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Hunting/Shooting in my Blood

“Hunting my passion”

Hunting is like anything to me in my life. I have seen this practice being followed by my father and grandfather. When I was young I used to go with my father and grandfather on hunting. They used to have rifles in their hands and making me walk over a large fields searching for birds and animals. They were actually interested in hunting them down only nor interested in making them stuffed or eating them. All guns you can see in the picture belong to my father and are used on different occasions.

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Hunting is like passion to many people like it is to me. I got addicted to hunting when I was studying in school and when I was at the age of 12. I was class six when I shot first fire from my gun. I shot it from my father’s pistol named smith and Wesson which was a 9mm pistol. I actually did not fired while hunting actually I fired when I was at a wedding. I was with my friends and they forced me to fire a shot and shot a fire up in the sky. The feeling that I got after firing the shot was unexplainable. Hunting then came into my blood and after that incident I also used to carry a rifle along with my firing while we used to go on hunting.

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These are two guns the most I have used while hunting. Both of them belong to my father as I have no gun registered on my name. I can use all my father’s guns but I cannot call any gun to be my personal gun. I was very weak in taking aim when I was young because I cant carry the gun properly due to its heavy weight. With the passage of time I learned different things and now hardly I miss any shot. Hunting is something that runs in my blood and once a month we confirm go on our agricultural land in order to hunt. If we want to hunt animals than we go into deep forests.

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Actually hunting is practiced all over Pakistan. People come here from different parts of the globe and there is a wide range of species in Pakistan. A lot of money is spent on this. Hunting is actually quite expensive as ammunition is very expensive along with arms. For actually need to have some real guts and I take hunting as my passion.

By: Zuhaab Farooq

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Film Industry of Pakistan

One of the biggest reasons for the failure of the film industry would be the losses investors had to face. People have lost the desire to invest in Pakistani films as it seems like a dead field now.

The competition Indian movies give our movies is impossible to meet. They have a way bigger set up than ours and the quality of technical assistance is unmatchable so end of the day the quality of there is film is way better and when both the movies are available at the same price people prefer watching Indian movies and that is a big burden for the cinema that is trying to establish a market.

The quality of cinemas available is very poor. It is impossible for the families to go to those cinemas because the atmosphere that exists there is not suitable for a family set up.

In Pakistan there is a huge lack of fresh talent. In our movies the actor who are working are not suitable for the roles they are playing. They are too old for playing the main lead but since we don’t have new people to replace then and there is a huge lobby which resisting the change.

Pakistani films have a very bad impression on the families because of the vulgar dances and the obscene dialogues. Families don’t find them suitable for the families to watch them together.

In Pakistani film industries most of the people in all the fields are uneducated. All the technicians are not educated enough to deal with all the advancement in the field. Even the most of the directors are illiterate and that reflects in the type of work they are producing.

In such a place where the industry is still striving to establish itself the government should play a part in facilitating the process. Government should provide incentives for the film makers as well as the distributors.

I think this is a big challenge that we the industry is facing right now and to deal with the challenges we will need to get united, government and the industry. We have to work hand in hand if we want to thrive like we once did in the past

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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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Drama, my passion.

ImageStage for me is like a sacred place. I have loved drama and acting for as long as I can remember. It’s not just acting, its every tiny detail that comes with drama, from direction to production to music to costume. The bright lights, the vibrant costumes, new stories and new characters, I always found all this exciting even when I was a little boy. Drama helps me to discover my soul and it gives me a peace of mind, through drama I can let out all my emotions and thus free my heart and mind. The mere feeling that I’m a part of something so enthusiastic and energetic is great. My earliest memory related to drama is when I was 12 years old and was chosen to play the lead role in my class’s annual play. It was then that I first felt the thrill of the stage, the feeling was so amazing that I decided, then and there, that this was something I wanted to do all my life.

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After that I took part in almost all the dramas and plays organized by my school and won several awards. With time everything about the art of drama began to consume me. I was not just a good actor but also excelled at production, direction and music. I was elected as Dramatics President of high school from 2009 to 2011. During this time I directed several plays including the school’s annual play. I also took part in different events on national as well as inter school level. Some of these events are Lums Dramafest, Olympiad, Colors and Humours, Grammmathon. For my performance in these events I achieved different awards like best production, best music, best direction, and best play. I am determined to take drama with me wherever I go and explore my capabilities in drama and theatre. To achieve the best out of my love for drama is my pursuit of excelling.

