Tokyo, Eid, Cricket, Ali Gul Pir, Jemima & More!
This week was a week of festivites as Muslims around the globe celebrated Eid ul Azha. However, a lot more happened from a number of songs releasing this Eid to amplify the eid festivities to the world celebrating the Opening Ceremony of Olympics Game Tokyo 2020. Catch up on all the news here:
Opening Ceremony of Olympics Game Tokyo 2020 Held On 23 July
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics commenced on 23 July with an opening ceremony without spectators in Tokyo. It was inaugurated by Japanese Emperor Naruhito. First lady Jill Biden and President Macron were among the VIPs.
There were two gigantic screens inside the stadium which outlined the steps taken against COVID-19 to ensure the event runs smoothly. In addition, the Japanese flag was carried out by eight children, four renowned athletes of Japan, a person with an impairment and health care professionals in recognition of their relentless service during the pandemic. Misia- who is a well known singer in Japan- sang the national anthem. Furthermore, Tennis player Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic couldren There was a lot of buzz on twitter about the event.
Speculations About T20 World Cup Have Began
Moving on from Tokyo Olympics, the seventh ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament will be held from 17 October to 14 November 2021 with matches taking place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Unofficial schedule for the matches has been released and has caused a stir on twitter.
Shoaib Malik believes that this year the trophy will be Pakistan’s:
Misbah-ul-Haq updates about the team selection:
10 Year-Old Pakistani Girl, Haniya Minhas Wins Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) 14&U Championship
Olympics might be happening in Tokyo but, Haniya Minhas, a 10 year old Pakistani girl has made the nation proud by winning two Gold Medals and becoming the first Pakistani girl to win the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) 14&U Championship held in Tajikistan.
She played against 2nd seed Sumaya Tukhtaeva of Tajikistan 6-1, 6-0 in straight sets in the tournament’s Final. Board Member of BARD Foundation, Faisal Dawood has expressed his joy on her victory. She has assuredly made us all proud and has set an example for others to follow.
Atif Aslam’s Song, Rafta Rafta Released On Eid
Atif Aslam’s new music video, starring Sajal Aly was released this Eid and was no less than a super Eidi surprise for all the fans. It was directed by Hassam Baloch and produced by Tarun Chaudhary, Omar Ahmed and written by Raj Ranjodh.The song has been trending multiple times before the release and fans excited. (Want to know more about the fan’s reactions? Check out our article here)
But unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations. The lyrics and the melody didn’t hit right this time. The one thing that came to the rescue was the dreamy backdrop of Skardu and Sajal and Atif on screen.
Did you hear it yet? If not watch the music video here:
Pari Zaad’s First Episode Aired On Tuesday
The first episode of much anticipated drama, Pari Zaad aired on 20th July starring Ahmed Ali Akbar, Ushna Shah, Yumna Zaidi, Mashal Khan, Noman Ijaz and Urwa Hussain. Written by Hashim Nadeem, the story centers primarily around a male and his life struggles – one which we do not get to see often in Pakistani dramas. The story centers around Pari Zaad, who is an ordinary boy left unacknowledged by his family and others. He is sensitive and fragile but has a heart of gold, ready to sacrifice his time for others and offer a helping hand to any one who needs it. The story travels back and forth in flashbacks, setting the pace for Parizaad’s narrative.
The cinematography & direction by Shahzad Kashmiri were on point along with Ahmed Ali Akbar’s portrayal of the character to create a tangibly mysterious aura, and if there were any gaps to be filled in, the ensemble cast was there to do so!
Overall, we were quite pleased with the episode. Read the full review here
Khel Khel Mein Poster Release
The dynamic duo, Nabeel Qureshi & Fizza Ali Meerza, are all set to hit Pakistani Cinemas, yet again with their upcoming film ‘Khel Khel Mein’.
The multi starrer Feature Film will have Sajal Aly and Bilal Abbas in lead roles, along with film industry veterans Javed Sheikh, Samina Ahmed, Marina Khan & Manzar Sehbai. The musical score is brought to us by the maestros Shani Arshad, Shuja Haider & Asrar Shah. This heartwarming drama depicting a youthful take on historic events, will be releasing in cinemas very soon.
Catch The First Motion Poster Release Here:
Jemima and Maryam Nawaz recent clash on twitter-Do Antisemitic Sentiments Still Prevail In Pakistan?
