Pakistani students partake in dramatic public performance for Kashmir awareness

Shoppers watch and film from the multistory mega mall as university students perform a skit on Kashmir to raise awareness on the plight of Kashmiris in Indian administered Kashmir. (AN photo by Sib Kaifee)
Updated 22 September 2019

Pakistani students partake in dramatic public performance for Kashmir awareness

  • Wife of jailed Kashmiri leader, Yasin Malik, appealed to the United Nations on eve of UNGA session
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to campaign for the rights of Kashmiris at the UN

ISLAMABAD: University students in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad participated in a dramatic re-enactment of a humanitarian crisis in Indian-administered Kashmir, which was flooded with troops and stripped of its special legal status by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Aug. 5th, with a near-total communications blackout and curfew in place since.
The student performance took place in central Islamabad, in the city’s largest mall, with the wife of jailed Kashmiri leader, Yasin Malik, invited to speak to the audience.
Speaking to Arab News during the event, Mushaal Mullick said bilateralism had proven to be a failure, and appealed to the UN and international community to intervene.
“This is the responsibility of the first world, the United Nations (must) take action,” she said.
“Right now, I would expect the United Nations to refer our case to the ICJ (International Court of Justice) because they (India) have revoked all multilateral agreements and all bilateral treaties, and 50 years of bilateralism has been an ultimate, spectacular failure,” she said, on the eve of the 74th UN General Assembly session in New York where Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to campaign for the rights of Kashmiris in his speech on Monday.
Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the Muslim majority Himalayan region of roughly 12 million people, which both countries own in part but claim in full. India has maintained that the abrogation of Kashmir’s partial autonomy is the country’s internal matter.


Pakistani designers hold first ever virtual fashion show amid pandemic

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Pakistani designers hold first ever virtual fashion show amid pandemic

  • Catwalk Events put together “Catwalk Cares,” a virtual fashion show where participating designers made significant contributions to virus front-liners
  • Industry’s top models walked designer wares from the safety of their own homes

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s first ever virtual fashion show “Catwalk Cares,” the brainchild of Catwalk Event’s CEO Frieha Altaf, had its premiere Friday night.
The three-night affair is being released on Catwalk’s digital platforms as well as their partner GEO Entertainment’s YouTube channel and played on the TV channel later in the evenings.
Industry’s top models walked designer wares from the safety of their own homes, keeping in mind social distancing, as Pakistan continues to grapple with COVID-19.
Catwalk compiled their hallway struts with interviews of the models and the designers for a three-episode online fashion event. Each interview, where precedes the collection, focused on thanking the virus frontline workers and acknowledging the tough time that Pakistan and the fashion industry was passing through.
Day one’s line-up included designs from Khaadi, Maheen Kareem, Amir Adnan, Huma Adnan, Nida Azwer and Shamaeel Ansari. Day two and three are expected to feature collections from Generation, Nomi Ansari, Sania Maskatiya, Elan, and Hussain Rehar.
The country’s fashion industry has taken a hit since the spread of COVID-19, closing stores, pausing production and cancelation fashion weeks of which Pakistan has two seasons of each year taking place in Karachi and Lahore respectively.
The fashion show crafted by Altaf is meant to serve two purposes; the first to raise funds and pay tribute to COVID-19 frontliners like doctors and health care workers which the participating designers have done in the form of donations of ration bags, PPE, and even outfits from the collections that will be shown during the show. The second is for boosting the fashion industry itself hoping that the virtual event will lead to online promotion and ultimately online sales.
The show was initially slated to premiere in late May but was postponed following the crash of the Pakistani passenger plane in which a member of the fashion fraternity who was meant to be in the show, model Zara Abid, lost her life.
Catwalk Cares’ days two and three will be released on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th online at 7:00 p.m. local time and later on Geo Entertainment at 9:00 pm.

Episode one of Catwalk Cares: