Glitz,Glamour and power pack performance in IPPA Awards

Founders of IPPA, Ali Malik and Mukhtar Ahmed with Aamir J Shiekh, chairman 14th August committee, minister of education and partner Hammad

Oslo(Cliff News)IPPA (International Pakistan Prestige Awards) one of the biggest star-studded Pakistani events taking place internationally for the third time was held here at Oslo, Norway, X-Meeting Point.The award ceremony was well-attended by stars, government officials, media representatives and socialites. The star-studded affair not only brought the giants of the Pakistani entertainment industry under one roof but also served as a great platform to present a soft image of our country.The evening began by welcoming special guests at the star-studded Red Carpet hosted by Zara Fatima and Saim Ali followed by dinner for them. The show opened with the national anthems of both countries – Pakistan and Norway – followed by an AV presentation of the past two IPPA’s. Azfar Rehman and Sarwat Gilani called upon the founders of IPPA Ali Malik and Mukhtar Ahmed to give a speech, during which Aamir J Shiekh, chairman 14th August committee, and partner Hammad were also invited to speak, as was the minister of education.Shehroze Sabzwari and Sadaf Kanwal then took the stage for a powerful dance performance. Yasir Hussain and Moomal Sheikh were the next hosts. The first award they announced was for Best TV Presenter of the Year Viewer’s Choice, which was presented by Mr Zaaem (CEO Opras) & Hania Aamir and went to Yasir Hussain. Next award was for Best Debut female presented by Aima Baig and Mr Arfan CEO Desi Kitchen, which went to Amar Khan and was received by Adnan Siddiqui. Best Debut male presented by Sonia Mishal and Mr Kaiser Ali, CEO Proof Security went to Shayan Khan, while Best Designer of the Year Viewer’s choice, presented by Amy Bernard went to Nomi Ansari. Best Emerging Talent of the Year Viewer’s Choice presented by Sarah Shah of Xpressions & Asad Siddiqui went to Bisha Abbas while Best Model of the Year Viewer’s Choice was presented by Ali Malik and Sonia Mishal and went to Sadaf Kanwal.Next up was a hilarious comedy segment by Yasir Hussain and Adnan Siddiqui that had the audience in stitches.Hira and Mani then came in to host the next set of awards. The first of these was for Ippa Style Icon of the Year Viewer’s Choice which were presented by Nomi Ansari and Maya Ali and went out to Ayesha Omer and Azfer Rehman. IPPA Singer of the Year Viewers’ Choice was presented by Ms. Afshan Oslo parliamentarian Rafiq and Ahmed Ali Butt and went out to Aima Baig. IPPA Star of the Year female and male were presented by Maya Ali and were won by Hania Aamir and Ahsan Khan respectively.Next came a scintillating performance by Zara Noor Abbas brought by Bio Amla, whose amazing moves set the stage on fire.Sarwat Gilani then came to honour Zeba Bakhtiar, the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award, and introduce the video presentation on her achievements.

