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In Conversation with Hamza Ali Abbasi

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Hamza Ali Abbasi is a household  name in Pakistan these days because of his vibrant showmanship in various contrasting fields. At one point, he has a niech choice in his acting career but at the same time is very much vocal about the political scenario of country. Hailing from a family of politician mother and army father, Hamza opted for a civil service job but soon left that career for the glaring world of showbiz. Started his new life by performing in commercial theatres of Shah Sharabeel, he came into limelight from playing Afzal in a television play ‘Pyare Afzal’ in 2010, then eventually worked in a much critically acclaimed feature film ‘Mein Hoon Shahid Afridi’. He rose to more fame for his abrupt political statements on social media and television which even became controversial many times.Now becoming a national personality of Pakistan, he seems much relaxed and is quite certain what to do and what not.We talked to this energetic handsome man who always wants to do things with serious purpose.

Why there is long gap of almost three years to do a major role in a film?This is because I chose my projects very carefully. I keep in mind while selecting a project that they should be more than just an entertainment. I prefer to do one project at a time so I can give my complete or full attention to that. Moreover, I have put my interest on many other things as well that keeps me busy. 

Your recent film ‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’ is on the subject of air force. There has not been done  much on this subject before in cinema. So, from where did you get inspiration for your role?
yes, there was not any relevant reference. We discussed the roles ourselves. Moreover, air force personals were very helpful in this regard. We lived in bases with cadets, and study their lives and mannerisms. The lives of forces personals are not all about wars, fights and arms but they are also a normal human being who have families, friends, love interests and even their fondness and fears. I really like this aspect of the film. 

For quite sometime, we are seeing you in frontline activism, while in showbiz you are depicting different characters from an aggressive guy of Man Mayal to a flirt of JPNA. How do you keep balance in both the things?
Acting is my profession and activism is my catharsis. In a country like Pakistan, you cannot stay yourself away from politics. I consider it a sin to be apolitical in Pakistan where there is an extreme corruption at every inch. Whatever I write and speak on the name of activism is my responsibility. I believe that in In Pakistan, the more prosperous class has more responsibility to speak for the wrongs in society as they have education, and more time and space for activism than working class, which is struggling hard in getting their both ends meet. It is really unfortunate that in our society people are reluctant to talk on politics and religion and this reluctance has cut off our upper class from the rest of the society and created disparity among classes. But now I am hopeful as this trend is changing and more people are talking about the political state of country. A number of actors participated in recent elections as well. 

Now what next. Are you going to do another project on any serious  issue?
Right now I am busy in completing Maula Jatt. I am also doing a television serial called Alif, which has very big message in it. I didn’t want to do anything for a year but Alif compelled me to accept the offer. Alif is the script of what I speak and write on various  platforms. I feel myself lucky that I have got the chance to be in that project. The message of Alif is extremely close to my heart and I can’t wait to give that message to people through television. 

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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability

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An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.

The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.

According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease.  If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.

 

The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.

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Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day

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This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.

 

 

Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.

These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.

 

After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.

Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!

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5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq

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Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.

Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:

 

  1. Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life

 

Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!

 

  1. Don’t wait, just take the first step

 

The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.

 

  1. Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely

 

The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”

 

  1. Respect the competition

 

Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.

 

  1. Change is important

Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.

Follow Muneeb Mushtaq on Instagram @MuneebMushtaq for regular motivational posts.

 

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