November 29, 2021

Female blogger apologises for compromising the “sanctity” of Kartarpur corridor

What happened: According to reports, a private clothing brand was heavily criticized for doing a photoshoot at the Kartarpur corridor. It was alleged that the female blogger did a photoshoot at the religious place without a “duppata” on her head. At the same time, an Indian journalist tweeted that the female blogger’s photoshoot had “hurt […]

November 29, 2021

5 outdoor Chai Dhabas in DHA Lahore offering cozy winter ambiance

Winter nights call for coffee or tea outdoors. But you’re not always in the mood for a fancy coffee place where you have to go in Jeans(wink wink). So here are 5 cheap Chai dhabas in and near DHA Phase 5 offering the best ambience with a cup of chai. Chai Hujra Chai Hujra has […]

November 29, 2021

5 food items that you must have in order to have the complete Lahori experience

Apart from the cultural and historical heritage of Lahore, what makes the claim “Jinnay Lahore ni wekhya oh jammya hi nahi” (One who hasn’t visited Lahore hasn’t really taken birth yet) true, is the food of Lahore. There’s obviously a reason why Lahore’s food has a separate name, i.e ‘Lahori Khabbay’. But we know most […]

November 29, 2021

Here’s why people are calling Rhythm Festival, ‘The Paki AstroWorld’

What happened: The much awaited, Rhythm Festival in Lahore that took place at Royal Palm, near Mughulpura on canal road diappointed its attendees last night as the music festival was a disaster. People got injured, girls got harassed, and the crowd was out of control. Details: They event started at 5pm and ended around midnight. […]

November 27, 2021

Navjot Singh Sidhu calls for opening the Lahore-Amritsar route

What happened: The cricketer-turned Indian politician Navjot Singh Sidhu wants the authorities to open the Lahore-Amritsar route. During his visit to the Kartarpur corridor, he requested the Indian PM to open the border between the two Punjab provinces. While talking to the press, Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “When Karachi-Mumbai route can be opened for the rich. […]

November 27, 2021

Twitterati reacts to Malala’s graduation

What happened: The Nobel laureate tweeted the pictures of her graduation. Malala with a sense of humor on her graduation day tweeted. She wrote, “Some Latin was said and apparently I have a degree.” The Twitterati was all applauded for Malala as after being shot and facing hardships, she completed her education. Details: At the […]

November 27, 2021

In a bid to compete at the T20 World Cup, Saudi Arabia launches its Talent Hunt Program

What happened: Saudi Arabia’s cricket federation has its first-ever talent hunt program. In a bid to compete on the world stage the Kingdom has planned to start its own national cricket team. Reports suggest that the talent hunt program has been launched to encourage the Saudi youth. SACF (Saudi Arabia Cricket Federation) announced the talent […]

November 26, 2021

Pakistan cricket team face a lawsuit for hoisting national flag during training

What happened:  The Pakistan cricket team on their tour to Bangladesh held the national flag during practice sessions. The Pakistani flag was seen heaved up during their practice session in Mirpur before the 1st Test match. Reportedly, the Bangladeshi players took this as a political message, as they filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed […]

November 25, 2021

In a bid to reduce street crime, KP has announced “Ababeel force”

What happened: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s police department has announced the formation of a new police force named Ababeel force. In their bid to curb street crime, the KP government has announced this force. The Ababeel force will include 1600 elite police officers performing their duty in two shifts. The Ababeel force has its similarities with the Dolphin force […]

November 25, 2021

Gurdwaras opened for namaz after Hindu extremists attacked worshippers: India

What happened: The Sikh Gurdwaras in India’s Gurugram were opened by the administration for Muslim worshippers. Many social media users appreciated the act of kindness by the Sikh for the Muslim community. The decision by the Sikh community after the protests by BJP against the Muslim minority in the area. The Gurugram’s Sikh community has […]

November 25, 2021

Did North Korea just pull off a Squid Game themselves?

What happened: On USB sticks and SD cards, copies of Squid Game were smuggled into North Korea. According to reports, the individual accused of smuggling in the show has been punished to death by a firing squad. Details: A North Korean student who bought the USB drive was sentenced to life in prison. Six others […]

November 24, 2021

Pakistan’s 1st Women in Law Awards held in Islamabad

What happened: PTI’s member of the National Assembly, Maleeka Bokhari tweeted about the first women in law awards being held in Islamabad. Maleeka tweeted, “We are holding the Diversity & Inclusion symposium..” She also congratulated the female lawyers of Pakistan. The Women in Law initiative was started to increase the representation of women in Pakistan’s judiciary.  Details: […]

November 24, 2021

KFC didn’t serve the advertised burger, so I’ll sue them, says a KFC customer

What happened: An Indonesian man named Erwin Sandi purchased a Krunch Burger from KFC. However, after receiving the order, the customer did not seem to be satisfied. Erwin Sandi then complained on about the burger on his Facebook and wrote, “didn’t look like the picture at all.” It has often been reported that fast-food outlets deceive their […]

November 23, 2021

Friends separated after Pak-India partition reunite after 74 years

What happened: Sardar Gopal Singh and Muhammad Bashir, who were separated, met again in their late ages. Gopal Singh, aged 94, and Bashir, aged 91, separated after partitioning Pakistan and India in 1947. Gopal and Bashir were said to meet after remaining separated for 74 years. Details: Mohammad Bashir belonging to Narowal and Sardar Gopal […]

November 23, 2021

This family celebrated National Adoption Day by adopting a 7th child

What happened: The Workcuffs from Bloomington have seven adopted children. On Saturday, three-year-old Phoenix became a member of their family. Details: National Adoption Day is celebrated on 20th November. To mark the day in Hennepin County, 20 families gave 34 children a home. Adoption finalisation hearings took place on Saturday, before Thanksgiving. Workcruff family was […]

November 22, 2021

“I would’ve KO-d Logan Paul, if it was a real fight”: Floyd Mayweather

What happened: The Logan Paul and Mayweather fight was staged? The boxing champion Floyd has claimed that he would have for sure knocked Logan Paul out, if it was an officially sanctioned fight. Details: Quoted by a publication, Floyd said, “I did an exhibition with the YouTuber, Logan Paul. We had fun.” The boxing legend […]

November 22, 2021

NADRA’s initiative to register orphan children is being applauded by many

What happened: Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority have launched an interesting plan. NADRA has launched a program to register orphan children in Pakistan. The announcement was made by Director General retired Major Saqlain Abbas, on his visit to the SOS village. At the same time, NADRA’s team led by Major also issues CNICs to […]

November 19, 2021

Smoking is unlawful and has a negative impact on the human health: Council of Islamic Ideology

What happened: The Council of Islamic Ideology has credited smoking as unlawful. Various Islamic scholars have also given a fatwa that smoking is impermissible, undesirable and unlawful due to its adverse impacts. Details: The society for the SPARC and CII organized a conference on Islamic orders regarding smoking. A fatwa was issued that smoking is […]

November 18, 2021

Saudi Arabia has handed over two mosques to Pakistan as ‘gifts’

Details: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan has handed over two mosques, the King Abdul Aziz Mosque in Mansehra, and the King Fahd Mosque in Muzaffarabad. The one Mosque in Mansehra that has been handed over as gifts can accommodate more than ten thousand people. While the King Fahd Mosque in Muzaffarabad can accommodate nearly 6000 […]

November 18, 2021

The Kartarpur corridor has been reopened for Sikh pilgrims

What happened: After India gave Sikh pilgrims permission to cross the border they started to arrive in Pakistan to visit one of their holiest shrines ahead of the religion’s founder’s birth anniversary. Details:The Kartarpur corridor is a visa-free border that allows Indian Sikhs to visit Guru Nanak’s tomb. It is 4 kilometres within Pakistan. The […]

November 18, 2021

Truth, and nothing but the truth – We want ProperGaanda back!

Pakistan The land of pure; people are not letting the country live by its name and we can all accept that, as a journalist in Pakistan, I can testify to this. We love our country, as we should, and that is why we report on everything that is going on here, people can’t turn their […]

November 17, 2021

How Fair are Instagram’s banning policies in Pakistan?