Ayesha Omer stole the show with her amazing performance

The award was presented by Mr Sabir Godil (GM Marketing Bisconni Chocolatto) and Adnan Siddiqui.The next pair of hosts of the evening were Soniya Mishal and Saim. They announced the award for Best Supporting Actor TV Serial Viewers’ Choice and Best Director TV Serial Viewers’ Choice both of which were presented by Humayun Saeed and went out to Hira Mani and Ahson Talish respectively.Next up was an entertaining performance by Aima Baig, during whose performance stars like Maya Ali also joined in to shake a leg.To host the next segment Shehroze and Sonia Mishal took the stage. Best TV Serial Jury and Viewers’ Choice were presented by Shehzad Sheikh and Kubra Khan and went to Samina Humayun for Dil Maum Ka Diya, received by Humayun received on her behalf, and Suno Chanda, respectively. Best Actor Female TV Serial Jury and Best Actor Male TV Serial Jury were presented by Ayesha Omer and went to Iqra Aziz and Farhan Saeed respectively. Best Actor Female TV serial Viewers’ Choice presented by Mr Muhamad Ali (Head of Media The Brand Partnership) and Hania Aamir was received by Neelum Muneer while Best Actor Male TV serial Viewers’ Choice presented by Mr Mazar Jafre (Snr Media Manager The Brand Partnership) and Hania Aamir went to Adnan Siddiqui.After a laughter-filled comedy session by Ahmed Ali Butt in which he interacted with all the stars seated in the front row, the next host to take the stage was Sarwat Gilani. Best Director Film Viewers’ Choice award was presented by Moomal Sheikh and Yasir Husain and went out to Nadeem Baig, while Best Supporting Actor Film Viewers’ Choice was presented by Sadaf Kanwal and Shehroze to Ahmed Ali Butt, Best Film Jury went to Parwaaz Hai Junoon presented by Zara Noor Abbas. Best Film Viewers’ Choice was presented by Ms Shehla Asghar (brand Manager Bisconni Chocolatto) and Ahmed Ali Butt and went to Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2, received by Humayun Saeed.Ayesha Omer and Azfer Rehman stole the show with their amazing and charismatic performance which was followed by the last hosts of the evening, Ahmed Ali Butt and Yasir Husain announcing the final set of awards. Best Actor Female Film Jury and Best Actor Male Film Jury were presented by Fahim Burney and Sarwat Gilani and went to Kubra Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi respectively. Best Actor Female Film Viewers’ Choice and Best Actor Male Film Viewers’ choice awards were presented by Zeba Bakhtiar and Adnan Siddiqui and went to Maya Ali and Humayun Saeed respectively.All in all it was a successful event that concluded on a jubilant note with the audience glued to their seats right till the end, looking forward to more such international awards recognizing Pakistani talent.Like last year, the PR of IPPA Awards 2019 was handled by Starlinks PR & Events and the official media partner was HUM TV while Hello magazine was the magazine partner.IPPA is acclaimed to be the biggest independent international Pakistani Awards to be attended by top celebrities of Pakistan. The first two IPPA Awards events were organised in London, while this third edition took place in Norway.

An entertaining performance by Aima Baig at 3rd IPPA Awards 2019

 

IPPA Awards all set to take Oslo by Strom

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Oslo(Cliff News)IPPA (International Pakistan Prestige Awards), the biggest independent, star-studded Pakistani event taking place internationally, is all set for its third outing, this time in Norway, after two successful stints in the UK. The awards ceremony will be held at X Meeting Point, Oslo, Norway on December 7 and it is expected that the Pakistani diaspora will be in attendance as never before.The first IPPA happened in 2017, celebrating 70 years of Pakistan, and since then there has been no looking back. With our media and showbiz industry supporting the Awards in great numbers in the past, this year too it is expected that many celebrities will be representing Pakistan and presenting a soft image of our country to the rest of the world by promoting Pakistani cinema, television, fashion and music.Celebrities expected to grace the Red Carpet at IPPA this year are Humayun Saeed, Hania Amir, Sohail Ali Abro, Ayesha Omar, Sadaf Kanwal, , Mani, Hira Mani, Mansha Pasha, Wahab Shah, Adnan Siddiqui, Aima Baig, Nomi Ansari, Neelam Munir , Sheheryar Munawar, Kubra Khan and many more.The event, organised by Vision Events International and Lollywood Entertainment is presented by Bisconni Chocolatto, powered by Bio amla, and brought to you by Olivia. Like every year, the PR of IPPA Awards 2019 is being handled by Starlinks PR & Events and the official media partner is HUM TV.

 

 

                                                     

       

 

Performing arts personalities envoys nation’s soft image:Thai Consul General

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Mr. Thatree Chauvachata, Consul General of Thailand, hosted a dinner in honor of the selected members of the TV and Film fraternity of Pakistan at his residence. Photo shows Mr. Apipan Cheecharoen, deputy Consul General, Mr. Humayun Saeed, Mr Farhan Agha, Ms.Maria Wasti, Mr. Nadeem Baig, Ms.Erum Khan, Ms.Mona J, Mrs. Shahnaz Ramzi, Mr. Kanaporn Apinonkul, Country Manager Thai Airways and Mr Mobin Ansari, with host.

