Pride of Pakistan-Iqbal Qasim

by on December 26, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Famous Pakistani cricketer Iqbal Qasim

Iqbal Qasim was a stylish left arm spin bowler from Pakistan who was a part of the national team from 1976-1988.

Born in Karachi in 1953, Iqbal Qasim belonged to the “memon community”. Iqbal Qasim was a brilliant spinner who often baffled the batsmen with variations in pace and flight of the ball. Iqbal Qasim was a penetrative bowler who was more concerned about the accuracy of the ball.

In his test career of 50 test matches, Qasim took 171 wickets at an average of 28.11. He took 5 wickets in an innings on 8 occasions and 10 wickets in a match twice. His career best performance remains 7 wickets for 49 runs. His ODI record shows 15 matches to his credit with 12 wickets at an average of 41.66.

Iqbal Qasim’s career best performance was against India in India in the 1987 series. In the 5th test at Bangalore, Qasim took 9 wickets for 121 runs and played a key role in Pakistan’s first ever series win in India.

Iqbal Qasim was not that good with the bat but was a pretty decent fielder. Iqbal Qasim served the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) as the Chief Selector. Considering the fact that Pakistan cricket has always produced better bowlers in comparison to the quality of batsmen, Iqbal Qasim can be included among the best of the spinners from Pakistan. 

Pride of Pakistan- Manzoor ul Hassan

by on December 26, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Famous Hockey player of Pakistan Manzoor ul Hassan

Manzoor ul Hassan

Gojra a small town in the Faisalabad division has produced many hockey superstars; Manzoor ul Hasan being one of them.

Dubbed as Mr. Reliable and The Great Wall of China, Manzoor playing as a defender put up an impenetrable defense. He was dreaded and respected by his opponents for his skills and outstanding play. He scored 104 goals from 154 matches. He saved numerous goals against Pakistan making him the strong weapon of the Pakistan team. Manzoor ul Hasan together with Munnawar uz Zaman made a tough winning difficult to beat combination during the 70s era. In the 1982 World Cup Tournament, Manzoor’s performance was brilliant and can be easily called one of the best performances of his life.

He later coached the national team which won the silver medal in the World Cup held at Lahore. A players’ revolt forced him to step down from the post in 1996.

Pride of Pakistan-Khawaja Saeed Mirza

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Khawaja Saeed Mir commonly known as Saeed Mir is one of the big names of Pakistan tennis. He enjoys the distinction of being the first Pakistani player ever to feature in a grand slam tournaments; Wimbledon (three times), US Open and French Open (twice). He qualified for the main draw of Wimbledon for three consecutive years from 1954-1956. He represented Pakistan in the Davis Cup and was the captain of the team 32 times; a record yet to be equaled by any other player of the world. At home he was the Triple Crown holder of National Championship with Single’s, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Double titles to his credit. An interesting and unusual one of its kind incident associated with him is that he killed a bird with his service during the England Tennis Championship.

Saeed Mir has received international recognition for his outstanding performance and services in the field of tennis. He was awarded a gold medal by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in the annual meeting held at Lausnne, Switzerland. The French Tennis Federation celebrated the century of French Championship and built a commemorative wall displaying the names of outstanding players; Saeed Mir’s name was one of them.

Since his retirement he has served the PTF (Pakistan Tennis Federation) as the President and the Chairman of Selection Committee.

Pride of Pakistan-Sadiq Mohammed

by on December 18, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Pakistani famous cricketer Sadiq Mohammad

Sadiq Mohammed the youngest of the five Mohammed brothers was born in 1945. Ever since Pakistan was recognized as a test playing nation, one of the Mohammed brothers had been a part of the Pakistan cricket team with Hanif Mohammed and Mushtaq Mohammed being the most successful.

Like his brothers, Sadiq Mohammed was a strong right handed batsman but on his brother Hanif Mohammed’s advice, Sadiq Mohammed switched over to left handed batting as Hanif thought that there were already too many right handed batsmen in the team. Initially Sadiq Mohammed played as a middle order batsman but later became a reliable opener. Sadiq Mohammed also played for the English County Gloucestershire.

