Thu 19 Feb 2015

Pakistan, home to a population of almost 200 million people, rich in culture and exotic places for tourism has faded under the dark clouds of terrorism and other mind-numbing concerns.

However, let’s for once not highlight our slip-ups and focus on the brighter side of things.

These exotic destinations will make you want to pack your bags and leave immediately.



1. A location amidst the Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones?


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This is Kalash Valley, Chitral. Where the Nuristani people of Kalash speak ‘kalashamondr’. Breathtaking!


2. A hospitable café by the river in Switzerland?
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Not at all! This is Kalam Valley, Swat. A tourist hot-spot, labeled as ‘mini-Europe’ by many.


3. Volcanoes fascinate everyone. Is this on Dante’s peak?

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Not exactly, these Mud volcanoes can be found in different regions of Balochistan. This particular one rests in Hingol, Balochistan.


4. The magical waters from the Chronicles of Narnia?

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Can’t be. This is the exotic Ghizer River in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Wrapped around lush, green and pleasant landscapes, Ghizer is a diamond in the dirt.


5. Definitely something taken out of a Hollywood movie?

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Not to be. These are the Rakaposhi-Haramosh Mountains, Karakoram. Amongst the largest in the world, these mountains are a trekker’s fantasy.


6. Did you just open your window in a Khatmandu resort?

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A window does open, but from the Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Balistan. The Burushaski speaking locals live a happy, peaceful life amidst cold weathers.


7. A temple for the faithful situated near the holy river Ganges?

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The Katas Raj Temple in Chakwal, Punjab. Remains of the Buddhist Stupa, the Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples.


8. Foreigners sidelining along the blue lines of Goa?

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The Arabian Sea says no! Cape Monze or locally known as Ras Muari, the Cape Mount Beach floats near the Gadani Beach, Karachi.


9. Stone-walls in the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore?

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The muscled formation of Hingol National Park in Hingol, Balochistan. Home to exotic wildlife, the Hingol National Park can serve as a stupendous tourist spot.


10. An artist’s imagination as he draws a landscape in Iceland?

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A view of the frozen sunset captured in Shandur Lake, Gilgit-Baltistan. Where the locals like to play Polo and live ordinary lives, Shandur serves as a tourist’s delight.

11. Wooden cottages on a lush top in Ireland?

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This astounding, lush green tourist spot is Arang Kel, Azad Kashmir. Located on an altitude of 8,379 feet, this striking sight is a 2km trek from Kel.


12. The dukes and duchesses of Scotland must’ve walked on these fields?

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Overcast weather in Dharam Sar Lake, Kaghan Valley. Resting in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, this attraction was largely rebuilt after 2005’s earthquake.


13. A heaven to the foreigners. Must be Brazil or Chile?

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The double-bed waterfall rests in Sajikot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Stagnant in the Hazara region, Sajikot would put any South American country to shame.


14. An insight on the dazzling caves of South Africa?

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This tourism deprived sight is known as Moola Chotok in Khuzdar, Balochistan. Amidst tense hold of nationalists in the Jhalawan belt, Chotok seems like a lost cause.


15. Where are the tourists? This must lead to the Niagara Falls?

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Fortunately, no! This peach of a view is from the Neelam Valley, Kashmir. One of the better tourist ranges in Pakistan, this valley is a 200km long bow-shaped, deeply forested region.


16. Book-cover material. Has to lie in the outskirts of Belgium?

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Wrong again! This shot from heaven was captured at the Attabad Lake, Hunza Valley. Created by a landslide in 2010, the locals like prefer referring to it as the Gojal Lake.


17. The astounding waterfalls from Leura Cascades, Australia?

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No chance. This is an awe-inspiring view of Pir Ghaib, Balochistan. Locals here believe in the myth of the Invisible Saint (Pir Ghaib), who was saved by the Almighty

 

Courtesy and Photo : shugal.com

 

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Wed 17 Dec 2014

The Pakistani city of Peshawar is burying its dead after terrorists attack at a Army Public School killed at least 132 children and nine staff

Pakistan's army says it launched air strikes at militants in the Khyber and North Waziristan areas. An offensive against the militants has been going on since June.

God help Pakistan to fight against internal and external extreminist and terrorists. Long live Pakistan.


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source:bbc.com/news/world-asia-30507836
source:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Peshawar_school_attack

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Sat 21 Jun 2014

On Wednesday, Facebook announced “Wedge”. For layman, think of it as a crucial hardware device that transports Internet information between machines (like a networking switch).

What you don’t know is that Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) which is being led by Najam Ahmad, the director of Technical Operations at Facebook. Najam, who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and later on went to do his Master of Science in Telecommunication Protocols and Computer Science from The George Washington University and prior to Facebook, Najam was the General Manager of Global Networking Services at Microsoft where he looked after the operations, overall architecture, design & implementation of Microsoft’s global online network.

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This basically means that Facebook (and other companies who support the OCP) will be able to use and contribute to the open hardware design of these switches and this is bad news for vendors like HP, Dell and Cisco who basically have the monopoly over the $150 billion data center hardware market.

Najam’s role in this whole project, though limited, gives us hope and motivation as there are still hundreds and thousands of engineers here in Pakistan who dream of going to the Silicon Valley and making an impact that can change the world and now they have someone to look up to.

Source:linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140620191201-40259989-meet-the-pakistani-who-is-reinventing-the-internet-well-kind-of

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Thu 12 Jun 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the 20th FIFA World Cup, a tournament for the men's football world championship, that is currently taking place in Brazil.

