Hilt of Passion by Fatema Ahmed

Hilt of Passion img_100100100_0707070720122012020217172727pmpm662 Pakistan, a jewel on the face of the globe is the 7th largest nation, population wise, in the world. With India on the east, China in the north, Afghanistan and the famous Durand line in the North West, Iran on the west and finally the Arabian Sea on the west, Pakistan is blessed with all 4 seasons ranging from the extreme winters of the mighty Karakorum to the pleasant weather at the coastline is a marvel in itself.To see more beauty of Pakistan tourism points check: https://dreamers2016.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/pakistan-our-country-by-amna-abid/

Shandur Polo Festival for sports:Visiting the great Karakuram Range in the summers is a tourist delight.   The Shandur Polo Festival is held every year in the first week of July. The festival is hosted on the highest playground of the world situated at 3700m above the sea level and with gigantic mountains fencing the valley giving a jaw dropping touch to the scenery. The Shandur top is virtually flat with a very gentle gradient. It provides a playing field for a tournament that has been held annually since 1937 when the teams of Chitral and Gilgit invited other teams to come and compete with them on their home ground.

Shandur polo festival for tourism:03 Shandur Polo Festival The Shandur Polo Festival attracts many foreigners and locals every year. The festival apart from the tournament also includes folk music, dance and a makeshift village is setup to accommodate the downpour of the tourists. The polo is played on a free-style format, the teams compete with one and another to claim the winner’s stand. There are no referees to judge the game and the game sometimes become brutal, but the players play in high game spirit exhibiting their outclass skills on the field. To the local teams it is a matter of life and death to win the tournament as it will bring honour to their family and tribe.

The Shandur Polo Festival is a place to spend your summer vacations away from the busy life of the cities in the calm and quite of the Karakoram. The journey can be done on jeeps all the way from Gilgit to the tournament arena. Whereas the KKH can be covered on cars and special buses operated by private operators. Tourists from all over the world come to see these heaven like beauty!

To get to know past stories about Shandur Polo Festival, visit http://www.shandur.com/

To watch a video on the event, visit http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcegaj_shandur-polo-festival_sport

Branding Pakistan – Positive role of youth by Amnah Farid

POSITIVE ATTITUDE OF YOUTH

 The Youth of Pakistan are also known as the “Nation Builders” and we can play a vital role in the development of the country not only economically but also by morally and practically. We have to erase the differences and opposition by people and make constant efforts to make Pakistan grow and fulfill the basic needs of the people which are below the poverty line. We all are aware of the fact that Pakistan is in danger, it is basically strong in the field of weapons but between the people of Pakistan there is so much difference and contradictions that they don’t even try to unite as one. To be one and keep united the people of Pakistan have to eradicate the internal disputes prevailing between them. We have to wake up from a deep sleep and invoke the spirit of our founder and bring back our country to its feet.

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According to a survey, an overwhelming majority of the youth (61.8%) has faith in democracy and peaceful change, as they believe that their vote can be a catalyst for change. An amazing majority of youth (72.6%) is willing to get involved in volunteerism but only 17% are willing to do voluntary work for political parties. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah used his ability and skills and by showing extra-ordinary courage, which he manifested in the process of creation of Pakistan and the fight he fought in all quarters during his lifetime. The people of Pakistan will always remain in debt to this great man and sacrifices given by millions of martyrs. We are on a hopeless journey but still we have to try to make efforts for the betterment of the society and develop an positive thinking. We should not lose the right path by simply seeing what kind of absurdities and unfair means are already being followed by our people, rather we should exemplify good patterns of behavior for the coming generations. Shabana Fayyaz, lecturer of Quaid-e-Azam University who said that “The best investment under current scenarios would be empowering the youth”. She added that: “We are surrounded by multiple crises and we cannot meet these challenges without an active participation of the youth as a catalyst of change.”

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We are Young Seagulls, trying to fly without feathers. Our precious gems and valuable assets, youth, in the shape of brilliant students, professionals and people in all walks of life are being discouraged, exploited and humiliated by the corrupt lobby. The problem of the emotional and impatient Pakistanis is diagnosed. The solution is in our hands. They need to change themselves and their attitude and approach must base on sensibility, responsibility, tolerance and patience.  Only then we will be able to achieve a Positive and Green Pakistan.

