Monday, September 12, 2011


By Atiqa Odho
Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2010
This is a just a note to share how one feels regarding the Indian government denying General Musharraf a visit visa. Frankly, it didn’t come as a shock to most of us since he has gone there several times and won over both their public and their press. His recent forthright remarks regarding Indian involvement in Balochistan didn’t go down well either with the Indian government.
To make the refusal look kosher, the Indians now claim that Kargil has become an issue — which seems a bit sudden give that it happened over a decade ago. How come India didn’t have any problem on this issue when General Musharraf was invited to, and visited, India in the last few years?
I think India is uncomfortable with General Musharraf in the current situation, which is that a former army chief is making a comeback through the political system and he knows all the realities of India’s intent towards Pakistan. Also the fact that each time he was there, he managed to make himself heard is something that the Indian establishment does not want.
Once, on a visit to India in 2000, I was asked by many Indians about General Musharraf and how as a Pakistani I felt about a general ruling my country. I could tell, when I was asked this, that the Indians were afraid of his straightforwardness and his bold approach. One, of course, delighted in the thought that the general perchance scared off Indians — which is just as well since they have never really been our friends. My answer then, and now, is that I felt safer in the hands of “our general” than in a so-called democratically elected feudal dictator.
I have always questioned India’s interest, or lack of it, in us through observation in areas such as our creative arts and sports. One shouldn’t be surprised to learn how tightly the Indians control their money and refuse to invest into anything Pakistani. The notion that Pakistani musicians and artists go to India and make good money is, in fact, a myth. I can say this with some authority as I have spent the last few years investigating this issue to be able to understand it quite intricately.
India has for several years taken the talent that it does not possess from us. This talent is then used to make good products for Indian companies and eventually lots of money for them. But what does the artist or musician get out of this, since they have to pay taxes on their income and high overheads?
From this follows a question: Why does our talent even cross the border? And the answer to this, I am sorry to say, is vanity. They go because they feel they have to make it big in a large international market and that if they do that they will be able to charge even higher fees in Pakistan. This may well be correct thinking since in Pakistan the corporate sector is sadly, extremely India-centric.
That’s obviously not the case on the other side of the border because even though the spoken language is the same in both countries, Indian broadcasters have never aired any of our Pakistani content within India.
I would advise General Musharraf to not bother with India as there is much work to be done elsewhere.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Liquor case: Atiqa Odho leaves Pakistan to avoid arrest

A Police team was sent to Karachi for arresting TV actress and Vice President of All Pakistan Muslim League Attiqa Odho after registering a case at Airport police station on the direction of Supreme Court.

According to details, Airport Security force personnel recovered foreign brand two bottles of liquor from the luggage of Attiqa Odha on June 05 who was traveling by air from Islamabad to Karachi. She was detained for sometime and later allowed to proceed on board Karachi bound flight after phone calls by influential people.

Liquor found in Atiqa’s luggage

RAWALPINDI - The All Pakistan Muslim League of former president Pervez Musharraf had to face embarrassment when one of its central office-bearers, who is also a renowned TV artiste, was briefly detained on Saturday by Airport Security Force at Benazir Bhutto International Islamabad Airport for keeping two bottles of liquor.
Atiqa Odho was scheduled to travel to Karachi by PK-319. The ASF searched her luggage and found the intoxicant, which is forbidden under the law. The artiste-politician was, however, set free after a couple of hours when some unknown strings were pulled.
No action was taken against her. However, liquor bottles were seized.
While the APML leader was contacting the’ right’ people to get her out of this mess, the Karachi-bound flight left the airport. As a result, she went back to the federal capital, cancelling her travel plan.(The Nation)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Starry night: Calvin Klein perfume launched in Karachi

KARACHI: The launch of Calvin Klein’s perfume Beauty was held at Port Grand in Karachi last Friday. The star-studded event was complemented by a clothes exhibition from the students of Asian Institute of Fashion Design (AIFD).
Eleven final year students of the fashion institute showed one outfit each at the event, and white remained the major colour used in the collection.
Most of the outfits reflected a fusion of eastern and western wear.
The models on the runway were mostly new faces like Zeba Ali, who modelled Imran Ali’s outfit and Sherry in Sidra Nasir’s work, which in her words could best be described as “a poncho with an eastern touch.” Noori’s creation was exhibited by Sadaf while Zohra showcased Rizwan Ahmed’s creation and Umaima Farukh’s design was worn by Tania Farid.
Some of the outfits were donned by experienced models like Saima who represented Shireen Gahzal’s work, Monica who modelled in Sandaleen Zaheer’s creation and Ayaan who wore Nimroz Ali’s outfit and later was titled Calvin Klein Beauty of the Year and ambassador of the brand.
Talking about her design, Anum Ahsan said, “It was a fusion with western cuts and was paired with capri pants.” Designer Anita Nasir’s creation “had a traditional value”.
The works of AIFD’s young designers were evaluated by a panel of judges that included photographer Tapu Javeri, actor Atiqa Odho, designer Deepak Perwani, journalist Zurain Imam, make-up artist Saba Ansari of Sabs, Ayesha Tammy Haq, model Tooba Siddiqui, actor Azfar Rehman and the CEO of AIFD, Sanober Ahsan. The same panel selected Beauty’s brand ambassador.
The prize for the best designer was a tie between Nimroz Ali and Amna Iqbal.
Delighted to be the winner, 23-year-old Ali described his creation as, “Eastern-western fusion, the drape look was western but an overall sari-look was eastern.”
Iqbal, 22, said her cocktail dress “gave a feminine look.” She said she wasn’t inspired by any foreign designer when it came to designing clothes. When asked how she felt about winning the prize she said, “I feel like a celebrity. I am totally on top of the world.”
The AIFD CEO Sanober Ahsan said, “They are my students and I just love their work. All the designs they created were wearable.[With events like these] the students get a boost. They somehow get more encouragement and want to show their designs.”
The hair and make-up of the models was done by Saba Ansari of Sabs.
The event closed with a piano recital by Usman Riaz.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2010.

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