Six Pakistani photographers to follow on Instagram

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This image shared by Khaula Jamil on June 6, 2020, shows people walking on the beach in Karachi. (Photo courtesy: Khaula Jamil)
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Danish Khan posted this picture of two young men sitting outside their shop in Murree on his Instagram on September 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Danish Khan)
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A man walking in Kharadar, Sindh, is photographed by Khaula Jamil who posted the image on Instagram on October 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Khaula Jamil)
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This picture of sunrise in Sargodha, Pakistan, was shared by Hassan Talal on Instagram on January 28, 2021. (Photo courtesy: Hassan Talal)
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This picture shows a street in Karachi that is draped in light and was shared by Saad Saeed on Instagram on October 28, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Saad Saeed)
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This picture shows a man aboard his cart in Lahore, Pakistan, and was posted by Umaima Tanweer on Instagram on December 3, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Umaima Tanweer)
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Updated 30 January 2021

Six Pakistani photographers to follow on Instagram

RAWALPINDI: Hundreds of Pakistani photographers capture the diversity of life in their homeland every day, and many of them share their best images with the world through social media platforms. Below are some of the local documentarians who have been highlighting different dimensions of Pakistan for those interested in its intricacies. 

DANISH KHAN

Muhammad Danish Khan, 28, is an Islamabad-based content creator whose Instagram account, with over 17,000 followers, is populated with street and landscape photography. Khan also works as a cinematographer for a production house. He got his first DSLR in 2015 and, while studying engineering, started capturing life around him. “With just a click you can save emotions of people and capture breathtaking landscapes,” Khan told Arab News. 

Khan’s photography has taken him all around the country, and he aims to showcase Pakistan authentically with his pictures. “Pakistan is not just limited to the spectacular mountainous scenery of the north,” he said. “You can also see and experience its true essence in its bustling cities, off the beaten track rural towns and in its many bazaars.” 




This picture of a handler and his decorated camel was taken by Danish Khan at Sea View in Karachi. Khan posted the image on Instagram on June 25, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Danish Khan) 

KHAULA JAMIL

After achieving a master's degree in photography in 2012, Khaula Jamil returned to Karachi and, inspired by the popular platform Humans of New York, launched Humans of Karachi. Her vision was to go beyond the label of “violent and unlivable” for the southern port city by documenting the life of its people. This, she says, “organically turned her into a photojournalist” who is now sent across Pakistan by development organizations to photograph and tell stories that cover health, climate, agriculture, and human rights — with a focus on tapping into the humanity of not only her subjects but people viewing her pictures. 




This image captures life in Bhong, Punjab, and was shared by Khaula Jamil on her Instagram on November 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Khaula Jamil) 

“I try hard to take photos that stay true to the subject, both ethically and aesthetically, and take extra care not to gloss over difficult realities,” Jamil told Arab News. “It would be a great disservice to Pakistan if one only saw it through rose-tinted glasses because the beauty of this country runs deep, and you only truly appreciate it when you are all in.” 

SAAD SAEED

Saad Saeed, 30, who has been pursuing photography for nine years, also hails from Karachi. He describes his city as his “muse,” saying that the diverse cultures and variety of inspiration it offers is “crazy.” Saad’s photos submerge the viewer in the urban life of the seaside city with an individual point of view and a unique way of capturing light sources — both natural and artificial — that define Karachi. 




The neon lights of a dark street in Karachi are captured by Saad Saeed who shared them on Instagram on November 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Saad Saeed)

UMAIMA TANWEER

29-year-old Umaima Tanweer is a visual artist whose photos have a haunting quality.

“I always wanted to capture the true essence of Pakistani culture in the play of light and shadow,” Tanweer told Arab News. “There is a saying that if you want to know about the culture and history of any country, visit its old streets and bazaars first, and I fully believe in that.” 




A group of men carrying vegetable was photographed during the early hours of the day in Lahore by Umaima Tanweer who posted the picture on April 30, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Umaima Tanweer)

Tanweer snaps city and rural life as a way of preserving what she says is “the fading culture of Pakistan,” calling its preservation in photographs one of her biggest dreams. 

HASSAN TALAL

Muhammad Hassan Talal, 28, from Sarghoda, Pakistan is a self-taught photographer who has been photographing Pakistan while traveling. Talal captures the country through its stunningly still landscapes drenched in golden light and also defining moments of movement such as bulls pounding the ground or a polo player mid-game. 




