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The Centrum Media Portfolio 2017-2018
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
20 Mar 2019

A selection of The Centrum Media's best works over the past couple of years.

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38 years, 6000 students, Meet Ghazala...
islamabad
By The Centrum Media
19 Dec 2018

38 years, 6000 students, Meet Ghazala Bangash, the oldest female driving instructor in Pakistan.

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Hepatitis C
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
25 Jul 2018

Our global access programs have helped more than 1.7 million people in developing countries access hepatitis C treatment. In countries like Pakistan, which has the second-highest burden of HCV in the world, we are implementing a first-of-its-kind program that will allow local production of authorized generic versions of our HCV medicines to help ensure people can access them at the lowest cost possible.

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Pakistan's Populist Imran Khan: Cross...
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
17 Jan 2018

Imran Garda travels to Pakistan to meet the country’s leading opposition leader, Imran Khan (Current PM), and to explore its rich and at times turbulent democracy.

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Boxing Girl
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
18 Jul 2017

Pakistans only female boxing club in Karachi.

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The road that links China and Pakista...
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
28 Jun 2017

BC Dangerous Borders A Journey Across India and Pakistan

Journalists Babita Sharma and Adnan Sarwar are beginning their epic journey along the still-contentious border that divides India and Pakistan. 70 years after the Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, the pair are travelling either side of the 2,000-mile border to discover the realities of the lives there. Beginning in Adipur, which started life as a refugee camp for Hindus fleeing the newly created Muslim state of Pakistan, Babita discovers a town which now intriguingly hosts the only Charlie Chaplin festival in the world. Gandhi, who was born here in Gujarat, met Chaplin in Britain in 1931, and the memory of this unlikely friendship is kept alive today by this event.
On the other side of the border, Adnan explores the cultural life of the metropolis of Karachi. Creatives are often at the forefront of social change, whether through art which questions social norms or fashion, which is creating a role for itself on the 21st-century international catwalk. Women in both countries are challenging how they have been traditionally constrained, from the women bikers who Babita meets in India to the female artist in Pakistan who asks potentially dangerous questions about female sexuality and a young woman who believes that she will win Pakistan's first gold Olympic medal for boxing.
Adnan also meets members of the Sheedis, a little-known African community who have lived on the Indian subcontinent for over 800 years and who are now fighting discrimination in Pakistan. Babita travels north into the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, whose residents are held back by the caste system. Here, lives have barely changed since partition and there seems little will to make these people's lives better.
The journeys both end in the mighty Thar Desert, which was split between the two countries and which has been the scene of conflict as recently at 1999. Whether Indian or Pakistani, this is a virtually uncrossable border. Partition left searing scars and divided families that, 70 years later, are still not reconciled.

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Divas of Karachi
Karachi
By The Centrum Media
06 Jun 2017

The first episode of Divas of Karachi introduces a group of fashionable, successful socialites in Pakistan who are doing all they can to change the image of their hometown, Karachi, the 4th largest city in the world.

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Meet Pakistan’s first transgender RJ ...
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
31 Mar 2017

Meet Pakistan’s first transgender RJ Kashish, who is changing prevailing perceptions about her community through a Radio program.

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The Infinite Journey: Transgender Act...
Lahore
By Hasham Cheema
10 Jul 2016

This is a human interest, soft news video feature themed on Transgender Rights activism in Pakistan. The main character is Jannat Ali, who talks about her life and work as an activist and a performance artist.

The story can be tweaked around depending on the publisher's requirements.

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Keamari: Karachi deep blue sea
Karachi
By NSK
24 Apr 2016

Keamari is the main coastal area of Karachi, comprising the western parts of the city, including the Port of Karachi with an extensive coastline of sandy beaches, small islands and Mangrove forests. ‪

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Karachi Beach Offers Arabian Adventure
Karachi
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

One thing Pakistan’s Karachi has that other cities like Lahore and Islamabad do not: the sea. And the famous camel ride.

The camel rides are offered at all the major beaches in Karachi. Clifton Beach is a popular choice for camels riding. These rides are unique and very inexpensive, costing almost 1 USD or 0.68 GBP per ride.

Camels are the biggest attraction for the kids as well as adults. People coming from other parts of the country find them very fascinating. They enjoy ride while cool breeze flows and water which remains good for most of the year.

