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Snooker and Me

Snooker one of the most addictive game in the world. It is a game which cannot be played without some real talent. A game which stops you from eating and spending your time in just playing. Once a person starts playing this game he/she does not realize the importance of time and how the time passes.


Snooker is one the best invented games of all times. It is a game with a lot of calculations and thinking. It is also called one of the best mind games. It is a complete mental exercise and of the best of the best way to spend your vacant time.


I was at the age 15 when first I played this game. Before this I used to watch this game on TV or just play it on facebook. This game was like in my blood but I realized it after playing my first game. Apart from watching it on TV or playing it on internet I had no experience but when I played my first game it was like I am playing it since how many year. Normally people do not know even to carry a cue or how to hit a ball. Since then I realized this is the game I am really capable of. Since then hardly any days passed when I did not played this game.


In the past there was very less scope of this game in Pakistan but in recent years there has been a great increase of players in this game. Recently Muhammad Asif won the international snooker championship making Pakistan proud. One of the best international player and most inspirational player for me is Ronnie o Sullivan. He is regarded as one of the world’s best player and has won many championships.


When I was small I used to spend my whole pocket money in playing this game as it was a very expensive game to play. Winning and losing was part of game and every game you play increases your experience. This game is like a born talent in me and I realized this thing after playing this game. I have played many tournaments as well which includes inter university and inter school competitions.

I regard this as one of the best games I have ever played and can hardly think of leaving this. Even if my pockets are empty I play this game and try not to lose.

By: Zuhaab Farooq

Table Tennis in Pakistan

Table tennis is one of those many sports that have been neglected in Pakistan even though highly talented players are present in the field.table tennis is a popular sport that is enjoyed world. Table tennis is played between two players (singles) and four players (doubles). Players stand on either side of a green rectangular table and hit a special lightweight ball back and forth using small rackets or paddles. wide. The smash, with the ball capable of reaching a speed of 120km/h, is one of the most spectacular shots, but equally important is the ability to spin and to defend. Attacking shots include the loop drive and the flip. Defensive shots include the slice, lob, block and chop.

Play is fast and table tennis demands quick reaction times and speed. A skilled player can use spin to make the ball’s bounce difficult to predict or return with confidence. Spin combined with speed makes table tennis an exciting sport to watch and to play. A game begins when one player serves the ball to the other, ensuring that the ball hits the table on both the server and the receiver’s side. If the ball hits the net and falls back into the server’s side, then the receiver wins the point. If it hits the net and rolls into the receiver’s side, then a “let” is played.If the service is “good,” then the opponent must return the ball before it bounces a second time. Serves alternate every two points until a player wins with a two-point lead.Should each player reach 10 points, a “deuce” game, with players alternating serve comes into effect until one player builds up a two-point lead.In doubles, service alternates every two points between sides, but also rotates between players on the same team so that no team has an unfair advantage.

After each game, players switch sides of the table and in the deciding “match” game, players switch sides when the first player scores five points, regardless of whose turn it is to serve. In competition play, matches are typically best of five or seven games.


By: Momin Ali

Boxing and its increasing trend in Pakistan

In sweet science, boxing refers to fighting for “prize”. A boxing match typically consists of a determined number of three-minute rounds, a total of up to 12 rounds. A minute is typically spent between each round with the fighters in their assigned corners receiving advice and attention from their coach and staff. The fight is controlled by a referee who works within the ring to judge and control the conduct of the fighters, rule on their ability to fight safely, count knocked-down fighters, and rule on fouls. Up to three judges are typically present at ringside to score the bout and assign points to the boxers, based on punches that connect, defence, knockdowns, and other, more subjective, measures. Because of the open-ended style of boxing judging, many fights have controversial results, in which one or both fighters believe they have been “robbed” or unfairly denied a victory. Each fighter has an assigned corner of the ring, where his or her coach, as well as one or more “seconds” may administer to the fighter at the beginning of the fight and between rounds. Each boxer enters into the ring from their assigned corners at the beginning of each round and must cease fighting and return to their corner at the signalled end of each round.

It is a martial art and combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, reflexes and endurance by throwing punches with gloved hands. Records of the classical boxing have disappeared after the fall of Western Roman Empire when the wearing of weapons became common.

