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What’s Happening in Kashmir?

Fareeha Javed

It has been reported that the Indian Prime-Minister, Narendra Modi has proposed to revoke Article 370 of India’s constitution which has been a long-standing right since the time of Independence.

What is Article 370?

“The law dates to 1927, when an order by the administration of the-then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir gave the state’s subjects exclusive hereditary rights.”

The Indian Government is claiming that the rights were temporary and that the government can rightfully abolish them.  Al Jazeera says that this decree has to be “the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly seven decades.”

To make matters worse, the Indian government has placed the former chief ministers of Indian-Occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest on Sunday night. The region is under strict curfew and the government has also imposed restrictions on television services, internet and even phone networks.

To maintain law and order or any counter-attacks, additional 35,000 Indian army troops have been deployed in IoK who are seizing control colleges and schools; even public gatherings have been banned.

 

#standwithKashmir is the number 1 trend on Twitter right now and Pakistanis are using social media platforms to raise their voice against Modi and his unjust actions.

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People are changing their displays to #red to show solidarity with Kashmir.

Pakistan’s prime-minister Imran Khan also criticised Indian forces’ use of aggression and advocated for Kashmir’s rights to exercise their freedom.

The current situation in Kashmir is extremely sensitive right now which also significantly affects the political relations between Pakistan and India. The global community online, specially Pakistanis are using social media platforms to attract more attention towards the Kashmir issue which might help in diffusing the tensions to a certain extent.

What do you think about the situation in Kashmir? Let us know!

 

 

Eid ul Fitr

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Eid Mubarak

Eid ul Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan revered by the entire Muslim community.

Ramadan the ninth month of the Islamic calendar marks the revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. The first day of Shawal, the 10th Islamic lunar month, is celebrated as Eid ul Fitr.

The last night of Ramadan is recognised as “Chand Raat” during which Pakistanis celebrate the sighting of the moon and women usually go out for last minute Eid shopping and get their hands adorned with traditional mehndi.

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The morning after is marked by mandatory Eid ul Fitr congregational prayers which is observed by all Muslims at mosques or open spaces called Eidgahs. The prayers are followed by an Eid khutba (sermon) delivered by the Imam in which the Almighty is thanked for perseverance and blessings during the month of Ramadan and a prayer is made for all the oppressed Muslims around the world who are suffering due to war, famine etc.

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This year, the government of Pakistan announced an official 4-day public holiday for Eid. The Eid festival is usually celebrated for 3 days in which Muslims dress up in their best clothes to signify the importance of this occasion and host get to-gathers with their families and friends. The children are also given gifts or money, called “eidi” which is usually the highlight for many kids!

 

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This festival is usually marked by enjoyment and happiness but during these 3 days Muslims shouldn’t forget the teachings of the month of Ramadan and try to compensate their happiness by helping those who might not have the means to celebrate this joyous holiday. After all, Islam teaches us to be generous and tolerant towards other people and be thankful for our own privileges.

Jumma Tul Wida

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What is Juma Tul Wida?

Juma Tul Wida is a widely celebrated day which refers to the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The word “Jummah” literally means “a gathering” and “wida” means “farewell” therefore this day can also be known as the “gathering of farewell” or the “last gathering”. This day is marked to commemorate the farewell to the month of fasting. Every year, it is observed across the country with religious fervor and sanctity. Many devotees attend the Juma prayers at different mosques seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of the country and unity of the humankind.

 

Juma Tul Wida creates a sense of gratefulness and nostalgia. The Muslim ummah can rejoice and feel proud in successfully adhering to Allah’s guidance and restrictions during the month of Ramadan but there’s this feeling of suffering the loss of a truly blessed month.

This day is observed by Muslims all over the world. Mostly all Muslims offer the mandatory jummah prayers which are followed by special prayers for prosperity and brotherhood amongst Muslims.

Most importantly, it serves as a reminder that the holy month of Ramadan is coming to its end and we must collect as many good deeds as possible and seek forgiveness before it departs till the next year.

