Exploring Murree – City in between mountains, trees and clouds


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Murree, where people live in between the icy clouds, oak, and pine covered trees and shaded mountains

After coming over a pleasant journey of more than 1000 Km, I took a deep breath as Islamabad was still at the distance of around 468 Km. The peaceful and broad roads gave a pleasant sign that we were traveling in the reformed Punjab, which is truly far better than all the other existing provinces of Pakistan. Before this visit, I did not agree with the statement at all.

As our car entered into Islamabad region, the overall feel was good. The wide scattered roads, clean paths, cars properly walking in lanes and no rickshaws( or, less rickshaws)felt nice to eyes. In short, the city environment was bit different than Karachi. But, one common thing I observed from Karachi to Murree was the solid influence of politics on common people of Pakistan(Though I am only taking it in the benefit of the people).Everyone has something to comment, some arguments to raise and some appreciation to the leaders. Oops! I had decided to not jump into the dirty politics.

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Snow fog scattered on the mountains whereas clouds provide a peaceful shade

On the roads, I was relishing the feel of cold and winters as the car geared on the Murree motorway. I remember the years when the road to Murree was unsafe, tricky and too risky. But, now highway is safer, convenient and pleasant to eyes.

The speed of car lowered down so that we can capture the breathtaking picturesque of the covered mountains. The curves of roads present the beauty of nature to the travelers and tourists. The welcoming mountains added curiosity to explore more and more. I was taking pleasure in viewing the pine and oak trees, scattered all over the mountains. These long trees were actually guiding us the path to reach our destination and I was excited to capture the scenic vistas merged with the foggy clouds. Oh, hold on! Before approaching to Murree, I had my cup of tea at first.

After covering around 50 km, here it was the road directly to Murree, the city to fall in love. You would be thinking Why I say so? Well, you have to read a little more to explore the reasons.

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Lost in between the giant trees

However, there are several places in Pakistan where your heart fell down purposely and you intend to get disappear in the heavenly place to get it fixed.

Want to live on some height? In fact, on a good height, then this is the place where you should go and spend a quality time. The car went with tortoise speed toward the hills, and my eyes spotted different views. Chilled water was flowing slowly from the rocky hills, and a man couldn’t take longer to refill his water bottle. However, a skinny dog was finding the lost path to reach the top of the mountain. And, some tourists were clicking photos whereas I’d lost myself in the soothing cold wind. How could I forget those group of children who were coming back from their schools? They were so pure, strong and adorable looking.

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Round mirrors all set to guide the drivers

My observations define Murree, “A peaceful city situated in between the pine and oak trees to give a delightful experience to the residents, travelers, and tourists”. That’s all about it! The roads and its curves will dodge you at times, but this is what I enjoyed the most about my trip. The beauty of nature will attract you to every sight, and you could not stop your eyes to capture the view. Small shops, fine food, hotels and fabulous people will make you feel cheerful, peppy and joyful.

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Isn’t these too breathtaking? Subhanallah!

I felt relinquished and lively while I was walking on the peaceful roads. But, let me tell you these calm roads scare you at nights! Yes, it does at times. Importantly, I loved the interaction with the strangers; I was capturing priceless views with my eyes; I was feeling retreated and I was actually breathing fresh air. Isn’t that the blessings of Almighty?

Other than the joyful experience about the pleasant sight, another enchantment of Murree is Mall Road. The experience is incomparable with the other cities of Pakistan. It’s basically a street where all the amazing shops are located. I fell in love with all the handicraft shops, just regretting the things I missed. You will have different sort of restaurants, coffee and tea shops, ice cream parlors and a variety of small hotels. Oh yes, you will have groups of small children, selling boiled eggs(or garam aaanday) and Kashmiri tea(Kehva). By the way, Murree is a tourist point so it has everything to offer in all the seasons. There isn’t special about the road, but it definitely feels you connected and interacted with the dazzling surroundings.

After Murree, Nathia Gali which is also a small tourist destination is actually at the height of 8200 ft, is called as Heaven on earth. It is a town in Khyber PakhtunKhwa. It was chilly cold at the top and I was actually shivering at that point. I captured Ayubia, Patriata, Bhurban and several other small towns. From horse riding to hiking, everything is available for the tourists. Those who want to feel the splashes of winters in Pakistan, explore the heights!