In contrast to modern boxing, early fighting had no rules. There were no weight division or round limits and no referee. Basically, very chaotic. Under these rules if a man went down and could not continue after a count of 30 seconds, the fight was over. Hitting a downed fighter and grasping below the waist was, however prohibited.

Facts state that the first newspaper on boxing was published in the early 1700’s by a wrestler named Thomas Parkyns who was a physics student of Sir Isaac Newton. It was a manual that entailed a system of head butting; punching eye gonging chokes and hand throws not common in modern boxing.

On the flip side of the coin “modern boxing stance differs from the above mentioned typical one. It has a more upright-vertical-armed guard as opposed to the more horizontal, knuckles-facing-forward guard adopted by the early 20th century hook users such as Jack Johnson.

Boxers practice their skills on two basic types of punching bags. A small, tear-drop-shaped “speed bag” is used to hone reflexes and repetitive punching skills, while a large cylindrical “heavy bag” filled with sand, a synthetic substitute, or water is used to practice power punching and body blows. In addition to these distinctive pieces of equipment, boxers also utilize sport-nonspecific training equipment to build strength, speed, agility, and stamina. Common training equipment includes free weights, rowing machines, jumping rope, and medicine balls.

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This stance followed in all the countries including underdeveloped countries like Pakistan. In this stance the boxer stands with the legs, shoulder width apart and the rear foot a half step in front of the lead man. In this situation both the feet are parallel and the right heel is off the ground.

The leads fist is held vertically about six inches in front of the face at eye level. Modern Boxers often sometimes can be seen tapping their cheeks or foreheads with their fist to remind themselves to keep their hands up.

Pakistan owns a “Pakistan Boxing Federation” which has successfully managed to promote amateur wrestlers and boxers to take part in the amateur boxing championship 2011. It hopes to send these children/teenagers and to train them for the 2013 also.

PBF is the governing body of amateur boxing in Pakistan. It is an instrumental in Organising boxing matches in Pakistan.

Pakistan has seen success at amateur level boxing despite  the lack of necessary equipment and facilities, by winning medals at Olympics and common wealth games, for example Muhammad Ali who won Gold medal at the 2002 commonwealth games. Ali has, however, transcended the sporting world and has become an international presence, more recognizable than most presidents and historical figures.


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Sergio Augero

Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero del Castillo  born 2 June 1988 is an Argentine footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team. On 5 July 2003, he became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine Primera División at 15 years and 35 days, breaking the record previously established by Diego Maradona in 1976. He plays with the shirt name Kun Agüero.

In 1991, when Sergio was three years old, his family moved to a small, simple house just outside of Los Eucaliptus, a shantytown bordering the districts of Quilmes and Bernal. It was in these fields that Sergio started to display signs of his talent with the ball – as years went by, they would manifest more clearly. Under Leonels watchful eye and Adriana´s strict stance on rewards and punishments, Sergio joined his first youth teams in different sports clubs of southern Buenos Aires – going down the same path that his father had treaded when he was a younger, in Tucuman.  He was part of that enormous seedbed of talent that urban Buenos Aires becomes every weekend, with thousands of children aiming to win the highly-contested annual tournaments. Kun knew to make a name of himself as a skilful and decisive striker in these competitions, garnering attention from scouts that saw a great future in the First Division ahead of him.

Sergio entered the youth system of Independiente of Avellaneda, then under the leadership of two long-standing members of that football club – “Mencho” Balbuena and Nestor Rambert. Each weekend, Kun enjoyed playing a new match with his team.    During his years in Independiente´s junior divisions, Sergio took part of many tourneys in his category countrywide – some organized by the Association of Football of Argentina -, and Kun never failed to impress. In 2001, Independientes junior team managed to secure the competition with a victory over River Plate´s squad, in a match played at Atlanta´s stadium. Little did Kun know that the year after he would be the youngest player to debut in the national senior First Division, being 15 years and 35 days old ? at a younger age than other Argentinean exponents as Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez, Javier Saviola or Pablo Aimar, or world-renowned players such as Pele or Ronaldo. By then, the Agüero-Castillos had negotiated a contract for multinational agency IMG to represent their son.