Image source: Instazood As social media became more integrated into daily life, platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter adopted a more a stringent set of policies. While these policies aimed to curb hate and violence, they also restrict expression of freedom.  This is not the first time Propergaanda has been banned. While it doesn’t fall […]

November 17, 2021

Butt Karahi alternatives in DHA Lahore that slap

There’s no season more suited for having Karahi and other desi food outdoors, than the winters. Munching down that meat, cooked in a zesty mix of spices, followed by some kehwa or chai will make you go to sleep more satisfied than ever. Checkout these places near DHA that have the most outstanding Karahis available […]

November 17, 2021

Jamaat-i-Islami proposed a bill which suggests gender change for transgenders

What happened: The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) introduced a bill in the Senate on Monday to modify the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018. The bill proposes to create a medical board that would recommend whether a person’s gender should be changed rather than them requesting reassignment based on their personal identification. Details: The law, in its […]

November 12, 2021

This journalist is going viral for her racist remarks on Malala’s wedding (and other really messed up things she’s said)

What happened: This journalist is going viral for her racist remarks on Malala’s wedding (and other really messed up things she’s said) Details:For many people, journo Taslima Nasreen cropped up on the map following Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and PCB High Performance manager Asser Malik’s wedding. A few hours after Malala announced the news of […]

November 10, 2021

Saudi Arabia to host world’s largest camel festival

Details: Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the world’s largest camel festival for the sixth year in a row, attracting camel owners from all over the world. According to SPA, the 40-day camel festival will begin on December 1 in Riyadh, bringing together camel owners from the Gulf, the United States, France, Russia, and the […]

November 8, 2021

Dhol maestro, Pappu Sain passed away

What happened: Pappu Sain, the internationally famous folk dhol performer, died of liver failure on Sunday morning, in Lahore. Details: The dholiya, who ruled hundreds of people’s hearts with his soulful and mystical craft, was transferred to the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute on Saturday night. Pappu Sain’s family asked the Punjab government for help, […]

November 8, 2021

NY teacher gifted a praying mat by her boss, for praying during work hours

Backstory: Maryam Akram (@kashmirichaiandbooks) is a preschool teacher living in New York City with her husband and daughter. Before she got a job as a preschool teacher she would frequently go to the Masjid to pray. However, once she started work she couldn’t go to the masjid as frequently anymore. She then asked her boss, […]

November 5, 2021

Greece court bans halal slaughter and kosher

Details: On Tuesday, the Hellenic Council of State banned kosher and halal slaughter. Animal preparations like kosher and halal are essential to Jewish and Muslim religious traditions. What happened: The courts found that the religious preparation of animal products did not outweigh the suffering of them, and the exemption was a breach of the law’s […]

July 27, 2021

Zahir Jaffer says he committed the murder because “Noor cheated on him”

What happened: After the completion of a 5-day physical remand, Zahir Jaffer murderer in the Noor Mukadam case, claimed to have killed Noor for cheating on him. On Monday, Zahir’s physical remand was extended for two more days by the Islamabad court. What’s happening now: Zahir’s parents, Asmat Zakir and Zakir Jaffer along with security […]

July 27, 2021

“The truth will be out infront of everyone very soon”,says Salar Shamas

Fatima Ahmed from Propergaanda’s team approached Salar Shamas, the singer who has been accused by an anonymous page for allegedly harassing and assaulting women. Fatima had a few questions for him regarding the allegations. (F) state the questions asked by Fatima Ahmed, (S) state the answers given by Salar Shamas (F) Did you personally know […]

July 27, 2021

Wearing jeans cost a 17-year-old girl her life in India

What happened: Neha Paswan, a 17-year-old girl, from Uttar Pardesh was allegedy killed at the hands of her relatives’ beating for wearing jeans. Details: She belonged to a village in Deoria district, which is one of the poorest developed district in the state. Her mother reported the incident to BBC Hindi, narrating that her daughter […]

July 26, 2021

Sajid Sadapara finally found his father’s dead body- A legend that was missing.

What happened: Muhammad Ali Sadpara, along with three mountaineers were last seen on 5th February 2020, in an attempt to lay foot on the unforgiving summit. Ali sadpara’s dead body has been found. What’s happening now: Last seen on 5th February 2020, the unspoken gem of Pakistan is found, the dead body, unfortunately. Not by the […]

July 26, 2021

Fatima Changezi becomes the first female naval officer from District Gilgit

Who is Fatima: Fatima Changezi belongs to the district Gilgit and has joined Pakistan Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant. She is the first woman to become a Naval Officer from her District. She recently received her rank after completing the 23rd Short-Service Commission. She was exemplary during her training, earning a gold-medal in sports. Growing up: […]

July 26, 2021

Omar Gilani publishes a sci-fi novel set in futuristic Pakistan about street children

Omar Gilani: Omar is a self-taught artist, illustrator, and designer who hails from Peshawar. At university Omar studied engineering and robotics, but decided to make a career out of his passion for arts. His book: Over Eid, Omar published his debut novel, The Lost Children of Paradise : A Pakistani Science Fiction Novel. It is […]

July 26, 2021

Lahore based singer accused of harassment; Shamas says accusations are fabricated and fake chats are being shared

What happened: An account on Instagram, Wall of Shame Pakistan, shared a post detailing reports from multiple women who claimed they have been harassed or assaulted by Lahore based singer, Salar Shamas late on Sunday. What you need to know: The post claimed that Salar had sexually harassed women and used his influence to threaten […]

July 24, 2021

Sheikh Rasheed spends Eid trying recreational activities

This Eid, Sheikh Rasheed has shared on twitter his attempts at horse riding and rowing a boat. He shared a video of himself horse-riding on his official twitter account on the second day of Eid, leaving many viewers amused. He seems to be at an idyllic farmhouse, dressed in sports wear riding a horse at […]

July 24, 2021

Abid Sher Ali uses crass language in a verbal fight at a restaurant in London

What happened: Abid Sher Ali of PML-N and his family were out at a restaurant in London for a family meal when he was accused of jumping the queue using his political leverage. He was accused by a fellow Pakistani man, who was also at the restaurant with his family. The accusation quickly turned into […]

July 24, 2021

Gandapur shouts violent remarks against Maryam Nawaz while the nation struggles with femicide

What happened: Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, has made highly problematic violent remarks against Maryam Nawaz at a public rally in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Tarar Khal area. Details: Gandapur was criticising the PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz when he turned his criticism more personal and violent. […]

July 24, 2021

WhatsApp makes group calls even better for iPhone users

What happened: WhatsApp has updated its calling interface and also offered new settings for “archived chats” for iPhone users. Details: The calling screen looks similar to the FaceTime screen which shows everyone who is on the call. Group calls have been also made easier in this update, if somebody was unable to attend the group […]

July 19, 2021

Aisam Qureshi calls out Abdul Razzak and Nauman Ijaz for making fun of female athletes

What happened: Aisam Qureshi, Pakistan’s star tennis athlete, called out both Abdul Razzak, Pakistani cricketer, and Nauman Ijaz, Pakistani actor, for making fun of female athletes aimed at Nida Dar on a talk-show. Nida Dar is the all-rounder for Pakistan Woman Cricket Team. Details: Aisam Qureshi posted a video on Instagram addressing the sexist remarks […]

July 19, 2021

PPP leader pleads for permission to fly for daughter’s first day of university

What happened: Sharjeel Memon, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker facing charges against him has pleaded to the Sindh High Court (SHC) to have his name removed from the no-fly list so he could travel abroad to attend his daughter’s first day at a foreign university. Details: Memon wishes as a father to drop his […]

July 17, 2021

Siyani Sahelian’s animated film CoronaVirus and Mental Health is tackling a crucial topic

What is Siyani Sahelian: It is a program under SOC Films that aims to empower the most marginalized adolescent girls in South Punjab through remedial learning, vocational training and life skills. Until now, the Siyani Sahelian programme has helped over 36,000 out-of-school adolescent girls in South Punjab through post-primary opportunities for learning gains, vocational education […]

July 17, 2021

The new Comfort ad has opened up a #LongLiveClothes trend about lawn

Many are lauding Comfort’s new ad that conveys an interesting message about fast-fashion, by encouraging consumers to take care of the clothes they already have instead of buying news ones to replace them. The reactions: Twitter users reacted to the ad with their own concerns regarding the affordability and durability of branded luxurious lawns. Click […]

