Posts From Sameer

Phantom…Hafiz Saeed…Faisal Qureshi…Why So Much Fuss?

So, what is it about Phantom, the recently released Bollywood flick that irks the likes of Hafiz Saeed, the chief of Jama’at ul dawah?  No matter from which angle you look at the movie it is a dud.  Don’t take my word for it; see what ‘The Hindu’ says: “The problem lies with the writing and the lead players. Perhaps, Kabir thought of the film when a surgical strike in

Did Mathira Actually Dare to Sing Dil Dil Pakistan?

“Mathira is a Pakistani model, singer and actress. She has hosted several television shows and appeared in music videos. She is known for her Item songs in Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and the Indian Punjabi film Young Malang.” This is how Mathira is summed up by Wikipedia. This short description however, in no way reflects the reality of the woman we all know as Mathira. Yes, she is a model,

Salman, Asif – Do They Deserve Another Chance?

September 2nd came and went and the 5 year ban on the three tainted Pakistani players ends. The players being Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir. Although Mohammad Aamir was given permission to play domestic cricket a bit earlier than his ban expired, everyone is now talking about whether these three players deserve another chance at playing for Pakistan on the International stage. All three have shown the willingness

The Story of How Jinnah Took Pakistan

Muslims under the British Raj in India were a scattered and powerless bunch, divided on ethnic background and language. There were also divisions between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. To top all of this, the introduction of elected councils and assemblies, created a political division between the Muslims of the Muslim majority areas and those who inhabited areas such as the United Provinces (UP), where they were outnumbered

This Was Jinnah

In the beginning, Mohammad Ali Jinnah was not too sure that Pakistan was a viable option but slowly he realized that there was no other way to safeguard the interests of the Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. He did not fear that the Muslims would be persecuted because of their religion but what was more evident to him was that unless there was a separate piece of land for the

The Changa Manga

Pakistan is home to many wonderful places. One of these is the Changa Manga forest. It is believed to be one of the world’s largest man-planned and man-grown forests. Planted in 1890 by the then ruling British, its aim was to provide wood fuel for the railway steam engines. The forest is located close to Lahore around 70 Kilometers from the city and covers a massive 48.6 square kilometers, or

Novaira Maqsood Can Give You Wings and Mir Zafar Ali Can Freeze You!

Since the start of this war on terror, all we hear about is the terrorists that Pakistan breeds. All over the world, Pakistan has been branded as a hub for terrorist and terrorism. It is very unfortunate, but that’s the truth. It is especially unfortunate because we all know that there are Pakistanis who are talented and leaving a mark on the world stage. This post is dedicated to two

Chotiari Dam – an Ecosystem To Be Savored

The Chotiari reservoir is a natural wonder in the middle of nowhere. According to WWF Pakistan, Chotiari consists of: 14 species of large mammals 19 species of small mammals 109 species of birds 58 species of amphibians and reptiles 53 species of freshwater fish In addition to being home to these species, Chotiari also has species that are on the endangered species list (in the IUCN Red list). This in

Amazing Places to Visit In Pakistan Part-II

After the resounding success of the Amazing Places to Visit in Pakistan Part I, here is the part-II that you were promised! The last one covered the major cities in Pakistan. In this par however, I have tried to cover some smaller cities such as Sukkur and Nathiagali. So, read on and short list the places you would like to visit! In and around Peshawar/Gilgit-Baltistan/Hunza Hunza Valley Fort Bala Hisar

This is the last straw, or is it?

16th December, 2014 – Truly a black day for Pakistan. A day where even the remotest possibility of these terrorists being humans was eliminated; day where humanity was at its lowest and barbarism was at its height; a day where Pakistan lost some of its most valuable treasures. But if you think about it, it was also a black day when a few years ago there was a huge blast