In 2005, a year and a half later, Sergio had become a regular in Independiente´s main squad. His outstanding performance earned him a place in the Argentina national U-20 team, despite being 3 years below the cap, and then proceeded to win the U-20 World Cup hosted by the Netherlands. The final match against Nigeria was decided by a penalty awarded to Sergio and scored by Lionel Messi. Kun dedicated that victory to his friend Emiliano Molina, who had played with him throughout all his term in Independiente´s youth system and tragically passed away in a car accident during the World Cup. Shortly after returning to Argentina, he also chose to dedicate to his friends memory a superb victory in the local derby against Racing de Avellaneda, where Kun scored a goal that will remain in the annals of Argentinean football. Kun, just 17 years old but already the idol of the crowds, had to part from his beloved team in 2006 when he was transferred to Atlético Madrid for 23 million euros – a record-breaking figure for the country. He had played in Independiente for 54 local matches and 2 international events, having scored 23 goals (see Fact Sheet and Statistics). The club used the money they received from the transfer to remodel the Libertadores de America stadium, finally reopened in 2009.

After one season getting used to his new environment, Sergio Agüero managed to win the hearts of the colchoneros with his majestic performance, becoming a fan favourite. The stadium echoed with the war cry “Kun, Kun!” – showing the crowds recognised his flair and determination on the field. Sergio´s appearance on the FIFA U-20 World Cup of 2007 held in Canada was a key factor – he led the national team into winning another trophy, picking up the mantle left by Leonel Messi to be selected as best player and become the top goalscorer of the competition (see Honours). It was after this event that his performance in the Spanish team started to improve considerably. Then, in 2008, he was part of the Olympic team that took gold in the games hosted in Beijing. In May of 2010, Atlético Madrid took first place of the Europa League – the team´s first continental title in 48 years. A few months later, Kun joined the Argentina national team that played in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, debuting on the match against South Korea during the qualifying round. Back in Europe, he assisted Atlético Madrid in winning the UEFA Super Cup against Internazionale by scoring the second of the two goals that secured the match. During the Spanish football season of 2010-2011, Sergio scored 27 goals – reaching a total of 101 in his five seasons along with team. In July of 2011, he signed the transfer to Manchester City, for a record fee for the English team.

In July 27th of 2011, Sergio signed for Manchester City, and was set for his debut match with the Citizens on August 15th of that year, issued with the number 16 shirt. It was the first round of the Premier League, in a match against Swansea  the first and only Welsh team in the competition. Agüero came on as a substitute for De Jong in the 59th minute, and in just 10 minutes he had already proven his skill with a goal, an assist and  plays. During injury time, he scored a goal with a right-foot 30 yard strike, the fourth goal for the team. After this debut, Sergio stated that “this could be the beginning of something great”. And it was. On May 13th of 2012, Kun eked out the goal during injury time that allowed Man City to defeat QPR 3-2 and claim the title of the Premier League once more after 44 years.Image

Retro flyer Team


Retro Flyers is one of the emerging cricket teams of Lahore School Premier League. it was established in 2009 by Asif Malik, the first captain of Retro Flyers Team followed by Atique and currently lead by Asim Zia Khan. This cricket team has already won a premier league in 2010 and has played semi final in 2011.Retro Flyers has faced alot of ups and downs along it journey to this date. Unfortunately, due to some controversies, this team was almost dissolved. Under the captaincy of Sameh in year 2012, the team was not able to win a single match, however, Asim Zia was the leading run scorer in those matches. Sadly, everyone left this team.

As the time passed, Sameh left the team an d the captaincy was handed over to Asim Zia Khan. It took him 3 months to build up a new Retro Team, with the support of his few friends such as Waleed Khan, Usman Masood and Momin Ali. The first league played under the leadership of Asim Zia Khan proved to be a really good one. Although, after winning some matches the team was not able to reach the semi-finals. however, the teams performance was commendable and once again Asim Zia Khan was the high scorer. Due to this amazing performance many new players signed up for Retro Cricket Team. Three most good players included Imad and Ahmed Mela and Qasim Idrees.