These camel riders usually belong to rural areas of Sindh and come to the city for the living but as the city suffer from the law and order situation their day to day living gets hurt badly.

While talking to one of the camel rider named Gul Muhammad, aged 68 He said that he comes from remote area of Sindh, Hub River and he finds hard to make ends meet as he just makes 1 USD or maximum 4 USD per day so it is just divine favour that things are working from nowhere.

Clifton Beach is a popular choice for camel and horse riding along the sea. So next time if you visit Karachi it’s nice to greet and meet these camels and get the taste of Arabian Adventures.

 

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

Camel riders with their camels waiting for customers at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

The camel resting as his master standing beside at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

A camel rider, named Issa, is posing for camera with his camel at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

A view of camel riders passing by as sun setting at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

Camel riders with their camels passing by at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

Citizens enjoying beach water as sun setting down at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

A beautiful view of sun-set at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Karachi, Pakistan
By NSK
22 Apr 2016

The camel rider is passing by with his camel at sea view beach in Karachi.

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Pakistan’s Karachi beach offers Arabi...
Karachi
By NSK
08 Apr 2016

One thing Pakistan’s Karachi has that other cities like Lahore and Islamabad don't, The Sea! And the famous camel ride.
The camel rides are offered at all the major beaches in Karachi. Clifton Beach is a popular choice for camels riding. These rides are unique and very inexpensive almost for 1 USD or 0.68 GBP per ride.
Camels are the biggest attraction for the kids as well as adults. People coming from other parts of the country find them very fascinating. They enjoy ride while cool breeze flows and water which remains good for most of the year.
These camel riders usually belong to rural areas of Sindh and come to the city for the living but as the city suffer from the law and order situation their day to day living gets hurt badly.
While talking to one of the camel rider named Gul Muhammad, aged 68 He said that he comes from remote area of Sindh, Hub River and he finds hard to make ends meet as he just makes 1 USD or maximum 4 USD per day so it is just divine favour that things are working from nowhere.
Clifton Beach is a popular choice for camel and horse riding along the sea. So next time if you visit Karachi it’s nice to greet and meet these camels and get the taste of Arabian Adventures.

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Life on a CIA Kill List in Pakistan
Peshawar
By The Centrum Media
31 Mar 2016

Malik Jalal says he's on a secret CIA kill list and has narrowly escaped death by drone four times. He is part of the North Waziristan Peace Committee (NWPC), which is based in a region of Pakistan that has seen more than 300 documented strikes, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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Hairstylist for the Migrants in Calais
Calais
By Steven Wassenaar
10 Feb 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hairdresser who works in the world of luxury and fashion, but in her spare time she visits migrant camps in France to offer them free hair cuts. We followed her in Calais and Dunkirk, and in Paris during a fashion show.

During fashion shows and shoots for luxury magazines, she works between Paris, London, New York or Milan, styling the hair of the supermodels for well known fashion houses. Now based in London, the young woman assists the stars of her profession, like the Japanese hair stylist Akki Shirakawa. She could have been content to continue her ascent in this world of luxury, glitter and glamor.

But last October the path of this hairdresser, who is a true nomad, crossed that of the thousands of migrants who settled in make shift camps in Dunkirk and Calais, some mere miles from the village where she grew up. "I have travelled in poor regions of Brazil, and I know that in the worst circumstances, the poor strive to preserve their appearance. It is a question of dignity, it helps preserve the morale. And I decided to help them with my means."

As soon as she gets the chance, Sabrina spends a few days to settle in the camps to cut the hair of migrants. Through her work the young woman has earned an astonishing popularity within a few months: numerous people come to greet her and are and queuing in front of her makeshift barbershops along muddy roads or in tents.

Nothing discourages them, nor the icy wind, nor the mud, nor the jokes in Kurdish, Arabic or Farsi, that comment the mimicry of customers, who try to make understandable by gestures their hair cut requirements. Even more amazing, Sabrina became met with migrant colleagues; she now calls to wield the clippers or scissors at her side.

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Northern Pakistan Heavy Rain and Floods
Chitral
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
27 Jul 2015

Footage of floods in Northern Pakistan and Chitral District and other areas.