Karachi(Cliff News)The sharing of films, music and drama are the best means to project a country and its culture. The practitioners of performing arts should have good personal ties with counter parts in other countries. The Consul General of the Kingdom of Thailand in Karachi,Thatree Chauvachata, made these remarks at a dinner hosted by him exclusively for prominent showbiz personalities in the city. Humayun Saeed, Farhan Agha, Maria Wasti, Erum Khan, Mona J, Nadeem Baig, Shahnaz  Ramzi, besides several others attended the reception.     The Thai consul general said he would like to foster better relations and deeper understanding between Thailand and Pakistan by acting as a conduit between the performing artistes of the two countries. He said he was glad to see that Pakistan’s showbiz industry was a vibrant one and Pakistani artistes should act as brand ambassadors of their nation.He said that Thailand and Pakistan both possessed unique natural beauty and picturesque spots besides tourism sites. The showbiz industry of both countries should explore these avenues and also go for joint productions which would be mutually beneficial for both countries. He added that the Thai consulate in Karachi would always facilitate such efforts.Humayun Saeed said the idea had merit and should be explored. Farhan Agha was of the opinion that Pakistani dramas were second to none and need to be introduced to other countries of the region. He said Thai production houses would find Pakistan a good venue for joint productions.Thai Airways Country Manager Kanaporn Apinonkul speaking on the occasion said the increase in two-way traffic between Pakistan and Thailand demanded more additional flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, particularly the federal capital.

Fakhr-e-Alam presents his book to President of Pakistan

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Islamabad(Cliff News)In commemoration of the first anniversary of Mission Parwaaz, our National Hero Fakhr-e-Alam announces the release of his book ‘Mission Parwaaz – Fakhr-e-Alam Making History’ by presenting it to the President of Pakistan. The book encapsulates Alam’s historic journey of circumnavigating the globe in 23 days with Mission Parwaaz. As part of the 1-year anniversary, Fakhr-e-Alam presented the book in Islamabad to the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi and DG ISPR General Asif Ghafoor. Alam will also be signing books in Lahore between 11th and 12th November. The book launch announcement was made after the teaser release of the documentary ‘Mission Parwaaz.’The historic journey of Mission Parwaaz was not only a groundbreaking National achievement for Pakistan but also marked Pakistan’s first successful circumnavigation of the globe in any mode of transportation. The documentary ‘Mission Parwaaz’ will be aired on Pakistan’s state-owned broadcaster – Pakistan Television (PTV) on 9th November, as recognition and celebration of this extraordinary historical achievement by a Pakistani.Commenting on the 1-year anniversary of Mission Parwaaz, Fakhr-e-Alam says, “I have always been proud to be a Pakistani. I undertake things to make my country proud. Mission Parwaaz, a global circumnavigation was a once in a life time adventure very few people get to do. I hope to see more Pakistanis to undertake such an endeavor. I can’t wait for a Pakistani woman pilot to circumnavigate the planet. Pakistanis have the talent, ability and the heart to do extra ordinary things. My next focus is space travel. I hope I can carry the Pakistani flag into space. Need all your prayers.”The epic 23-day journey started on October 10th, 2018 from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, Tampa Florida, USA, flying the ‘Pilatus PC 12NG’ single-engine turboprop aircraft, stopping by at 36 airports while flying over 106 countries across the world in only 23 days. Alam made his first stopover in Boston, flew to Canadian Airbase in Goosebay, Canada, making further brief pit stops in Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom, Egypt, Bahrain, Dubai, Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Dhaka, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Australia, Philippines, Taiwan, South Japan, North Japan, the Pacific Bay, Russia, Alaska, British Colombia, Colorado, Houston, and lastly safely flying back to Clearwater Airpark, Tampa Florida on November 3rd, 2018.Upon completing the historic journey, the last video message recorded by Alam said, “Pakistan, news from Florida, Mission Parwaaz, Mission accomplished. Thousands of nautical miles, hundreds of hours, 36 airports, flying over 106 countries, 23 days and one big dream for one big nation. Pakistan congratulations, we are now in the history books of aviation.”Fakhr-e-Alam will be launching his book in Karachi on 14th November, more details will be disclosed at a later date. The book will soon be available at select retailers across the nation.

