Wondrous feats: One student’s journey from small-town Balochistan to Harvard University
Located on the outskirts of Quetta, is the barren valley of Mariabad where the Hazara lead slow-paced lives. These tribal people, living in narrow brick huts speckled along the rugged hillside, typically sell loose cloth, sweaters or tea for their livelihood.
Like most poor people, their aspirations rarely go beyond sustaining themselves in this underdeveloped nook of Balochistan. Many of them live and die in Mariabad — unaware of the complex concerns and tremendous pace of life in urban centres like Karachi and Lahore.
But one student — the son of a trader who sold Quaid-e-Azam style caps in Mariabad for a living — dared to tread a radically different path. Karrar Hussain Jaffar transcended the confines of an obscure town in Balochistan, where people rarely educate themselves beyond matriculation, to study at the prestigious Harvard University. His story — a narrative about the wondrous possibilities of equal educational opportunities — is truly inspirational. (for complete news click here and for an equally inspirational video of Karrar and LUMS NOP click here)Follow us on Facebook | Twitter or Submit something or Just Ask!
Exactly 5857 Pakistanis gathered in Karachi and sang the national anthem together. A world record has been set.
Thanks to Ali Khurshid of Flickr. (via pakistank2)
They have broken the record previously held by a group in Philippines.