July 17, 2021

Islamabad Police’s Gender Protection Unit is a safe-haven for women and children seeking justice and protection

ICT Police’s Gender Protection Unit was created to make it easy for women and children to access justice and protection systems in case of violence and sexual harassment. The Unit can be contacted by dialing “8090”. There is a walk-in facility that is open 24/7 in F-6 and it is managed entirely by women for […]

July 16, 2021

“She Said”, the film about Weinstein and the #MeToo movement is set to premier in 2022

What happened: A film based on the investigation of sexual harassment cases against Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement that followed is expected to premier in cinemas by November 2022. Details: The film stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan in the main roles of the New York Times reporters that initially broke the story of […]

July 16, 2021

McDonald’s is now offering its employees childcare support amongst other benefits

What happened: In attempts to attract employees, McDonald’s in the US is offering emergency childcare support to its employees. There are reports that McDonald’s could also be offering eldercare, wage and benefits workshops, and tuition assistance in order to boost hiring. Details: Fast-food workers have been especially struggling since the start of the pandemic and […]

July 16, 2021

Most populous state in India is proposing a two-child policy

What happened: Uttar Pradesh (UP), the most populous state in India, has proposed a two-child legislation that seeks to restrict couples from having more than two children. The population density in this state is more than double the national average while the per capita income in UP is less than half the national average. As […]

July 16, 2021

Back to the ‘dark age’: Taliban prohibit women from leaving houses alone in seized territories

What happened: Taliban have distributed leaflets in their controlled territories, ordering locals to follow strict rules that are similar to those they imposed on Afghans. Most of these laws are highly repressive towards women, including prohibiting women to leave their houses alone and ordering locals to marry their daughters off to Taliban. Details: Several residents of Balkh, a […]

July 16, 2021

Pakistan and Uzbekistan to make film on the first Mughal emperor – PM Imran Khan

What happened: PM Imran Khan has announced that Pakistan and Uzbekistan will be making a film on Zaheer ud din Babar, the first Mughal emperor. The aim of this collaborative effort between Pakistan and Uzbekistan is to create awareness between the young people of both the countries about the historic connection between Pakistan and Uzbekistan. […]

July 16, 2021

An educationist has reviewed the new Science books by SNC and the review is worrying

An educationist’s review of Pakistan’s science books highlights that there is no coherence between the Waqfiyat-i-Aama (WA) science books 1-3 and the Single National Curriculum (SNC) science books 4-5. Chapters in Book 4 jump from plants to animals and then plants again without clear flow of ecosystem or energy. The term “energy” itself is only mentioned […]

July 15, 2021

The historic Mukhi House is now a museum in Hyderabad

What happened: Provincial Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Syed Sardar Ali Shah inaugurated the newly converted Mukhi House Museum in Hyderabad. The house was built in 1920 by a prominent figure of Hyderabad, Mukhi Jethanand. Details: In 2015, it was handed over to the Sindh government to be turned into Hyderabad Museum. It is […]

July 15, 2021

Religious affairs minister opposes measures to prevent forced conversions

What Happened: In a meeting of the Senate parliamentary committee on minorities’ rights, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri opposed a proposed restriction on converting religion before the age of 18 years. He stated that a teenager cannot be stopped if they wished to convert to a different religion. Details: To curtail the recent […]

July 12, 2021

Pakistanis to expect week-long Eid holidays

What happened: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed addressing a press conference shared that there would be week-long holidays but the final announcement would be made by the PMO. Details: It is pertinent to note that Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on July 21 (Wednesday), as per the announcement made by the Central Ruit-e-Hilal Committee (moon sighting […]

July 12, 2021

Obama’s 2021 summer playlist features Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab

What happened: Pakistani artist Arooj Aftab’s track Mohabbat was featured in the former US president Barack Obama’s summer playlist. Tracks by other iconic artists such as Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Bob Dylan were listed along with her popular track. Mohabbat, based on the poetry by Hafeez Hoshiarpuri, was released in March 2021 under her […]

July 10, 2021

Usman Mirza might be awarded the death sentence, says IG Islamabad Police

What happened: Qazi Jameel ur Rehman, the IG Islamabad Police, has said that Usman Mirza’s crimes meet the threshold of a life sentence or even a death penalty. The Islamabad Police has been following PM Imran Khan’s direction for this case. The culprits have been charged with 4 different sections of charges. Details: The IG […]

July 10, 2021

Largest fruit forest of Asia being planted in Lahore

The Punjab government has announced that the largest fruit forest of Asia is being planted in Lahore. More than 1.1 million trees have already been planted at more than 51 places in Lahore. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 9, 2021

Womanistan introduces an online safe-place for you to share your stories

What happened: Womanistan introduces an online initiative called “Aurat Anonymous” to provide a safe-place for women to rant their worries, anger and frustrations away. Details: Womanistan offers an online space for women to vent their tension or ‘bharaas‘ away that they scoope due to the constant patriarchal pressures everyday. With frustration at rise pertaining to […]

July 9, 2021

Tourist train service launched in Balochistan

What happened: To promote tourism in Balo­chistan, Pakistan Railw­ays has launched a special train service for tourists. Details: Quetta Divisional Super­intendent Engineer Akhtar Mahmood inaugurated the train service at a ceremony held at Quetta Railways Station. The train will run between Quetta and Bostan as well as Quetta and Kolpur every Saturday and Sunday with […]

July 9, 2021

Usman Khan from Peshawar becomes Charlie Chaplin to lighten up the pandemic gloom

Who is Usman Khan: Usman Khan, a 28 year old, used to be a toy vendor on the streets of Peshawar. Now he is the Charlie Chaplin cheering up Peshawaris. Usman comes from a struggling impoverished family and his role playing Chaplin helps him set aside his own troubles for a while too. Why he […]

July 9, 2021

School name to be restored after social media backlash

What happened: Sindh Government took notice to restore the original name of the Malala Yousafzai Government Girls Secondary School on Karachi’s Mission Road after social media users demanded the government to protect the city’s history. Malala’s father also responded to the demand and urged the government to take notice of the issue. Details: School was […]

July 9, 2021

Edhi’s statue unveiled at Hockey Chowk in Quetta

What happened: At a ceremony marking Abdul Sattar Edhi’s fifth death anniversary, his son Faisal Edhi unveiled Edhi’s statue which has been installed at the Hockey Chowk in Quetta. The statue is made by Balochistan’s famous sculptor Ishaq Lehri. Details: The statue of the beloved humanitarian is 17-foot tall and four-foot wide. It took three […]

July 8, 2021

PM Imran Khan launches first Pakistan-made eco-friendly e-bike

What happened: At the launch ceremony on Thursday in Islamabad, the PM announced the Jolta Electric’s e-bike and stressed the need for environmental protection. The PM explained the importance of electric vehicles in helping lower air pollution levels. Details: The e-bike comes as a first major step towards electrifying the country’s automobile industry. Jolta’s e-bike […]

July 8, 2021

TikTok launches “video resumes” option for users

What happened: TikTok has launched an option to upload video resumes for its users for US-based jobs raging from entry level positions to more experienced positions. The “TikTok Resumes” option will be open between July 7 till July 31. Details: The launch by TikTok comes as a response to labour shortage in the US as […]

July 8, 2021

“Hitler did a lot of good things”, according to Trump

What happened: In an upcoming book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election”, an exchange between Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly is recounted where Trump reportedly said to John that “Hitler did a lot of good things”. This exchange happened when Trump was on a visit to Europe. Trump was then advised by […]

July 8, 2021

First Arab woman to become an astronaut

Who is she: Nora al Matrooshi is a 28-year old mechanical engineer from the UAE who is currently training to become an astronaut. She has dreamt about space since she was a little girl, wanting to explore the space like her ancestors explored oceans. “My mum’s side of the family are sailors. I’d say they […]

July 7, 2021

This Pakistani start-up is helping empower local artists by bringing them online for the first time

What does Vceela do: Akeel Khalid founded the company in 2016 to connect talented artisans with local and international markets. Vceela wanted to support established entrepreneurs and even the upcoming ones. The jobs they created helped not only in terms of employment but also helped save the dying arts and culture. The company has enabled […]