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Salman Ahmad plays big role in music maestro Rahat’s success

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Lahore(Showbiz Reporter)Salman Ahmad plays big role in music maestro Rahat’s successFamed Pakistani musicm maestrosUstad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s producer and global manager Salman Ahmed has said that the three upcoming UK concerts have sold out completely showing the popularity of Pakistani artist across the South Asian communities.Speaking to media in an interview, the veteran talent promoter and producer said that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan produces magical music and without a doubt he’s amongst the most sought-after world artists.Salman Ahmed has been managing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for about 10 years now. The music maestro was well known in Pakistan because of his strong vocal skills but Ahmed turned around everything for the artist and had made him a household name in millions of homes in South Asia and beyond. Three months ago, the University of Oxford awarded the music doctorate degree to Khan – a huge personal honour for the musician and for his country of origin.Salman Ahmed said that credit for the success of Khan goes to his entire team who worked hard throughout the year on the shows and on the brand of Rahat Fateh Ali KhanHe explained: “Behind every show, there’s sweat, blood and toll. We work hard all the time to maintain the highest of standards in what we promise and produce.

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Ustad Rahat performs for a few hours on the stage but thousands of hours of hard work are invested in the production of his shows and that hard work has worked to make him a mega hit. As a way of example, for our concerts starting this weekend at Wembley Arena more than 35 band members will be touring with the singer. There is a team separately working in an international office here in London on logistics, concepts, arrangements, production and marketing. Once these shows are over, we will start working on the next round of events. There is no break.”There was some controversy around Rahat’s shows in America in the wake of the revocation of Article 370 by the Indian government and Salman Ahmed accepted that attendance at Rahat’s shows few days ago was slightly less but he said that the UK concerts were sold out. “You cannot deny that Rahat is loved by Indians, Pakistanis and other Urdu-understanding communities. There is no alternative to him.”Salman Ahmed is one of the most experienced and respected Asian art promoters. His alliance with the showbiz started some 32 years ago when he started organizing Bhangra nights and small British Asian concerts. That was the time when British Asian singers had started making their mark. The BBC covered one of Salman’s first concerts at the time. There was no social media and no Asian channels around. The BBC aired a report then to showcase how the second generation of British Asians was growing with a fusion of British and Asian culture. Salman was then a teenager.Salman Ahmed went on to manage several Indian and Pakistani artists afterwards and worked full time in the same capacity, never looking back or never trying to do anything else.He said: “You should only do what you are good at. You can do excellence only in your job if you are devoted to it with full passion and commitment. I believe in total commitment and nothing else.”Unlike the maverick ways of some, Ahmed believes in treating his clients as a product. “My clients are my products. I promote products in the market. We invest in our products. We take risks and we inject our life into our products to make them a phenomenal success,” said Salman Ahmed acknowledging that Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been the biggest hit for him as a producer.Salman Ahmed says he believes in promoting Pakistani talent before the world and for Rahat’s London shows he is introducing around a dozen Pakistani musicians for the first time. “These are young, educated and dynamic musicians who have been playing at the Basement Café and in the underground scene in Karachi and Lahore. They are doing an outstanding job. For the fusion part of Khan saheb’s shows these musicians will be used. They will be performing in front of the international audience numbering in the thousands and this will bring a unique kind of confidence in them.”Salman Ahmed said he was very excited about the latest round of shows because Ustad Rahat Ali Khan will be doing fusion, using instruments and sounds not tried before.

