Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

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27 kilometers long Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System first of its kind in the country kick started in early 2012. Prime Minister Punjab, Mian Shehbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of mega project which will have track from Gajumata to Shahdra on Ferozpur Road which passes from center of Lahore. Estimated cost of project is 30 billion rupees much lower than rumored 70-80 billion rupees. According to newspaper, service will start on February 10, 2013. Project starts from Gajumata, a nearby town on the southern boundary of Lahore, mega city. Traveling on the 27 km long project will be free for first month of its inauguration and PKR 10 will be charged afterwards which is by far the lowest fare to travel in the city. Even 1 km traveling is charge at least PKR 10 local transporters.

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M4 Faisalabad – Multan Motorway

January 21, 2013 2 comments

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19 August 2009 was the day when ground breaking ceremony of M4 Faisalabad-Multan Motorway took place by the hands of the then Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. Initial planned cost of M4 was 42 Billion PKR. The project was separated in four sections:

  1. FaisalabadGojra (58 km)
  2. Gojra-Shorkot (62 km)
  3. Shorkot-Din Pur-Khanewal (64 km)
  4. Khanewal-Multan (45 km) – (later included Muzaffargarh thus making it 57 km long)

Moreover fifteen interchanges and 23 flyovers/underpasses are part of the project. Two major bridges on Ravi river and Sidhnai canal will also be built.

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Sunset in Lahore

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Sunset in Lahore

A beautiful sunset in Lahore on 2012 Christmas

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Awami March of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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On 13th of January, long march / million march / awami march kick started from Lahore in the leadership of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri. This march was proposed by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri against the corrupt government of Islamabad and Lahore i.e. Pakistan Government lead by Pakistan Peoples Party and Punjab Government lead by Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Group). At this moment, march reached Kamoke and was planned not to stop there.

This march looks to be reached some time at noon in Islamabad and then protest will begin there until the demands will be fulfilled as per Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri speeches. Will government agree to the agenda of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri? Will they allow a person came from Canada back to country to derail democracy? Does this awami march is meant to derail the democracy indeed or there are some other purposes behind that? It looks as first time in Pakistan in current years, protest on large scale started against the government. If everything goes well, we will see a better governance after this long march. InshaAllah. Hope is the key. 🙂

Pak-India Relations

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Pakistan certainly cannot afford a war on its eastern border while it is already in a war like situation on its western border and in some part of federally administrated tribal areas. Some days ago a Pakistan Solider was killed by Indian Border Security Forces in cross fire. Who opened the fire, who broke the ceasefire, who started the action first is not the question. But the question is, whether this is going to be in the favor of Pakistan or not. Pakistan has 796,095 KM area and 18M population but its Gross Domestic Product (Purchasing Power Parity) is 27th while India’s GDP is 4th according to IMF rankings released for 2011. It is worth mentioning here that higher the GDP is, the country is in more stable position. It can easily afford wars, crises or other situations and people are less affected. During this 5 year government alone, GDP growth is dropped significantly. Inflation is multiplied. Electricity, Natural Gas, Oil and other shortages are common in the country. In this situation, we can not afford another war with comparatively stable neighbor. A few months ago, I was very happy with the renewed visa policy with India, in which permission was awarded to visit more cities on a single visa and other restrictions were voided or eased. Also trade policy was renewed. But suddenly things have changed rapidly that today I heard on a news channel that Indian Command is ready for an air strike which is so fearsome.

By living in a mega city Lahore, which is also on the Indian border, it is very dangerous during a war to survive and while both countries are nuclear powers, it makes the scene more dangerous.

The wise solution would be to sit on table and clear the doubts about each other and join hands to take part in the progress of technology in which both countries are already significantly behind than European and North American countries. I pray to Allah that no such incident happen again on the both sides of Pak-India Border and that peace process move further.

Chashma Tour (Part III) – Bilot-Sharif-and-Chashma-Rest-House

January 7, 2013 1 comment

On Saturday 29th December, 2012, Noor Muhammad woke us up at around 11’o clock local time and brought us breakfast which included Half cooked Omelette (very delicious), Parathas, Yogurt, Pickle and Tea. We got ready meanwhile driver and Uncle Maqbool arrived. We left around 12:45 PM and reached Bilot Sharif at around 02:00 PM. I got my stomach unsettle a little so I became slower while Qasim and Hasnain got pace to reach the top to see the Kafir Kot ruins, Bolit Fort.

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Qasim and Hasnain took some very good shots of each other and as well as Fort. There was a silence matched to rare other occasions in my life. Only wind sound, some vehicle passing through the road 500 meters away and occasionally a voice of shepherd. I was like in some heavenly place apart from my weakness.

