Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pakistan in Pictures


In Pakistan, locals of Black African descent are called "Makrani", "Sheedi" or "Habshi". They live primarily along the Makran Coast in Balochistan and lower Sindh. In the city of Karachi, the main Sheedi centre is the area of Lyari and other nearby coastal areas.
According to The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World, Pakistan has the largest African-descended population in South Asia, there are atleast 250,000 persons of East African descent that live on Pakistan’s southern coast.
The sufi saint Pir Mangho is regarded by many as the patron saint of the Sheedis, and the annual Sheedi Mela festival, is the key event in the Sheedi community's cultural calendar. Some glimpses of the rituals at Sidi/Sheedi Festival 2010 include visit to sacred alligators at Mangho pir, playing music and dance. Clearly, the instrument, songs and dance appear to be derived from Africa.

The Jamia Masjid Sheedi is a local landmark and is as old as the community itself.

Jhimpir Wind Power: Pakistan’s first wind farm gets global recognition.  It is expected to achieve a target of harnessing renewable energy sources to produce 400MW by the end of this year.

Hassan Sheheryar Yasin holds a preview for The World of HSY Prints 2012 in Lahore:
Sara and Fatima Fazli.PHOTO COURTESY LOTUS

British Council holds a fashion exhibit featuring British designers in Karachi:

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