Perseverance _ we will make Pakistan proud!

There are a lot of problems we are facing in Pakistan. When we watch news channels, read newspaper and other international reports all we can see are terrorist attacks, corruption, ethnic and border disputes, floods, illiteracy and other disasters in the country. What is our role in improving the state Pakistan is in?

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There is always a positive aspect of a negative one. I believe better days are going to come soon. Pakistan is one of the bravest countries there is. Even after so many hardships our people bounce back and face the next day. We should be proud of that if nothing else. This unrelenting fountain of hope and fight to live for another day is the reason of our existence.

Where there is bloodshed in Lyari every day due to gang wars. Only the bravest souls venture there of their own accord. Despite that the polio workers go there to save the upcoming generation. Every merchant or businessman in Karachi opens his or her shop not knowing what fate may befall them that day. It is this resilience which stops the country’s biggest metropolis from becoming a ghost town.

Our borders along India are in a constant state of flux and danger. Many soldiers of our Pakistan army are killed every day but still they are fighting for us. From the coldest regions of Siachin to the deserts of Sindh, our army guards the borders with no regard to their life. Their contagious patriotism is the reason the Pakistani flag flutters atop our houses on every Independence Day.

The girls in KPK are fighting for their right to study as we speak. Malala yousafzai is a shining example of perseverance on this notion. Now as a Nobel Prize winner she continues her struggle for the education program. Being shot did not derail her from her objective, instead it strengthened it.

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Pakistanis always have new hope in their hearts. They never quit and dream that one day there would be a change for better in our country. We shall fight till the end to bring peace in Pakistan. For that instead of complaining about what a poor state of affairs we have been handed, we should plan on how we could remove our ethnic and cultural differences and strive for the improved tomorrow. Pakistan Zindabad.

Presented by: Ali Nawaz

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Walled City of Lahore

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Androon Shehar Lahore or Old Lahore is the heart of Lahore. Its cultural property is in the form of forts, gateways, mosques, residential buildings, tombs and palaces.
Lahore was always an important city from many years. Lahore becomes more famous after the mughals arrival. Mughal built much beautiful architecture in Lahore. Shah Jehan loved Lahore and he built a beautiful fort. In the past, there use to be 13 entrances to the walled city of Lahore. These entrances were known as Derwaza.
The famous thirteen gates of Lahore include;
1. Akbari Gate: The Akbari Gate is considering as the beautiful gate of Lahore, which is built on the name of Mughal emperor Akbar.
2. Bhati Gate: The entrance to the “Bhati Gate” is located on the western wall of the old city. The inside area is popular for its food and outside the Gate is Data Darbar.
3. Delhi Gate: This Gate was built during the Mughal era. The Delhi Gate was an only road which connects Lahore to Delhi.
4. Kashmiri Gate: The gate faces the route of Kashmir, it is called Kashmiri Gate. Inside area is Bazaar and a girl’s collage which is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture.
5. Lohari Gate: The “Lohari Gate” and “Bhati Gate.” are very close to each other it was built to keep enemies out. Outside the Gate there are lots of lohari workshops. Lohari Gate still has great architectural importance.
6. Masti Gate: Masti Gate is just behind the Lahore Fort it is also known as “Gate of Merriment”. This area is popular for wholesale shoe sellers who sell both traditional- and Western-style shoes.
7. Mochi Gate: Mochi Gate” is a historical gate built during the Mughal period. The gate was named after Moti, a guard of the gate during the Mughal era. Today, the bazaar around the Mochi gate is famous for its dry fruits, kites and fireworks.
8. Mori Gate: Mori Gate is not an official gate it is small Gate which is used to remove the waste from the city. Mori Gate is located between the Lohari Gate and Bhati Gate.
9. Roshnai Gate: The Roshnai Gate is also known as the Gate of Lights. It is located between the Lahore fort and the Badshahi Mosque. Only this Gate is in a better condition and still retains its original looks.
10. Shahalmi Gate: This Gate is named after the son of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. During the partition this gate was burnt to ashes, now only the name remains.
11. Shairanwala Gate: The Shairanwala Gate also known as the Gate of the Lions which was made by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Ranjit Singh placed two live lions in cages at the gate as symbolic gestures.
12. Taxali Gate: The Taxali gate takes its name from “Taxal” or Mint located nearby. This Gate is designed to protect the city. But with the passage of time this gate has completely misplaced.
13. Yakki Gate: The original name of Yakki Gate was ‘Zaki’ that being the name of a saint. which died fighting against the Mughals.