July 7, 2021

Dilip Kumar, a legend against all odds, dies at the age of 98

Dilip Kumar was born at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar in 1922. He was the fourth of 12 children to Ayesha and Mohammad Sarwar Khan. His parents chose the name, Mohammed Yusuf Khan for him. Dilip Kumar was his chosen stage name when he started his life-long career in the film industry. Dilip dreamt of […]

July 7, 2021

The Economist ranks Pakistan third in “Return to Normalcy Index”

What happened: Out of 50 countries Pakistan has ranked 3rd in The Economist’s Global Normalcy Index. This index shows which countries are returning to the pre-pandemic levels of normal life. Pakistan’s normalcy score out of 100 is at 84.4 making it third after Hong Kong (first) and New Zealand (second). Details: The index uses eight […]

July 7, 2021

PM Imran Khan vows to end colonial legacy of protocol and security

In a series of tweets, PM Imran Khan announced that he will forgo protocol and security for any private function in order to save taxpayer money and avoid inconvenience to the public. There will also be a review of protocol and security for other government officials. He linked the use of protocol and security to […]

July 7, 2021

Schools for transgenders to be set up in Punjab

What happened: Education Minister Dr Murad Raas, announced on Tuesday that separate schoold for the transgender community will be set up in Punjab very soon. The first such school will be established in Multan. Details: The announcement was made at the ceremony of the Insaf Afternoon School Programme in Lahore. The Minister further clarified that […]

July 6, 2021

Muslim women in India put for sale on website

What happened: A Senior Correspondent for The Print India, Fatima Khan, tweeted something disturbing about a website offering “Sulli Deals”. Muslims in India are often referred to as Sulla or Sulli in a derogatory manner. The reactions on Twitter were that of anger, disgust, and surprise: Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 6, 2021

Where did the ‘style’ in HUM Style Awards go?

What happened: The 5th Hum Style Awards took place on 4th July in Lahore. While the pandemic had deescalated the fashion industry this past year with only a few virtual fashion shows taking place, Hum style awards was expected to bring back the spirit of Fashion and Cinema. Yet did it? The Red Carpet It […]

July 6, 2021

Woman tries to blow-out Olympic Torch using water-gun

What happened: A 54-year old woman was arrested in Japan for protesting against the Tokyo Games by using a water-gun to spray down the Olympic Torch. She was protesting against holding the games amidst a global pandemic. Details: Her video has gone viral on social media, she is seen trying to blow out the torch […]

July 6, 2021

Students can now intern at Punjab Police

What happened: The Punjab police has announced a four-week long internship program for students. Students from various degree programs can participate in the internship program at police offices. Details: The internship launch is in efforts to promote awareness and offer practical insight into police-work. The Inspector General of Punjab Police Inam Ghani said the aim […]

July 5, 2021

10-year “Golden Residency” for outstanding students and their families by the UAE

What happened: The UAE government has announced a 10-year “Golden Residency” visa to outstanding students in efforts to attract talented people to the country. The students need an average of at least 95 percent in high school certificate from public or private schools to be able to apply for the visa. University students of specific […]

July 5, 2021

Govt rejected projects to develop sacred Hindu temple visited by millions annually

What Happened: Senator Danesh Kumar of the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has criticized federal government for rejecting all schemes for the development of Hinglaj Mata Temple that is visited by thousands of devotees every year from across the world. Details: Shrouded in a mountain cave, Hinglaj Mata Temple is on the bank of cascading […]

July 5, 2021

“Indian Cyber Troops” hacked Sindh High Court’s website

What happened: Sindh High Court’s official website, (www.sindhhighcourt.gov.pk), was hacked by Indian hacker group by the name of “Indian Cyber Troops” over the weekend. Details: The hackers also shared some pictures on the hacked website. There has been no official statement on the matter by the Sindh High Court yet. It is also not the […]

July 5, 2021

Most Hindus believe, to be Indian one has to be a Hindu

What happened: The Pew Research Center in Washington conducted a survey through nearly 30,000 face-to-face interviews in India from 2019-2020. The results of the survey concluded that majority of Hindus in India believe that one must be a Hindu and speak Hindi to be truly Indian. Details: Also the report includes data on how more […]

July 5, 2021

Matric Physics paper is leaked as exams began in Karachi

What happened: The Matric Physics paper was leaked just minutes after the exam started in an examination centre in Karachi. There were also reports of the exam starting late and causing inconvenience for students and parents alike. Annual Examinations 2021 for Secondary School Certificate start today across Sindh. Details: As per the board, special teams […]

July 5, 2021

Balochistan sets up digital libraries under Rs500 million fund for women’s empowerment

What happened: Mahjabeen Sheeran, the Parliamentary Secretary for Women Development, announced that the 2021-22 budget of Balochistan allocates Rs500 million for the economic empowerment of women. She further stated that this was in-line with Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alayani’s vision for women playing a vital role in the uplift of Balochistan. Details: There are plans […]

July 3, 2021

Pakistani bird watcher captures stunning photos of birds in the wild

Zahran, who is a hobbyist bird-watcher and photographer, is using his talent to promote the birds in Pakistan. These are some of our favourite photos and captions from Zahran’s twitter. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 3, 2021

The loadshedding in Lahore is so bad that author Muhammad Hanif misses K-Electric

Needless to say, we are all pretty frustrated with the loadshedding that follows us anywhere we go in Pakistan. Muhammad Hanif seemed to be in the same boat when he went to Lahore. While him tagging K-Electric is no surprise and just a reminder of the inefficiency of our power management, it was K-Electric’s reply […]

July 3, 2021

The Queens come crashing down as Canadians confront their colonial history

What happened: Unmarked graves of hundreds of indigenous children have been discovered in Canada at the sites of controversial former “Residential Schools”. This discovery has reopened painful wounds for indigenous and other communities in Canada. The anger Canadians feel over this horrific past has led to burning of Catholic Churches and toppling statues of Queen […]

July 3, 2021

At 23, Aruba Faridi becomes the youngest female aerospace engineer in Pakistan

Who is Aruba: Aruba is 23 years old and comes from a family of seven in Karachi. Her father and brother both work in the field of engineering, and this encouraged Aruba to get into engineering herself too. Growing up she didn’t play with dolls but with tools and electronic devices. She loved working with […]

July 2, 2021

Woman reports verbal harassment at the hands of a Careem driver in Lahore

What Happened: In a twitter thread, woman describes her horrific Careem experience with a male captain who passed extremely sexists and uncomfortable statements. The Thread: She concluded by saying, “All I can say after this experience is that being a woman in this country absolutely sucks!!” Like always, Careem responded to the thread, ensuring to […]

July 2, 2021

India’s tribal skating legend claims Netflix’s new movie is her stolen story

What happened: Skater Girl on Netflix is directed by an Indian filmmaker Manjari Makijany but it does not credit the Indian girl, Asha Gond, the film is based on. The 21 year old Asha says the film is about her and her Indian village. She even wrote an email to the filmmakers after watching the […]

July 2, 2021

Influencers legally required to label their edited photos due to “body pressure” in Norway

What happened: There are new regulations on influencers in Norway to help combat “body pressure in society”. Youth groups and Norway’s Ministry of Children and Family Affairs have advocated for strict measures over concerns around body image and mental health. The new legislation will compel influencers to label and disclose any images of themselves that […]

July 2, 2021

Officer Sana rides her bike to work everyday, breaking societal stereotypes while saving cost and time

What happened: Our favourite police-woman Amna Baig tweeted about a police officer, named Sana, who rides her bike to work so she can save time and cost. While riding a motorbike is a norm in Pakistan, it is a norm for mainly Pakistani men. Recently we have seen women breaking this silly stereotype and using […]

July 2, 2021

Aaminah Qadir is offering her legal services free of charge for females, children, and minority groups

What happened: Aaminah Qadir, a young lawyer based in Lahore, has offered her legal services pro-bono over the next few months for females, children, and minority groups. She can be reached at aaminahq@gmail.com What was the reaction: Twitter users reacted positively, appreciating her gesture, giving suggestions, and reaching out to her regarding their issues. Click […]

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July 1, 2021

“We actually accept the Chinese version”, says PM Imran Khan about Uighur situation

What happened: At the centenary of the ruling Communist Party, PM Imran Khan spoke to Chinese journalists to praise the Communist Party. Imran Khan also questioned the version of the Uighur situation that was being given by the Western media saying that “because of our extreme proximity and relationship with China, we actually accept the […]