In the latest league Retro Flyers Team performed outrageously well. It was able to defeat all the teams except Avengers, reaching semi-finals. Most important match of Retro’s was with Underdogs (winner of last Premier League) and in the history, for once the cricket ground was full of Retro supporters.

All of the Retro team members are very devoted and perform extremely well on the ground like Shehryar, Junaid, Ibrahim, Daniyal and others. Unity among the Retro Players is highly visible and once united all of the players are encouraged to play more than there capacities.

Presently, Retro Flyers Team has reached the semi-finals and we pray for their win. Ameen.


Asim zia

UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League


The UEFA champions league, known simply as champions league is an annual continental club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the top football clubs in Europe. It commenced in 1955 and is now regarded as the most prestigious football club competition in the world. The teams that end up in top four of the strongest domestic leagues in Europe participate in Champions league. It is broadcasted in seventy countries, in more than forty languages. 2009 Champions League final (Manchester United vs. Barcelona) was the most viewed sporting event in the world.

It was initially known as “European Champions Club Cup” and was simply known as “European Cup”. It was a straight knock out competition, until 1990s. During the 1990s, the competition expanded and started to incorporate more teams and more rounds. It then added a preliminary round in which each and every team is supposed to play a specific number of matches and qualify for the knock out stage. Its name was changed to “UEFA Champions League” in 1992.


Some of the best teams of Europe, comprising of world class players compete in champions league year in, year out and almost every team tries its level best to win each and every tie of the competition. In this competition, every team is of the same level and display scintillating piece of football. However, Spanish clubs have been the most successful in this competition with Real Madrid sweeping the board, winning the competition nine times.


Champions league is the only football league that has an anthem whereas other football leagues just have some unique music played at the start and end of its television broadcast. Champions league anthem chorus comprises of three official languages used by UEFA viz. English, German and French. It is played not only before and after the television broadcast of the matches but also before each game inside the stadium and at the same time Champions League logo is also shown in the centre of the pitch before each game (as shown on the right).


Adding more to some interesting facts, Raul has been the most successful striker in the history of this competition, scoring 71 goals. This is the most number of goals scored by any striker since the competition revamped in 1992-93 season. Moreover, there are some managers who have also made history. Bob Paisley is the only coach in history who has won the Champions League thrice. He did this whilst coaching Liverpool. Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti have won this competition twice with Manchester United and AC Milan respectively. Jose Mourinho (shown on the right) has also won this league two times. But what’s unique about Jose Mourinho is that he has won it with two different clubs, Porto and Inter Milan, having finished second in the group stage on both occasions. He is expected to be the first one in the history to win it with three different clubs, should he lead Real Madrid to a tenth victory, where he is coaching this season.

Road To Final

UEFA Champions League consists of three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and four knock-out rounds. In each round, clubs play two matches against each other on home and away basis. These are known as first and second leg. The qualification criterion is that the club that scores greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round. In case of a draw, away goals are considered, that is, the team that scores greater number of goals on its opponent’s home ground advances to the next round. In case of same number of away goals by both teams, penalties are considered to decide the winner of the two match tie.




The final is decided by a single match which is played in the latter part of May. This year it will be played on Saturday 25th May, 2013 in Wembley Stadium.

Teams that take part in Champions League are rewarded with cash prizes. The prize money is divided as follows:Image

  • Playoffs: €2,100,000
  • Base fee for group stage: €8,600,000
  • Group match victory: €1,000,000
  • Group match draw: €500,000
  • Round of 16: €3,500,000
  • Quarter-finals: €3,900,000
  • Semi-finals: €4,900,000
  • Runners-up: €6,500,000
  • Winning the Final: €10,500,000


The main sponsor of the tournament is Heineken. Adidas is a secondary sponsor and provides official match balls and referee uniform. Konami‘s Pro Evolution Soccer is also a secondary sponsor as the official Champions League video game.

World Cup vs. Champions League

Is Champions League really the best football competition in world? This question is still unanswered as there are mixed views and opinions of football pundits and managers and experts. Two of the greatest managers, Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson, have opposite views about it. The latter believes that it is second to World Cup. On the contrary, the former believes that it is the best football competition of world. He once said:

“This game is the most important in the world. It is even bigger than the World Cup because the teams in it are at a higher level than national teams, who can’t buy the best players.”