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The culture of Lahore is a manifestation of the lifestyle, festivals, literature, music, language, politics, cuisine and socio-economic conditions of the people. North-west of Lahore contains the heart of Lahore – its original cultural property in the form of mosques, forts, gateways, residential buildings, palaces, tombs, alleyways and open squares. These when coupled with the traditional cultural activities and social relationships, enhance the character of the Walled City with its individual buildings and bazaars. Old Lahore is the dense, tottering, bazaar-city of Kipling’s stories, and some of his titles, like The Gate of a Hundred Sorrows, could serve as name plaques every few steps. Old Lahore is anarchic, energetic, crowded, feeble, exuberant, and aromatic; however, it lost much of its grandeur when most of it was burnt down during the partition of British India.

The true “Lahori” life is visible everywhere when one walks through its narrow winding alleys. In early morning, the traditional breakfast of “Halwa and Poori” is seen being made by the corner of the street. One really enjoys the paper thin “Poori” made of flour and fried in boiling hot oil with a “Bhaaji” a dish made of grams and potatoes with pickle and onions, followed by “Halwa” a sweet made of sooji, sugar and ghee. After this rather heavy feast, Lahoris never forget to drink a glass of “Lassi” made from yogurt, sugar and water in one gulp.

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Life inside the Walled City of Lahore is lively and fascinating. The marriages are a scene to be seen. During the spring season, the festival of kite flying or Basant attracts rich and poor from all parts of Lahore to the Walled City. The life inside the Heera Mandi or the red light area being the part of the Walled City is different from the rest of the Walled City of Lahore. One can see the dancing girls standing in the jharokas of the brothels and music being played especially after late evening.

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However, today, the Androon Shehr, as a physical space, is a mass of old, beautiful, rotting buildings and dusty, twisting streets, with choked gutters, unreliable water supply and precarious housing – home to “over a quarter of a million people, the largest concentration of urban poor in the country”. The government as well as academia profess to take keen interest in “arresting the decay of the city to preserve the nation’s heritage”, but the superficiality of their claims is borne out by observing the ground reality in the Shehr itself. The prominent monuments within the Shehr, mainly the Fort, tombs and older mosques, are repeatedly made the targets of much-advertised “historical conservation” and tourism campaigns, while the inhabitants of the City themselves, their lives and grievances, are conveniently overlooked in the media and other popular discourse.

10 Facts About Pakistan that will blow your mind

10 facts about Pakistan that will blow your mind

  1. Highest mountain ranges in the world

The world’s highest mountain ranges exist in this country. They include the Himalayas and HinduKush range in which four mountains are present in the list of 14 highest peaks in the world.

  1. Largest deep sea port in the world

Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coast line of Balochistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on a collaboration with China to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.

  1. Highest Paved International road

Karakoram Highway has been constructed at a height of 15,397 ft between China and Pakistan. It is one of the popular tourist attraction in the region.

  1. Second largest salt mine in the world

Khewara Salt Mines are the world’s second largest and Pakistan’s oldest salt mines.  It was discovered by Alexander’s troops in 320 B.C. These salt mines are the largest source of salt in the world producing 350,000 tons per year. However, the salt mines reserves are estimated to be about 600 million tons.

  1. One of the largest desert in Pakistan

Thar desert is located on the border of Pakistan and India. It is the world’s ninth largest sub-tropical desert. This desert is about 10,000 years old and was once a water source for Indus Valley Civilization.

  1. Highest Polo ground in the World

Shandur Top is located in Gilgit, Pakistan and called “Roof of the World” elevated at 12,200 ft. Every year a polo match is played between Gilgit and Chitral teams. People from all around the world come to watch this match.

  1. Largest irritation system of the world

The world’s largest irrigation network are present in Pakistan. It serves 14.4 million hectares of cultivated land. The irrigation system is fed by water from the Indus River.