July 1, 2021

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KPK) Mashal Aamir wins 2021 Diana Award for her services to humanity

What happened: Mashal Aamir won the Diana Award on 28th June for her services to humanity and welfare marking a great honour for Pakistan and for KPK. She has participated in Welfare activities throughout Pakistan, Korea, and the USA. Her work focuses on racial and socioeconomic barriers and she has taken up many roles to […]

July 1, 2021

Hindu man in India paints calligraphy on mosques without “haddiya” out of spiritual connection

Who is Anil Kumar Chowhan: Anil Kumar Chowhan is a self-taught calligraphy artist from Hyderabad, India. His career in painting started over 30 years ago, with him getting into first painting signboards for shops and then moving onto painting temples, dargaahs, and mosques. Coming from a very poor family, Chowhan had to give up his […]

June 30, 2021

Influencer Susan Khan used a lion as party prop and that is not okay

Last week videos of Susan Khan’s birthday party went viral in which a chained lion being used as a prop can be seen. The advocacy page Project Save Animals picked up on the event and used its platform to highlight how wrong it is to use animals as decoration pieces to show-off wealth and status. […]

June 30, 2021

Fawad Chaudhry says his ‘head is spinning’ after latest ban on TikTok

What happened: Fawad Chaudhry the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting tweeted about the need for judicial reforms after recent high court decision to ban TikTok. He further linked judicial reforms to economic crisis, saying that the economic situation of the country won’t improve without judicial reforms. He also pointed out that the country had […]

June 30, 2021

Quarantine before COVID-19: ancient isolation rooms found in caves

What happened: 81 ancient isolation chambers that are carved in caves have been discovered in Oman. They are said to be used to isolate patients of plague and smallpox in the olden days. “The aim of these quarries was to reduce the spread of disease among the population,” said the Omani Ministry of Heritage and […]

June 30, 2021

Karachi ranks one of 10 most stressful cities in the world, just above Baghdad

What happened: According to the listing by German company VAAY, Karachi is one of the 10 most stressful cities in the world to live in 2021. The list is created by analysing 15 major stress indicators which include governance, environment, finance and security. Details: Cities with the most stressful conditions are at the bottom of […]

June 29, 2021

PM Imran Khan pressed on the importance of tourism in Naran for Pakistan’s economic prosperity

What happened: During his visit to Naran, prime minister Imran Khan shared his vision for a clean, green Pakistan that can increase tourism, consequently improving employment conditions and boosting national revenue. The bigger picture: The Prime Minister arrived at Naran this week to inaugurate multiple projects to promote tourism in the area. He was accompanied […]

June 29, 2021

People are pretty pissed at Storm Fiber today and here’s why

What happened: @omar_quraishi tweeted the fiber optic internet service provider Storm Fiber questioning their lack of service even after paying over Rs 6, 500 per month. Mr. Quraishi was unable to watch an intense Euro 2021 match between Netherlands and Czech Republic. How did people react: His tweet mentioning Storm Fiber was met with many […]

June 29, 2021

Karachi Bachao Tehreek calls for “end to illegal and inhuman attempts to grab land from working class communities”

What happened: Karachi Bachao Tehreek conducted 80 surveys within 3 settlements along the Gujjar Nullah. The objective of the research was to determine the human cost of the anti-encroachment drive that the vulnerable community will have to bear. Details: The anti-encroachment drive is being conducted based on a survey by NED University that only takes […]

June 29, 2021

Why is Bilal from Baby Planet reaching out to everyone in Lahore?

What happened: najeebz18 at twitter had an urgent request for Bilal. She tweeted last night asking Bilal from Baby Planet to stop messaging and emailing her to market their products, especially as she didn’t even have kids. How did people react: The key takeaway from the engagement over this tweet was that Bilal from Baby […]

June 29, 2021

Ehsaas Kafalat programme will now allow transgender persons under its welfare scheme

What happened: The social welfare programme by the government, Ehsaas Kafalat, announced on Monday that it will now include all transgender persons with valid CNIC in the country under its scheme. Details: The programme will provide a stipend of Rs 2,000 to each beneficiary along with a savings bank account. As transgender people live as […]

June 28, 2021

Wasfa Kamal honours exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations

Wasfa Kamal is a young artist who is challenging cultural and societal stereotypes through her art. On 1st June, Wasfa shared an illustration of Arfa Kareem on her Instagram account announcing a 30-day challenge of her celebrating exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations. Day 01: Arfa Kareem Day 02: Sadequian Day 03: Muniba Mazari Day 04: […]

June 28, 2021

PM Imran Khan asks youth to prepare for the ‘biggest tree plantation campaign in Pakistan’s history’

What happened: The PM has asked all Pakistanis, especially the youth, to help execute the nation’s biggest plantation drive. Details: The plantation drive is part of Imran Khan’s government’s “green Pakistan” campaign. The aim is to achieve plantation of 1 billion trees by June 2021. The government has also tried to motivate students to plant […]

June 26, 2021

The soft image of Pakistan can only be promoted once we value our culture and promote Pakistaniat: PM Imran Khan

What happened: Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing to National Amateur Short Film Festival (NASFF) Awards Ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, stated that if we wish to promote a soft image of Pakistan, it must advocate Pakistaniat and not the western culture. Background: PM Imran Khan during his speech stated “During the war on terror […]

June 25, 2021

Sajid Ali Sadpara will be climbing the K2 to search for missing climbers

What happened: Sajid Ali Sadpara and a filmmaker Elia Saikaly announced on Thursday that they will be climbing the K2 for a ground search of 3 missing climbers. Backstory: The three missing climbers are the Pakistani Mohammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and JP Moer. They went missing in the February of 2021. Pakistani authorities announced […]

June 24, 2021

Kim Jong Un gives grooming and parenting commands to North Korean women

What happened: Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of North Korea, in a broadcast at an auditorium gave some commands to the hundreds of North Korean women seated there. With little choice in a totalitarian state, the women have to obey these commands. The commands were made in fear of “foreign influence” in North Korea. […]

June 24, 2021

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s annual report highlights substantial human rights violations

Violations highlighted by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan report: Cases of forced conversions of religious minorities, accusations of blasphemy, crimes against women and children and enforced disappearances were registered, highlighting the plight of minority and vulnerable segments of society. What the report says about government’s COVID-19 response: The initial response by the Pakistani government […]

June 23, 2021

A mullah can rape a child for as low as Rs. 50,000

How do Madrassasah’s work in Pakistan Madrassas whatever side of the fence we might stand are a reality in a country like Pakistan. There are more than 22,000 registered madrassas in the Country. The students they teach are often among the poorest, who receive food. education and many a times accommodation for free. Many more […]

June 22, 2021

Attempt to revive the lost culture Kotwal in Walled City Lahore faces repercussions from netizens

Twitter handle of the Walled City of Lahore Authority, recently released some pictures of guards patroling in a local market of Walled Lahore, attired in the traditional kotwal uniform. Kotwal, which translates to “leader of the fort” was a title used in medieval India, had the mandate to control the fort of a major town […]

June 22, 2021

Celebration of Hindu festival Dada Parbriham allowed in Tharparkar amid declining COVID-19 cases

What Happened: The NCOC has allowed the celebration of the Hindu festival Dada Parbriham from 21-24 June in Tharparkar. The decision was taken in light of declining COVID-19 cases across Pakistan and the festival must be held in strict adherence to the SOPs. Details: Pakistan Hindu Council has been allowed to celebrate this festival in […]

June 22, 2021

Like on Instagram, we will now be able to use the “view once” feature on WhatsApp

What happened: According to WABetaInfo, the messaging giant WhatsApp will incorporate the “view once” feature into its application. What this means: You will be able to send and receive images and videos that can only be viewed once. Verification of whether the recipient has opened the media will also be possible. The “view once” feature […]

June 21, 2021

“Learning Hubs” empowering the children of sex-workers in Lahore

Zerka Tahir, the woman behind the Sustainable Intervention Drive is providing much-needed educational, health, vocational, recreational and counselling services to empower the children of sex-workers through the Learning Hubs. “We started off with just making our presence felt without threatening them and their way of life, or being judgemental. We wanted to provide them with […]

June 9, 2021

Ali Sethi and Nicolas Jaar use Faiz’s poetry to pay tribute to Palestinians

Originally written by Faiz in 1979, “Hum dekhenge” has resonated with Pakistanis in different renditions, throughout difficult periods in history. Ali Sethi has become a part of the repetition as he sang the words as an ode to those suffering in Palestine. Sethi recognises Faiz’s inspiration for the poem as coming from his witnessing of […]

May 19, 2021

Climate Change is demolishing the world’s oldest animal painting in Indonesia

Changing climate patterns wreak havoc on world’s oldest animal painting in an Indonesian cave.

