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13 Reasons to be proud of Pakistan and its people

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On this day in 1940, the Lahore Resolution was passed and then on 23rd March 1956, Pakistan was declared the first Islamic Republic in the world. So this Pakistan Day we rounded up 13 reasons why we are extremely proud of our country and our people

  1. Nine Pakistanis Made It To The Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia List. 

Pakistan often gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to international media coverage, but these men and women made us super proud when they were featured in Forbes Magazine. Among the 9 was also Momina Mustehsan. The others include Muhammad Asad Raza, Abrahim Shaha, Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, Adnan Shaffi, Adeel Shaffi, Sadia Bashir, Hamza Farrukh, Syed Faizan Hussain.

2. The first mechanical heart transplant took place in Karachi

Dr. Pervez Chaudhry led the first successful mechanical heart transplant in Pakistan making it a huge step forward for medicine in the country. Now people won’t have to fly abroad making it accessible to so many people.

3. Billion Tree Tsunami

Our Prime Minister Imran Khan spare-headed the project and we have successfully planted 1 Billion trees in Pakistan, making it a huge step towards saving the environment.

4. Launching of two indigenously manufactured satellites

Two indigenously-built satellites PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Centre in China. They will help Pakistan in mapping the land and making planning concerning natural disasters.

5. The Armed Forces.

Let us take a moment to appreciate our army. Especially since tensions have risen between Pakistan and India, our armed forces have fought valiantly and they are the reason we sleep peacefully in our homes at night. Salute!

6. Send Abhinandan home

The Pakistani people including public figures spoke up for the fair treatment of Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman after his capture by the Pakistan army. It was made obvious that we wanted to treat him with dignity and PM Imran Khan took the right decision when he sent him back home.

7. Mahirah Khan was welcomed at the Google and Facebook headquarters.

This superstar went to raise funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, as a part of her campaign for the awareness of Breast Cancer in Pakistan.

8. Fakhr-E-Alam’s Tour Around The World In 28 Days.

Fakhr-e-Alam became the first Pakistani to circumnavigate the globe in his solo flight around the world in 28 days. He did this to raise funds for his charity organization I Care Foundation, which also helps other NGOs in the country.

9. Country’s first visually impaired judge 

Yousaf Saleem became the first visually impaired judge in Pakistan on June 26 this 2018. While he was dropped earlier for his disability, he was reconsidered and recommended for the position of the civil judge after intervention by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.

10. We made it to the Filmfare Awards Middle East

The two superstars of our entertainment industry made us all proud when they represented Pakistan in the Filmfare Middle East awards.

11. We also made it to Hollywood

Laraib Atta, daughter of Attaullah Khan Essa Khelvi, began her career in Hollywood as Pakistan’s youngest and exceptional VFX artist at the age of 19. Her work featured in popular movies such as 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Persia, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She has been a part of commercials and TV series, along with feature films.

12. Cricket is back in Karachi

PSL took place in Karachi over a span of 8 days and the people welcomed it. There was a time that Karachi had become so dangerous that having a cricket team play there could have jeopardized their safety. It is safe to say that the revival of cricket in Karachi has begun.

13. We have the 7th largest collection of scientists in the world.

Nergis Mavalvala, a Pakistani-American astrophysicist from Karachi working at the MIT, the US as Associate Head, Physics proving with fellow scientists in 2016 the existence of gravitational waves for the first time in history. 

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Lock-down is temporary but Father’s day is permanent

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He is the person who started working hard even before your birth to give you a safe space full of warmth and comfort. It is rightfully said that no person in this world would be happy to see you more successful than him except for your father.
A father is the first superhero in a child’s life, the one he\she would always look up to, for love guidance, goals and unlimited demands.

Since most of the major events are being celebrated in a situation of complete lockdown in the country, we have got some sweet and doable ideas to surprise your dads on this Father’s Day.

Throw A Lunch Party


Isn’t it true that most of the dads are foodies and they can never say no to a dish made by their kids? On this special day, make his favorite dishes. Pamper him the whole day and do not forget to prepare something sweet for the evening tea.

Origami Nuts In Collaboration With OvenCraft


Yummy in his tummy!!! Origami Nuts has designed this cute basket of sweet banana crumble bread in collaboration with Oven craft. The appearance is cute and is definitely a perfect pick to show love and dedication on this special day to your fathers.

Kitchen Kahani’s Breakfast

Almost every dad is a nihari lover and especially in this lockdown when we cannot go and dine out, Kitchen Kahani is offering  “Nashta with Abbu”. We are already melting at the name. You can order home-cooked beef Nihari to surprise your Abbus with a scrumptious desi nashta.

