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Ushu River flowing through a gorge near Mahodand Lake in Upper Swat Valley,Northern Pakistan.
ahm, okie so I drapped my wall with newspapers and this is an actual bulb ( made by my lil bro n he hung it there!)
Post-processed with textures and color explosions in adobe! :D
The lites went out so I didnt get time to write down this anecdote of mine.
The #PakistanMonument in Islamabad, Pakistan, is a #nationalmonument representing the nation's four provinces and three territories. The blooming flower shape of the monument represents Pakistan's progress as a rapidly developing country. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces (Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh), while the three smaller petals represent the three territories (Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas). The Monument has been designed to reflect the culture and civilization of the country and depicts the story of the Pakistan Movement, dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for future generations.
From air the monument looks like a star (center) and a crescent moon (formed by walls forming the petals), these represent the star and crescent on Pakistan's flag.
The monument is located at the west viewpoint of the #Shakarparian Hills, and is spread over a total area of 2.8 hectares. The high location makes the monument visible from across the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The foundation stone was laid on 25 May 2004 and the complex was completed by the end of 2006 for inauguration on 23 March 2007. The total cost incurred was more than Rs.580 million.
The structure comprises four blossoming flower petals, built of granite, representing the unity of #Pakistani people. The inner walls of the petals are decorated with murals. The central platform is made in the shape of a five-pointed star which is surrounded by a water body. A metallic crescent surrounding the star is inscribed with sayings of #MuhammadAliJinnah and poetry of #AllamaIqbal.
Another angle of the viewing gallery located at The Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.
In the recent years Pakistan has become more and more famous for its unstable political and disastrous economical situation, for terrorism, inequality or discrimination i.e. against minorities. Nevertheless Pakistan is still one of the most beautiful and underestimated countries I have ever visited. I can ensure that not everyone in Pakistan is a terrorist or extremist nor is the country full of extremism or hatespeeches – as media illustrates or simplifies sometimes. The average Pakistani is a friendly person with whom you would like to talk and maybe drink a cup of Chai. The people I met were open minded and gave me always the opportunity to speak about problems and their daily life experiences. Pakistan has a lot of potential to grew, develop and prosper but there are still many problems to face, especially corruption or greedy politicians who do not care about their own nation but their moneybags.
I had a great time visiting the natural diversities of Pakistans landscape although I could not visit the Northern Areas of Pakistan like Karakoram or the Himalaya nor Balochistan in the West at the Irianian boarder. InshAllah the future will allow me to do so wink emoticon
Hereby some peaceful and personal impressions from my latest Pakistan trip in winter 2014/2015
Portrait photographs of children, hard working and the forgotten people of Pakistan will be published in the next few months.
In den vergangenen Jahren ist Pakistan vor allem wegen seiner politischen Instabilität, seiner katastrophalen ökonomischen Situation oder aber wegen des Terrors, der Ungerechtigkeit und der Diskriminierung im Land bekannt geworden – wobei sich Letztere insbesondere gegen die Minderheiten richtet.
Dennoch ist Pakistan für mich eines der schönsten und zugleich unterschätzten Länder. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass in Pakistan nicht jeder ein Terrorist oder Extremist ist, weder das ganze Land im Hass oder dem Terror nachläuft – so wie es gelegentlich in den Medien vermittelt oder sehr banal dargestellt wird. Die Pakistani die ich getroffen und kennengelernt habe waren weltoffen und haben sich gern bereit erklärt bei einer Tasse (oder auch mehreren) Chai und grünem Tee über ihr Leben und ihre Probleme zu berichten.
Meiner Auffassung nach hat Pakistan ein enormes Potential zu wachsen, sich zu entwickeln und in allen Bereichen große Fortschritte zu machen. Dies gelingt noch nicht, da Pakistan an vielen Stellen zu kämpfen hat – insbesondere gegen die Korruption und auch gegen die eigenen Politiker, die es wichtiger erachten ihre eigene Taschen als Ihr Mandat pflichtbewusst zu füllen.
Jedenfalls hatte ich eine große Freude die natürliche Vielseitigkeit dieses Landes (erneut) kennenzulernen, obwohl ich nicht in die Gebirgsgegenden rund um Karakorum, Himalaya im Norden oder nach Belutschistan im Westen gereist bin. Das werde ich inshAllah dann in der Zukunft nachholen wink emoticon
Hier einige persönliche und friedliche Impressionen aus Pakistan, im Winter 2014/2015.
The Pakistan Monument is a landmark in Islamabad, which represents four provinces of Pakistan.
Pakistan Day or Pakistan Resolution Day, is a national holiday in Pakistan to commemorate the Lahore Resolution passed on the 23rd of March 1940.
The Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park in Lahore, Punjab, that lasted from 22 March till 24 March 1940. During this event, the Muslim League led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other Founding Fathers narrated the events regarding the differences between Hindus and Muslims, and moved the historical resolution that cemented the formation of a nation-state in South Asia as Pakistan, even though it did not actually mention Pakistan at all.
The resolution was passed on 23 March and had its signatures from the Founding Fathers of Pakistan. It reads as:
[Quoting Resolution:] No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign.
Istantanea dalla Karakorum Highway
Arte pakistana di strada: camion dipinto a mano
Snap-shot from Karakorum Highway
Pakistan street-art: hand-painted truck
On a lovely sunny day , i found a group of 10 vultures flying over the mountains of Islamabad...
A small village on the bank of river Utror near Gabral in Upper Swat Valley,Pakistan
Fields of green pea near Batakundi,Kaghan Valley,Pakistan.
Karachi: An aerial view of Pakistan's port city of Karachi, the city of lights. Copy right Mohsin Hassan
Itinerary: Gilgit---> Ishkoman---> Swinje----> Karomber Lake----> Broghil----> Yasin Valley---> Chitral
This beautiful amazingly blue lake lies just near border Pakistan where it meets Wakhan. This lake is the highest one in Pakistan and 10th highest in the world. The lake is quite long and almost unexplored not many locals (as we met all the foreighners during the trek) go for this trek. The reasons include a very minor information is available for the trek and not many tour organizers arrange Pamir-Wakhan tours. As said by a group of travellers this is the best trek they had ever done and were attempting it for the fifth time!!!
Our experience was amazing... we left Karachi in love for this lake after reading the famous 'Yak Sayraye'. Believe me gathering information was really tough and as i was leading my group of 4 not-much-seasoned trekkers i had to work very hard before we left the last civilized town of Ishkoman (Imit). But in my opinion on these mountainous heights, uncivilized valleys and uncertain glaciers desperation can be the best leader and it remained untill we found this 'bluest' destination! The first sight just leaves you saying.......' Subhan Allah' [............what else :) ]
This tree was lush green in the evening when we were pitching our tents at Mushkpori top. This was the first shot of morning managed from inside of tent as it was impossible to shoot in open due to heavy snow falling.
Believe me, that was an adventurous camping that night. Have a look at snow accumulated at leaves during night snow storm.
Taken: Mushkpori Top, Nathiagali, Pakistan