Sadiq Mohammed made his test debut in 1969 at Karachi against New Zealand. He played 41 test matches with 2579 runs scored at an average of 35.81; his total includes five hundreds. He featured in 19 ODIs and made 383 runs at an average of 21.27 runs. Till date Sadiq Mohammad is considered as one of the best batsmen from Pakistan cricket. Pakistan cricket team who has been traditionally known for its weak and unreliable batting line up has surely produced some big names in the field of batting too. SAdiq Mohammed is among one of those batting legends from Pakistan.

Pride of Pakistan – Styles from Sana Safinaz

by on August 5, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

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Graceful, sophisticated, chic, sexy, vibrant, colorful and the list goes on when you start describing outfits designed by the duo Sana Safinaz.

Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Munir together launched the label beginning with formal and bridal wear. Their designs caught attention of the people because of their colors and uniqueness. Sana Safinaz outfit were basically on the same pattern; an amalgamation of the contemporary and the conventional but were different in the sense that while most designers concentrated on heavy intricate embroidery and embellishments; Sana Safinaz were more focused on cuts.

Sana Safinaz still emphasizes on cuts and with time the cuts have become bolder. The palette is also colorful and the embellishments are used subtly. Sana Safinaz went forward to produce casual wear and later designed lawn prints. The Sana Safinaz lawn is very popular with cool prints and eye catching colors.

The Sana Safinaz line of clothes includes bridal wear; elegant and classy with delicate embellishments. Diffusion a collection of bold and glamorous outfits, export; it is the line of casual wear in lively patterns and colors. Sana Safinaz Lawn soft prints are available in soft prints with equally soft shades to beat the summer heat and prêt collection is a fusion of the exotic east and the bold west. Sana Safinaz has also dabbled in furniture designing successfully.

Pride of Pakistan – Rizwan Beyg: Pakistani Designer

by on August 5, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

Popular dress designer of Pakistan Rizwan_Beyg

Rizwan Beyg is termed as the “fashion guru” of Pakistan. Though there are many other names in the fashion and design industry in Pakistan, Rizwan has his special place. Beyg’s entry in the fashion world was accidental rather than intentional. He was challenged by his friends and being the adventurous type he accepted it. Beyg organized a charity show in which his designs were displayed. People were overawed by what they saw and so Rizwan Beyg the designer was born.

Rizwan Beyg’s designs are quite different. He mostly uses pastel shades and is known for his masterful use of black and white. His bridal wears is not drowned in heavy embroidery, zardozi and resham work. The use of embellishment is also restricted but the dresses are elegant and beautiful. His designs are basic like his palette but very chic. Rizwan has done countless shows both in Pakistan and abroad and has received appreciation. He never ceases to stun the foreign media and people with his designs. His designs though traditional border more towards the west.

Rizwan Beyg holds the distinction of being the first designer to introduce designer printed cotton and voile fabrics at affordable prices. His designs are versatile and artistic. Rizwan Beyg also designed dresses for the late Princess Diana.

Pride of Pakistan – Tariq Amin

by on August 3, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

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Tariq Amin the stylist is the man behind many successful models. He is a leading make up artist and hair stylist and one of the pillars of Pakistan Fashion Industry. Tariq Amin has been associated with the fashion industry for the past 25 years. Admired by many for his work and hated by many for his candid remarks this man has transformed many faces. He has given a new image to celebrities and to those who visit his saloons.

Amin’s name was popular in the fashion world but he came into limelight when he did Benazir Bhutto’s makeup on her wedding. Amin an expert in his field has trained at many leading institutes of the world. Amin won the first “Sunsilk Hairdressing Award” in 1990. Tariq Amin has been associated with Sunsilk Hair Care products for a long time.

Amin has also acted in some music videos. Tariq Amin is rated as the top stylist of Pakistan. Indeed he is the man who introduced the concept of “style” in Pakistan.