May 12, 2021

North Waziristan announces Eid on Wednesday, FIR lodged

In a historic development on Tuesday night, North Waziristan reportedly sighted the Shawaal moon, declaring Eid Ul Fitr on Wednesday morning. This is the first declaration of moon sighting 48 hours before the expected appearance on the Ruet App, as announced by former Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry. The North Waziristan police lodged […]

May 11, 2021

This NGO has a unique way of educating children from the streets and slums of Lahore and they don’t just stop there

Rehel Pakistan is an organization that aims to promote, protect, and enhance the safety, wellbeing, and healthy development of children. It advocates for the protection of children’s rights whether they are intellectually, morally, or physically vulnerable without discriminating them on the basis of gender, race, religion, or social background. They believe that numerous children in […]

May 9, 2021

This 23 year old, who gained the highest CGPA in College needs help in raising funds for Masters

Minahil is a 23-year-old girl based in Lahore, Pakistan. Living in a society where marriage is given priority over attaining good education and career for girls, Minahil hopes to fight for her right to education and for autonomy over her life. Recently she was accepted into the Illinois State University MBA program as an international […]

May 6, 2021

Pangolin population critically endangered due to illegal hunting in Pakistan

Islamabad Zoo: A media awareness session with the title of ‘Scale and Scope of Illegal Trade of Endangered Indian Pangolin, Ecological and Economic Benefits and Conservation Efforts in Pakistan’ was held at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, organised by the World Wildlife Federation. The event was attended by many prominent personalities, including Information Senator Faisal […]

May 4, 2021

Rahim Pardesi accused of plagiarism by Lahore based rapper Iqbal

The two songs: Lahore based underground rapper Iqbal released a song titled ‘Sab Maya Hai’ on the 20th of November 2020. Recently, a song by the name of ‘Bulla’  for the Bulla official web series was uploaded on the channel of influencer and Youtuber Rahim Pardesi. The beat being used on the song is the […]

May 3, 2021

MTJ fashion brand clarifies rumor on RS 550 ‘naara’

What happened: Upon the launch of MTJ’s flagship store in Karachi last week, a lot of criticism and a lot of applause was exchanged. All this hype about the celebrity cleric launching his fashion brand was obviously bound to attract some rumours. One of these rumors was that the brand was selling a drawstring or […]

May 3, 2021

Pakistani youngsters share ‘Coming Of Age’ stories on Twitter

What Happened: Since the discourse on the themes of contemporary Pakistani English language novels began on Twitter a few days ago, Pakistani youngsters have been sharing their own ‘coming of age’ stories on Twitter in the hope that similar experiences would be written or picturized about in modern Pakistani art. Pakistani English Literature Bingo: This […]

May 1, 2021

40+ crushed to death at Israeli Religious Festival

The Festival: Around 100,000 ultra-orthodox jews were gathered at Mount Meron tomb to celebrate the annual Jewish holiday of ‘Lag B’Omer’. Tons of people were gathered late on Friday to witness the ceremonial bonfire lighting, when what officials describe as a ‘stampede’ occurred.  A witness present says that as soon as the bonfire had been […]

May 1, 2021

‘Disaster Girl’ cashes in on NFT sale of meme, makes $500,000

The meme: Zoe Roth, the girl termed as the ‘disaster girl’ meme in 2005. Her meme has made her almost half a million dollars after she sold the original copy’s rights in a non-fungible token. This is another sign that the market for NFT’s and digital rights has soared in recent times, especially since the […]

April 30, 2021

Oldest winner of Mr. Pakistan bodybuilding championship crowned at 60

The Achievement: Ustad Waheed from Lahore has made a record of becoming the oldest to win the oldest to win the prestigious Mr. Pakistan bodybuilding competition at the age of 60.  His struggle: Ustad Abdul Waheed had been in the struggle of achieving fitness excellence since the age of 16 and has been pursuing this […]

April 27, 2021

Did Arammish really ghost a customer after severely injuring her?

On April 16th, a girl named Hafsah (@hafsahhaqofficial) posted on Instagram about her experience at Arammish, DHA and stated that their masseuse injured her. She’s also a choreographer by profession and because of this injury, has missed out on a lot of work, as claimed by Hafsah. What Happened: Hafsah stated that when she returned […]

April 21, 2021

Female security officers deployed at Makkah’s Grand Mosque for the first time

A Change: For the first time in history, Saudi Arabian regulatory authorities have deployed female security officers within the Haram of Makkah’s Grand Mosque. Pictures of these officers were shared by the Saudi Ministry of Interior on its Twitter page, with the caption,” From the field, Hajj and Umrah security.” Since then, these pictures have […]

April 21, 2021

Manisha Rupita becomes first female Hindu DSP in Pakistan

What Happened: 26-year-old Manisha Rupita, who hails from Jacobabad, became the first female, Hindu Deputy Superintendant of Police (DSP) after clearing Sindh Public Service Examination. She was ranked 16th on the merit list among the 152 candidates who appeared for the examination in 2019. The Impact: Her achievement has broken the glass ceiling for women, […]

April 20, 2021

This is how Ansar, who had to quit school in grade 9 to work at a cafe in LUMS, went on to become an accountant

What Happened: Ansar Ali worked as a waiter at Zakir Tikka, an eatery on the LUMS campus, 8 years ago. He had always dreamed of being an accountant but had to leave school at an early age to support his family after his father’s death. While working on campus, he was featured in a series […]

March 13, 2021

93% Pakistanis in favor of keeping schools open, Gallup Pakistan

Most Pakistanis (93%) are in favor of keeping schools open as they believe that children are lagging in education, according to a survey conducted by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan.  Gallup Pakistan took a nationally representative sample of adult men and women from across the four provinces asking them all the same question that, “Just recently, the government […]

March 13, 2021

University of Lahore expels students after proposal video goes viral

Video of a young woman proposing to a fellow male student on the premises of University of Lahore went viral on social media causing outrage while landing the duo in hot water.  What happened: In the video, the girl can be seen on her knees, offering a bouquet of flowers to her male counterpart who […]

February 27, 2021

#HappySurpriseDayIndia, #WorldsBiggestTeaParty trends on Twitter as Pakistanis flood social media with memes

February 27th marks two years since the Balakot airstrike and Pakistan shooting down an Indian plane while capturing one pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Abhinandan was later freed as a gesture of peace on March 1 and a statue of the Indian pilot was installed at the PAF Museum in Karachi, hence the joke lives on to this […]

February 24, 2021

GB government to open mountaineering school as a tribute to Muhammad Ali Sadpara

On Tuesday, the Gilgit-Baltistan cabinet approved the plan to establish the Ali Sadpara Mountaineering School in memory of the country’s greatest climber. GB government spokesperson Ali Taj said that Ali Sadpara’s son Sajid will be employed in the school that will be set up in his memory. Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan announced […]

February 23, 2021

Pakistan will host World Environment Day this year

What happened To mark the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) was informed that Pakistan will host World Environment Day this year. At the ceremony, environmental issues being faced by Pakistan and the initiatives taken to alleviate them will be highlighted. Everything you need to know […]

February 20, 2021

PML-N supporter brings lion cub to Wazirabad rally, violating wildlife act

What happened Many from across Pakistan gathered at Wazirabad’s Katcheri Road for a rally in support of PML-N which was to be addressed by Maryam Nawaz, the party vice-president. During the rally, one of the supporters announced that people will be able to meet a real lion. He then proceeded to take out a lion […]

February 17, 2021

Pakistani shoe brand Atoms and Tan France team up for a signature pair of sneakers

