Built in 1647 in Thatta, during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Shah Jahan Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques constructed at the time. The mosque was presented as a gift to the people of Sindh, who provided Shah Jahan a refuge from his father. The mosque has no minarets, and has a hundred domes, making it truly one of a kind. The acoustics are such that sounds over 100 decibels are easily heard in all corners of the mosque. The remarkable structure and intricate decor allow both locals and tourists to witness the majestic grandeur of Mughal architecture.
Labeled a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ in 1979, Syria has been experiencing severe economic sanctions by the West since then. The sanctions are renewed every year, and all US Presidents have been renewing them (& adding to them) without fail. The problem is that over half of the 21 million Syrians that lived in the country before the war have been displaced. Western Sanctions and Bashar’s obstinacy mean that Syrians are continually getting crushed by inflation, broken infrastructure, & the lack of access to basic humanities. The question is, when will the suffering of the Syrian people end?
PML-Q has recently been in the limelight due to the conflicts happening within the party. In a shocking turn of events, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi have parted ways, with Elahi now pledging loyalty to PTI. Aleena Imran discusses how the tight-knit cousins have pledged their loyalty to different political figures throughout history – just to protect their own interests. She also notes how this televised feud could be a part of their political strategy, so that the ‘Chaudhrys win’ – no matter which party is in power.
Far in the southwestern part of Punjab lies Rasool Pur village known for its unprecedented 100% literacy rate. Rasool Pur also boasts zero reported crimes in the last 100 years, and they credit these achievements to the cohesion and combined effort of the residents.
To alleviate the damage wreaked by this year’s devastating floods, the Pakistan Army has been carrying out extensive flood relief operations. One such operation led to the heartbreaking Lasbela helicopter crash, where all 6 soldiers & officers aboard embraced shahadat. Pakistan still mourns the loss of Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ali, Brig (Approved Maj Gen.) Amjad Hanif Sati, Brig Muhammad Khalid, Maj Saeed Ahmed, Maj Muhammad Talha Manan, and Naik Mudassir Fayyaz. A salute to them, and to all the brave jawans who are risking their lives everyday to ensure our safety, security, and well-being.
Aleena Imran discusses the unparalleled bravery of the great Sepoy Maqbool Hussain, a courageous Pakistani soldier who was imprisoned and tortured by the Indian Army for 40 years. Despite the horrifying abuse he suffered at the hands of his captors during interrogations, he kept repeating the phrase “Pakistan Zindabad”. When his heartless captors cut out his tongue and pulled out his fingernails – he continued writing the phrase with his own blood on the walls of his prison. His return to Pakistan was nothing short of a miracle – and his bravery and sacrifices should continue to serve as an inspiration for all of us.
Imran Khan’s premiership ended last night by a no-confidence vote. The events leading up to this have stirred a debate about the Supreme Court’s decision, with many people citing their dissatisfaction with the disregard for the letter and the court’s micromanagement of the Parliament’s proceedings. Aleena Imran and Sarmad Ishfaq explore horse-trading, the letter, the relevant articles of the Constitution, and what’s next for Imran Khan.
Pakistan is home to the second-largest salt mine in the world. An increasingly popular tourist destination, the Khewra Salt Mine is a sight to behold! The mine was chanced on by horses of the army of Alexander the Great. The author encourages visitors to purchase exquisite salt lamps and decorative items.
Have you ever seen a magnificent graveyard? If you haven’t, there’s one in Pakistan – the Makli Necropolis. UNESCO even granted the site world heritage status. With architecture spanning four dynasties, Makli’s monuments and tombs portray a union of religion, culture, spirituality, and beauty.
Like all economies, Pakistan’s too has fallen ill to the coronavirus pandemic. The article specifically focuses on the impact the virus has had on Pakistan’s tourism sector, food & agriculture, SMEs, & also the manufacturing & mining sector.