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Cool wind was blowing and reducing the warmth of sunshine making it difficult to stay on the hills. We took the wrong path climbing the hill but on return we found easy path to return in no time. On the basin there was a superb view I captured of dates, bushes, pool and hill in the back ground. I love this sight the most in my whole tour.

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We took some pictures of ourselves, ruins and the valley and around 03:00 PM we left the place. We enjoyed Oranges, Bananas and Apple during the drive and hike. 🙂

We reached to Chashma Lake West Bank to Rest house, went down the stairs to beach (Yeah, I will call that a beach, because it was feeling like I was on the beach.), took some pictures, enjoyed the lake, the sun, the warmth and the cold. And returned back to home.

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Next day we left for home. It was journey worth remembering and we enjoyed every moment of it. On the way back, we stopped at Sialmor South and took a couple of pictures. I know I am not looking good at all but we were heading home and we were supposed to be in not-our-best-looks. Thanks folks for reading such a long post (consisting of three parts). Don’t forget to comment and click on like button if you liked it 🙂

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Chashma Tour (Part II) – Tour-to-Chashma,-A-Beach-like-feeling

January 6, 2013 2 comments

Rain started falling on the eve of Friday and we were restricted to our beds with heater on in the room and dry fruits in plates. Previously, Mamun (Uncle) Safiullah asked Qasim to fix his old laptop (IBM Thinkpad, i guess it was) loaded with Windows 7 and all the softwares not really needed and also Mamun needed Youtube to be browsed as it is banned in Pakistan by PTA. Qasim took really long time to download a VPN (don’t remember its name) and installed along with some Java plug-ins. We sat in drawing room and chatted with Mamun while Qasim was busy fixing the thing. Door was open and were feeling cold but It was nice to have some cold. 🙂

As soon as Qasim completed the fixation process, we moved to our room and Mamun left to his bedroom with his laptop to watch some MTA stuff. I went to bed straight away around PST 12:00 AM while Qasim started browsing YouTube and Hasnain started work. I woke up in morning many times, like PST 0500 and 0600 or so but it was still drizzling so I barely popped out my head from warm bed and popped in back. When I woke up in the morning at PST 0900 with the knock of Mamun, Hasnain and Qasim were still in bed. I left for a bath with warm water arranged by Mamun. When I came back to room, Qasim was awake and was waiting for only and lonely washroom shoes pair. 😉

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We got ready arround PST 1115 and left to Shoaib’s place. Weather was cold, yet lovely and yes it was drizzling as well. Mamun stopped near Green Lagoon Restaurant to give Hasnain a look of lake. Hasnain and me took some pictures.

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We reached at Shoaib’s house, picked him and left for Canal side Dhaba (Restaurant). There we took tea, went to have a look of Canal (Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal), the largest canal in Pakistan to my information in terms of water capacity.

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Drizzle started again and we rushed towards shaded sitting area of Dhaba. Meanwhile Anees Uncle joined us too on dhaba. On special order, fish was fried and we left no part of it but yet it was not as tasty as we were thinking but our empty stomachs asked for more every time we finished previous piece. Then we took 2 cups of green tea to digest the thing and also boost our body temperature.

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Friday prayer time was passed so we decided to say prayer at Shoaib’s residence so we left to there. After Friday prayer, I, Hasnain, Qasim and Shoaib went to lake side and both uncles stayed at home.

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And then started the madness time, it was drizzling, strong wind was blowing and it was almost freezing cold but yet we were passionate to take pictures. We tried every angle, style, shashka (fashion) and every possible view we could capture.

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We spent full 90 minutes on beach like lake bank and when sun disappeared we came back to home, transferred photos to shoaib’s laptop, watched and gave comments on them.

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Special thanks to Auntie (Shoaib’s mother) who prepared Fruit chaat for us. I forgot to take its picture but it was really tasty, I took it two times because of dates in it. 🙂

Around 1930 PST, we left Shoaib’s home and went to Roadside Restaurant (don’t remember its name) and ordered Chicken Friend Rice along with Chicken Almond and daal mash & chapati. While waiting for the order, we enjoyed 2nd T20I between Pakistan and India which Pakistan lost by 11 runs but  with a good effort in chase of 192 runs.

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After dinner, we took special doodh patti (Milk Tea) with crushed Almonds and left for home. As soon as we reached home, we lightened up the heater and sat in our room with Mamun and have a very informative session with Mamun on politics, economy, religion and poetry. Around 1’o Clock Mamun left for his bedroom and we slept.

In the end, here are some awesome scenes we captured on lake and it will be unfair if I don’t show them to you. I hope you enjoyed the photo post and will wait for the part III, Bilot Sharif and Chashma Rest House. Don’t forget to comment.

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