Hassan Talal shared the picture of racing bulls on Instagram on January 19, 2021. (Photo courtesy: Hassan Talal)

“The light of sunsets and sunrises fascinates me so much,” Talal told Arab News, “I took up photography because I wanted to show people that they could appreciate all the natural beauty surrounding them if they truly began to see it.” 

HEBA MOEEN

A PR and communications professional by trade, Heba Moeen is following her hobby of wildlife and bird photography in Pakistan. 




A kingfisher bird at Haleji Lake, Sindh, was captured by Heba Moeen who posted it on Instagram on January 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy: Heba Moeen)

Moeen, who is among a handful of women in Pakistan specializing in this area, says she was encouraged by a number of Facebook groups, including Birds of Pakistan, Birds of Sindh and Wildlife of Pakistan, to nurture her passion for photography. 

“It feels amazing documenting Pakistan in this way especially as a woman,” Moeen told Arab News. “It is a male-dominated field, but women are encouraged and appreciated for being part of such a niche segment.”


Pakistan’s religion ministry holds annual conference with focus on ‘promotion of unity’

Updated 18 October 2021

Pakistan’s religion ministry holds annual conference with focus on ‘promotion of unity’

  • Conference is part of celebrations for Mawlid Al-Nabi, the birth day of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  • The conference has been held annually by Ministry of Religious Affairs since 1976

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s 46th National Rehmatul Lil Aalameen Conference kicked off in the federal capital today, Monday, as part of celebrations for the upcoming Mawlid Al-Nabi, the birth day of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Rabi Al-Awwal is the third month in the Islamic calendar. The month holds special significance for Muslims around the world as they observe the 12th of the month as Mawlid Al-Nabi, the birth day of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Last week, Prime Minister urged the nation to celebrate next week’s birth anniversary in an “unprecedented manner” this year.
“The two-day conference titled ‘Role of Masjid, Madaris, Khanqas and Imambargahs for the promotion of unity and harmony in the light of teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),’ would conclude on Tuesday,” state-run APP news agency said on Monday. “National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser would be the chief guest on the inaugural day of the conference.”
The second day, Tuesday, would have sessions presided over by President Dr Arif Alvi and PM Khan.
The conference has been held as the annual event of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony since 1976.
“The conference aimed at highlighting the soft image of Islam would disseminate the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) and also encourage the [Muslim] authors by giving them awards on outstanding books and research papers written on the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),” APP said.
“People from all walks of life, including Parliamentarians, ambassadors, Ulema, scholars, students of religious seminaries, universities, deans of universities and representatives of chambers of commerce and industry will attend the moot.”


IMF, Pakistan resume talks today for release of $1 billion loan tranche

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IMF, Pakistan resume talks today for release of $1 billion loan tranche

  • Finance ministry says negotiations ‘moving forward positively’
  • Denies media reports that talks had concluded last week in ‘failure’

ISLAMABAD: Talks between Pakistani officials and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are “moving forward positively” and will form the basis for the completion of the 6th review of a $6 billion loan program, the Pakistan ministry of finance has said, adding that talks would resume today, Monday.
In 2019, Pakistan reached an accord with the International Monetary Fund for a three-year, $6 billion bailout package aimed at shoring up fragile public finances and strengthening a slowing economy. Pakistani and IMF officials are currently engaged in a fresh round of talks for the release of a $1 billion tranche of the loan.
Five reviews of the program had been completed by March. The sixth is pending since June this year, which, if completed, will enable Pakistan to receive around $1 billion from the fund.
“Fund and Pakistani authorities will resume the talks on Monday [October 18, 2021] from where they were left on Friday,” Muzzamil Aslam, spokesperson for the finance ministry, said in a statement on Sunday. “There is no truth in the news of talks’ failure.”
Negotiations between Pakistan and the IMF are being led by secretary finance division, Yusuf Khan, in Washington, and are “moving forward positively,” the statement said: “No timeframe was set at any stage for conclusion of the talks. The negotiations with the IMF will continue till the successful conclusion.”

