Shehrbano Saiyid’s film promoting women’s mountaineering, Wakhi poets and musicians

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Islamabad(Cliff News)The Unknown Mountaineers written, directed, and produced by Shehrbano Saiyid, screened by the Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) in April 2018, has been selected by the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) and the Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) in Glasgow UK for screenings in September. The film is about a group of aspiring women climbers from Shimshal, a remote valley in northern Pakistan. The documentary follows 18-year-old Hameeda Bibi and her friends who learnt technical high-altitude mountain-climbing from the men in their community, because their financial circumstances prevented them from going to school. These men work as porters and guides in mountain tourism which, along with agriculture, forms the economic backbone of Gilgit Baltistan. Shimshal is at an altitude of 10,000ft: with rugged terrain, single cropping, and little grazing ground near the villages, life is brutal, and breeds people with a natural capacity for high-altitude mountaineering.The men scrape a living by risking their lives in one of the most dangerous sports in the world, but many have developed a passion for it, and inspired their women to follow their mountaineering dreams as well. Regular trainings make these dreams possible, but without the means, education, and sponsorship the women depend on subsistence farming and yak herding despite having set national records, including conquering a 20,000ft summit in the winter.This film follows their expeditions while highlighting the harshness of their lives in these extreme climate and terrain conditions, the richness of their culture, poetry, music, the love of their ancestral lands and their pride in their long heritage of survival. It aims to give these eight Pakistani sherpa women in particular, as well as the featured Wakhi poets and musicians, the recognition they deserve.

It’s a story of strength, struggle and survival set in a breathtaking landscape about a people who dare to dream.
Shehrbano Saiyid is a Social Sciences graduate from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and has a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a freelance documentary filmmaker and was reporter/writer at Geo News, consultant at Aga Khan Rural Support Program based in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, and editorial head at Coke Studio.

Ramsha Khan ready to show her bravura acting skills in drama “Mangharat”

[News Byte] - Ramsha Khan Signs A New Project _Mangharat_ By iDreams Entertainment

Karachi(Cliff News)Ramsha Khan, a gorgeous addition to the Pakistani Drama Industry, is ready to show her bravura acting skills in her upcoming drama “Mangharat”.Khan is playing a lead role alongside Muneeb Butt and Uzma Gilani. As innocent as she looks, the protagonist “Mariam” she’s playing in this drama is actually a naive and an ingenuous girl. Mangharat is an iDream Entertainment production and is penned by Samina Ijaz. The director of the drama is Ahmed Bhatti who has formerly given famous dramas “Bedardi”, “Qurban” and “Ghairat”.With her finely honed skills, Ramsha Khanhas proven her mettle in “TumhariMariam”, “Who Ek Pal” and “Mah-e-Tamam”. She procured immense appreciation for her performance in “Mah-e-Tamam” due to her versatility and effortlessness. Undoubtedly Ramsha has the capability to transform herself in every role that she performs.The drama is soon going on air on ARY Digital and fans are looking forward to it.

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69% of water samples in Pakistan are contaminated and hazardous for drinking purpose

Karachi (Cliff News)Pakistan is amongst the top 10 countries with the lowest access to clean water. Between 69% and 85% of the water samples were contaminated and deemed hazardous for drinking purposes.Dr. Arif Alvi, PTI’s nominated next president of Pakistan said that “Cleaner Karachi is our top priority.” He was addressing a think tank organized by Hisaar Foundation on “Is Water Activism an Alternative for Water Policy?” He further discussed the PTI’s solution to Karachi’s crisis of water, sewage and garbage. The dialogue “Is Water Activism an Alternative for Water Policy?” aimed to take stock of the recent developments in the water sector and explore different perspectives on policymaking, advocacy and activism.The distinguished panel included Advocate Shahab Usto, Suleman Chandio, Former Managing Director KWSB and Member Task Force Sindh Water Commission, Dr. Fateh Marri, Head of World Bank funded Water Sector Improvement Project, Government of Sindh, Mr. Samar Ali Khan, former MPA and Ms. Simi Kamal, Founder Chairperson of Hisaar Foundation. The panel was moderated by Dr. Daanish Mustafa, Professor of Geography, King’s College, London.Ms. Simi Kamal, Founder Chairperson of Hisaar Foundation on this occasion said that “Pakistan’s water crisis alarms the severe shortage of available drinking water, with almost 44% of the population without access to clean drinking water.  Similarly, the country is ranked amongst the top 10 countries with the lowest access to clean water. Currently, without filtration, water contains arsenic as well as bacterial components that make it extremely hazardous for human consumption. Arsenic has high chances of resulting in bladder, lung, kidney and liver cancer due to its harsh elements. It also damages the central and peripheral nervous systems, blood vessels, the heart and can cause tragic birth defects.According to a report by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, between 69% and 85% of the water samples were contaminated and deemed hazardous for drinking purposes. Diarrhea is one of the most common waterborne diseases that impacts every fifth citizen in Pakistan due to polluted water and unsafe drinking.60% of Pakistan’s infant related diseases are caused by water-related diarrhea, being the highest ratio in Asia. Pakistan is also on the list of the 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change. Water is also listed as one of the priority areas by the Prime Minister Imran Khan in his inaugural speech.Hisaar Foundation, a foundation for water, food and livelihood security, is a non-profit citizen’s body of volunteers and responsible citizens. The Foundation has been engaged in the water sector for over fifteen years and its Think Tank on the Rational Use of Water has previously developed and disseminated the Citizen’s Water Policy with recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework.

