A new year is almost upon us, and although we’re not quite ready let go of this one, there’s not much we can do other than reminiscing about it. 2018 has been an interesting year, full of ups and downs, groundbreaking achievements and innovation. It’s only fair that we celebrate the end of this year by scribbling down a recap in its honor.
Pakistan was included in Forbes list of 10 coolest places to go in 2019.
In 2018, Pakistan witnessed a changing of the guard. One democratically elected government transitioned into another via the general elections.
Imran Khan was elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, while PTI formed a majority and took hold of the federal government. This ushered a change in the political climate of Pakistan labelled “Naya Pakistan”
What will people say, an enigmatic and groundbreaking film by Pakistani-Norwegian director Irum Haq was extremely well recieved and met with applause all around the world.
PMLN was successful in adding 12000 MW of electricity within the system, dampening the energy crisis that had been looming over our heads for quite some time.
Awareness about workplace sexual harassment was raised when Meesha Shafi contributed her story in regards to the MeToo movement. This helped shed a light on how women are treated in an allegedly safe environment.
A groundbreaking verdict was given out in the Asia Bibi blasphemy case, the previous high court verdict was overturned and she was released due to insufficient evidence.
The Government managed to secure aid from both Saudia Arabia and the UAE in order to lessen their dependance upon the IMF. Talks are underway with China for more financial support.
The Kartarpur corridor was opened for Sikh pilgrims, a mature and humanitarian step taken by Pakistan to mend bilateral ties with India.
A bill was passed in order to ensure that the rights of transgender people within Pakistan are protected, and to help save them from any form of discrimination.
A successful initiative taken by PTI was the billion tree tsunami, afforestation in many affected areas was done, lush and greenery brought back to the country.
Chief Justice Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of many afflictions that the poor people of Pakistan suffer from, in addition to that, a fund was also created to raise money for building a dam.
Important politicians such as Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari were the subject of trials in regards to financial corruption and misuse of authority.
A wave of extremism overtook Pakistan as TLP protested the Asia Bibi verdict, damages worth Rs.260 million were incurred during this time period.
Pakistan was included by the FATF in its grey list due to allegations of terror financing.
The nation was shocked to its core by an atrocious act in January; the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari, and although the gaping wound left behind by her demise has not yet healed, the one who did wrong by her has been brought to justice.
Pakistan in 2018 lost many important people and leaders such as Siraj Raisani, Haroon Bilour, Ali Raza Abidi; they kept on championing for democracy, and lost their lives in the process.
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Prize winner and activist visited Pakistan for the first time in 6 years, she called it the happiest day of her life.
After a decade of inactivity, British Airways are to resume flights in Pakistan, Qatar too opened a visa facilitation center in Islamabad for swift processing of visas, along with a promise of 100,000 jobs for Pakistani workers.
2018 proved to be a golden year for Pakistani cinema, as many of its films went to to receive critical acclaim and managed to bring in big box office numbers; Cake and 3 Bahadur were well received by Pakistani audiences and people abroad, with the former’s director winning an award at the UK Asian Film Festival.
We’ve had our fair share of U-turns, delays and mishaps this year, but we’ve also enjoyed much, this year showed us that Pakistan can persevere through anything with the grace of Allah, it is important to cling on to hope, it is integral to try and find a silver lining in every cloud. Let’s hope the forthcoming year is a prosperous and fulfilling one, bringing all of us joy and solace.
Style Chaser ft. Mehek Saeed
Our muse this time is an enigmatic one; Mehek Saeed, renowned for her beauty and keen fashion sense.
Time to be flawlessly flawed
These Pakistani models are endorsing makeup free look and we totally agree with their idea of being comfortable with one’s flaws having no fear of using a concealer or a lipstick.
A few months back, Sonam Kapoor posted a picture of her face without makeup embracing her flaws with a total grace and confidence. It looks like, being confident without makeup is now a new trend as we see many people posting their bare faces and preaching the new concept of self love.
Now that Ramzan is here, all the bludgers out there (including us) would find a way to stay away from the hassle of getting ready and putting a lot of makeup. So, this is the perfect time that our models and actors are giving the right vibes full of self acceptance by putting their makeup free faces on instagram. And guess what, we are totally loving it!!
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