Celebs opt for brights on a somber Eid in Pakistan

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Updated 02 June 2020

Celebs opt for brights on a somber Eid in Pakistan

  • A quiet Eid in Pakistan had stars celebrating at home in mood-lifting attire
  • Most stars wore bright colors and spent the festivity with their families

ISLAMABAD: Eid Al-Fitr was a subdued and somber event in Pakistan this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and a PIA plane crash that claimed 97 lives in Karachi on Friday. The country’s celebrities opted to celebrate quietly at home, sharing the cheery outfits they wore on their respective social media. A trend of airy brights and pastels emerged with many stars taking cues from the summery weather on the hues they chose to rock.
Actor Ayesha Omar shared her icy blue look on social media from the set of her long-running sitcom “Bulbulay.” Blue was also the color of choice for fellow actor Sara Khan, who wore a periwinkle shade while performing hosting duties on ARY TV.

Actor Ayesha Omar shares a shot of herself in an icy blue ensemble from the set of her show 'Bulbulay' on Eid al-Fitr. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Ayesha Omar/Instagram)

Actor Sara Khan shares a shot of her blue Eid look on the set of a Ramadan game show. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Sara Khan/Instagram)

Actor Danish Taimoor shared a shot of himself flanked by his young children, all wearing pink. Like many stars, Taimoor acknowledged the darker Eid that had taken place and offered condolences to those affected by Friday’s plane crash.

Actor Danish Taimoor and kids all sporting cheerful ensembles in pink at their home while celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Danish Taimoor/Instagram)

Areeba Habib, model and actor, shared a shot of her and her mom in matching pink as well, geotagging the image with a popular location release being used by Instagram to spread awareness on COVID-19, “Stay Home, Stay Safe.”

Another star opting to wear pink was actor and model Areeba Habib, sharing a shot of her and her mom in matching pastels. Lahore, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Areeba Habib/Instagram)

A classic color choice for Eid, across the globe and across cultures, is white, worn by actor and television host Fahad Mustafa (and his mini-me sons), stylist Maryam Raja and fashion designer and television personality Hassan Shehryar Yasin.

Actor and television host Fahad Mustafa donning classic white on Eid alongside his sons. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Fahad Mustafa/Instagram)

Stylist Maryam Raja wearing white with pops of colors at her home in Lahore on Eid. May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Maryam Raja/Instagram)

Fashion designer and television personality Hassan Shehryar Yasin shared his white look for Eid with a somber caption highlighting how Eid this year was especially tough. Lahore, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Hassan Shehryar Yasin/Instagram)

Continuing with pastel and merry hues, stylist and fashion editor Mehek Saeed wore a pastel yellow suit punctuated with flowers and eye-catching (also pastel) shoes.

Stylist and fashion editor Mehek Saeed opted to wear an airy pastel yellow look for Eid al-Fitr. Lahore, May 24, 2020 (Photo courtesy: Mehek Saeed/Instagram)

Actor Zhalay Sarhadi shared a photo of her and her daughter both in bright, saturated colors with Sarhadi also going for a yellow in a sunny shade.

Actor Zhalay Sarhadi went for a sunny, saturated yellow sharing a shot alongside her daughter who wore a festive pink. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Zhalay Sarhadi/Instagram)


PM Khan inaugurates Peshawar BRT project

Updated 13 August 2020

PM Khan inaugurates Peshawar BRT project

  • Launched in 2017, the project had to be completed in six months but missed several deadlines
  • Opposition figures say all corruption allegations surrounding the project must be probed

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday inaugurated Peshawar’s long-awaited Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, calling it the best metro bus service available in Pakistan. 
“I had serious reservations about the project initially,” he said, “but it is one of the best models of transportation system in the country. I congratulate you all and [former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province] Pervez Khattak who used to say we would realize the significance of the project after its completion.”
Launched in October 2017 at an estimated cost of Rs. 49 billion, the 27-kilometer-long BRT corridor had to be completed within a span of six months. However, the project got delayed and missed at least four deadlines in 2018 and 2019.
Addressing the media in Peshawar on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan acknowledged that the earlier inauguration dates announced by his predecessor were mistakes.
However, Alamgir Bangash, who works with the government-owned TransPeshawar Company, told Arab News that the project got delayed since its design had to undergo some changes which also increased its cost to a staggering Rs. 66 billion.
Praising the project, the prime minister said that it connected the city’s main arteries and went as far away as the Torkham border that separates the Afghan and Pakistani territories.
The introduction of hybrid diesel buses, he continued, would effectively tackle the traffic congestion and reduce air pollution in Peshawar.
The TransPeshawar Company has already acquired a fleet of 200 hybrid air-conditioned buses to cover the BRT corridor, Bangash informed.
“We are still doing some infrastructure and beautification work on three stations,” he said. “But this will not hamper the service that has started today.”
The political rivals of the ruling party criticized the BRT, however, and claimed that it was not a viable project for Peshawar.
“The BRT project was flawed from the outset and it was also surrounded by corruption allegations,” said Sardar Hussain Babak, a senior leader of the Awami National Party, while talking to Arab News. “Even now we don’t know if the project has been completed or it is a premature inauguration.”
“I suggest the PTI must probe the corruption allegations related to this if it is truly striving to uproot financial irregularities from the country,” he added.