  1. Largest ambulance network in the world

Edhi Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit social welfare organization. This organization provides 24-hour emergency services, medical & healthcare services and shelter for orphans.

  1. First Islamic country to attain nuclear power

Pakistan became the first Islamic country to become Nuclear Power on 28th May 1998.  The country ensured its solidarity in the face of threats from its long time nemesis neighboring country.

  1. More than 50% of world footballs are made in Pakistan

Sialkot is a city famous for making sports equipment.  Hand-stitched footballs are a trademark of this city. Around 60 milion hand-stitched footballs are produced in world cup year in small firms in Sialkot, Pakistan.

7 Wonders of Pakistan

Pakistan is a country blessed with astounding natural beauty and minerals. Tourists from all over the world spread tales of the amazing allure this land possesses. As I traveled and searched this land of magic, I decided to make my very own list of the top few beauties of Pakistan and share them with you guys. Some of the places I am about to share have actually been visited by me while some are still on my to-visit list. I am excited to present the 7 wonders of Pakistan.

7. Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat, the embodiment of astonishment and wonder, is the ninth highest mountain in the world. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus River skirts before it debouches into the plains of Pakistan. The snow covered peak with clouds surrounding is an amazing sight to look at. One can have an amazing view from the Shogran resort of the peak and that was the spot where I stood and marveled at the captivating beauty of this wonder.

6. Mohen-jo Dharo

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About 563 km from Karachi off the Indus Highway lie the world-famous ruins of Moen-jo-Daro which literally means the Mound of the Dead, now being preserved with UNESCO’s help. The museum at Moen-jo-Daro is unique and a visit takes you back centuries back when the location was a civilized city and a busy river Port. Air and train services from Karachi and an air-conditioned rest house have been built there.

5. Tharparkur

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Tharparkar is one of the five major deserts of the country and is the only fertile desert in the world. The name Tharparkar is derived from two words “Thar” meaning sand ridges and “Parkar” meaning to cross over. The desert lies in Interior Sindh with Mithi as its administration headquarters and stretches till the areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India.

4. Hunza Valley

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The Hunza is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. The valley itself is a breathtaking sight The Hunza is situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi). Aliabad is the main town while Baltit is a popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains like Ultar Sar,Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir II, Hunza Peak, Passu Peak, Diran Peak and Bublimotin (Ladyfinger Peak), all 6,000 metres (19,685 ft) or higher

3. The Karakoram Highway

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The infamous karakoram highway joins the friendly neighbours China and Pakistan via road. The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the highest paved international road in the world. Connecting China’s Xinjiang region with Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan, the road is a popular tourist attraction. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

There are many other beautiful places in this amazing country and now finally, it is time to disclose the last two. So here are the top 2 in my list

2. Monal Resort

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What can be said about this place, monal is a place of mesmerizing beauty. The resort sits on top of the hills of Islamabad, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. For me, it is among those few places where a person can always find peace and tranquility. The amazing view of the city of Islamabad is literally eye-candy. That is why it sits on the number 2 spot for me.

1. K-2 (Mount Goodwin Austin) 

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And finally, K-2 secures the number 1 spot in my list of the top 7 wonders of the world. It is the second largest mountain in the world. With a peak elevation of 8,611 m (28,251 feet), K2 is the highest point and the highest point  One in every four people who have attempted the summit have died trying. It is more difficult and hazardous to reach the peak of K2 from the Chinese side; thus, it is usually climbed from the Pakistani side.

So, here are the top seven attractions in Pakistan for me. I am open to your feedback and suggestions which might alter or add to my list. Hope you guys enjoyed it 😀

 –Syed Kamil Hassan

Sectarian divide is a result of religion being used politically rather than discrimination

Sectarian divide and violence between the Sunni and Shia groups in this country has been rapidly escalating during the last years. From the brutal, cold-blooded murder of 160 15234-shiagenocideafp-1355814607-207-640x480Hazara Shias in less than two months in 2013 to the bomb blast in an Ashura procession which killed 43 people, the Shia community has been constantly targeted in Pakistan. In early August, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Zohra Yusuf, told Agence France-Presse that “People have been killed because of their political affiliations, but it seems most are killed because of their ethnic background. The majority of them are poor and destitute.”

Primarily this divide has been caused due to religion being used politically, discrimination of Shias and tit-for-tat terror attacks against Sunnis. Firstly, the gradual increase in sectarian conflict, which begun during the 1970’s and furthermore was enhanced during the Iranian Revolution resulted in the fight for more power, influence and the desire to be politically strong. Both parties struggled to employ religion as a tool of strategy even in the 633084391political sphere. Furthermore, the deprived status given to the Shias, in social, political and economic sense, in Sunni majority areas has invoked a feeling of alienation among the Shia group and has led them in pursuit of legitimacy and liberation. Their failure to cultivate a sense of national identity and the constant discrimination faced by the Shia group has further inculcated hatred and conflicts between the two religious groups. Research shows that, “2011 and 2012 have seen a chain of violent attacks at the Shia/ Hazara community. Hundreds have been dragged out of buses and gunned down.” Lastly, as the minority of Shia group faced constant letdown from the side of the government as well as from relentless attacks from the opposing Sunni groups, eventually they took up weapons to protect their people and indulge in tit-for-tat terrorized assault against activist and revolutionary Sunni groups. All in all, these reasons added up to the causes for this further nurtured sectarian divide and conflict in Pakistan.

The city of Karachi, over the years, has been witness to some of the worst sectarian violence this country has ever seen. The can be owed to funding by Arab states, existence of a large number of madrassa, presence of Taliban and the poor law and order in the city. As Zia ur Rehman writes, ‘based on last year’s figures, Karachi was the Pakistani city worst hit by sectarianism, with 36 attacks that killed 58 and injured another 58’.Such is the extreme of Shia- Sunni conflict in this region. One of the key reasons why Karachi has been a hotbed for sectarian violence might be found in the political history of this city. During the 1970’s, Karachi became a proxy battleground between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Saudi state provided unwavering support to Sunni extremist groups in the city while Iran funded Shia organizations. This war between the two countries played widened the gap between the two communities and took violence to unprecedented levels and this continues till to-date. (HumaYousaf) Another reason for this ever growing violence is the presence of large number of Madrassas in Karachi. These madrassas started emerging due to the Islamization policies of Zia-ul-Haq. At this point in time Karachi was already home to religious extremist organizations, both Sunni and Shia. These organizations received state patronage and external support enabling them to establish their madrassas. (D. SubaChandran)The graduates of these madrassas became the soldiers in the sectarian war in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately, Karachi still continues to bear the fruits of these madrassas. The existence of the Taliban in Karachi could be another reason for these increasing conflicts. After the military operation in Swat and Waziristan, Karachi became home to a million Pashtun refugees, these refugee towns became safe havens for the Taliban who have taken up arms against the political parties in the city. These Taliban also support extremist Sunni organizations and encourage attacks on Shia community.  The Taliban have managed to gain considerable control by following the lead of violent gangs in Karachi. This control is allowing them to exert their extremist ideology on the Sunni population and hence increase the divide between the two communities (Ashraf Khan) Another major reason why this chaotic situation has failed to be controlled is because of the high corruption and the law and order situation of the city. Although the political parties claim otherwise, it is believed that they do have some, if not all, part to play in this mess. And because these political parties have placed their favored candidates at the top bureaucratic positions in the public sector, they can now proceed to even break the law without it having any repercussions. Thus religious extremism carries on at its regular pace.

- Sunnis and Shias joining hands together.

– Sunni’s and Shia’s together joining hands.

#stopsectarianism#peace#unity#muslim#unitedpakistan#weareone

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/25/360077/thousands-of-shias-killed-in-pakistan/

http://tribune.com.pk/story/456283/pakistans-threat-within-the-sunni-shia-divide/

http://newsweekpakistan.com/shias-live-in-fear-as-bigotry-spreads/

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/25/360077/thousands-of-shias-killed-in-pakistan/

The Best Things in Life are Free

When I was six or seven years old, I used to be obsessed with the idea of money. It seems rather odd for a child to have such a strong fascination for something so superficial. You would expect a little girl to ask for a Barbie doll or a stuffed toy as a birthday present, but not me. I was more interested in acquiring money, just because of the transitory happiness it brought. However, as I grew older, I began to value love, happiness, and health over money and other material possessions. I began to realize the true worth of friends and family who care about you and the power of good etiquettes and a strong mind which ultimately help you succeed in life.

