Thursday, May 28, 2015

ARE WE MAKING A SUICIDAL MEDIA INDUSTRY ?

Media industry was not a common term around fifteen years ago in Pakistan because till that time there was only one television network which was being fully operated by the state government directly and what people knew about the happenings in Pakistan as well as in the world, all came through the Pakistan Television Network. This network sometimes looked bias as they always showed positive side of the running government, in fact everything used to brought on air after proper scrutinization  process by the government officials. Then time changed and we should give credit to Gen. (Rtd) Musharaf for bringing change in this field and authorized the licensing of new channels to get aired globally from Pakistan and the main purpose was to show the brighter side of Pakistan to majority and give the confidence to the people of Pakistan for showing their skills and capabilities by utilizing larger platforms. Although an organization named “PEMRA” was established in 2002 which managed and released the code of conduct and ordinance for this media freedom campaign but despite this some leniency have been observed during every government in compliance of this ordinance since the day of its existence.



Initially it was being observed as a positive step but what we are noticing today; it is in fact ruining our country’s image badly, if we see the quantity of channels till now, we will observe that despite having more than 100 channels, we are seriously missing the quality contents, almost every channel is showing the same thing and apart from that, every channel is trying to show something which can raise the rating of their channels instantly without bothering whether their contents are in favor of Pakistan or not, also exaggeration, news breaking without evidence or proper authentication or showing the contents which are exactly against the image of Pakistan’s culture and society, this is seriously annoying those people who never wanted such freedom of media but once we started using this term industry with the media, it seriously became a business and earning criteria has been established based on the hot and spicy news and programmes, point to think is where is PEMRA now, why are they not noticing such activities which is becoming serious day by day ? Let’s show you one example…

An award show was organized by one of the private channel in Dubai and the way it had been presented, it just seemed like a show of our neighbor country. Did they show the Pakistani culture?, below images will clearly get you the answer.











The number of news channels in Pakistan are increasing day by day and it seems like that getting a license for a news channel in Pakistan is just like a piece of cake with the condition of having giant money in your pocket and some better relations with concern authorities. If somewhere in Pakistan, one channel observed the cracker blast, they instantly make it a BREAKING NEWS and within seconds, you can see the same breaking news on almost every news channel and you will feel like that there is nothing happening good in Pakistan.
Numbers of religious channels are also increasing and we are seriously worried now that if this frequency of licensing to different creeds will remain same then one day we might be watching the equal number of religious channels like we are having for news right now and everyone will be showing the image of Islam in his own way and it will really get the world confused what Islam is being preached in Pakistan.

We are seriously missing the channels like DISCOVERY, NAT GEO, ANIMAL PLANET etc, at least someone should take the courage and get the license to show these channels in Pakistan with URDU dubbing.

Our Children are bound to watch CARTOON NETWORK, POGO, NICKELODEON, don’t we observe that our children are being injected with the serious virus of Hindi language and culture through these channels.


Let’s start thinking and open our eyes and ears, do some positive actions in this regard, rather making this industry just a business, let’s make this industry a source to represent a brighter and true image of Pakistan as well as build an energetic , patriotic and passionate nation for the future of Pakistan.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

SAIF-UL-MULUK , MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKE OF THE WORLD

Saif-ul-Muluk is one of the most beautiful lake of world, it is located about 8 Km north from the town Naran in northern end of Kaghan valley which is the north east of Mansehra district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. We had heard the famous fairy tale in our childhood about this lake as well as created some imaginations about the beauty of this lake in our mind because we had seen the images of this lake having magical and eye catching views. We always wished to visit this majestic lake and had been praying to God for giving us this opportunity to visit this beautiful place once in our life.

Lake Saif-ul-Muluk
It was one of the best day in our life when we heard that our company had planned a recreational trip for us and we were being taken to Kaghan/Naran Valley for this leisure trip so as soon as news came, dream was just looking to be true and there was awesome feeling because we were going to visit the place which has been blessed by God to Pakistan only and there is no such place in United States of America, China, Russia or in any part of the world.
We spent few days there and captured the beauty of this lake through our cameras, we also observed that the best season to visit this place is Jun/July and luckily we were there during this season otherwise it becomes more difficult to reach at Lake and you can not avail the Jeep facility, only hiking would be the option in that case so if you don’t feel yourself good for this exercise then visit this place during season only.

Have you seen this must visit place ? - 

NEEL WAHN - A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT IN PUNJAB PAKISTAN


Let’s have a small tour through these images from Naran to Lake Saif-ul-Muluk.

Journey Starts From here, we took a jeep and move on...

Road to Lake but during off season, it normally covered with Snow

You can get the idea that how difficult it is even for jeep to reach at this lake.

Feel the clouds on your way to lake

Don't miss the beautiful views on the way to Lake

Glaciers on the way to Lake

Only the skilled drivers can take you to the lake so don't try your own even if you have your own jeep or Land cruiser

Amazing views on the way to Lake

Just look at the view and praise Allah, you can see it on your way to Lake

Don't have words to explain it, Its a blessing for Pakistan
Captured this stream from the jeep, on our way to Lake


Finally reached and it was the first view of this Lake

Jeep Parking Area

Check the crystal water of this Lake

Cool, crystal water of Lake Saif-ul-Muluk

Boat riding have been banned by local Government from this year to keep alive the natural beauty of this Lake.

Yes you have to visit Pakistan if you want to see it.

Green fields around lake during season

The other side of this Lake

Glaciers around the Lake

Small streams near lake

Glaciers around the Lake

Glaciers around the Lake


Water flow from the Lake

Its evening and Time to Leave

We love to have your feedback, Please leave a comment and let us know how did you like this place through our captured images.
Authored By HMS Khalid
Sohaib Khalid is the founder of "ThinkLikeGiant". He is an Apparel Merchandiser and have been working for Denim companies and brands since 2008. He loves blogging that's why started this blog with the aim to share his knowledge and experiences for the people associated with his field as well as for general public.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

NEEL WAHN - A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT IN PUNJAB PAKISTAN

During British rule, it was the part of Jehlum. There are two famous places, a worth seen, situated near Neelwahn, one is  Takht-e-Babri (Throne of Babar) and second one is Bagh-e-Safa garden.  It is located near Kallar Kahar which also has tourist attraction. Neelwahn Ponds are at the 40 minute drive from Kallar Kahar. Due to its clean and cold blue water, it is famous among locals and outsiders.
Distance from:
  • The total distance from Rawalpindi to Neelwahn Ponds is approximately 140  Kilometers.
  •  The road distance between Lahore and Neelwahn Ponds is almost 275 kilometers.
  •   The road distance between Peshawar and Neelwahn Ponds is nearly 270Km.
Points to remember:

  • Must wear the hiking shoes
  • Keep yourself away from the deep areas of the pond if you don’t know swimming
  • Guides are there who can help you to reach at exact location but be aware to spend extra money on them as this is not so tricky to reach at spot
  • Keep food and drinks with you once you reach there
  • Keep your personal belongings in safe custody
  • There is a difficult hiking track so avoid accompanying kids or old age people with you for this location.
  • Respect families 
SEE THE IMAGES BELOW ( credited by Bilal Khalid)