What you should know Renowned sneaker company Atoms and Queer Eye star Tan France have collaborated to release a special edition shoe. Atoms whose owners are Pakistani and France who also happens to be of Pakistani descent have teamed up to create special edition shoes. Read: Atoms co-founders record heartwarming video for fans back home in Punjabi […]

February 17, 2021

PM Imran Khan to introduce climate change courses in schools

What happened Talking to the media at the inauguration ceremony of the spring plantation drive in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged that global warming and greenhouse gas emissions pose huge threats to the country. “Unfortunately, Pakistan is among the top 10 countries at threat from climate change.” What you should know He also addressed […]

February 8, 2021

This designer’s new bridal line is all about condemning dowry

Ali Xeeshan is a fashion designer renowned for his extravagant bridal dresses. Many consider the designer’s work bold and progressive, however, the new fashion line comes with a serious purpose. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CK_GSR3lGoI/?utm_source=ig_embed Xeeshan’s recent line named ‘NUMAISH- a pledge against dowry’ doesn’t just have profound designs but a great message condemning dowry. The collection is inspired […]

February 8, 2021

Kushan-era Buddhist site discovered in Swat

What happened Archeologists discovered a large Buddhist complex in the Najigram area of Swat district of KPK province dating back to the Kushan era which believed to be an important archeological finding. Archaeologists consider it to be the largest complex of its kind found so far in the region and is estimated to be at […]

February 5, 2021

This railway station in Attock has everything but trains

Located in the Pind Sultani village of Attock district, this meeting place is designed exactly like a railway station which has been built and design by a software engineer, Ateequr Rehman. Rehman wanted a place to hang out with his friends, it has now become a recreational spot for the villagers, where they read books […]

February 4, 2021

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam member says ‘minorities already enjoy unprecedented religious freedom’ upon rejecting Minorities Protection Bill

In a meeting on 2 February, the standing committee on religious affairs and interfaith harmony turned down the Protection of the Rights of Religious Minorities Bill ( seeking protection for Pakistan’s minorities against religiously motivated violence), claiming that minorities enjoy complete religious freedom in the country. The committee was chaired by Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor […]

February 2, 2021

This Allama Iqbal statue has become the subject of several memes on Twitter

A large sculpture of national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal was installed at Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, which has caught the eye of many and has become the subject of several memes quickly. A social media user posted a picture of the oversized bust with a caption criticizing its artistic accuracy.  The post went viral in a […]

January 28, 2021

Queer Eye star Tan France talks about LGBTQA+ in Pakistan, his desi heritage and more

In an interview with the Pakistani magazine Hello Pakistan, acclaimed fashion designer and star of the Netflix show Queer Eye, Tanveer Wasim “Tan” France talked about his journey, his roots, and the double-edged sword of representation in the world of showbiz. “I’m an immigrant, I’m Muslim, I’m South Asian and I’m gay – and there […]

January 26, 2021

Rehan Azmi, ‘Guinness World Record’ holder poet passes away at 63

Dr Rehan Azmi, a world-renown poet of mourning literature, passed away in Karachi at the age of 63. His family reported he’d been ill for a long time and was admitted to a private hospital in Karachi where his condition remained critical till he passed away. He was born in 1958 in Karachi, Sindh. His […]

January 23, 2021

Six-day snowboarding championship kicks off in Malam Jabba

What you need to know Pakistan International Snowboarding Championship and Festival commenced at the Malam Jabba tourist resort in Swat valley on Friday. Over 44 national and international players, including four women players from Europe, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are participating in the event. The competition is organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KP-CTA) […]

December 19, 2020

This bakery has been selling cakes in Lahore since 1879

Established in 1879, and dubbed South Asia’s oldest bakery, Mohkam-ud-din & Sons Bakers is famous for its scrumptious cakes and finger biscuits. Located in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, the bakery is renowned for offering the same delicious taste and quality to its loyal customers even a 140 years after its inception. Kushbakht Hussain […]

December 16, 2020

Art and representation: challenging the negative perception of Pashtuns one painting at a time

The portrayal of Pashtuns in mainstream media and art in Pakistan is both tinged by an undercurrent of racism, and a misunderstanding born out of disconnection from them. Pakistan’s involvement in the ‘War on Terror’ had a disproportionate impact on its Pashtun citizens, as the northern province of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was used as […]

December 12, 2020

How an Indian state’s Anti-Conversion Law Is Being Used To Harass Hindu-Muslim Couples

The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, was signed by Governor Anandiben Patel on the 28th of November. It was formulated four days earlier by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, against forced and fraudulent religious conversion. The ‘anti-love jihad’ law, as it is commonly known, describes certain interfaith marriages as a conspiracy to convert […]

December 11, 2020

Lahore Biennale democratising art one billboard at a time

If you’ve noticed the fascinating billboards that are unlike any others gracing the buildings of Lahore then you’ve seen the Lahore Biennale Foundation’s (LBF) latest project, Zinda-dil-a’an-e-Lahore. It is a meant to be a homage to the city of Lahore and its residents, and the aim is to connect the people together by way of […]

December 7, 2020

Pakistan’s alternate history: how Taxila and the Margalla Hills were named after a Serpent King

The lush green hills around Islamabad hide many ancient wonders, like the cave of Bari Imam where the sufi saint is said to have been visited by Jinns, Fairies and wild animals while he lived there for 12 years. Legend as has it that Bari Imam turned a deviant snake into a rock, which is […]

December 3, 2020

Tinder may be banned but Pakistanis are swiping away on Bumble

Online dating has become a firm fixture of the Pakistani dating scene, despite some dating apps like Tinder and Grindr being banned. Far from decreasing the popularity of online dating the Pakistani government’s ban only propelled Pakistanis to migrate to other dating apps, like Bumble. In 2020, between the months of January to September, Bumble […]

December 3, 2020

Four friends in Singapore rent a whole cinema just to play X-box

After both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launched last month. The new consoles are notoriously hard to get a hold of but one group of friends in Singapore found another way to level up their gaming experience. They actually rented out an entire cinema just to play games for three hours.   Les, who […]

December 1, 2020

Explaining Indian farmer protest for dummies

What’s happening: Thousands of farmers have entered the capital New Delhi for a planned protest against new farm laws hours after the police fired several rounds of tear gas and used water cannons to stop the Dilli Chalo (Go to Delhi) march. More than 300,000 farmers marched from the states of Punjab and Haryana – […]

December 1, 2020

An Indian beach spills literal gold after a deadly cyclone

What happened: Hundreds of fishermen, women and children in the East Godavari district of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh spent the weekend combing through the local beach for literal gold. In the aftermath of cyclone Nivar, a super storm that killed five people, uprooted trees and flooded buildings, local fishermen reportedly found tiny […]

November 28, 2020

Google doodle pays tribute to writer Bano Qudsia on 92nd birth anniversary

Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to one of the greatest modern Urdu language writers, Bano Qudsia. Affectionately known as Bano Aapa, her work as a novelist and playwright earned her great acclaim. Her most famous pieces of work are the novel ‘Raja Gidh’ (The Vulture King) and the Urdu classic play ‘Aadhi Baat’ (Half Talk/Half […]

November 26, 2020

Ahmadis were vital in the creation of Pakistan yet the country still refuses to accept them

Ahmadis are reviled and persecuted in Pakistan, ironically, both for not being muslim enough or trying to be too muslim. The extent of their persecution is such that it is enshrined in the law. The state has forcefully stripped them of the right to call themselves muslim, and it has all its citizens participate in […]

November 26, 2020

25 years old, South Korean online sex trafficker jailed for 40 years in prison

What happened: South Korean court has sentenced the mastermind of one of the country’s biggest online sex abuse rings to 40 years in jail. Cho Ju-bin was found guilty of running a group which blackmailed girls into sharing sexual videos that were then posted in pay-to-view chat rooms. At least 10,000 people used the chatrooms, […]

November 25, 2020

Hash dealers in Lahore make PKR 50,000 in a bad month during the pandemic – this is how they do it

Truth be told, it’s been a tough year for the world. But there are still those who are prospering and finding opportunity in these dismal times. The raging pandemic has led to excruciating levels of uncertainty and taken a toll on the world economy; 2020 brought to life more than a few apocalyptic fantasies about […]

November 25, 2020

Scotland made history by becoming the first country in the world to make access to free period products as a legal right

What happened:  Scotland has become the first country to allow free and universal access to menstrual products, including tampons and pads, in public facilities, a landmark victory for the global movement against period poverty. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, posted on Twitter shortly after the vote on Tuesday evening that she was “proud to vote […]

November 24, 2020

Why are we craving for nostalgic films and music during the pandemic?