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7th Hum Awards takes Houston by glamour storm and power-packed performances

Performance by Hania Aamir and Azan Sami Khan

Houston(Cliff News)One of the most anticipated awards of the year, ‘Kashmir 7th HUM Awards presented by Kashmir Cooking Oil and Banaspati, brought to you by Cadbury Dairy Milk and Eighteen Residential Project, in association with Bisconni Chocolatto was held here today at NRG Arena, Houston acclaimed to be the biggest International Pakistani Awards to be attended by top celebrities of Pakistan.The tone for the evening was set with the Red Carpet, which dazzled everyone with its amazing décor and the superstars and socialites gracing it, hosted by Ali Safina and Moomal Sheikh who kept the stars engaged throughout. The star-studded affair not only brought the bigwigs of the Pakistani entertainment industry under one roof but it also served as a great platform to showcase the true entertainment value that Pakistan offers.The show opened with the American and Pakistani national anthems presented with oomph and   patriotism, the first accompanied by their traditional parade and the second featuring artists Kubra, Farhan, Urwa, Meekal, Mawra, Imran Ashraf and Reema among many others singing fervently along with kids dressed in the flag colours. The anthems were followed by a grand opening performance of Dil Se by Haroon Rasheed in which he got Bushra to also participate. Then HUM’s showreel 2018 was shown after which the Pakistani ambassador, Erwin Missanga, president HUM Network Sultana Siddiqui and CEO HUM Netwok, Duraid Qureshi came on stage to address the audience. A riveting performance on Tu Turu Tara Tara by Ali Rehman and Meekal Zulfiqar, the first set of hosts for the evening, marked their grand entry. They announced the first award category — of Best Soap — to be presented by Shahzad Sheikh and Kubra Khan. The award went to Sanwari for its amazing story and performances, and was received by Mahesh. Best Actor Female – Soap, was presented by Sarah Khan and COO Samsol, Fauzi Saleem and went to Zainab Ahmed for her role in Maan Sadqay. It was received by Adnan Siddiqui on her behalf. Best Actor Male Soap, a category sponsored by Bank Alfalah and presented by Muneeb Butt and Hina Dilpazeer went to Usama Khan, for Sanwari. Best Childstar and Best Telefilm presented by Nadia Afghan and Ali Safeena went to Sami Khan and Is Dil Ki Aisi Ki Tesi byMD Productions, respectively.A riveting performance by Azan Sami Khan and Hania Amir on a medley of vintage Pakistani film songs that had the entire audience singing with the duo, and going wild when Azan came down the stage to dance with Reema sitting in the audience, followed.The next segment’s hosts comprising Meekal Zulfiqar and Sanam Jung took over. For the Best New Sensation Television Female and Male awards, Yasir Hussain and Iqra Aziz were invited to announce the winners, which went out to Alizeh for Ishq Tamasha received by Saife Hasan, and Usama Tahir for Dar Si Jati Hai Sila, respectively. Adnan Siddiqui and Mawra Hoccaine presented the award for Best OST which went to Bandi by Moomal Entertainment and was received by Moomal Qureshi, while Kashmir Golden Plate Award, presented by the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner and Mohammed Akbar Muggo of Kashmir Cooking Oil went to Sultana Siddiqui for her massive contributions to society.Ahmed Ali Butt and Meekal Zulfiqar then took the mike and kept the audience in stitches with their comedy act with Butt impersonating as a mobile phone.The next hosts of the evening were Ali Rehman and Ayesha Omer who made their striking entry on a song and then invited Duraid Qureshi to present the first awards of their segment, which were Recognition Award (films), which went out to Parwaz Hai Junoon and was received by Momina Duraid, and Best Actor Male and Female awards which went out to Hamza Ali Abbasi and Hanya Aamir respectively. A trailer of a forthcoming film by HUM, Sacch, was also shown.The next awards were for Best Actor in a Supporting role Female (serial) which went out to Nadia Afghan for Suno Chanda, presented by Yumna Zaidi and president Riceland, Mrs Tahir Javed, and Best Actor in a Supporting role Male which a tie and was awarded to Yasir Hussain for Bandi and Tipu Shah for Dar Si Jati Hai Sila, presented by Zeba Bakhtiar and Dr. Mubashir Chaudhry.The mega stars of Pakistani media industry Mehvish Hayat and Ahsan Khan then set the stage on fire, with the dancing crew in accompaniment. Their electrifying performance brought the house down.The inimitable pair Ahmed Ali Butt and Bushra Ansari then came on as hosts for the next segment and invited Reema and Mr Tanveer Ahmed to present the award for Most Impactful Character in a Serial, which went to Noman Ejaz for his stunning performance in Dar Si Jati Hai Sila. Best Actor in a Negative Role also went to Noman Ejaz and was presented by senator Faisal Jawed and Moomal Shunaid. Momina Duraid and Javed Sheikh presented the next two awards – that of Best Writer Drama Serial and Best Director Drama Serial that went to Saima Akram Chaudhry for Suno Chanda and Kashif Nisar for Dar Si Jati Hai Sila, respectively. Just before the next category of award – that of Lifetime Achievement – Asim Azhar took centerstage and did an electrifying performance on the legendary singer Alamgir’s songs after which he invited the maestro himself to the stage, to the delight of the unsuspecting audience, who gave him a standing ovation. Sultana Siddiqui, together with Asim Azhar presented this award to the indefatigable Alamgir who then sang. song live to the delight of the audience.Ali Rehman and Meekal Zulfiqar, the next set of hosts of the evening invited Zahid Ahmed and Mohammed Ehteshamuddin to present the Best on Screen Couple (popular) award, sponsored by Candyland which went to Iqra Aziz and Farhan Saeed while Best Drama Serial (popular) award was presented by Noman Ejaz and Sabir Godil of Bisconni and went to Suno Chanda, received by Momina Duraid. Best Actor Female Drama Serial (popular), presented by Imran Ashraf and Tariq Hamdi of Eighteen went to Iqra Aziz for Suno Chanda while Best Actor Male Drama Serial (popular), presented by Urva Hoccaine and Uzair Adil of Eighteen went to Farhan Saeed for Suno Chanda.Ahmed Ali Butt then came to interact with the audience in his comical style, again making them roll in their seats, after which the audience was treated to a mesmerizing performance by the queen of Sufi music, Abida Parveen, keeping everyone glued to their seats, in spite of the late hours.The last set of hosts for the evening were Ahsan Khan and Sanam Jung. The jury award for Best On-Screen Couple was presented by Hania Amir and Sohail Mateen of Sensodyne and went to Iqra Aziz and Farhan Saeed while Best Drama Serial jury went to Dar Si Jati hai Sila, presented by Adnan Siddiqui and Shakeel Ahmed of Kashmir Cooking Oil. Best Actor Female Drama Serial jury was presented by Ayesha Omer and Ms Ehmareen Basit of Kashmir and went to Yumna for Dar Si Jati hai Sila while Best Actor Male Drama Serial Jury presented by Bushra Ansari and Mian Shahzad of Kashmir went to Noman Ejaz for Dar Si Jati Hai Sila bringing the thunderous night to a close.It is to be noted that HUM AWARDS successfully went international to another continent for the first time in 2018 when it went to Toronto. Following the stupendous success of the last awards, this time the US was the destination for the first time.