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Rescue Work After Heavy Floods in Nor...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
27 Jul 2015

Rescue work footage after floods hit the city of Peshawar in northern Pakistan on July 27th, 2015.

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Global Refugee Crisis: The Worst Sinc...
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
11 Jun 2015

June 20 is World Refugee Day.

In 2014, global refugee numbers were higher than they have ever been since World War II. In 2015, the problem has only gotten worse.

There are currently over 50 million refugees in the world and more than %50 of them are children. Approximately half of the world's refugees are from just three countries: Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia.

The response to this massive international crisis has been limited, with most refugee aid programs desperately underfunded. Amnesty International has called the lack of robust international response "A Conspiracy of Neglect." With little help on the way, the future of the world's displaced remains uncertain.

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Internet Rights - TIME Magazine
Karachi
By The Centrum Media
31 Mar 2015

A few sample videos from the past few years. Nighat Dad has taught thousands of Pakistanis how to protect themselves. The overwhelming response is why Dad, a 34-year-old lawyer who used to practice criminal and family law, set up the Digital Rights Foundation in 2012. The not-for-profit organization educates Pakistanis, particularly young women, about how to respond to online harassment.

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Scenes from Pakistan
Gilgit, Pakistan
By joshua
12 Mar 2015

Photos taken in the northern regions of Pakistan, from Lahore to the Swat Valley.

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Hindu Pilgrims Reach for Katasraj in ...
Chakwal
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
15 Feb 2015

Every year a large number of Hindu visit Katasraj temples. Katasraj is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Saidanshah in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site. The Pakistan Government is considering nominating the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. In 2007, it also proposed to restore the temple complex. In 2012, the temple pond is drying up due to heavy use of ground water for industrial purposes. But this year there are only 26 pilgrims visited for the performance of their religious rituals.

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Weapons Training for Pakistan Teachers
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
31 Jan 2015

In the morning on Dec 16, 2014 six Taliban fighters entered Peshawar’s Army Public School under orders to let the youngest children leave and to kill everyone else. The killing spree took the lives of 141 people, among them 132 children. Pakistani military retook control of the school after hours of fighting, saying that all nine insurgents were dead.

After the Peshawar school attack, the Pakistani government has decided to train school teachers to operate handguns, as well as Kalashnikov rifles, for their own safety and the protection of students.

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Peshawar Demonstrators in Solidarity ...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
13 Jan 2015

A group of Sunni clerics protested today in Peshawar, Pakistan against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and praised the two brothers who killed 11 of its employees and a police officer on 7 January in Paris. They also held a prayer ceremony for the killers and praised the attackers' actions, saying Said and Cherif Kouachi delivered justice against the cartoonists who disrespected the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The clerics made a clear distinction between the recent Taliban attack on the Peshawar Army School, which they wholly condemned, and this latest attack saying that the gunmen in Paris were justified in their killings because of the blasphemy committed by Charlie Hebdo.

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Pakistan: Peshawar Army Public School...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
11 Jan 2015

Class is back in session at Peshawar's Army Public School, the target of a brutal attack by Taliban militants that killed 141 people in mid-December. Parents and their children were eager to tell media that despite the attacks, they are not afraid and that their children shouldn't have to live in fear in order to get an education. A ceremony was held as schools across Pakistan re-opened after an extended break in the wake of the attack.

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In the morning on Dec 16, 2014 six Taliban fighters entered Peshawar’s Army Public School under orders to let the youngest children leave and to kill everyone else. The killing spree took the lives of 141 people, among them 132 children. This was the latest in a years-long string of attacks against Pakistani civilians and military and government institutions, starting with the alleged assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. The Pakistani Taliban’s targeting of educational institutions, however, is not new, including an attack on a school bus in 2011, the attempt on the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012, and now the tragic killing of over a hundred students in the Peshawar school.

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Pakistan: Peshawar Army Public School...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
11 Jan 2015

Class is back in session at Peshawar's Army Public School, the target of a brutal attack by Taliban militants that killed 141 people in mid-December. Parents and their children were eager to tell media that despite the attacks, they are not afraid and that their children shouldn't have to live in fear in order to get an education. A ceremony was held as schools across Pakistan re-opened after an extended break in the wake of the attack.