Today in Pakistan, wealth is synonymous with status, and money is valued more than the lives of individuals. People are murdered daily because of unpaid debts and thousands of lives are at stake because of the greed for money. We live in a world where everything revolves around money and wealth is considered a necessity. People devote their lives to pursue monetary gains in hopes of earning esteem and prestige. They’ve allowed money to shape and mold their personalities and perceptions in an entirely different way. I’ve lived in Pakistan for almost half of my life now and have grown out of that mindset, but many people here are still concerned with acquiring more and more money to achieve self-satisfaction. To be honest, the avarice for money is distorting our values. While the rich display their opulence ostentatiously, others suffer to make ends meet.

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Nowadays, people are judged by what brands they wear. However, there is a cruel reality behind all those price tags. The truth is, many times people are quick to form opinions based on what a person is wearing which denies us the opportunity to get to know a person from the inside. The fact of the matter is, the way we dress certainly does have an impact on how we are viewed and categorized in society, but it should not be the only criteria by which we’re being judged. Many people cannot afford such expensive brands yet our society has put a price on everything. Gaining money and power, be it through legal or illegal means, has become a trend and having knowledge and a respectable personality is of no use anymore. People are more concerned with what car someone drives and what their social position is rather than their preferences or mannerisms.

What many people fail to understand is that wealth is a fickle friend; here today, but gone tomorrow. Superficial traits such as wealth and status are appreciated while genuine characteristics of sincerity and sharing are ignored. The rich are respected as money is associated with power. In Pakistan, for example, the wealthy are able to get away with almost anything, from bribing police officers to getting huge loans pardoned. Moreover, the greed for money leads to all other evils. It causes jealousy and unnatural competition, even between friends and families, and creates a huge gap between the haves and have-nots. Not to mention the fact that it is the root of most crimes. Often times it causes family feuds and separations. In most cases, families start to drift apart over silly things such as property inheritances.

Many people spend a fortune on education and then waste it all with substandard results. People do not realize the true value of a good education. Ask the street boy who earns pennies selling balloons to support his family about the actual value of education. Similarly, Money cannot buy good health. Ask the millionaire who suffered from multiple diseases about his health on his death bed. Ask an orphan about the value of loving parents and siblings. Life’s greatest treasures are intangible and therefore, you cannot put a price on them. There is much more to the world than just credit cards and saving accounts.

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According to Edmond Burke, “If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free, if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”

“The Paradise on Earth”

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Neelum Valley, also known as “The Paradise on Earth,” is one of the most beautiful places of the world. It has been named after the river which flows throughout the valley like a snake and has blue color. There is a contradiction as to some locals’ say it has been named after a precious stone called Neelum. Located in the Kashmir Region it runs parallel to the Kaghan Valley. The mountains here are mostly snow covered rising to 4000 meters higher than the sea level. It consists of many small villages. The stunning sight of valley attracts the locals and foreigners giving them a glimpse of Switzerland.

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Neelum Valley is famous for numerous reasons: 43 km from Muzaffarabad, Neelam valley’s fame lies for its minerals. A LOC (line of control) helps the relatives to cross over and meet their loved ones every couple times a month. A 7th century fort by Muzaffar Khan was built to protect from the Mughal armies of Akbar.
Quality fruits like apples, apricots, plums and walnuts are to be found here. Mountain SARWALI (6326 meters), highest mountain of Azad Kashmir is to be found here too. The lush green environment with the snow covered peaks and Crystal Rivers makes the tourist fantasize it being Switzerland. Trout is abundantly available which makes it even special.
Shounter Pass, Chita Khata, Ratti Gali, Baboon, Noori Top, Sharda, Kel, Surgon and Tararr are among the few popular places and culture followed here is quite similar to that of adjoining Punjab.

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Some of the important areas of the valley include:
Kutton and Jagran:
Lying in the lower part of Neelum valley, the stream Jagran Nullah contributes an important role to reflect the beauty and richness of the area. Huts and electric generation plant has been provided so as to comfort the tourists.