While the Tokyo Olympics might be on your mind, over the weekend in Kashmir, Maryam Nawaz (Vice president PML-N) made an antisemitic statement in her speech regarding the children of Imran Khan and Jemima Goldsmith. This was in direct response to the Prime Minister’s criticism of her son being able to play polo in Britain.
“This grandson who is playing polo in Britain […] I’ve met so many Kashmiris in London and Manchester, ask them what kind of person can play polo there. They will tell you it’s a king’s sport!” You need a lot of money to keep a horse and play polo. So tell us where this dear grandson got this money from. It’s your [the people’s] money!” – stated Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Jemima clapped back in a tweet:
Some sided with Maryam while others condemned her statement. But something that needs to be changed for sure is that Pakistani politicians stop using religion in their mud-slinging tactics and actually focus on more pressing issues, such as poverty, unemployment and the rising number of domestic abuse cases. If this is what we’re going to fixate on we can never hope to resolve the numerous issues prevalent in our county.
Filmstar Meera has announced that she will soon be joining PTI
Filmstar Meera recently announced that she will be joining politics and will be a part of PTI. She stated that she will soon have a press conference with the PTI leaders related to this.
Do you think this will happen? Do you want to see Meera take the role of a politician? Do let us know! But as of now we wish her luck!
President Arif Alvi Joins TikTok
On June 16 an unpredictable announcement that our president, Arif Alvi joined TikTok surprised Pakistanis. “To spread the message of positivity and motivation for the youth of Pakistan, we will keep pushing inspiring videos for the TikTok users.” Tweeted the president.
This came as a surprise for many and most welcomed it wholeheartedly saying that it was a positive initiative taken by the president. Someone even challenged the president to a dance off! Isn’t this exciting? Well, it sure is for us!
We are eagerly looking forward to see what the President of Pakistan has in store for us and meanwhile hope that this means no more TikTok ban in the future!
Farhan Saeed And Aima Baig New Song Release, Na Cher Malangaan Nu
Written, composed and produced by Bilal Maqsood, Farhan Saeed and Aima Baig new Song released on You Tube by One Two Records. The song, Na Cher Malangaan Nu is a 4 minute music video which was released on 23 July. It is directed by none other than Adnan Qazi. The duo of Farhan and Aima is most certainly working and setting fireworks! The lyrics, melody and the voice of the two singers just set the right tone and ended Eid on a high note for all the fans. It has already received much appreciation within hours of its release and it is already on our playlist!
Check the music video here:
The South Asian Heritage Month Commences From 18 July
The South Asian Heritage Month runs annually from 18 July to 17. Last year they held over 60 official and over 100 unofficial events. Some of the events include book club, exhibitions, cooking class, conversation therapy, open mic and others.
Jeff Bezos – the world’s richest man – went into space along with his brother and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas. He travelled on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket which was glided from remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by him for its historical significance.
Domestic Violence And Safety of Women
In just a matter of one week, three women suffered unjustly by the hands of men in our society. A woman named Bushra was killed by her husband who was a drug addict named Raza Ali and his daughter Saima had to stand against her own father to raise her voice for her mother. While Qurtulain who was a mother of four children was brutally murdered. Noor Muqadam, who was the daughter of former ambassador to South Korea was killed and then slaughtered by an aquintance Zahir Jaffar.
The loss is unbearable and its devastating effects cannot be described in words. We just hope that these women receive justice and their families find the strength to overcome this grief.
However, what is unfortunate is that there is no end to this daily violence against women. Everyday there is another Noor, Bushra or Qurtulain.
Every women deserves to feel safe and protected. For this it is necesssary that domestic violence bill is passed. And that is only the first step. On a side note, Pakistan has been deemed the 6th most dangerous country for women with a rape conviction of just 0.5%
Ali Gul Pir Shares An Important Message This Eid
Ali Gul Pir, who is a stand up comedian, actor and rapper shared an important message on Instagram with his followers, asking people to be more compassionate towards animals. He quoted our beloved Prophet (p.b.u.h)’s hadith and emphasized how important it is to care for animals before and after they are slaughtered. Furthermore, he added that they should be disposed of in a hygenic way.
An important message to give? Isn’t it? So tell us if you’ll be following the Olympics in Tokyo, listening to the new song releases while enjoying the last of the Eid break!
Zainab Mossadiq is an A level student. She has a passion for writing. She believes that through writing we are often able to convey the message we might never say and unveil a hidden side of ourselves. “Writing helps me unwind. It allows me to explore a different side of my personality and to forget what’s happening around me. I hope that through my writing I am able to bring a positive influence.”