 

 

 

 

“O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed for the Salah on Al-Jumu`ah (Friday), then hasten (Fas`aw) to the remembrance of Allah and leave off business. That is better for you if you did but know!” -Surah Al Jummah

Muslims regard this Friday as one of the holiest days in the month of Ramadan and take measures to spend their entire day doing ibaadah in order to reap as many blessings as possible on this holy day.

 

All About Aisha Khan’s Wedding

Jaziha Syed

We were still not over with unexpected news of Feroze Khan wedding. Then we all got to know that Aisha Khan is bidding farewell to Pakistani Showbiz Industry. Which sparked a lot rumors among her fans. Later one turned out true.  Aisha was indeed getting married. Her fans are now excited to enjoy all her marriage ceremonies update.

Sharing a picture of herself with her fiance, Major Uqbah Hadeed, Khan wrote, “My fiancé and I are overwhelmed with all the love and prayers that have poured in thus far. I had made my announcement to leave my media career as I now prefer to stay away from the limelight. We got engaged last year and have known each other for several years before. We would request privacy from here on and expect everybody to respect our decision of keeping our wedding a small family affair. Please remember us and our families in your prayers!”

 

Her pictures of from mehndi function had started circulating online which had left everyone dazzled. She wore white, floral lehenga and a maroon choli, color coordinating with her husband-to-be Major Uqbah Hadeed.

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After her Mayyon and Mehndi pictures, her Nikkah pictures have also gone viral on social media.

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The actress looked divine in an off-white and cream colored traditional shirt and gharara dress with a light green border. Uqbah wore a matching waistcoat with a plain shalwar kameez.

In her wedding today she broke the trend of wearing red in wedding.  We wish Aisha And Major Uqbah Malik the best for their new chapter in life.

Things That Happen During Summer

Jaziha Syed

Summer can get very long and boring at a certain point but despite bearing hours of load-shedding and the scorching heat, this season still has its own charm. Here are some crazy things we have all experienced at this time of year.

Mangoes

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The only reason people wait for summer is because of this King of fruits! The mango parties continue throughout the whole season with family, friends and in offices.

Tind Season

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While girls swear to themselves to chop their hair off everyday boys rock their tind throughout the season.

Swearing

11. And when power goes out in such heat, all sophisticated behavior goes out of the window.

 

Summer is the season in which swearing is encouraged in homes. All credits to K-Electric.

Candle light dinner

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Hugs

Probably the most irritating task is to hug.

let the winds blow on our face

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Barish

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This season comes with a rainy weather that is not less than a blessing. (Karachi is an exception though)

 

Toxic Things To Remove From Your Life

Jaziha Syed

1. Negative people.

I think it’s important to keep people in your life who hold your feet to the fire and want to see you achieve your dreams and be the best person you can be.

There’s a solid difference between those kinds of people and negative people. Negative people think you’ll fail because they don’t trust you. Negative people don’t even really want you to succeed.

2. Caring about your mistakes.

Learning from your mistakes is crucial for growing and preventing those mistakes in the future, but don’t get hung up on it.

3. Worrying about the past.

Similar to caring about your mistakes, don’t sweat the past. It happened. You can’t go back in time.

4. Your self-image.

I used to have real self-image problems, but I didn’t fix it by forcing a more positive image on myself. I just stopped having a self image. It’s been incredible. I just don’t care anymore. Leads to some interesting outfits, sure, but life is way more relaxed.

5. Feeling sorry.

If you find yourself apologizing for things you shouldn’t be apologizing for, just knock it off. You’re brainwashing yourself into believing a false reality where you’re always at fault. You aren’t. Quit with the sorry.

BREAKUP EFFECTS-Things you will probably do

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Breakup, saying goodbye to the person you were once close with and deeply in love with.

We have all been there and we all know how that feels.

We have all had our hearts broken. When it happens to you personally, it’s devastating and while people can relate, they aren’t in that moment. The pain is there and it’s real for you. Sometimes it feels like you’re completely helpless and you’ll never get past the suffering.

The important things to remember are that there are people there for you and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and ways to help you get there. You have to understand that getting over a break up seems unachievable but it’s just about the matter of time. Here are the few things you will probably do after a breakup.

UNFOLLOW AFTER BREAKUP

Moving on in the age of Instagram and Facebook can feel like an impossible task. Which is why, post-breakup, your ex’s profiles should remain off-limits.