Authmuqam
Being the 8th station from Muzaffarabad to upper valley it was named as Authmuqam. Its significance lies in the fact that the control line with India in Neelum starts from here. Typical Kashmir pattern such as wooden logs and double story house along with hiking tracks are to be found.

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The place held immense importance for archaeologists as it contains ruins and signs indicate that a university used to be here which was the center of knowledge for Chinese and people of East and Central Asia.
Kel
Kel is famous for having a track that leads straight to Nanga Parbat and people can also see it from here.
Dressing
Men and women both wear Shalwar kameez and Western clothes are rarely seen. As the weather is pleasant men do wear waistcoats as well and in winter the norm of sweaters jumps in. Women usually cover themselves either with a veil or dupatta.

Language
Being commonly understood Urdu is the official language however, others like Kashmiri, Hindko, Pushto and Punjabi are to be heard as well due to diverse people living together.
Handicrafts
People make good handicrafts which include Carpet, Namda, Gubba, Silk Woolen Clothing and Woolen shawls. Besides all these they are also good at Wood Carving and in making Rugs.

Local dishes
One of the most famous dish is Ghustaba, liked by a lot of Kashmiri people. Rice is considered as the must element of the dish. Tabak maaz is also eaten, preparation of which is considered as a pride.

Women of Pakistan…..Jobless or not?

Pakistan is an under developed country with a lot of socioeconomic problems. Unemployment or joblessness is one of the economic problems faced by Pakistan. According to the “World Fact Book” the unemployment rate in Pakistan is 7.7% which means that out of 190,291,129 people more than 30 lacks are unemployed excluding the in actives i.e. all those people who are either not able to or who are not willing to work.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pk.html

According to some people women in Pakistan should quit their jobs to reduce joblessness in Pakistan. However the reality is a bit different. Women are 51% of Pakistan’s population therefore according to the statistics they can contribute more to the workforce. If women quit their jobs the unemployment rates would further raise because still 10.5% of the women’s population in Pakistan is unemployed which is contributing as a large proportion to the total unemployment rates.

Moreover compared to men’s unemployment rates 7%, women’s unemployment rates are already higher thus if women would further give up their jobs the joblessness in Pakistan would further increase causing the situations to be worsened.
The assumption that “women should quit jobs to reduce unemployment” exists in Pakistan due to many factors including the stereotyping of women as being “GOOD HOUSE WIVES”. It is true that women are good housewives but that does not means that they cannot be good working women. There are many examples of successful working women of Pakistan who are not just working outside their homes but are also handling their household tasks actively.

These examples include Nadia Khan who is a renowned TV anchor, actress and producer. She used to do her morning show “The Nadia Khan Show” on Geo TV a famous Pakistani channel due to which she won a Masala award for the best host of 2008 and 2009. Furthermore she had also won a best actress award for a hit PTV drama “Bandhan” in 1998 and was also dubbed the “Oprah Winfrey” of Pakistan by a famous news paper in 2007. Aside from her social life Nadia Khan is a mother of two children and is taking care of them.

Nadia Khan with her children

Nadia Khan with her children

Other than Nadia Khan, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a good example of successful Pakistani working women. Sharmeen is a documentary filmmaker and a journalist. She won an Academy award for her documentary “Saving Face” in 2012, she also won an Emmy and Oscar award for her documentary “Pakistan: children of Taliban” in 2010 and is the first non-American to win the Livingston award for young journalists. Moreover she has also been lauded as Pakistan’s first female Oscar winner by the press and the government due to which she is also awarded Hilal-e-Imtaiz for bringing honor to Pakistan as a filmmaker by the president of Pakistan.

Sharmeen Obaid with her Award

Sharmeen Obaid with her Award

Besides these two there are many more examples of successful Pakistani women which may includes Shaista Wahidi, Nida Yasir, Jugan, Sanam Baloch, Maira Khan, Samina Pirzada, and etc. These were some of the examples from the television industry but working women are not just limited to Television industry but are also achieving in other fields as well. For instance women are also popular politicians like Benazir Bhutto who was the chair person of her party “Pakistan People’s Party” and was the president of Pakistan. Other than her Sharmeela Farooqi, Fauzia Wahab, Firdaus Ishaq Awan and etc are all examples of famous politicians.