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Increasing trend of Cinema in Pakistan.

Increasing trend of Cinema in Pakistan.

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An interview with Mian Zahid, Owner of Cinestar Lahore.

Pakistan’s film industry was reborn after independence. Even with limited budget and facilities the industry managed to strive and produce some remarkable movies. Pakistan’s cinema was at its peak during Ayub Khan’s regime when color film were introduced and a lot of Pakistan film industry’s legends were introduced in that time. During the mid-80sPunjabi films took over Pakistani Cinema where Jutts and Gujjars with a ‘Gandasa’ in their hands became the heroes in every movie. As there was a strong policy of censorship specially for any display of affection onscreen, the directors and script writers shifted to more violent movies. This meant that the families now couldn’t go and watch the movies as they, because the culture they referred to in these films did not even come close to the true culture of Pakistan. Thus began the decline of cinema. In 1990 there were 750 cinema theatres in Pakistan and this number decreased to 175 by 2002. The cinemas left were in a really bad condition and showed movies which could never be watched by families.

In 2001 the Cinema Industry started to change again when cinemas like Anmol(opened in 1985) were taken over by Cinestar. In these new cinemas Hollywood and Bollywood movies were shown and it brought the people back to cinemas. In order to get a professional’s opinion about the decline and then a sudden trend of cinema in Pakistan, we interviewed Mr. Mian Zahid, who is the owner of Cinestar.

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Q: Could you tell us about the history of Cinestar?

Mian Zahid: Cinestar took over the cinema Anmol, Township, Lahore in 2001. People had stopped going to the cinemas and ridiculed the idea of us investing in a cinema. But we didn’t lose hope. As you know that for a city as populated as Lahore, there is no healthy source of entertainment. So investing in a cinema was a huge risk but we took it anyways. But it was quite a big success. Our café’s profit alone, was more than 65 lakhs last year. This must give you a clear idea as to how good our cinema is doing.

Q: What sort of movies earn the most profit?

Mian Zahid:  Well different types of movies attract different age groups. For example when a Bollywood emotional drama is showing that attracts a lot of women who want to see Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. English fantasies attract youngsters and animated and cartoon movies attract kids. As far as I think the movies which prove to be the most profitable are those which have famous Bollywood actors in them.

Q: Why do you think Pakistan’s Cinema has seen a decline over the years?

Malik Zahid:Currently we have 18 cinemas in Lahore but only 4 with good quality. The first reason is that Pakistan’s own film industry is so bad now that people don’t see a point in going to the cinemas to watch foreign movies. Another reason is that the educated people do not like watching mvies like Mola Jutt as those movies do not represent their own culture. They want to watch movies they can relate to but get disappointed by the movies produced in Pakistan. The entertainment taxes are really high so that is another reasin because people do not invest in this sector.

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Q: How do think the film industry of Pakistan can be improved?

Malik Zahid: Well, the first reason is that we do not have many educated and professional people in this field. All the directors and actors and crew, they lack knowledge of what they’re doing and what they’re supposed to do. So we need more professional and knowledgeable people in our film industry. Another way to improve this industry is to get more investment. We need more people to invest and bring in more money to make better films and more films like Khuda k liye and Bol.  Also, the corrupt mafia needs to be eliminated.

Q: What are you future plans if any for Cinestar?

Mian Zahid: We are planning to buy all the rights of IMAX technology in Pakistan so we will be their soul distributors. Also We are planning to open another Cinema in DHA.

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Here is a link to the website of Cinestar.
www.cinestar.com.pk/

“Everything is possible in Pakistani politics”

Current political situation of Pakistan.

 

We live in the world where every thing is possible. Democratic governments have always failed to complete their tenure which eventually results in a long lasting dictatorship reign. In Pakistani politics, there is a clear domination by few families only and these families have never produced long lasting fruitful results. The political system has been stagnant since 70′s and no drastic change has taken place. The chair of head of state has been a war between the head of the army staff and a few noticeable political leaders. Who has suffered? Well, you guessed it right, the nation!

CaptureIf we observe the political situation of Pakistan, much of the politics is based on different ethnic groups. It’s fair to say that the current political situation of Pakistan is in dire need of substantial changes if we compare it to the political systems of leading nations in the world.

This is how Pakistani political parties work.

Almost every party represents a particular ethnic group; therefore no party has got the support in every region because the role of political parties in Pakistan is very much based upon different ethnic groups they represent. This is one of the major reasons of slow development in some specific areas as compared to others. There are a number key problems in political system of Pakistan, & the list grows on and on with every passing minute.