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Sastaticket.pk announces upto 75% off on its travel deals

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Karachi (Cliff News)Sastaticket.pk makes for a great travel experience at any time of the year. But it’s on 11 November 2018 that the Pakistan’s largest online travel portal decides to come alive with seasonal finery. Nowhere else in Pakistan will globetrotters find such massive travel deals, coupled with such great savings!
Mark your calendars as this 11.11, Singles Day will set a new precedent for all travel deals to come. Sastaticket.pk offers massive travel discounts on all domestic and international flights and hotels. Book hotel and ticket to your dream destination at Sastaticket.pk with up to 75% off. The biggest travel deal of the year 2018 will be a 24 hour event that will start making its mark from 12:00 AM,11th November till 11:59 PM.
So, if you are done with your mundane daily life or just want to celebrate new year eve with your loved ones at your dream place, just visit Sastaticket.pk and avail these too good to be true discounts. This 11.11 is an opportunity to see travel deals at its best.
Reverberating the enthusiasm on this special occasion, Shazil Mehkri, CEO, Sastaticket.pk (Pvt.) Ltd, announced:
“Sastaticket.pk is a leading Pakistani online travel portal that takes pride in offering affordable and convenient travel services to its customers. Each year we strive to offer bigger and better travel discounts and this 11.11 is no different. The idea is to provide an opportunity to travelers to plan their trips at really affordable prices.”This 11.11 Ab Ghomlay Duya with Sastaticket.pk!