Furthermore women of Pakistan are also attaining as good doctors, engineers, army officials and teachers and in every field possible therefore when they are achieving this much and are also contributing in the prestige of their country. They should not quit jobs and continue them to improve the reputation of Pakistan.

Pakistan Women Cricket team with their gold medals

Pakistan Women Cricket team with their gold medals

Other reason which may contribute to the thinking that women should quit jobs is the misinterpretation of Islamic approach. According to many people Islam prohibits women for doing jobs but in reality the case is different. It is true that Islam conditions women in doing jobs but it does not prohibit women at all. Islam regards women’s role in society as a mother and a wife as her most sacred and essential one. However, there is no decree in Islam that forbids women from seeking employment whenever there is a necessity for it, especially in positions which fit her nature best and in which society needs her most. Examples of working women like Hazrat Khatija who was the first wife of Holly Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrat Aisha who was the youngest wife of the Holly Prophet (PBUH) shows that women can work and they should not quit jobs for the sake of Islam.

Moreover working women in Pakistan are also subjected to a number of pointers; they are often accused for being bold, overwhelming and overcoming men in most spheres of life.

However the reality is very different. Most of the working women are polite and humble as these are the attributes they have to adopt in order to become successful working women.

Likewise there are certain jobs which can only be performed by women for e.g. midwives, gynecologists, nurses and etc. for these jobs it is important for women to work not only for themselves but also to provide services for other women.
The thinking that “women should give up jobs to reduce joblessness in Pakistan” acts as a myth now a days as women are gaining more and more because of which the thinking of people are changing. They are becoming more liberal in favor of women as according to a saying:

“Women with beauty and Brains can rule the world”

Hence women should not quit their jobs to increase employment because if women would not be working, they would not be able to contribute in the country’s Gross Domestic Product which will result in lower incomes and lower living standards further lowering the aggregate demand causing unemployment to rise instead of falling.

The condition of Pakistan Women police:

http://www.ntd.tv/en/news/world/middle-east-/-africa/20131022/83020-recruiting-female-police-in-northern-pakistan.html

Initiatives by Pakistan and other countries to reduce work Discrimination:

http://www.un.org.pk/?p=403

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Maryam Amer                                                     Lahore School of Economics                                      A Proud women from Pakistan

The Pretty Side Of Pakistan

This blog is all about the beauty Pakistan has. I have personally traveled almost everywhere on the Pakistan map except K2 – the largest peak in Pakistan and the 3rd highest in the world. I plan to go there soon insh Allah. So the first time ever i went to a trip to northern Pakistan was 2009. A group of friends who rented a Toyota 25 seater, left from Lahore at 12 midnight!

We first traveled to abbotabad and then took the karakoram highway which is one of the most highest and dangerous highways in the world! Our first stop was besham and then we moved on to chillas! this is a picture of the KKH (Karakoram Highway) i took myself at sunrise!

kkh

kkh

So after reaching at chillas we moved to Nanga Parbat base camp which is a mesmerizing place. when we got there, instantly i felt at peace. what a view it was. This is a picture i took myself of nanga parbat

mountain and glacier

mountain and glacier

After seeing this beautiful mountain and glacier we moved higher towards hunza valley which is almost 30 hours drive from Lahore! Let me tell you a fact about hunza which you would be surprised to hear is that hunza has a literacy rate of 99 percent! we stayed at the eagles nest hotel which is at the top of the valley, here is a picture of my view!

hunza valley

hunza valley

The last place i stopped was in the deosai plains which is towards Afghanistan. We drove by a whole range of mountains to find a beautiful lake which is one of the highest lakes in the world. It’s name is Shoeser lake and its my favourite place personally 🙂 Here’s a picture of the beauty!

shoeser lake

shoeser lake

I bet you didn’t know that these places existed in Pakistan, well now you do and you must travel across northern Pakistan at least once in your life. And for all those who think i’m lying about going to these places here is my picture at the lake! Cheers!

shoeser lake

shoeser lake