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Pakistani politics has started to take an adverse route as the layman pursues to struggle in the rut. The current situation in Karachi and Baluchistan is worse than ever. The blame of these riots clearly is on politicians who are just manipulating different groups to get benefits for themselves. If the current political situation in Pakistan does not change, the country would keep on suffering at the hands of monarchs and waderas!

 

Overview of role of Pakistani youth in Politics

The Pakistani Youth has stepped on a train named as destiny that takes its passengers on the path towards development. Since the establishment of Pakistan, youth had always been crushed and oppressed by teachers, leaders and parents. Moreover the role of youth in politics has always been limited due to corrupt and inept political system. They failed to get exposed to the world that could lead to a new era of modernization. As the clock ticked and time flew, things started to change their discourse. The new century brought about much advancement along with the change in trends of Pakistani youth.

The history tells us that political parties have always used the youth to achieve their political targets but looking at the bigger picture, the role of youth in Pakistani politics has always been limited. Never has the true democracy been at the helm thanks to corrupt and substandard political infra-structure. Men with money, or shall we say, the big players have always dominated the political playground.

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Amid all the hypocrisy, the youth has always been used as political horses. The “Kings” have used the horses to well effect but never have they empowered the resilient armed men! Like pawns in a chess game, the kings have used the youth to its benefit but never let it express itself. Sighs!

 

In recent times, a hope arose in the shape of Youth Parliament. It created optimism, a fresh wave of breath. Young intellectuals were given importance, and it seemed finally Pakistan was on the verge of revolution. An in-house revolution that would change the face of Pakistan on the political front. But the house never realized its potential. It was suppressed under the might of the wealthy parliamentarians.

 

So youth all you need to do is: –

Let’s join hands, let’s walk together and let’s make Pakistan a better nation!

 

written by Zainab malik 🙂

 

 

In the search of hope

IMG-20130328-WA0001   It is not often that we see the whole of Pakistan come together for a cause, it is also quite rare to see the now scattered Pakistanis come in the foreground with a showcase of true patriotism and partisanship, where the barriers of classes, gender and race are broken to form an amalgamation of people who are all looking for the same thing, HOPE and a “NAYA” Pakistan.

I was proud to be a witness of such a mass gathering where whole villages and towns were not paid to come and fill the crowds, but they were present with will and their zeal and passion was reverberating through the crowd gathered around the Minar-e-Pakistan. And it was not just that enclosure, but miles before reaching the designated area me and my friends were spectator to the innumerable people waving PTI flags, screaming slogans and PTI’s anthem, and supporting t-shirts of ‘Khan’s Army’, heading towards the “NAYA” Pakistan. these moments i was able to capture through the pictures that follow.

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No storm and no amount of rain deterred these people who were there to witness Imran Khans speech and have their hopes refueled. The crowd stood strong against the weather and held onto every single word coming out of the hopeful prime minister and his party leaders, whose speeches comprised of themes of anti corruption and nationwide vehemence. Imran Khan attracted large throngs of supporters, and spoke of the power of faith and his belief in Quiad’s Pakistan and made the following six promises:

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6 PLEDGES OF PTI CHAIRMAN IMRAN KHAN:

1.” I will always speak the truth to the people of Pakistan.”

2. “The PTI government that will come into power, I promise that we will try to end tyranny. Until the time our system in this country isn’t grounded in equality and justice, Allah will never send his blessings to this nation. We will stand the weak and the powerful in front of law all the same.”

3. “I further promise you, that all my wealth and property will be in Pakistan. I will take ownership of this country and won’t be like those leaders who create hideouts abroad”

4. “I will never take undue benefits from politics nor will I grant favours to my friends and family. I am not here for personal gain.”

5. “I will protect your tax money! It won’t be spent on Prime Minister and Governor Houses. Inshallah the day PTI government comes in power these walls of governor houses will be brought down. We will break these walls and make libraries and playgrounds for the public to use.”

6. “We will stand together with every Pakistani in or outside Pakistan.”

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The torrent that followed Imran Khans speech hardly dampened the spirits of the magnanimous crowd which held people from all ages and walks of life, it infact proved a symbolic finish to the jalsa. Although people are now referring to the PTI jalsa as having offered ‘more hope and less substance’ I must add that hope is what brings our ideologies and thinking to the boil demanding us to take action and stand up against what we see as wrong and each be that single drop which when brought together can create an ocean and later maybe a ‘tsunami’. For it is when the people demand a change, a change is seen.

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Many people decided to go to the jalsa in hopes of seeing Imran khan while the others just went to be a part of such a mass gathering, some went looking for hope. And in the pulsating rhythm of the  devoted crowd, I found hope.

note: all pictures in this blog post are taken and edited by the author, copyrights reserved.

 

The Fake Beggar

 

ImageOn my way back home, the car stopped at the signal. That’s when I saw her for the first time. Sitting on the pavement, shabbily dressed and with her head bowed down. She suddenly looked up at the traffic and got up. Her hair, oily, like they hadn’t been washed in years fell on her forehead and over her wide lost eyes, with which she was scanning all the cars. She slowly started approaching them, on a closer look I saw tears in her eyes. She reached up with one hand and wiped them off and with the other hand spread forward, she went from one car to the next, begging people for help. She looked utterly helpless. People turned their heads to the other side when she approached their car. I could see grief in her eyes and wondered what could possibly be the reason behind her tears. But before I could do anything the signal went green. I found myself thinking about it the whole day. I talked to my mother about her and she said it was just one of the tricks these beggars pull now a days. I didn’t believe her for a second for I truly thought I felt her pain and that she wasn’t faking it.

The next day, at the same time, same route while coming back from my university I saw her again. The same spot, same clothes, same face and the same tears. Surprised at the revelation that my mother was actually right, I rolled down the window and waved at her to come over and when she did, I gave her some money and asked her why was she crying. She replied through her sobs that she didn’t have enough money to feed her children. I told her that so was the case with every other beggar but I didn’t see them crying for sympathy. And then I left. But what do you know? A few days later the car stops at the same signal again, and there she is crying, again.

CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF SMOKING

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There is increasing trends of smoking not only among the elite class or the religious group of the society nowadays, but also the youth, especially the students enrolled in universities and colleges. The realms of smoking are broad enough to encompass tobacco smoke as well as shisha smoke among people of all types. The increasing popularity of cigarettes and shisha among students specially is a major issue at hand these days. Smoking cigarette is an unhealthy behavior that becomes addiction and it gets difficult to quit smoking and it is the most important factor that causes premature deaths. There are many factors that lead a person to start smoking and these factors are difficult to understand. Many people start smoking because of tobacco advertisement, peer pressure and a concept that smoking is an acceptable behavior. Many people start smoking in young age. Shown by the study there are more people of young age that have started smoking, the highest percentage of smokers is 25 to 44 year age group and there is more percentage of males then females. Advertisement of tobacco attracts young people to start smoking, they first think of only trying it once but then they get used to of it. Many people who get attracted to smoking have a family member or close friend who smokes.

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It is a known fact that smoking is a behavior that can become addiction because of the nicotine and few other chemicals that are present in it, the main chemical that causes addiction is nicotine and this is the chemical that causes major diseases among people who smokes. The major causes of smoking can be peers, teenagers may smoke because they want to fit in the environment they are living in, and surrounding people can also attract the non smokers to smoke. Another factor can be image people might want to smoke because they think that smoking will make them look better and high in the society.
There are many effects of smoking, with the passage of time chain smokers’ teeth starts turning yellow. With the period of time your body gets trouble in blood circulation because of the smoke you inhale and it gets into your blood stream, your body will not be able to circulate blood as freely as before you start smoking and your arteries will begin to clog. A health skin have natural glow but with the clogged arteries, and with less blood flow, will slowly and steadily make your skin pale. With the passage of time chain smokers began to experience smokers cough this is because of the toxins you inhale you body uses this coughing to try and get rid of the toxins you inhale.Smoking affects just about every organ in the body. One of the organs’ that is most directly affected is the lungs; this is the organ in direct contact with cigarette smoke.

Water-pipe smoking also known as shisha in other countries is often reflected as fun, harmless and lighter version of smoking without the dangers cigarettes stance. Add the appealing social element of going out with friends to charmingly decorated hookah lounges, filled with an array of sweet-smelling odors, and it’s no surprise that hookah, smoking has become a rising trend in the Pakistan, especially among youths and the college student population. There is a widespread myth about water-pipe smoking or shisha is that the passage of smoke through the steaming water in water-pipes ‘purifies’ the smoke of all harmful elements. The studies have shown that shisha is more harmfull then cigarettes and it directly affects lungs and heart leading to lungs cancer.

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