What Pakistan’s most stylish women wore on Eid this year

Mahira Khan (Photo Courtesy: Social Media)
Updated 15 August 2019

What Pakistan’s most stylish women wore on Eid this year

  • Blue, white, black and pink were a fun departure from classic neutrals particularly in the summer months
  • Sarees and ghararas were a classic comeback for the sartorial savvy 

Islamabad, August 13th, 2019 — Eid al Adha, coinciding with Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14 and giving the country a nice holiday week, has been a breeding ground for inspiration on fashion trends. Here is a round-up of some of the trends flaunted by fashionable women from actors to models and stylists. Eid was about classic styles this year!

The Eid Immortal: White

Mahira Khan

Both the Eids this year have fallen in the warmer months of Pakistan’s climate for several years now (and will continue to do so) making white as one of the leading trending colors for the holiday. Lightweight, summer chic and reminiscent of days of yore when white ghararas were commonly seen on South Asian streets, actors Mahira Khan and Navin Waqar posted their white and gold looks on their Instagram, while stylist Maryam Raja posted a more casual take from high-street brand Generation on hers punctuated with hot pink floral embroidery.

Naveen Waqar

Maryam Raja


Summer Pink

Rehmat Jamal

Pink, in all shades and hues, was another top trend color for Eid al Adha. Model Rehmat Ajmal wore a shiny tea pink look from designer Hussain Rehar while the owner of Sassy and photographer Sophiya Salim Khan went for deeper pink paired with a classic organza dupatta. Stylish influencer Noor ul Ain took a page from the past in an old school style baby pink kameez and pant look.

Sophiya Salim Khan

Noor ul Ain


Pink with A Few Yards Twist

Mehek Saeed

Pink was also spotted in cahoots with another trend of Pakistan’s Eid seasons, the saree. The semi-formal saree has made a come back in the last few years particularly when it comes to Eid. Stylist and fashion editor Mehek Saeed rocked a pink floral saree from Generation and actor Iqra Aziz went for a pink saree with gold and black borders.

Iqra Aziz


Bold in Black

Maya Ali

From touches of black to full-on, black was a striking choice for the hot Eid day by many people who have given evening’s staple color a day time twist. Actor Maya Ali wore a stunning and formal black and gold ensemble by designer Faiza Saqlain. Designer Sarah Cheema wore her own creation from her label Atelier de Frower, a black gharara (another trend revival) with a floral printed shirt and simple gold border.

Sarah Cheema


Shades of Blue

Anam Malik

Blue like white and black and pink was a dominant shade among the sartorial savvy, being a fun departure from classic neutrals particularly in the summer months. Model Anam Malik wore a navy blue Elan kaftan style outfit which like Sarah Cheema’s above featured some printed fauna. Actor Saboor Aly went for a splash of blue in a crisp sea shade dupatta from Hira Ali studios while sports reporter and anchor Zainab Abbas went for a bright blue shade by designer Muse.

Saboor Ali

Zainab Abbas 


Jammu and Kashmir: A disputed state under siege 

Updated 22 August 2019

Jammu and Kashmir: A disputed state under siege 

  • New Delhi fears protests if communication is restored and presence of troops scaled down in Kashmir
  • There is widespread anger and resentment among the people of the disputed region

SRINAGAR: It’s been more than two weeks since Indian administered Kashmir has been facing a security lockdown and prohibitory order. 
Markets in major parts of the Muslim majority region of Jammu and Kashmir are shut amid a communication blackout. 
Kashmiris have been barred from using any form of technology to communicate and denied even a basic phone call.
New Delhi’s decision on August 5 to abrogate two articles of the Indian constitution, Article 370 and 35-A, that gave the disputed state a special autonomous status under the Indian union has brought the Kashmir valley to a standstill.
The Modi administration has imposed strict prohibitor orders, reinforcing parliamentary troops to man each and every nook and corner of the valley.
The administration governing the Kashmiri districts relaxed the prohibitory order on August 19, allowing schools to reopen. It also restored some telephone landlines.
However, protests in some parts of Srinagar and Kashmiri towns forced the government to reimpose the communication ban. 
The schools remain empty days after reopening. 
People are gripped in fear. Uncertainty looms. Reports suggest that grieved communities have resorted to civil disobedience by keeping markets shuttered down and not sending their children to school.
There is widespread anger and resentment among the people. Majority of the Kashmiris feel let down by the government’s decision to strike down the special status passing a rush decree to annex their state without holding a plebiscite.
They say that their identity has been attacked and it’s not possible to live under abject humiliation.
Modi’s government fears large scale protests and resistance if communication is fully restored and the presence of troops is scaled down. 
If violence erupts, New Delhi fears that it stands to lose its political narrative domestically and internationally.
Jammu and Kashmir remains on edge. A disputed state divided between, India and Pakistan but fully claimed by both is under siege on New Delhi’s orders which has violated the UN charter.
It remains to be seen how long the Indian paramilitary forces will be able to contain the growing anger and angst among the local populace of the Muslim-majority region under Indian rule.