Archive for November, 2007

Lahore doesn’t have the ‘Better Apple’

Talha Masood from Metroblogging Islamabad reviews two recently opened cinemas, one, Cinepax, in Rawalpindi and the other, DHA Cinema, in Lahore through his experience of watching ‘The Bourne Ultimatum‘ at both places.

Interestingly, apart from the sound quality, he finds the former as better of the two in all aspects :)

Interviews at Jatti Umrah

Hussain Nawaz Sharif:

“I’m feeling really happy to come to my birth place. How would you feel if you come to your home after 9 years… I feel the same. Lahore is my birth city and I drove myself from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore to Jatti Umrah to feel the difference; Lahore has changed a lot but still, home sweet home. We thank all the party members and the public, because; they are here just because of there (public/party) support.”

He was asked to say something on his political stance but Hussain Nawaz Sharif refused to comment.

Mariam Nawaz Sharif:

“I am overwhelmed with the love and can’t stop my tears. It has been with the grace of Allah and is a result of our patience. As much the public waited for us, we desperately waited for this moment too. Thanks to Allah that we are here.”

Captain Saffdar (Retrd.):

“It’s so welcoming and we are really happy to be back home. Congratulations to all the people on this great occasion.”

He got off the car and embraced with the party members and congratulated the party members.
{Captain Saffdar is the husband of Mariam Nawaz Sharif}

Kulsoom Nawaz was not available for any comment.

The pics of above three would be added tomorrow. (I got it but is unable to upload)

Stay tuned for today’s live updates at Lahore Metroblogging.

Remaining Updates: Jatti Umrah before the arrival.

Here are some of the remaining updates which were not delivered to the LMB due to constant network failure there at Jatti Umrah, Link Raiwind Road. The updates are really late coz I just got home a while ago but; they (updates) are factual, unlike the ones aired by the media to favor/promote/support the Sharif’s arrival.

(read the updates from the bottom)

12:15 am – I left the scene for my home.

12:00 am – Security increased and a bus carrying 25 policemen arrived with the indication of more vans to come.

No police force is seen except 4 to 5 personnel.
The roads are deserted at Jatti Umrah at about 8:30 pm.

No person is seen except the media and the management. They both combined to form a group of about 25 to 30 people total.

10:00 pm – The banners are being displayed and are tied with the trees, on the fences and above the roads.

9:00 pm – The chairs from the catering company arrive for the seating arrangements arrive.

8:47 pm – Son Hussain Nawaz arrives with two cars following him. The second car was having black covered screens and no one came out or showed one’s presence inside the car. It’s doubtful that the wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had been present in that car.

8:45 pm – Daughter Mariam Nawaz and her husband Captain Saffdar (Retrd.) arrive at Jatti Umrah.

6:25 pm – DSP Raiwind City Police Station, arrives with his squad of 12 policemen. (no special forces or no special security arrangements) The policemen were from the police station and were on their regular duty and were not especially assigned for Sharif’s arrival.

Bakra Eid Preparations: A rare view

Mostly and ideally sheeps cross you like this when you are driving up to a hill station. Nahi? at least filmo main yehi hota hay :)) , anyways, not necessarily but it can happen anywhere close to Bari Eid aka Eid Ul Azha. Goats and sheeps etc. are specially brought to the city so they can be sold on higher prices, which are in fact quite cheap if you buy them from nearby villages. I will try to post some candid snaps from other parts of city, so you guys will know how we celebrate Eid Ul Azha.

Anymore lawns and banquet halls?

During “Shadi Season” of Lahore, one can find every empty plots avaliable for rent to arrange a function, every other house in commercial areas is being demolished and banquet halls are popping like anything.

This picture is of a new such place, with name of Green, on MM Alam Road. I wonder what shape MM Alam gonna take after a year or two???

Cavalry Sunset of November

I like the views from Cavalry Bridge, the railway track, the buildings and the ultimate sky.
@Cavalry Bridge, Lahore Cantt.
*sorry for poor result of cam.

Act according to the act

According to a Punjab Government representative, Article 144 has been implemented in Lahore for indefinite time period. Section 144 prohibits congregation of four or more people in public places.

“Article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure allows the government to act preventively if it perceives the danger of public disorder. A magistrate may prohibit meetings of five or more persons, forbid the carrying of firearms, and impose “preventive detention” on anybody thought likely to disturb public order. Although a detainee is entitled to be informed of the reason for his detention and to a fair review of the case, these restrictions are in practice easy to circumvent, and the constitution specifically denies such detainees procedural guarantees. The government, especially in periods of martial law, has used Section 144 frequently when feeling its position could be threatened by demonstrations and public opposition to its policies; Section 144’s provisions have also been used, however, to contain disorder that is not political.”