Amin has saloons in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and some of his students are now leading stylists themselves. Although there are many other hair stylists in Pakistan, Tariq Amin is still considered as the trend setter.

Pride of Pakistan – Bunto Kazmi

by on August 3, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

Pakistani fashion designer Bunto-Kazmi

When choosing an exclusive, one of its kind wedding dress, the first name that comes to mind is Bunto Kazmi. Ms. Kazmi belongs to the Kazmi Family; a family which has been associated with the fashion industry for the past 5 decades. Her mother in law and maternal Aunt Sughra Kazmi was a talented designer herself and groomed her creative daughter in law to take over the family business.

Although Ms. Kazmi designs formal and semi formal clothes too, she excels in bridal wear. Her designs transform a girl to a princess. Her work is heavily inspired by Moghul designs. Ms. Kazmi’s dresses are mostly heavily done and pearls, tassels and other embellishments are very artistically used. The color combination is beautiful too. Her clothes do not look too gaudy nor to flashy. There is a certain grace and regality in the outfits designed by her

Ms. Kazmi showcases most of her designs on ramp rather than in print. When beautiful models elegantly dressed in Bunto Kazmi’s creation walk gracefully down the ramp, people watch with hushed reverence marveling at the creativity and artistry of the designer. Ms. Kazmi’s work has been showcased in all the big venues of the world. Bunto Kazmi’s designs have put Pakistan on the fashion map.

Pride of Pakistan – Hassan Sheharyar Yaseen

by on August 3, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

Famous dress designer of Pakistan Hassan Sheheryar Yasin

Hassan Sheharyar Yaseen (HSY) is a leading dress designer of Pakistan who has heavily influenced the fashion scene in the last decade.

Yaseen started off as a fashion choreographer in 1994. He organized many shows both locally and internationally. He later got himself enrolled in the Pakistan School of Fashion Design (PSFD) in 1996 and graduated in 2000.

In 2000, Yaseen launched his label HSY which initially produced bridal and formal wear. Gradually Yaseen expanded his horizon and started designing semi formal and casual wear too. Yaseen’s designs are unique, he too like other designers finds inspiration in the rich heritage of Pakistan but his presentation of the conventional is more contemporary yet within the cultural norms. In the world where designs are here today gone tomorrow, he believes in designing timeless dresses.

Yaseen has now started men’s line of clothes as well as the exclusive HSY jewelry. In 10 years, HSY has become a well known fashion house both in Pakistan and abroad especially in Dubai. HSY has two outlets each in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Outside Pakistan HSY can be found in Dubai, Manchester and Houston while outlets in New York and Toronto are being planned.

Yaseen has won the Lux Style Award for the Best Designer in 2005. His clients are the members of the Royal Families as well as elites from South Asia, US and Europe. But Yaseen does not cater to rich people only his line PERT is designed for the middle class as well.

Pride of Pakistan – Ather Shehzad: Fashion Photographers

by on August 3, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

Make up artist of Pakistan-Ather Shehzad

The Ather Shehzad duo is a wizard behind the lens. They transform an ordinary face into an unforgettable one and then with one click of their camera, they capture that image. Both Ather and Shehzad hail from Sheikhupura; a small town near Lahore. They are childhood friends and attended the same school and later college. After graduation, armed with camera and full of ambition, the duo started working for local newspapers. Their photo shoot of the beautiful Zeba Bakhtiar in 1993 made the fashion designers notice them.

Magicians behind the camera, both Ather and Shehzad started doing photo shoots. The amazing results they produced made them more popular and now models and celebrities preferred doing shoots with them. Some models like Iman Ali and Mehreen Syed mostly work with them as they feel more comfortable. Ather and Shehzad are very much in demand by the public as well and mostly girls get their bridal make up and photo session by them. Ather Shehzad’s glossy dazzling photos grace the cover page and the centre page of fashion magazines.

Ather and Shehzad’s hard work was acknowledged by the industry in the form of two consecutive Lux Style Awards. There work is loved by the masses.

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