Customized Basket By Happy String

If your abba loves to eat junk, this can be an economical and a fancy present for him. Get his favorite chocolates and other edibles packed in a beautifully wrapped basket and brighten up your father’s mood with something sweet and salty.
Father’s Day DIY Cookie Kit


For young fathers, to have an interactive activity with small kids, Delish is offering customized DIY Cookie kits where you can make your own cookies with your kids while sitting at your home. Isn’t it a great yet adorably creative idea?

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Imdaad- A Dire Necessity in this Global Pandemic

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Pakistan, as we know it, has a well-established reputation of being one of the most charitable nations. Having to face several natural disasters and a debilitating disease-induced economic crisis over the span of a year has greatly fueled our philanthropic efforts.

As we reflect upon the ongoing destruction being caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, our hearts are left shattered while our minds are perplexed.

The heart-rending reality kicks in: even if the virus doesn’t end more lives, hunger caused by unemployment surely will.

Meet Manahil Naveed, a 17-year-old who embarked on a journey to give back to the needy by founding her own charitable organization by the name of Imdaad.

Imdaad is a non-profit organization working against the clock to provide food and hygiene packages to families living beneath the poverty line in Lahore. So far, their team has managed to deliver these packages to more than 50 families in need. As they work solely off donations, the people of Pakistan have generously extended their hands to help Imdaad’s cause.

This is what she has to say:

“Tuning into the news every day and witnessing the number of cases rapidly grow along with the effects of this growth managed to create this undying feeling of sadness within me. Witnessing small businesses shutting down, I couldn’t help but be concerned about how the poverty-struck families of daily wage laborers would manage to find their next meal.”

While many of us want to help the needy during this pandemic, the majority are rightfully afraid to be in close proximity to others.

This is where Team Imdaad steps in. They bridge the gap between the generosity of potential donors and their fear of catching the virus by being around large groups of donees.

Using the best protective gear out there, Imdaad’s team buys and packages ration bags to ultimately be handed to the destitute, all while ensuring that each recipient is truly in need by asking trustworthy sources such as local heads and representatives of other NGOs.

We will end this piece on a little saying Manahil has used as Imdaad’s slogan: “Hamdardi Imaan hai.”

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Our Favorite Fashion Divas that have Evolved Over Time

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While reading the title, you must be thinking about the acting skills and how these ladies have made their name in the drama and film industry. But no, here we are talking about the fashion game of these actresses that have taken us all by surprise. Perking up their style statement and emerging as few of the finest actresses in terms of being glamorous and presentable, they have absolutely conquered the fashion world. 

These are our favorite Divas who have proved that working on oneself is never a selfish thing and this hard work can eventually help you in the long run.

 

Saboor Aly 

Starting from soaps and not so glamorous dramas, we never saw Saboor Aly dressing up as impressively as she does now. Probably, this is the social fashion awareness that some choose to pick and some don’t. And, we have to say that Saboor is doing quite well with her dress sense while earning a huge fan following at a great pace. She is one of those finest actresses who keep us hooked to their gram-game as something cool and happening just pops up out of nowhere anytime and any occasion.

 

Nausheen Shah 

Our fancy-pants; Nausheen Shah has instantly beefed up her fashion game and we cannot stop admiring her taste and style in whatever she wears. She has definitely come a long way. Also known for carrying bold statements just like in a recent awards show, her hairstyle was quite eccentric perfectly aligning with a blingy Hussain Rehar attire.

Sadia Ghaffar

Her vibrant tops, glowing face and quirky pants have got our attention and we, indisputably, give her the award of being the most stylish actress among the lot. This was never the scenario from the day she joined the Entertainment industry so, she came this far and has definitely grown into a woman who keeps herself up-to-date in every trend and fashion.

Iqra Aziz 

Our recent favorite bride, Iqra has polished herself over time and we love how effortlessly she carries every outfit in sheer grace and pizzazz. Recently, she has been appointed as the face of Al-Karam and this was all a result of gradual progress and immense effort she has put into building her powerful aura and strong-headed personality that beautifully harmonizes with her chic and classic sense of styling. 

Sonya Hussyn

 

If Sonya had a synonym, it would be the word “grace”. We love her for her impactful persona, the way she dresses up and the way she owns everything she wears with undying confidence. There are very few celebrities who have evolved to be steezy and sassy in a way that they know what they should actually wear. Unlike some who do not even know their body type. Sonya Hussyn proves that style is always within, you can improve with time but class remains constant.

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