A peep into the history, ” I remember that during agitation against bhutto regime in 1977, the tactic used by protesters to circumvent the section 144 was that people took out protests in rows of three or two people each. So if three thousand people were protesting, there were a thousand rows of three persons each. As these rows were not connected so it was not deemed a violation of section 144.”

Sharif’s return – not a big deal?


9:00 – Nawaz Sharif addressing masses of his jubilant supporters at Saddar Main Chowk in Lahore Cantt. According to a fellow blogger, Sohaib Athar, Mr.Sharif is to speak at four different stages set up around in the Saddar area.

8:45 – Son Hussain Nawaz and Begum Kulsoom Nawaz arrive at Jatti Umrah

7:45 – Supporters start to arrive at Jatti Umrah, Sharifs’ final destination. Two Hilux vans bring 50-60 people. Security presence still remains thin.
Metroblogger, Usman Latif says Sharifs are expected to arrive at their farm house at about 2:00 – 3:00 am.

7:40 – The Sharifs leave for Data Darbar in a procession from the airport.

7:30 – Nawaz gets emotional and has tears in his eyes. People carry him on shoulders to his car. Nawaz and Shahbaz standing on top of the car, waving to their supporters.

7:26 – Nawaz to reach Data Darbar in the form of a rally while travelling through Saddar, Garrhi Shahu, Dharampura, Shimla Pahari, Gawalmandi, and Bhaati Gate.

7:16 – Massive display of fireworks close to the airport premises.

7:13 – Hussain Nawaz, Kulsoom Nawaz and other members of the family use the ‘Domestic Lounge’ to come out of the airport.

7:08 – Nawaz and Shahbaz come out of the lounge.


Image Source: BBC News

“I’m here to play my role and also to make my own efforts to rid the country of the dictatorship,” Nawaz tells the BBC upon his landing.

7:00 – At least 2,000 PML-N workers including Hamza Shahbaz, Makhdom Javed Hashmi, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Zulifqar Khosa, Zafar Jhagrra, former President Rafiq Tarrar, MMA’s Liaqat Baloch reach the ‘International Arrivals’ gate of the airport.

6:55 – Passengers in the Airport’s arrival lounge now. ASF and the police baton-charge supporters of PML-N.

6:35 – Nawaz Sharif’s plane lands at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. The special Boeing 777 was carrying 26 members of the Sharif family.


Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Group) leaders have flocked to Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, his brother, former Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif and their families.

Television coverage shows policemen beating up supporters while preventing them from entering the airport building. The political celebrities are soon expected to land in Lahore through a chartered Saudi royal plane and are to ride two gifted bulletproof Mercedes’. According to insiders, the Saudi King has even lent them a helicopter to be used in their upcoming election campaigns.

The plane is expected to land at 6:30 pm PST.

Sharifs’ return is significant, however, the overall rise in political temperature of the nation has largely remained insignificant. One of our fellow Metrobloggers, Usman Latif, who is on scene at the family farm-house of the Sharifs at Jatti Umrah, describes the reception as missing any fervor. This may largely be attributed to the fact that many party workers have been arrested and the provincial government, despite giving the Sharifs a free-hand to return, has asked them not to take out a rally on return.

According to Usman there are no security arrangements by the Government and almost the entire complex lacks the presence of any proper Muslim League figure. Absence of the common man and media at Jatti Umrah resonates a feeling that Sharifs might not be able to regain what they have lost and have been missing during the last seven years…

Lauhr Lauhr Aye – II

Opee few months back shared this amazing song by Tariq Tafoo with us Lahore Lahore Aye. I heard Tariq singing this very song couple of years back and Man it was an awesoem experience (Notably needs to bementioned that it was Abrar ul Haq’s concert :D, so u can well imagine the energy levels and punjabi interest en masse).

Lahoris DO say “Lauhr Lauhr Aye” whenever their lahori Praises get finished :-D

Try it any time with any lahori ;-)

Let’s hear it again .. before I go with Lauhr Lauhr Aye – III

So Aye Lahoriiyon, Do You have any good reasons to Love Lahore??

Woh aa rahay hain!


Kaun? CTBT (Choti Tindd Barri Tindd) – MBBS (Mian Biwi Bachhon Samait)

Kyun? pata nahin

Kab? Kal dopahar 2 bajay (Nov.25, 2007 2:00 pm)

Kaisay? thanks to Sheikh Sahab!

Kahan? Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport

Koi Khatra? haan hai – they too needed bullet proof vehicles!

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