Pakistan's Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin (L) arrives in New York ahead of meeting with IMF on October 16, 2021. (Ministry of Finance)

The clarifications from the finance ministry came after local media reported that talks between the fund and Pakistan had concluded on Friday and failed.
Experts said talks may have stalled due to the government’s resistance to the IMF’s demand to increase energy prices even further. A hike of Rs 1.39 per unit was announced last week.
Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has been a staunch opponent of power tariff hikes and personal taxes but has showed some flexibility in recent weeks.
“The other stumbling block is the IMF’s insistence to increase the revenue generation target close to Rs 500 billion in addition to the revenue collection target of Rs 5.8 trillion,” Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, joint executive director at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), told Arab News. “This would not be an easy decision to take by the political government under current circumstances.”


Pakistan records lowest daily coronavirus infections since June 

Updated 53 min 47 sec ago

Pakistan records lowest daily coronavirus infections since June 

  • Pakistan has administered total of 93,551,193 doses of COVID vaccines so far
  • That’s enough to have vaccinated about 21.6 percent of the country’s population

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported 663 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of COVID-19 cases recorded in a single day since June, health ministry data showed on Monday.
The South Asian country has reported 1,265,047 infections and 28,280 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began. The government has administered a total of at least 93,551,193 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs two doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 21.6 percent of the country’s population.
Official data shows 1,913 patient are admitted in critical care across the country.


On Sunday, Pakistan’s pandemic response body rejected as ‘fake’ a video on social media showing children were reacting adversely to vaccines.



In the last week of September, Pakistan announced it would begin to vaccinate children aged 12 or above.

 


Father suspected of killing two daughters, four grandchildren in Pakistan marriage feud

Updated 18 October 2021

Father suspected of killing two daughters, four grandchildren in Pakistan marriage feud

  • Manzoor Hussain hunted by police after allegedly setting fire to home of sisters Fauzia Bibi and Khurshid Mai in Muzaffargargh district
  • Bibi married Mehboob Ahmad against her father's will in a so-called love marriage, Mai's husband also died in blaze

LAHORE: A father in Pakistan is suspected of killing his two daughters and their four children by setting their house ablaze because one of the women married against his wishes, police said.
Manzoor Hussain is being hunted by police after allegedly setting fire to the home that sisters Fauzia Bibi and Khurshid Mai shared in a village in the Muzaffargargh district of central Pakistan, police official Abdul Majeed told Reuters by phone.
Mai’s husband also died in the blaze, Majeed said.
Bibi had married Mehboob Ahmad about 18 months ago against her father’s will in a so-called love marriage, according to the official, as opposed to an arranged marriage.
“The incident is outcome of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage,” Majeed said.
Hussain, the father being searched for, lives in a nearby village, he added.
Bibi’s husband Ahmad told police he was not at home at the time of the fire and had found the house ablaze when he returned from work early in the morning, according to his statement to officers, which was seen by Reuters.
Ahmad said his four-month-old son had died, along with Mai’s three children aged two, six and 13.
Hundreds of women in Pakistan are killed by relatives every year for marrying without consent, or against their family’s wishes, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.


Pakistan fails to strike agreement with IMF for release of $1 billion loan tranche

Updated 17 October 2021

Pakistan fails to strike agreement with IMF for release of $1 billion loan tranche

  • Pakistan reached an accord with IMF for three-year, $6 billion bailout package in 2019
  • Pakistani and IMF officials are currently engaged in fresh around of staff-level talks in Washington

ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan have failed to strike a staff-level agreement under a $6 billion Extended Fund Facility, or bailout package, Pakistani media reported on Sunday. 
In 2019, Pakistan reached an accord with the International Monetary Fund for a three-year, $6 billion bailout package aimed at shoring up fragile public finances and strengthening a slowing economy.
Pakistani and IMF officials are currently engaged in a fresh round of talks from October 4 to 15 for the release of a $1 billion tranche of the loan.
“The talks failed despite Pakistan having implemented a prior condition of increasing electricity and petroleum products prices,” the Express Tribune newspaper reported. “However, both sides have shown resolve to remain engaged.”
“The IMF team remains engaged with our Pakistani counterparts on moving forward our work agenda and we are looking forward to our continued discussions with the Pakistani authorities on the set of policies and reforms that could form the basis for the completion of the 6th review under the EFF,” Teresa Dabán Sanchez, the outgoing resident representative of the IMF, told The Express Tribune.
This is the second time Pakistan and the IMF could not find “basis for the completion of the 6th review.,” The first attempt was made in June.