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Pakistan-India Love Match Captivates South Asians Across the Border

Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and Indian Sania Mirza finally got married after a long soap opera of desi twists and turns which brought the two nations even closer — to argue and to be entertained while glued to their TVs — by the saga. At last all the papers were in place before the arrival of [...]

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Pakistani Philanthropist Wins 2009 UN Prize for Non-Violence

Dr Abul Sattar Edhi of the Edhi Foundation in Karachi has been awarded the 2009 United Nations Mananjeet Singh Prize for Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence in recognition of his services for his life-long efforts to ameliorate the conditions of the most disadvantaged groups in Pakistan and South Asia. The prize is given to promote [...]

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Pakistani Art Scene Thrives With Emerging New Talent

Art in Pakistan continues to inspire and produce more new and aspiring artists, despite the country facing tough times. The main centres of new art in Pakistan are its two largest cities, Karachi and Lahore. Karachi, on the Arabian Sea, is the country’s financial and media capital, brash and cosmopolitan (and violent). Across the country, [...]

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Pakistani Guitar School a Hit Among Rock’n'Roll Youth

As Pakistani rock’n’ roll music begins to heat up, Pakistan’s youth have taken upon themselves to teach and learn to play the guitar in bigger numbers than ever – with a Lahori group of youngsters opening a guitar school. ‘The Guitar School‘, as it is known, has been surprisingly successful. Around 40 students have signed [...]

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Young Pakistani Group Sets Example by Picking Up Garbage

An almost revolutionary group of middle-class, well-to-do young Lahoris has had enough, so they have set an example by picking up garbage themselves every Sunday. “The rich don’t care, the poor can’t do anything, so it’s up to the middle class to make the change.” The idea was simple, Pakistan is a country full of [...]

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Pakistani Boy Genius Sets A-Levels World Record

Ali Moeen Nawazish – An 18-year old wiz-kid from Rawalpindi, wanted to get into Cambridge, so he sat in seven A-Levels exams in just one year – and secured 22 A-grades, one B grade and one C! The Urdu, English and Punjabi speaking boy-wonder is due to win another place – in the Guinness Book [...]

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Pakistan’s First Girl Pop Band Creates Waves

A Pakistani all-girl pop band – Zeb and Haniya – is creating quite a stir with the Pakistani youth. They recently debuted their first album Chup (“Quiet” in Urdu) much to their delight as it was hailed by all major Pakistani reviewers. Breaking stereotypes, Zeb and Haniya are becoming a living and vivid example of [...]

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Ramchand Pakistani Wins Indian Hearts

Pakistani director Mehreen Jabbar’s critically acclaimed film Ramchand Pakistani is receiving accolades throughout India when it premiered at New Delhi’s Osian Cinefilm Festival. Though the film is not without its share of stereotyping, it has some excellent performances by the young boy who plays Ramchand, and Nandita Das as the mother of Ramchand. This utterly [...]

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Pakistani Boy Becomes World’s Youngest Cisco Expert

Irtiza Haider, a Pakistani student of class 8 from Faisalabad has been crowned to be the world’s youngest Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). He did it by answering 80 percent of the questions correctly in 2 hours, in order to pass the CCNA test. The CCNA, is a certification that emphasizes on the technology and [...]

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Pakistan-born Photographer Wins Pulitzer Prize

Adrees Latif, 34, a Pakistani-by-birth photojournalist has won the Pulitzer prize for his photography for Reuters in Myanmar. Adrees’s photograph of the fatal shooting of a fellow journalist, the Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai, won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography. Monks and nuns were under fire for their protests against the Burmese government in [...]

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