 

 

Facing the Reality by Zunaira Naeem

I am going to talk about people who are becoming replicas of celebrities and who are getting in this absurd competition with people who they look up to. Might it be a friend or someone who inspires them but rather then accepting the fact that they look up to them, they start to say “she or he is copying me” how hard would it be for you lot to accept the fact that you actually are inspired by someone’s style, personality or might it be anything? Karl Lagerfeld, Elie Saab and all the rest of the designers get “inspired” by something in their life and that is how you see these fashion weeks and their collections because nobody is born with a mind of a genius, we all get inspirations.

The society we live in is becoming so competitive that at times I feel people will just walk over the person who actually made them what they are today. Everyone asks for fashion and life advice but do they actually imply it on themselves? No, because everyone today thinks they are a photographer because they took a few good pictures, a blogger because blogging is in trend, a make-up artist because they can put a liner straight? Gone are the days when people used to give credits or good remarks to those whom they have actually learned a lot from. My only question is why so hate and competition? People who never compete always get ahead, that’s because they focus on themselves not others, it’s because they’re that much contend that they’ll say it up straight who they got inspired from. So how long will it take for you all out there to give credits to those people who have made you who you are? Stop hating, stop criticizing because not only will it affect your mind which I am sure is capable to achieve a lot more then you can imagine. And stop this competition with each other .We all are average people, living a normal life get out of your fantasy world and appreciate if someone younger to you is doing something good, in simple words stop all this before your mind gets rotten by taking out flaws in every single person you know and focus on yourself, because you actually will be surprised to see how much flaws you have within yourself that you need to get rid of.

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Hospitality of Pakistanis By Danyal Safdar

Germany is associated with automotive, Japan with technology, Indian with diverse culture, so our efforts with branding should portray a good image in the circle of globe.  Pakistani are known for their people especially the hosting of the citizens of Pakistan. Pakistan has something that is more unique than a simple tourist destination as its highlight, what makes it special is something that not many countries have. It’s something that the country should be proud of, for what makes Pakistan special is the hospitality and kind nature of its people. That is something that the people of Pakistan should be immensely proud of. I have been touched by the generosity and the kindness of the people here, the conversations that I have had with complete strangers have been some of the most inspirational conversations that I have ever had. I have been welcomed in to  homes, invited around for cups of tea and been graced with your heart warming hospitality. The people here are brave and are resilient,many have grown up with very little and yet they want to give so much. Pakistanis are loved for their hospitality towards others and a wrong image of Pakistanis being terrorist is portrayed in the world rather they are the most humble people.

Scenic beauty of Pakistan By Basit Ali

Branding Pakistan

People buy brands not products and this is a fact acknowledged by many researchers around the world. We need to develop our brand called Pakistan. Every country is known for its characteristics and so is Pakistan known for its endless geographical features. It is a country blessed with countless resources and four seasons are one of these biggest blessed resources. Scenic beauty of Pakistan itself is enthralling and eye catching. It is the seventh nuclear power in the world and first among the muslim countries. The four provinces of Pakistan with their special features make it more attractable to the tourists. Talking about the mesmerizing beauty of swat valley is the key feature for attracting tourists. Swat is holiday makers delight. Its lush green valleys, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, gushing ice cold waters of river Swat and fruit laden orchards with flower-filled slopes addingimmense beauty to this ancient land. Swat is also known as Switzerland of Pakistan. It is a valley and district in north west frontier province of Pakistan. The real beauty of swat can be seen in its upper valleys such as madyam, miandam and shangla. The latest development is the ski resort of Malam Jabba, some 39 kilometers from Mingora. Swat and surrounding areas provide comfortable rest houses for local and forein tourists who abound the area in summers. The main town of the valley is Saidu Sharief. Kalam, is the most beautiful part of the Swat valley. The land of water falls, lakes, pastures, site of hiking and glaciers, having all the latest facilities of the modern age. Surrounded by lush green mountains, covered with forests and vegetation, a diverse and oldest cultural values to witness and above all the friendly and hospitable people. strawberries are found every where in the forests of Kalam. Pakistan is blessed with numerous bounties buy Allah which should be exploited by Pakistanis to promote tourism.