TikTok has finally been banned in Pakistan on October 9,2020. The news spread like wildfire on social media. Many TikTokers registered their displeasure at the move. But many are appreciating the initiative and happy with it. Let’s see what some of the most famous Pakistani TikTokers feel like:
Hareem Shah has said that this move is not welcome nor a good one. It was a platform and an opportunity for many people who have no other source to let the world see their talent. If we ban TikTok, even then the ones who want to spread ‘Fahaashi’ will find other ways to spread it such as Instagram or Facebook. TikTok was letting people spread content which was ridiculing religious scholars and that is bad; I am against spreading such malicious content but banning the app is wrong.
Jannat Mirza has stated that she is glad about this ban because for the last few days there was a lot of ‘badtameezi’ going on on TikTok. If the ban is temporary that is good but if permanent that is not acceptable. So in case it is temporary, whenever the government decides to reallow the usage of the app, strict SOPs should be followed. If the ban is permanent, that is not a good thing because TikTok provides opportunity to the public to showcase their talent. They were able to get noticed and get offers which would help make their careers.
TikTok is an app for making and sharing short videos with your followers. The videos are in a tall format and not square, like on Snapchat or Instagram’s stories. You navigate through videos by scrolling up and down. They are like a feed. One does not tap it or swipe from side to side. It’s been a while since this social app has been making waves. In Pakistan, it very popular amongst the middle and lower strata of society, making it the most sought after platform for them to share content about their lives with ease as opposed to Facebook and Instagram. Let’s see if the ban remains in place or not.
Sarah Khan is the brand ambassador for French brand Alcatel. Alcatel has now launched its range of smartphones and tablets in Pakistan.
Dawood Global Foundation & Hashoo Group hosted Educate a Girl Lahore vocational educational training at the Pearl Continental Lahore. Fundraisers held in Toronto (Canada) and Karachi (Pakistan) funded 250 scholarships for deserving girls in Lahore. The training educated deserving Lahori girls from SOS Children villages, Lesco/Wapda Girls High School Shalamar Lahore, Lesco/Wapda girls high school Allama Iqbal Town Lahore, Syedanwala Girls College and cancer patients from Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital. There were a waiting list of girls from other schools and so more scholarships will be raised in the future.
Keynote speakers included Australian Honorary Consul General Salim Ghauri, Souriya Anwar, Founder, SOS (Children’s Villages), Syeda Henna Babar Ali, Packages, Monis Rahman, Sameena Kareem (late Arfa Karim’s Mom), Maheen Taseer (wife of Shabaz Taseer), Hina Salman (make up artist), Qasif Shahid, Tara Uzra Dawood and Shameelah Ismail.
The full day training was focused on Entrepreneurship, Coding, Negotiation, Building a Brand, Grooming, Self-Confidence & Leadership. #EAGLahore
On May 10, Akbar S. Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University (AU), was awarded the 2016-17 School of International Service (SIS) Scholar/Teacher of the Year award. As a leading faculty member of SIS, one of America’s top ten schools of international affairs, Ahmed received this award in recognition of his “innovative and important scholarship” and his “dedicated, rigorous, and inspiring mentoring of… students.”
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So proud of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy winning the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards in the International Television category for her documentary A girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness .
The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy’s concerns, including human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.
The Emporium Mall by Nishat Group proudly announces the 100% completion of their retail stores with the opening of Pakistan’s largest retail store by Khaadi.
Acclaimed high-street brand, Khaadi chose Pakistan’s largest mall to launch their largest retail store yet, making it the largest retail store to open in Pakistan. In order to celebrate this launch the brand also offered a 24 hour ‘Emporium Exclusive’ lawn preview of their Spring Summer 2017 collection at the mall before the collection became available nationwide on 25th February.
Indeed, Emporium Mall has positioned itself as the ultimate retail avenue with brands like Khaadi and Sapphire placing their biggest stores under one roof. Late last year, Sapphire launched Pakistan’s first ever concept store and their largest yet at Emporium Mall setting high standards for all high street brands of the country. Emporium Mall is also the only place in the country with an a retail outlet of Mango Man. With the launch of Fun Factory last year, Emporium became the platform to host Pakistan’s largest indoor amusement park. The project has pushed the boundaries of the retail industry further by facilitating brands to broaden their horizons too.
The Fundraisers hosted their annual and much anticipated Bargain Basement Sale (BBS), #fundraisersBBS, in Lahore on Sunday, 6th of November 2016 at The Crystal Hall of Faletti’s Hotel. This year’s #BBS2016 raised over PKR 10 million for charity – almost twice the amount that the team raised in 2015.
The proceeds from the sale will be divided between 6 charities doing exemplary work. These include a) Pink Ribbon Pakistan for breast cancer; (b) RS (Rising Stars) Foundation for the education of the underprivileged; (c) Bali Memorial Trust for old people’s homes, (d) Lahore Hospital Welfare society for the Shams Shahabuddin Convalescent Home; (e) Todds Welfare Society for prevention of cruelty to animals, and (f) The Giving Tree Foundation for providing comfort totes to cancer patients. The event was sponsored by Coca Cola, Guard Filters and California Garden with PR by Lotus and a radio media partnership with City FM 89.