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When snow covers the mountains

The winter walks are always amazing, especially when you walk around with beloved people or I’d say the favorite ones. I used to spend around three hours on Mall Road with my sister. We used to have our sizzling hot cup of coffee while walking but, we never forgot to refill our pockets with the roasted cashew nuts. Thankfully, our hotel was just at a few distance!

Lots more to come from my amazing trip!
Keep traveling and don’t forget to write a blog (A personal advice to myself) 😉

If on the basis of few extremists, Muslims are criticized as terrorists then Hindus are terrorists too!


The image is so clear, I do not want it to exaggerate. Do Muslims live an independent life in India or the Hindus living a more happier life here?

If you watch news channel or not, you might have familiar with recent unfair, discriminatory treatments outlined by Indians/anti-Muslim against India’s majority minorities Muslims. Take newspapers, online journals, web pages, Social media, viral posts and online news websites you will read much news regarding extreme hatred against Muslim citizens of India. However, hatred against Muslims has triggered with increasing time in many countries.

I wonder where I should take the start?

Is it just about the ban on slaughtering animals in India?
Is it about Ex-Pakistani cricketers?
Is it about the legendary artists Ghulam Ali’s performance?
Or, Is it related to defame the book launch of Muhammad Kasuri ?
Even, Pakistani celebrities Mahira and Fawad Khan are also threatened by the extremist party in India?
Why are Muslims forced/compelled to convert their religion?

What next we are waiting for!

Every agitation unfolds discrimination against Muslims and especially, Pakistanis. Major national and international news sources depict the true image to all of us. Let’s come toward the other scenario of Hindus residing in Pakistan.

Pakistan is among those generous countries where people love to greet and engage with Non-Muslims. Whether I talk about biggest city Karachi or small interior cities Hindu community has gained lot of recognition, respect, independence and identification in Pakistan.

If you have visited Interior Sindh where we see a huge number of Hindu minority living with dignity, you can truly appreciate/relate what I am attempting hard to highlight. Looking at the callous circumstances, Isn’t the popular Two-Nation Theory interpret the truth (especially in case of India) ?

What I personally noticed?

Hindus have access to worship their gods in the freest manner.
No obligations or any sort of hindrance is aimed to prohibit them from practicing their religion.
They are freely allowed to celebrate each n every festival i.e Holi, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan or any other event.
They even play the invitations of their upcoming event on loudspeakers in wagons etc.
If it’s Holi or Diwali, the streets get compressed with colors, stains and firecrackers. But, no one even disturbs their festival.
They have right to claim for any mishandling with them and people/govt listen to them.

Above all, Pakistani Muslims celebrate the joy and happiness with minorities on several occasions. In the same manner, they do in return. Sweets and gifts are engaged with two groups on different occasions. People here actually understand the rule to share happiness with others. I believe same pleasant gestures are also exchanged in India.

People of Pakistan also practice to value their Hindu fellows. Even, Hindu ministers also support the particular Hindu community and they are never threatened to do so.

On a soft note, Pakistani’s should stop trying to establish good relations with the country where senior authorities have not accessed to stop an extremist party against Pakistanis and Muslims.

I personally think, If Muslims are criticized as ‘terrorist’ due to the ratio of few extremists then Hindus are considered ‘terrorist’ too!

The Inspiring Pakistan Through Brandon Stanton’s Camera Eye


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Human Of New York visit to Pakistan

The popular name of Brandon Stanton has attractively earned huge respect from Pakistan and their loving people. While People of Pakistan are still warming Brandon with marvelous comments for capturing unique stories of Pakistanis on Humans Of New York (HONY) Facebook page, Just like others I have also seen few disturbing, quite rude comments about my country.

But I prefer to ignore such discomforting reactions as there were impressive and huge warming sweet comments on the page, in favor of Pakistan, which wonderfully maintained the highlights of the trip to Pakistan.

Striving efforts of Brandon to perceive the reality of Pakistan through his camera eye is incredible. His trip to Hunza Valley is too influential. How ?

