Humans Of Pakistan (HOP)

Humans Of Pakistan is inspired by the awesome work and effort of Brandon from New York. The author is solely responsible for introducing Humans of New York and has started a chain of good will. HOP is one of them.

HOP has two agendas; one is to showcase every individual possible from the north of the country to the south while the second agenda is to inspire everyone or anyone who reads or sees it.

Pakistan has been through a lot of turmoil and everyone is contributing one way or the other. Some use humor others write, all that we are trying to do is give HOPe. A small step for a better grander future.

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Children in Lahore looking at a slideshow of images through a bioscope. These bioscopes were popular on the streets of Pakistan,with the operator manually winding the bioscope through a series of images while observers watched through a peephole. The images were often of famous monuments, landscapes and film stars.

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 Seventeen-year-old American-born Pakistani Haris Suleman is on a tour of the world, that, too, in 30 days. He is flying with his father, Babar Suleman. After starting their journey from Plainfield, Indiana, the US, on June 19, the duo visited Canada, Iceland, England, Greece, Egypt and the UAE before reaching Pakistan.

“Only one-third of the journey is covered,” said Haris as they still have on their list Bangladesh, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, Kiribati, Hawaii and California, which they intend to cover by July 20.

The Sulemans have undertaken the challenge in a bid to raise money to help educate Pakistan’s poor children.

They are supporting The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) which is celebrating opening its 1,000th school in Pakistan.

Last year, 19-year-old pilot Ryan Campbell from Australia became the youngest person to fly a single-engine plane around the world in 70 days. But Ryan flew solo.

Haris has with him his dad, Babar Suleman, therefore he comes under a different category.

Haris said he was not very much interested in creating a record rather “we intend to raise US$1 million for TCF, half of which we already have done”.

Resource: Dawn news and Express Tribune

We are sad to share that Harris Suleman’s plane crashed in the pacific ocean. The teenager was about to set a world record of flying around the world in 30 days with his father Baber Suleman. The purpose was to raise money for Citizen Foundation, an organization working for education in Pakistan.

Harris Suleman’s body has been recovered by the rescue team. Please keep them and their family in your prayers. May Allah bless them and give them highest place in Jannah.

Robots constructed by Pakistani students with Brazuca football.

A team of seven Pakistani students from Centre of Advanced Studies in Engineering (Case) Islamabad will leave for Brazil on Friday, to participate in the international robotics competitions, also known as RoboCup. The event will take place in Joao Pessoa city from July 19 to 25.

The Pakistani delegation will compete in the middle-size league.

The official goal of the project is to have a fully autonomous team of humanoid robot football players by 2050 that can challenge the winners of FIFA World Cup while complying with official FIFA rules.

Resource: Dawn.com

Shops near BaltitFort, Karimabad, Hunza

"So are you a professional photographer?" 
"No no not at all, it is just a hobby. Take pictures for HumansofPakistan mostly, and of wildlife. So what do you do? Live here in Hunza?” 
"Yes live here but study in Islamabad.” 
"Okay that is cool, why don’t you come visit me when you are in Islamabad." 
"Yes sure, what do you do?" 
I tell him the place where I work and he goes like “hey my cousin studies there” 
"Tell me his name and department." 
I am like “wait I think I know him, he is well built and plays Tug of war for his department?” 
He said “yes!!!”
What a small world it is. =)

Photographer: Afrazov

Pyry Kääriä and Juho Sarno, both 31-year-old circus artists from Finland, are on the journey of a lifetime as they drive from Bangkok to Helsinki in a Tuk-Tuk – the Thai version of the three-wheeler not much different from the rickshaws frequently seen in Pakistan.

Kääriä and Sarno reached Pakistan a week ago, and are excited to continue their journey. “Pakistan is an amazing country,” Sarno said, adding, “In other countries, we have seen people try to build an illusion about their homeland, but that is not the case here. Pakistanis are far more vocal about the problems they face.”

“In Finland, we see Pakistan through the very limited and mostly negative lens of the media. But being here, we have found it to be completely different,” Kääriä said. “Our experience has been totally different from what we see in the media – Pakistanis are adorable people,” he added.

Kääriä and Sarno have named their Tuk-Tuk the “Vehicle of Peace”, because they say, everyone rides it and it is open from all sides.

“It’s a rollercoaster ride. We got stickers printed in Rawalpindi that say Awam ki Sawari in Urdu, to use during the rest of our journey,” the pair said.

The pair recounted some of their more memorable experiences in Pakistan.

“We needed a mobile SIM card but didn’t have a local registration number (CNIC). I asked the mobile phone vendor to let us use his mobile to call my contact in Lahore, but he was out of town,” Sarno recalled. “And then the shopkeeper called a friend, who called another friend, and we ended up following a motorbike through the traffic, to a place called Gulberg II, where mechanics fixed our Tuk-Tuk while we rested amongst plants in a nursery,” he said.

Neither of them could speak Urdu, and none of the mechanics knew English, and yet Sarno says they communicated easily with facial expressions and hand gestures. The pair say this has happened often in Pakistan, and that language is not a major barrier here.

“Since we entered Pakistan I haven’t felt threatened even for a second,” Kääriä said, adding, “Pakistan is indeed a peaceful nation.”

Sarno and Kääriä spent some time in Bangkok as teenagers and were so inspired by their brief trip that they began their journey in Thailand. They entered Pakistan through the Wagah border crossing from India. They travelled to Murree and then arrived in Rawalpindi.

“I have never seen a planned city like Islamabad in my life,” Sarno said. “I regret that I could not drive the Tuk-Tuk in Islamabad,” he added.

“Compared to what we experienced in India, Pakistanis are totally different. From officials to the common people, they are generous, and everybody tries to make things comfortable for us,” Sarno said.

Kääriä and Sarno explored different parts of Rawalpindi during their time in the city. “Seeing so many people waiting for food at Murree Road, just before sunset, we joined them and they shared their food with us,” Sarno said. “Everyone was waiting for the sun to set to break their fast, but several people asked us to eat before the Azaan,” he added.

Resource: dawn.com

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"Main bara ho kar police banu ga."

He was so cute and I felt like talking to him forever. When he told me that he wanted to become a police man, i asked him why, he said that a lot of bad people need to be in jail. In his spare time he watches CID- the low budget Hindi version of Castle, and aspires to become ACP Pradyuman.

Shops near Baltit Fort, Karimabad, Pakistan 

We walk into a souvenir shop and I see these three guys trying on the traditional hat and taking selfies in the mirror on the wall. They keep on trying. I finally cut in and say want me to take a picture of you guys with my camera? They are like yeah sure who says no to being shot by a DSLR ha ha ha! Two of them are studying in Islamabad. Or all three. I forgot!

Photographer: Afrazov