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have found ourselves in the middle of a nostalgia frenzy. It seemed to permeate everything: nostalgia playlists on music streaming platforms, old albums by Vital Science and Nazia Hassan. Moin Akhter’s loose talk show and mid-2000s memes.   But why is it that we yearn for nostalgic content so desperately, especially […]

November 24, 2020

The definitive list of Pakistan’s best Anday Wala Burgers to satisfy your craving

We asked our loyal readers to help us find Pakistan’s best anday wala burger and you all came through. With the help of our foodies-in-the-know we have made a definitive list of the best anday wala burgers in Pakistan, so that no matter where you are when the craving strikes you’ll know where to go. […]

November 23, 2020

Canada legalized the use of psychedelic mushrooms for medical purposes

What happened: The Canadian government is allowing patients who are not terminally ill to legally consume psychedelic mushrooms. This act will provide legal access to shrooms for therapeutic reasons. Psilocybin, the active ingredient in mushrooms, is illegal to produce, possess, and sell in Canada; typically the only exception is for approved research purposes.  Health Canada […]

November 23, 2020

The curious case of Pakistan’s first item girl: Niggo Begum

Misogyny, bigotry and violence would be the ideal words to define the cultural norms of Pakistan’s film industry. Just like any other entertainment industry in the world, Lollywood also has a dark side filled with conspiracies, gangsters and murders. Many of these chilling stories are associated with actresses or dancers. Female entertainers always had rough […]

November 23, 2020

Karachi’s new city plan will put the local fishermen’s lives and resources at risk

What happened: Last month, the federal government issued an order, taking over the twin islands of Bundal and Buddo, locally known as Bhandar and Dingi, which form part of the Indus delta, where the river flows into the Arabian Sea in southern Sindh. The government plans is to build a city to “surpass Dubai”, and […]

November 21, 2020

Covid crisis is altering the concept of long distance relationship and romance

Relationships can be a challenge in general, but if you and your partner don’t live even remotely close to one another, it can be even more difficult to express your love and keep your bond intact. Fortunately, extra separation also can strengthen relationships just as much as it does to strain them. Long-distance love may […]

November 21, 2020

Teenage boy murdered a Ahmadi Doctor and injured three over religious differences

What happened: On Friday, a doctor belonging to the Ahmadiyya community was shot dead while his father and two uncles were badly injured when a teenage boy opened fire on them in their home in Punjab’s Nankana Sahib district. Reports: According to the police report, Dr Tahir Mehmood and his family were offering Friday prayer […]

November 20, 2020

People in ghost costumes scaring the quarantine violators in a small town of Indonesia

What happened: A small town in Indonesia has reportedly using volunteers dressed as ghosts to try to scare people into social distancing over the coronavirus.  In Indonesian folklore, ghostly figures known as “pocong” are said to represent the trapped souls of the dead.The initiative was organised by the head of a youth group in coordination […]

November 20, 2020

A Japanese student hired a body double to take online classes for him and remain successful for two semesters

What happened: Tokyo’s Kaisei Senior High School recently found that one of its registered students had not been attending classes and that another boy was pretending to be him. A representative from the school told Japanese newspaper The Mainichi that the boy who took the entrance exam on Feb. 10 and the one who had […]

November 20, 2020

This young Afghan woman opens an Art gallery to create jobs, and hope, during the pandemic

What happened: Marzia Panahi is a young afghan woman who has opened a small art gallery in the Afghan capital. She has employed a dozen young artists in her gallery.  Panahi set up the Namad Gallery at the high time of the coronavirus pandemic back in September. Her aim was to revive the use of […]

November 19, 2020

10 amazing Pakistani artists that you need to know about

There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan and that is evidenced by its local art scene, which is now thriving. Here are 10 artists that are contributing to leveling up Pakistan’s art game by creating unique, beautiful pieces of art. Annem Zaidi: She is a lahore based artist, who graduated with Bachelors of Fine […]

November 19, 2020

This Palestinian mother is the first female taxi driver in the Gaza Strip

What happened: Nayla Abu Jubbah, a Palestinian mother-of-five launched a small revolution this week by becoming the first female taxi driver in the conservative Gaza Strip. Abu Jubbah does not cruise the streets for fares, taking only advance bookings. “I leave my home and I will pick up my clients, to bring them for example […]

November 19, 2020

Our generation is slowly falling into the void of anti-anxiety medication addiction

Background: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental disorders account for more than four percent of the total disease burden in Pakistan. It found the burden to be higher among women. According to research studies of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, mental illness and disorders have blown out of proportion in Pakistan within […]

November 19, 2020

What you need to know about Naswar — Pakistan’s ‘Sasta Nasha’

Naswar is a form of tobacco, popular in South and Central Asia, but unlike tobacco’s popular smoke producing iteration— cigarettes— Naswar is smokeless. Naswar is made by mixing together slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), juniper wood ash, indigo colouring agent and sun-dried, air-cured powdered tobacco inside a water filled and cement lined cavity. It also sometimes […]

November 19, 2020

A Pakistani high-end restaurant owner in Washington D.C. is feeding the homeless and poor for free

Kazi Mannan is the owner of Sakina Halal Grill which is one the best food destinations in Washington D.C. This restaurant is very high-end and lavish but its mission is more than just to serve food to the customers. Kazi Mannan recently gave an interview to a local channel and explained his mission, which is […]

November 16, 2020

Lahore’s safe haven for dancers: In-Sync Dance Academy

Widely enjoyed and equally criticized, dance has been a part of culture dating as far back as humankind, but there is some cultural dissonance in Pakistan regarding this art form. We love it and we love to hate it too. While it might be socially acceptable to dance at the weddings of close friends and […]

November 14, 2020

You might not know what ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’ is, but you’re definitely doing it

What is revenge bedtime procrastination: Revenge bedtime procrastination is a term coined by the Chinese internet, and it represents the increasing phenomenon of people who intentionally refuse to go to bed early in order to regain some semblance of control over their lives. People who don’t have much control over their time in the morning […]

November 14, 2020

Cambodians try to scare away the coronavirus with scarecrows

Ting Mong are the Cambodian version of scarecrows, they are made to resemble humans, more than the regular scarecrows that can be found in other countries, in an effort to trick evil spirits into believing that a place is being guarded. They are normally placed outside people’s homes in an effort to protect against evil […]

November 13, 2020

A forgotten Pakistan: once an essential stop on the holy pilgrimage of hippies

There was a bygone era where Pakistan was a famed stop on what can be termed the holy pilgrimage of hippies. Hippies, beatniks and the occasional intrepid traveller would all frequent the Hippie Trail in the 60s and 70s. The Hippie Trail was a famous overland route that started in Europe and went through Asia, […]

November 13, 2020

Pakistani Trans Activist, Janat Ali is nominated for South Asian Hero Award 2020

What happened: Pakistani Trans activist, Janat Ali has been nominated for South Asian Hero Award 2020 by APCOM.  What is APCOM: APCOM is a not-for-profit organisation based in Bangkok, representing and working with a network of individuals and community-based organisations across 35 countries in Asia and the Pacific. APCOM works to improve the health and […]

November 12, 2020

Trans Comedian Anaya Sheikh is back in the comedy circuit after a year break. She left comedy after a heckle incident in Lahore, 2019

What happened: Anaya Sheikh, a Trans comedian, is setting her foot back in the game after a year. Anaya has worked with feminist comedy group “Auratnaak” but after November, 2019 Anaya left the circuit because of an incident.  Background: Anaya Sheikh was heckled and harassed onstage with abusive slurs during her performance by YouTube prankster […]

November 10, 2020

Strictly Social a multipurpose social dining space is lighting up Lahore’s nightlife

Meet the Dynamic Duo – Asad and Hassan – Founder of a multipurpose social dining space,   Strictly Social.  Asad and his team partner Hassan have been friends for a long time, and when they saw that the social scene in Lahore left much to be desired for, they decided to change this and sprung […]

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