If you are familiar with HONY, you must know this is a photography blog which is well updated by perfect camera shots of people, belonging to different countries with motivational stories. Hunza Valley of Pakistan is one of my favorite destination(prior to my desiring world tour). The pleasing sight of valleys, eye-catchy meadows and mountains is enough to refresh you for a long time. Brandon clicked multiple shots through his camera lens that bring fascinating stories of simple-living people. You will definitely plan a trip to Pakistan, after seeing those awesome images.

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Responsible brother with his cute sister – Happiness

A fine trip will also let you amazed by beauty among people of Pakistan and it’s land. The warm nature of residents to greet with every fellow being or a foreigner is bellyful and bounteous to overlook the negative image, portrayed by several anti-Pakistan groups. I hope, many of my followers would agree!

Though Pakistan and it’s people are greatly thankful to Brandon Stanton for driving many people attention toward Pakistan awesome stories and obviously, the heavenly views. To get in your knowledge, Humans Of Pakistan Facebook page also bring encouraging stories to viewers from all over Pakistan.

Heatwaves Can Be Deadly Too


You may be truly shocked to read the life taking news of deadly heatwaves in metropolitan city of Pakistan. Yes, you read it right, Karachi has claimed around 800 deaths due to severe and scorching heatwaves, in a time period of 4 days. Muslims are also observing holy month of Ramadan, which asks them not to eat or drink in the daylight hours. Elderly and poor Karachities became the deadly victims of hot heatwaves.

Also to improve your knowledge, electricity load shedding is also one of the obvious cause that has worsen the awful situation in Karachi. Can you imagine a day without air-condition and fan ? It is a deadly alarm, which can actually take lives. With the prompt increase in the temperature of heatwaves, the risk of getting more lives also reached high numbers. The situation has evolved into a terrible condition that even the morgue have no capacity to store dead bodies.

Irrespective of all the news stories, relating heatwaves affects, some heartbroken occurrences which I personally observed;

Long queues

How strange it is, to hear that one needs to wait long and long in the queue, just to have some ice, which you actually pay for. I was passing by a market to buy some fruits and I had a look at the longest queue. People, with fast were bound to stay in the line to buy some solid ice to get chilled liquids in the hot summery days. Government has badly failed to provide the basic needs on convenient ways.

Agitation and protests against electricity

As I was coming back to home, I noticed a charged crowd, equipped with sticks, iron rods etc, protesting at a roundabout. Police and government again carelessly failed to bring back the situation to normal. Also, you will be dismayed(if you are not a Pakistani) that the protest was held due to absence of electric supply in the areas for about 5 days.

Jammed hospitals

As we observed a speedy increase in the death toll from deadly and scorching sun rays, the government hospitals were packed with dead bodies and were left ignored. Karachi also lacks with government morgue to store dead bodies, another depressing acknowledgment.

Deadly heatwaves failed to beat the spirit of volunteerism

Whenever Pakistan soil suffers with abrupt situations, Pakistanis are accelerated to offer volunteer services with full contribution toward humanity. The nation unites to relax the sufferers of heatwaves with ice, chilled water and liquids to hydrate the bodies. Loving people of Pakistan never overlooked the fellow human beings and always came up with helping hands to overcome the poor circumstances.

Dehydration and heatwaves has taken lots of lives but we cannot deny the fact that loss of electric supply and acute water supply is also one of the prominent factor to worsen the situation.

Look for remedies to prevent heat strokes. Show gestures of happiness, seek forgiveness from ALMIGHTY in the sacred month of Ramadan and help the humanity 🙂

Sabeen Mehmud – a fearless soul


Another beautiful soul has been caught by evil eye of the society and became a victim of Karachi brutal killings, resulting Pakistan suffers again. SABEEN MEHMUD, a social activist and a generous-hearted personality, was shot dead after attending seminar on baloch issue.

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Pakistan is truly blessed with optimistic souls like sabeen, who love devoting their lives to voiceless and vulnerable. Sabeen Mehmud was the director of The Second Floor, commonly known as T2F. Her countless efforts will always be highlighted. She was a voice to many. Sabeen reminded the nation that rights, liberties are the beacon of liberation. She fought for human rights throughout her life and sets a prominent example. The tragic unjust death of Sabeen will not go waste. Good work will prosper and her countless efforts will make her dreams come true. . A fearless, humble soul will remain in the hearts forever.