GETTING A HAIRCUT

Chopping your hair off definitely feels like getting a new life all of a sudden!

YOU WILL TONE DOWN THE CRAZY

So if you’ve got a touch of psycho in you and have a habit of getting drunk you might be tweeting them “I MISS YOOSUU”

EAT EVERYTHING

Eat everything that you see If you’re not eating blocks of cheese like an apple at this point then very well done. The feel sad, eat everything, feel bad about yourself cycle is a lovely example of the kind of self-sabotage party we all have at this point.

Do weird things to your appearance

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You ask your friends if you could pull off an extremely unflattering haircut. They say no. You do it anyway.

But I will tell you this, it’s going to get better and you’re certainly not alone. One day you’ll wake up and realize you haven’t cried about your ex in over a week. The outside world is not so scary and actually, you’ll have a lime and soda instead, thanks. Your stupid new haircut has grown out and you feel back to being your glorious (semi) functional self. Congratulations, breakup warrior. You’re doing great!

 

Emma Gonzále’s Powerful Protest on Stage

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Emma González is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior she survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and in response co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. She first drew national attention after a speech she gave at a rally against gun violence went viral.

Emma González, one of the leaders of the #NeverAgain movement, stood in silence for minutes onstage at the March for Our Lives protest in Washington, DC, tears streaming down her face.

González, who has been one of the most public faces of the movement that grew out of the Parkland massacre and was an organizer of Saturday’s march, first read the names of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

“Six minutes and 20 seconds with an AR-15 and my friend, Carmen, would never complain to me about piano practice. Aaron Feis would never call Kyra ‘Miss Sunshine.’ Alex Schachter would never walk into school with his brother, Ryan. Scott Beigel would never joke around with Cameron at camp. Helena Ramsay would never hang out after school with Max. Gina Montalto would never wave to her friend Liam at lunch. Joaquin Oliver would never play basketball with Sam or Dylan. Alaina Petty would never. Cara Loughran would never. Chris Hixon would never. Luke Hoyer would never. Martin Duque Anguiano would never. Peter Wang would never. Alyssa Alhadeff would never. Jamie Guttenberg would never. Meadow Pollack would never,” read González.

She then stared straight ahead and didn’t speak for four minutes.

Tears fell down her face. The crowd occasionally clapped and chanted “Emma.”

Finally, a timer sounded.

“Since the time that I came out here, it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds,” said González.

The shooting in Parkland lasted that period of time.

“The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free for an hour before the arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job,” declared González, before walking offstage to huge cheers.

HILARIOUS SWEATY TWEETS

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FACTS ABOUT PAKISTAN TO BE PROUD OF!

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Although Pakistan might have gained a large portion of its popularity due to the increased politics in this zone; Pakistan still faces many issues. However, despite all the troubles, this country is still standing as an independent nation and the only atomic power of the Islamic block. Let’s highlight some astounding facts about Pakistan that you might not have heard of. We should forever be proud of this nation, its people and ambiance. Bleed green, Pakistan through and through.

Top national anthem tune of the world


Inspiring, motivational and beautiful poetry makes Pakistan’s national anthem the number one ranked tune in the world. Hafeez Jullundhri’s words were composed by musician Ahmad G Chagla. Pakistan also holds the record of most people singing the anthem, simultaneously.

The second largest salt mines

 

The Khewra Mines are oldest and the world’s second largest salt mines. Their history goes back to 320 BC.

Pakistan Is Making 80% Of The World’s Soccer Balls At One Of The Largest Facilities In Sports Good In Sialkot.

The world’s largest man-made forest


Changa Manga is one of the largest man-planned and man-grown forests in the world. It covers the area of approximately 12,000 acres.

Asia’s largest bird sanctuary and the place where time stops

Hunza Valley, where time stops and fairies tread. The valley mostly remains covered under snow in winter, but when it melts, the sensuous hilly contour and the luxurious vegetation become a magnet to all and sundry.

 Treasures One Of The Rare Species Of Dolphin Known As ‘Blind Dolphin’ In Waters Of Indus River, One Of The Longest Rivers In The World.