I personally believe that Champions League is indeed the best football competition in the world as in this competition the results are not predictable whereas in World Cup it is certain about some teams that they would be eliminated in the early stages of the tournament. So, Champions League maintains suspense and drama and gives its viewers some shocking results, making them expect the unexpected. Results like Porto eliminating hot favorites Barcelona and going on to win the league in 2004 and Chelsea winning it previous year when both the teams were considered to be one of the weakest teams of the tournament are the examples of shocking results being viewed in Champions League. This clearly depicts that this competition brings the best out of all of the teams participating in the competition; hence, in my opinion, it is the best football competition in the world.

BOOM BOOM: The Hero Of Cricket

Shahid afridi was born on 1 march 1980. He started his cricketing career in 1996 and till date he has played more than 436 matches which includes 27 test matches, 59 Twenty 20 internationals and 350 ODI’s. Afridi is known for his fierce batting style because of which he has broken many records as well as made many new ones as well. Afridi holds the record for the fastest century, scoring 32 runs in just an over, hitting most number of sixes in the history of cricket and the list goes on. He has now become a national hero by his innings performances.


Afridi is know all over the world by Boom Boom Afridi which his fans call him when he enters the ground. He has also managed to make records by his bowling. Afridi, initially started off as a fast bowler but later mastered in leg spin in. He has taken more than 300 wickets in his career. He is recently been thrashed for his consistent and performances and the reason for him being not picked for the starting 11. His bowling performances have kept him in the team and aswell as his very strong fan base. He is popular amongst the masses as he is an entertainer on and off the field.


Play time


Most of my day consists of rushing, assignments, and going to class. With all that, all my time is frequently taken up. It is very hard to find time for myself. It can get very hectic with homework, the weather and the lectures.


 Different individuals have different hobbies. Some people are on the hobby of collecting stamps or philately. Some have attraction for writing books and editing in newspapers. Without any hobby of our own, our life would have been void of charm and joy.


When I do get the opportunity to have some extra time, I have another activity I enjoy doing. I engage myself in the hobby of basketball.



I think by this way I make the proper use of time.   Since I was a little girl, I started to play basketball in the school team and also with my friends in the neighborhood. My mother told me that I liked kicking the ball around and had so much fun with it when I was only about three years old. Since then, playing basketball is my favorite sport and it is my hobby whenever I have free time.
Playing basketball also helps me to relax and be confident when I have stress and frustration.   For example, after doing my homework or when I come home from my university, I play a little bit with my friends to get

relief of the tension and worries I face the whole day.

Whenever I play basketball, I feel healthy and stronger.  I not only like playing basketball, but I also enjoy watching basketball on television. Also, during weekends, I would call up my friends to play basketball with me. After the intense games, we would go to the teashop nearby to relax and grab some cold drinks to cool us down from the games we had. It not only gives me a peace of mind but also help me enjoying with my friends too.
For me, basketball is a part of my life and it means a lot to me.


Most of the people confine hobbies related to sports and exciting activity to men. I fail to agree. Adventure is something that every human seeks because it gives them a sense of thrill and achievement.

Many of us let go of our interests and hobbies to assemble the daily demands of life, don’t do that. Life is about being happy, about being able to enjoy what you do, and trust me, there are many things that people enjoy doing.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Behind The Name

Cristiano Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985, in Madeira, Portugal. He signed for Manchester United in 2003 for a fee of £12 million, which at the time was a record fee for a player of his age. In 2009, he signed for Real Madrid for a record fee of £80 million. Ronaldo is considered one of the best players of all time.

Ronaldo grew up in small tin roofed shack that overlooked the ocean. His early life was shaped by hardship; his father who worked as a gardener, often drank too much, which eventually lead to his death from kidney problems in 2005. To help keep the children fed, and maintain some financial stability, Ronaldo’s mother worked as a cook and cleaning person.