 

Back to back successful Premieres of “LoadWedding” in Karachi,Lahore and Dubai

[Post Press Release] Back to Back Premieres of Load Wedding Took Media by Storm (5)Karachi(Cliff News)The premieres of the much-anticipated film “Load Wedding” – a social comedy / family drama by Filmwala Pictures and Geo Films, were held in Lahore, Dubai and Karachi on 18th, 19th and 21st of Augustrespectively.A number of luminaries graced the premieres including Faysal Qureshi, Aijaz Aslam, Adnan Siddiqui, Angeline Malik, Abdullah Kadwani, Ayesha Omar, Bilal Ashraf, Humayun Saeed, Bilal Lashari, Amanat Ali etc.The film is enthralling with the right amount of comedy and flawless dance moves. The captivating plot revolves around Raja, who is head over heels for Meeru, and his struggles to marry his first and only love. The movie also highlights the sensitive topic of dowry without any serious undertones, so that people can perceive the intended messages in a lighter mood.Fizza Ali Meerza, CEO Filmwala Pictures was all smiles at the premiere and claimed, “It is a surreal feeling to see people’s reaction to Load Wedding at the premiere of the movie because we have put our heart and soul into Load Wedding. I am expecting an incredible response at the release of the movie due to the immensity of love people have shown right from the beginning of Load Wedding.”Nabeel Qureshi, Director Load Wedding excitedly stated, “The response we received in each premiere was literally phenomenal and I am sure that the movie will bring out the same response from the audience once it releases.”Load Wedding has been earning rave reviews since its first trailer release. The movie was released by Distribution Club in Pakistan and Zee International Studios worldwide this Eid-ul-Azha and has been taking cinema fanatics by storm from past two days.

About Filmwala Pictures:

Filmwala Pictures is one of the biggest Pakistani Film Production Company founded by Fizza Ali Meerza who has proven to be a pioneer in the film business and contributed immensely in the revival of the Pakistani Film industry. The dream team of Fizza Ali Meerzaalong with Nabeel Quershi; director and co-writer, have managed to give back to back block buster hits since 2014.Filmwala Pictures acknowledges films as a medium, as a tool to change, hence they aim to create entertaining films on a good scale that showcases the problems faced by our people at a grass root level while also giving a positive message for the society.

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Jaffar Business Systems initiates drive to make Pakistan green

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Karachi (Cliff News) JafferBusiness Systems (JBS) has started the drive to make Pakistan Green. On the occasion of our 71st Independence Day, as part of its CSR, JBS has gifted thousands of marigold flower seeds to its customers along with a greeting card to spread greenery in Pakistan.JBS is continuing this campaign and those who wish to participate in the campaign and play their part in making Pakistan green can visit JBS official Facebook page

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and request for the seeds.Expressing his views, Veqar ul Islam, Director and CEO, JBS stated, “We at JBS take responsibility for the impact of our activities on the environment. We consider the society and communities we operate in as our valued stakeholders. We are also fully-conscious of our social responsibilities and we believe that the greatest of all arts is the art of losing ourselves in the service of others.”JBS has been carrying out various activities as a part of their CSR initiative. They actively take part with an unflinching interest in funding educational and healthcare projects and organizations.

About Jaffer Business Systems Private Limited (JBS):

Jaffer Business Systems is one of the most reputable IT companies in Pakistan, with the motto to solve people’s business challenges with IT Solutions in a creative manner. It promotes the culture of excellence, innovation and vitality in its business processes and services.

 

Dolmen Mall amplifies Independence Day celebrations in Karachi

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Karachi(Cliff News)Dolmen Mallalso known as a Mall with a Heart, celebrated Independence Day through five days of nostalgic retro experience. From 10-14 August, all three malls in Clifton, Tariq Road and Hyderi were adorned with pop up installations, green and white embellishments, lights and aesthetic visuals to mark the 71st birthday of the land of pure.Creative décor featuring vintage memorabilia, old radios, TV, gramophone and photo booths were put up throughout the mall to keep the visitors engrossed. The visitors were most excited by the dated adornments in the form of old Pakistani currency, phone booths and classic Pakistani vehicles.The majestic festivities began with a formation and pledge towards Pakistani progress by less privileged, highly talented students of TCF (The Citizens Foundation) at Dolmen Mall Clifton who were present through the festivities. As a collaborative effort, World Wildlife Federation (WWF) also launched a grand recycling drive “Beat Plastic Pollution” and a Plantation drive “Rang Do” at the mall.Shaniera Akram initiated the activity of “Hoga Saaf Pakistan” campaign by bringing in empty plastic bottles and putting them in the recycling bin. Many other renowned celebrities like Ayesha Omer, Hareem Farooq, Zhallay Sarhadi, Momal Sheikh, Yashma Gill, anchor Sidra Iqbal and singer Abdullah Muzaffarjoined hands to support this cause.The eve of Independence Day was marked with Performances by Asif Sinan, South Asian Ensemble co-curated by Salt Arts and Ahsan Bari. Kashmir Band performed live and joined the audience in a zealous countdown to the nation’s 71st Independence Day.Recognising the perseverance and lifetime accomplishment of renowned Pakistanis, the mall presented John Permal, Nighat Misbah, Ansar Burney and Javed Miadad lifetime achievement awards for their contribution towards Pakistan and invited them and their families to hoist the national flag at the mall. Visitors were taken to a whole new level of patriotism through parades, flag hoisting and cake cutting ceremonies on the Independence Day.The biggest attraction remained the #BoulevardChowk that led the visitors into a nostalgic engagement experience with games such as hopscotch, ludo, carrom and pittu garam. Dolmen Mall invited visitors to digitally share photos, tributes, achievements, fables from the time of independence.Additionally, Dolmen Mall gave away 1947 gifts and prizes, 71 gift hampers and 14 grand prizes through lucky draws and shopping incentives.On this occasion, Anum Nadeem, Director Dolmen Group said, “Dolmen Mall has always brought appeal for its valued customers, be it any occasion or festival. We take pride in our pledge to bring people closer and to make a difference in people´s perceptions about our country.”

About Dolmen: 

The Dolmen Mall has revolutionized the retail landscape of Pakistan. Located at the waterfront, at the intersection of the upscale Defenceand Clifton neighborhoods, this mall integrates the best in food, fashion and leisure. Anchored by Hyperstar and Debenhams, Dolmen Mall Clifton has a strong mix of local and international brands including Aldo, Mango, Next, Nike, Mothercare, Timberland and Charles & Keith. With 130 retail outlets, a multi-level department store, and a food court that accommodates 1200 customers.

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Former Swiss CG Emil Wyss celebrate Independence Day of Pakistan

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Karachi (Cliff News)Former Swiss Consul General in Karachi Emil Wyss, along with his wife Arie, was in the metropolis to celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan.Emil and Arie, who were among the most socially active diplomats of the city, flew in the wee hours of August 14 just for one day. They attended the flag hoisting ceremony at the Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum.

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Later both visited: 1) Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation where they donated blood for Thalassemia major children, 2) Stanmore School for Independence Day event, 3) Markaz-e-Umeed school for special children, 4) Dar-ul-Sakoon for children with mental and physical challenges, 5) PAF Museum to attend Independence Day celebrations organized by Pakistan Academic Consortium, and 6) Bint-e-Fatima Old Home (Trust) for homeless women.Just before leaving for the airport, the Swiss duo spoke to local journalists. “Because of the wonderful two years we spent in Pakistan, and the excellent connection we have with our friends and the hospitable Pakistani people, we will never miss a chance to regularly visit this beautiful country”, Emil and Arie joyously mentioned.

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