-charity-abdul-sattar-edhi-foundation-karachi?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other




Abdul Sattar Edhi

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RIP Abdul Sattar Edhi. Our great philanthropist passed away in Karachi today (July 8, 2016).
Edhi Foundation runs the world's largest ambulance service and operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women's shelters, and rehab centers for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals.
The Edhi Foundation runs hundreds of welfare centers in rural and urban Pakistan which operate as food kitchens, rehabilitation homes, shelters for abandoned women and children and clinics for the mentally handicapped.



A prominent philanthropist, humanitarian and social activist, Abdul Sattar Edhi has been running the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan for almost six decades. The foundation owns and operates a large ambulance service, free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women’s shelters, food kitchens, and rehabilitation centers for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals all across the country.
The philanthropist was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013 but has been unable to get a transplant due to frail health.



By Aslam Chandio

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Eid Mubarak

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Today was chand raat here in Pakistan. Eid Mubarak to all Muslims around the world!!!




Kachori (with recipe)

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Kachori is a spicy snack popular in India, Pakistan and other parts of South Asia. But here in Pakistan you can find in the streets or in the bakeries only in Ramadan.

For the recipe please visit:

http://www.pakladies.com/crispy-keema-kachori-recipe-english-urdu/





Monday, June 13, 2016

9 Spicy Food Items Pakistanis Can’t Live Without

Made in Pakistan

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10 Beneficial, Quality Products You Didn’t Know Pakistan Exports








9 Ramadan Resolutions

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9 Ramadan Resolutions We All Make – Expectations Vs. Realities


It’s the first week of Ramadan. How are you guys holding up? Are you sticking to your resolutions or not? Come on, we know how it goes.
This is what actually happens in Ramadan.
By Sidrah


Saturday, June 11, 2016

India Vs. Pakistan: 13 Similarities That Unite Us Both

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India Vs. Pakistan: Even with all our differences, there are things that are quite similar between the two countries.




11 Ramadan Charity Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

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Though generosity and charity isn’t limited to one month of the year, it becomes even more ‘prominent’ during this Holy month. Here are some pictures from around the world that will restore your faith in humanity.

1. Saylani welfare giving free iftar and sehri to everyone who visits their trust


2. Afghan children receive free donated food by a private charity


3. ICNA Relief Chicago giving free personal hygiene products to homeless women, marking the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadan


4. Muslim students hand out free lunches to homeless men in Lansing



5. Charity organization giving hearty meals to fasting Muslims in Somalia



6. Muslims in Texas distributing free meals to homeless people



7. Saudi volunteers distribute free iftar packets to motorists at a traffic light


8. Pakistani child gives dates and sherbet to motorists in Ramadan



9. Pakistani men wake up people in Rawalpindi for Sehri


10. Christians in Gaza give water to Muslims stuck on road during Iftar


11. Sikhs reach out to Muslims during Iftar in Dubai


Were you moved by these pictures? Give to the needy and experience the immense pleasure it brings.

By Maria I. from shugal.com



8 Things Every Pakistani Guy Does Before...

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... And After Their Roza In Ramadan

Not for nothing but they would neverrrrr consider Pakistani Girl in the title. Becauuuuuuse it is a country for men. Like all the islamic ones.

https://www.shughal.com/8-things-every-pakistani-guy-does-before-and-after-their-roza-in-ramadan/


18 Hilarious Things That Happen Every Ramadan

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There are some things that happen every Ramadan, and we all know what they are. For the majority of the people, the story is the same each Ramadan. Starting out strong and eventually for some hitting rock bottom.
Here is my Ramadan Story.
By T. Khan 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

99 names of Allah (Al Asma Ul Husna)

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Prophet Muhammad PBUH said: "Verily, there are 99 names for Allah, i.e. hundred excepting one. He who enumerates them would get into Paradise" (Muslim)


And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allâh, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do. (Surat Al-A’raf 7:180)
Allâh! Lâ ilâhla illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! To Him belong the Best Names. (Surat Taha 20:8)
He is Allâh, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Surat Al-Hashr 59:24)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 50:894)
Abu Huraira reported Prophet Muhammad SAW as saying: Verily, there are ninety-nine names for Allah, i.e. hundred excepting one. He who enumerates them would get into Paradise. And Hammam has made this addition on the authority of Abu Huraira who reported it from Prophet Muhammad SAW that he said: “He is Odd (one) and loves odd number.” (Sahih Muslim 35:6476)
See the complete list here:

Halal food

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What is Halal?


The Definition of Halal

The most logical place to start when discussing the Muslim experience of cooking and eating is with halal, the only type of meat that observant Muslims are allowed to eat. For meat to be halal, an Arabic word that means “permissible,” the animal that provides the meat must be raised, and then killed, according to a strict set of guidelines similar to those that govern kosher meat for Jewish eaters — in fact, when halal meat is unavailable, many Muslims feel comfortable purchasing kosher meat.

The Nitty-Gritty: Slaughter

Sensitive readers, beware — it’s impossible to talk about halal without talking about slaughter. Observant Muslims, like observant Jews, are forbidden to consume blood; therefore, the animal’s death has to result from blood loss. Most commonly, the animal is hung from its feet and then dispatched via a sharp, deep incision to its neck. The animal then has to bleed out completely, or exsanguinate, prior to cooking and eating the meat. The person making the cut does not necessarily have to be a practicing Muslim, but, according to Sunni Islam, must be a “Person of the Book” — a Muslim, Jew, or Christian — and Allah’s name must be invoked at the time of death by reciting the Arabic bismillah, “in the name of Allah.”

Which Animals are Halal?

Beef, lamb, chicken, and fish can all be halal, as well as less commonly eaten meats such as venison and game birds. The only prohibited animals are pigs and reptiles. Unlike in Judaism, Muslims may eat shellfish and crustaceans, land birds such as ostriches, and camel meat. And as anyone who’s ever tucked into a lamb shawarma with yogurt sauce knows, there aren’t any restrictions around the combination of meat and dairy.

What About the Animal’s Life?

Islamic law, or sharia, decrees that prior to being slaughtered, a halal animal must live a healthy life that’s free from suffering. Also, a halal animal’s diet must not contain any meat by-products, as the consumption of carnivorous animals is prohibited. Because the industrial meat system is so fraught with animal abuse, some Muslims advocate for a meat-free diet, arguing that the product of such a system can never be halal, no matter how the animal is slaughtered.

Controversy

These days, most commercial slaughterhouses stun animals before they’re slaughtered using a captive bolt pistol, that freaky weapon wielded by Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men. Most animal rights activists argue that stunning an animal prior to killing it is more humane; the animal is rendered unconscious before it’s killed, so it won’t feel any pain at the moment of slaughter. However, some Muslim authorities worry that a stun gun might stop an animal’s heart prior to the ritualistic neck cut that’s supposed to kill it; such an animal would not be halal because the death must result from blood loss. As a result, some halal slaughterhouses don’t employ the pre-death stun, a practice that activists, including animal advocate and slaughterhouse designer Temple Grandin, warn can quickly veer into animal abuse. In European countries, including Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland, pre-slaughter stunning is enforced by law, even in ritual slaughterhouses.

From : www.thekitchn.com




10 Facts You Didn't Know About the Hijab

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