Ronaldo was first introduced to the game of football through his dad’s work at a boy’s football club. By the time he was 10 years old, he was already recognized as a phenomenon—a kid who ate, slept and drank the game. By 2001 he was playing for one of the top clubs in his native Portugal and same year he put in a mesmerizing performance against Manchester United, wowing even his opponents with his footwork and deft skill. He made such an impression that a number of United players asked their manager to try and sign him. It wasn’t long before Manchester United paid Ronaldo’s team more than £12 million for his services.

He did not disappoint at Manchester United and in 2008 he put together one of the club’s finest seasons in history, scoring 42 goals, on his way to becoming FIFA World Player of the Year.


After such stunning performances he signed for Real Madrid after months of speculation.

In addition to his FIFA World Player of the year award, Ronaldo has also won the coveted Ballon d’OR, the Golden Boot, and been named the UEFA Club Forward of the Year, among other honors during the course of his career.

He is constantly compared with Lionel Messi of Barcelona, and every year each player tries to overdo each other. Their club rivalries have also given spark to Ronaldo vs. messi. Ronaldo has scored in 6 consecutive el clasicos, whereas messi, hasn’t been as consistent in his performances. Ronaldo at his young age was a very rash player and wasn’t concentrating on his career, but during his time at old Trafford and under the manger ship of Alex Ferguson, he completely transformed into a professional football player.  Image

Ronaldo played against his former club, Manchester United in the round of 16 of the Uefa Champions league. He scored against United in both the legs, and received a standing ovation from the United fans, on his return to old Trafford, fans were holding posters reading “Welcome back, No7”. He showed respect and love for the club, when after scoring goals, he didn’t celebrate. He has too much love for Manchester United, the players, the staff, and the manager.Image

Ronaldo is an inspiration for many football fans, across the globe. Many young players even look up to him as an idol. Many of the football fans copy his playing style, and try to imitate his style in their football. The unique free kick style is also imitated by many footballing fans.Image

I actually started watching football, after watching, Ronaldo play, his style, his attitude and his skills, were things that really inspired me into watching football. And because of him, I started supporting Manchester United. I also started watching the Spanish league because of him. He is a true inspiration, to every football player across the globe.



“A unique Off-roading Experience”

In modern years, a number of people have purchased four-wheel- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. Among these people, the greater part has by no means modified the factory design of their jeeps or sport utility vehicle (SUV) and never tackle a driving challenge more severe than driving them on the carpeted roads among all the other cars. But a few feel the inexorable pull of nature and the road less traveled. These intrepid explorers spend countless hours and a little extra money to modify their SUV s into off-road vehicles capable of chewing up dirt roads, crawling over rocks and climbing near-vertical hills.


Our squad has joined hands in bringing together the passionate offroaders who at past were not given opportunity. We teach, we guide and we let everybody who owns an SUV in. Its totally free of cost and students at LSE are more then welcome to come and join us. We offroad at university timings and even after that depending upon the weather conditions and locations for the initial stage is in the nearby places of LSE.



If you’re hearing the call of the wild and feeling the need to explore nature, then you might be ready to become an off-roader. But before youhead for the hills, take some time to understand what off-roading is all about and what it takes to renovate a factory vehicle into an off-road vehicle.

Going unprepared into the wilderness can have severe consequences. You can get stranded. You can get lost. And, even accidents can happen through vehical roll-overs during off-roading. Hence, wellbeing precautions and off-roading without know-how can be fatal.
So, acquire it slow and easy. Understand how the various systems of your vehicle work. Then comprehend how to modify those systems to ensure that your vehicle functions effectively and safely in off-road situations.



Giving a brief review about off-roading trend in Pakistan, Let’s start from the common off-roading machines used in Pakistan which include

Land Rover Defender, Jeep M 151 Mutt, Landcruiser 70 Series, Jeep CJ, Mercedes G-class & Unimog

Next, the most initial step of modifying your vehicle is the off-road tires, which increase your vehicle’s clearance and give it traction in dirt, mud, snow and sand.



Thirdly, the handling and management of the Hub Lock & Differential locks depending upon the nature of the track. Understanding the function of H4-HI and H4-LO is the most important understanding one must have. All this off-roading learning process is mostly practical based and is learnt through experience while you off-road in extreme conditions.


Understand , Explore & Experience off-roading adventure with us:

By: Salal Rizwan (11U0660)