The Brazuca is the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is made in Pakistan, by the company Adidas, a FIFA Partner and FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball supplier since 1970

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Time

Group

Match

Venue

 
 

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

 

20:00 GMT

Group A

Brazil vs  Croatia

Arena Corinthians

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group A

Mexico vs  Cameroon

Estadio das Dunas

 

19:00 GMT

Group B

Spain vs  Netherlands

Arena Fonte Nova

 

22:00 GMT

Group B

Chile vs Australia

Arena Pantanal

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group C

Colombia vs Greece

Estadio Mineirão

 

19:00 GMT

Group D

Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Estadio Castelão

 

22:00 GMT

Group D

England vs Italy

Arena Amazonia

 

01:00 GMT

Group C

Ivory Coast vs Japan

Arena Pernambuco

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group E

Switzerland vs Ecuador

Nacional

 

19:00 GMT

Group E

France vs Honduras

Estadio Beira-Rio

 

22:00 GMT

Group F

Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

Estadio do Maracanã

 

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group G

Germany vs Portugal

Arena Fonte Nova

 

19:00 GMT

Group F

Iran vs Nigeria

Arena da Baixada

 

22:00 GMT

Group G

Ghana vs United States

Estadio das Dunas

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group H

Belgium vs Algeria

Estadio Mineirão

 

19:00 GMT

Group A

Brazil vs Mexico

Estadio Castelão

 

22:00 GMT

Group H

Russia vs South Korea

Arena Pantanal

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group B

Australia vs Netherlands

Estadio Beira-Rio

 

19:00 GMT

Group B

Spain vs Chile

Estadio do Maracanã

 

22:00 GMT

Group A

Cameroon vs Croatia

Arena Amazonia

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

 

16:00  GMT

Group C

Colombia vs Ivory Coast

Nacional

 

19:00 GMT

Group D

Uruguay vs England

Arena Corinthi

 

22:00 GMT

Group C

Japan vs Greece

Estadio das Dunas

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

 

16:00GMT

Group D

Italy vs Costa Rica

Arena Pernambuco

 

19:00GMT

Group E

Switzerland vs France

Arena Fonte Nova

 

22:00GMT

Group E

Honduras vs Ecuador

Arena da Baixada

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group F

Argentina vs Iran

Estádio Mineirão

 

19:00 GMT

Group G

Germany vs Ghana

Estádio Castelão

 

22:00 GMT

Group F

Nigeria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arena Pantanal

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group H

Belgium vs Russia

Estádio Maracanã

 

19:00 GMT

Group H

South Korea vs Algeria

Estádio Beira-Rio

 

20:00 GMT

Group G

United States vs Portugal

Arena Amazônia

 

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group B

Australia vs Spain

Arena da Baixada

 

16:00 GMT

Group B

Netherlands vs Chile

Arena Corinthians

 

20:00 GMT

Group A

Croatia vs Mexico

Arena Pernambuco

 

20:00 GMT

Group A

Cameroon vs Brazil

Estádio Nacional de Brasilia

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group D

Italy vs Uruguay

Estádio das Dunas

 

16:00 GMT

Group D

Costa Rica vs England

Estádio Mineirão

 

20:00 GMT

Group C

Japan vs Colombia

Arena Pantanal

 

20:00 GMT

Group C

Greece vs Ivory Coast

Estádio Castelão

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group F

Nigeria vs Argentina

Estádio Beira-Rio

 

16:00 GMT

Group F

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Iran

Arena Fonte

 

20:00 GMT

Group E

Honduras vs Switzerland

Arena Amazônia

 

20:00 GMT

Group E

Ecuador vs France

Estádio Maracanã

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Group G

United States vs Germany

Arena Pernambuc

 

16:00 GMT

Group G

Portugal vs Ghana

Estádio Nacional de Brasilia

 

20:00 GMT

Group H

South Korea vs  Belgium

Arena Corinthians

 

20:00 GMT

Group H

Algeria vs Russia

Arena da Baixada

 

ROUND OF 16

 
 

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

1A vs 2B

Estadio Mineirão

 

20:00 GMT

1C vs 2D

Estadio do Maracanã

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

1B vs 2A

Estadio Castelão

 

20:00 GMT

1D vs 2C

Arena Pernambuco

 

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

1E vs 2F

Nacional

 

20:00 GMT

1G vs 2H

Estadio Beira-Rio

 

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

1F vs 2E

Arena Corinthians

 

20:00 GMT

1H vs 2G

Arena Fonte Nova

 

QUARTER-FINALS

 
 

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Winner Match 51 vs Winner Match 52

Estadio dos Maracanã

 

20:00 GMT

Winner Match 49 vs Winner Match 50

Estadio Castelão

 

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

 

16:00 GMT

Winner Match vs Winner Match 56

Nacional

 

20:00 GMT

Winner Match 53 vs Winner Match 54

Arena Fonte Nova

 

SEMI-FINALS

 
 

TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014

 

20:00 GMT

Winner Match 57 vs Winner Match 58

Estadio Mineirão

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

 

20:00 GMT

Winner Match 59 vs Winner Match 60

Arena Corinthians

 

THIRD PLACE

 
 

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014

 

20:00 GMT

Loser Match 61 vs Loser Match 62

Nacional

 

FINAL

 
 

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

 

19:00 GMT

Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62

Estadio do Maracanã

 
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