Thu 19 Feb 2015

Pakistan, home to a population of almost 200 million people, rich in culture and exotic places for tourism has faded under the dark clouds of terrorism and other mind-numbing concerns.

However, let’s for once not highlight our slip-ups and focus on the brighter side of things.

These exotic destinations will make you want to pack your bags and leave immediately.



1. A location amidst the Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones?


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This is Kalash Valley, Chitral. Where the Nuristani people of Kalash speak ‘kalashamondr’. Breathtaking!


2. A hospitable café by the river in Switzerland?
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Not at all! This is Kalam Valley, Swat. A tourist hot-spot, labeled as ‘mini-Europe’ by many.


3. Volcanoes fascinate everyone. Is this on Dante’s peak?

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Not exactly, these Mud volcanoes can be found in different regions of Balochistan. This particular one rests in Hingol, Balochistan.


4. The magical waters from the Chronicles of Narnia?

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Can’t be. This is the exotic Ghizer River in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Wrapped around lush, green and pleasant landscapes, Ghizer is a diamond in the dirt.


5. Definitely something taken out of a Hollywood movie?

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Not to be. These are the Rakaposhi-Haramosh Mountains, Karakoram. Amongst the largest in the world, these mountains are a trekker’s fantasy.


6. Did you just open your window in a Khatmandu resort?

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A window does open, but from the Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Balistan. The Burushaski speaking locals live a happy, peaceful life amidst cold weathers.


7. A temple for the faithful situated near the holy river Ganges?

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The Katas Raj Temple in Chakwal, Punjab. Remains of the Buddhist Stupa, the Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples.


8. Foreigners sidelining along the blue lines of Goa?

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The Arabian Sea says no! Cape Monze or locally known as Ras Muari, the Cape Mount Beach floats near the Gadani Beach, Karachi.


9. Stone-walls in the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore?

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The muscled formation of Hingol National Park in Hingol, Balochistan. Home to exotic wildlife, the Hingol National Park can serve as a stupendous tourist spot.


10. An artist’s imagination as he draws a landscape in Iceland?

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A view of the frozen sunset captured in Shandur Lake, Gilgit-Baltistan. Where the locals like to play Polo and live ordinary lives, Shandur serves as a tourist’s delight.

11. Wooden cottages on a lush top in Ireland?

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This astounding, lush green tourist spot is Arang Kel, Azad Kashmir. Located on an altitude of 8,379 feet, this striking sight is a 2km trek from Kel.


12. The dukes and duchesses of Scotland must’ve walked on these fields?

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Overcast weather in Dharam Sar Lake, Kaghan Valley. Resting in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, this attraction was largely rebuilt after 2005’s earthquake.


13. A heaven to the foreigners. Must be Brazil or Chile?

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The double-bed waterfall rests in Sajikot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Stagnant in the Hazara region, Sajikot would put any South American country to shame.


14. An insight on the dazzling caves of South Africa?

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This tourism deprived sight is known as Moola Chotok in Khuzdar, Balochistan. Amidst tense hold of nationalists in the Jhalawan belt, Chotok seems like a lost cause.


15. Where are the tourists? This must lead to the Niagara Falls?

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Fortunately, no! This peach of a view is from the Neelam Valley, Kashmir. One of the better tourist ranges in Pakistan, this valley is a 200km long bow-shaped, deeply forested region.


16. Book-cover material. Has to lie in the outskirts of Belgium?

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Wrong again! This shot from heaven was captured at the Attabad Lake, Hunza Valley. Created by a landslide in 2010, the locals like prefer referring to it as the Gojal Lake.


17. The astounding waterfalls from Leura Cascades, Australia?

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No chance. This is an awe-inspiring view of Pir Ghaib, Balochistan. Locals here believe in the myth of the Invisible Saint (Pir Ghaib), who was saved by the Almighty

 

Courtesy and Photo : shugal.com

 

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Wed 17 Dec 2014

The Pakistani city of Peshawar is burying its dead after terrorists attack at a Army Public School killed at least 132 children and nine staff

Pakistan's army says it launched air strikes at militants in the Khyber and North Waziristan areas. An offensive against the militants has been going on since June.

God help Pakistan to fight against internal and external extreminist and terrorists. Long live Pakistan.


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source:bbc.com/news/world-asia-30507836
source:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Peshawar_school_attack

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Fri 11 Jul 2014

You don't need only to be muslim to be stand up for Gaza,

You only need to be human to be stand up for Gaza

With in four days of attack, more then 900 strikes on women, children and more innocent people

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Source : telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/10953769/Israel-launches-military-offensive-in-the-Gaza-Strip-In-pictures.html?frame=2969491

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Sat 21 Jun 2014

On Wednesday, Facebook announced “Wedge”. For layman, think of it as a crucial hardware device that transports Internet information between machines (like a networking switch).

What you don’t know is that Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) which is being led by Najam Ahmad, the director of Technical Operations at Facebook. Najam, who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and later on went to do his Master of Science in Telecommunication Protocols and Computer Science from The George Washington University and prior to Facebook, Najam was the General Manager of Global Networking Services at Microsoft where he looked after the operations, overall architecture, design & implementation of Microsoft’s global online network.

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This basically means that Facebook (and other companies who support the OCP) will be able to use and contribute to the open hardware design of these switches and this is bad news for vendors like HP, Dell and Cisco who basically have the monopoly over the $150 billion data center hardware market.

Najam’s role in this whole project, though limited, gives us hope and motivation as there are still hundreds and thousands of engineers here in Pakistan who dream of going to the Silicon Valley and making an impact that can change the world and now they have someone to look up to.

Source:linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140620191201-40259989-meet-the-pakistani-who-is-reinventing-the-internet-well-kind-of

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