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In the morning on Dec 16, 2014 six Taliban fighters entered Peshawar’s Army Public School under orders to let the youngest children leave and to kill everyone else. The killing spree took the lives of 141 people, among them 132 children. This was the latest in a years-long string of attacks against Pakistani civilians and military and government institutions, starting with the alleged assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. The Pakistani Taliban’s targeting of educational institutions, however, is not new, including an attack on a school bus in 2011, the attempt on the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012, and now the tragic killing of over a hundred students in the Peshawar school.

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Pakistan: Peshawar Army Public School...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
10 Jan 2015

Class is back in session at Peshawar's Army Public School, the target of a brutal attack by Taliban militants that killed 141 people in mid-December. Parents and their children were eager to tell media that despite the attacks, they are not afraid and that their children shouldn't have to live in fear in order to get an education. A ceremony was held as schools across Pakistan re-opened after an extended break in the wake of the attack.

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In the morning on Dec 16, 2014 six Taliban fighters entered Peshawar’s Army Public School under orders to let the youngest children leave and to kill everyone else. The killing spree took the lives of 141 people, among them 132 children. This was the latest in a years-long string of attacks against Pakistani civilians and military and government institutions, starting with the alleged assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. The Pakistani Taliban’s targeting of educational institutions, however, is not new, including an attack on a school bus in 2011, the attempt on the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012, and now the tragic killing of over a hundred students in the Peshawar school.

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Afrin Khan, The Princess of Pakistan'...
Lahore, Pakistan
By vincenzo floramo
01 Jan 2015

A crowd of men whistle and cheer when Afrin Khan, alias the “Princess” performs her ’sexy’ dance on the stage at the Alfalah theatre in Lahore. This is not a nightclub or a cabaret show - the theatre is rather a venue for stage drama.

During the two-hour show, actors perform comedy, drama or satire. As part of the show, three girls each perform a short 4-minutes theatrical dance. However, every play must be approved by government censors and every night the show is supervised by a city official.

The lyrics of songs played during the shows are also censored. Dances cannot be too explicit and dress code restricts revealing ’too much’. The Princess is well known in town for her daring and sexually provocative theatrical dancing. In a conservative Pakistani society, sex is hidden and therefore, the Princess attracts a large male audience. Punjabi men flock regularly to the theatre to see her perform. However, she was once banned from performing for a week by the government censors because of sexual connotations she made with a cushion. Afrin Khan is not happy with the censorship, she would like to perform more freely on the stage, but today, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it is quite impossible.

The Princess started dancing when she was 13 years old after her family fell on hard times as a result of her father’s ill health and struggle with cancer. She began to perform at wedding ceremonies and became very popular. She was then recognized by a producer who promoted her stage performances. In order to be more attractive, she had breast enhancing surgery and she took supplements to make her figure more voluptuous.

"I started dancing at 13 but my body was not developed so i got breast implants,” she said. “I am also naturally too skinny. I get made fun of. So now I take pills to stay plump, because that is what the audience likes.”

Afrin Khan considers herself a western type of girl who would like to be free to walk in the street wearing a mini skirt - not restricted by the cultural local dress-code. Living in a middle class villa complex on the outskirt of Lahore, she shares a house with her mother and a brother, while her father lives with his parents in another home. She drives a brand new car and dresses in nice clothes. While there is a great demand for her performance without moral qualm, there is another face of society that defies its existence.

"I am a modern girl and I want to be able to wear miniskirts to the mall if I want to,” Afrin said. “But in this country, people may be educated, but they are still so small minded. They will always be hicks even if they move to the cities."

Recently, Afrin Khan played a part in a documentary film, Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan. The documentary tells the story of the marginalized lives of showgirls in Pakistan. On the movie set, Princess could finally perform her provocative dance freely, without censorship. However, in Lahore, where the entrance of the theatre is armed guarded and the audience is individually checked to prevent terrorist attacks, it seems that the Princess will have a long wait before she can fulfill her dreams as an expressive ’sexy’ dancer.

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Pakistan's Fight Against the Taliban
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Transterra Editor
30 Dec 2014

The recent Taliban attack in Peshawar that took the lives of over 100 children is the latest in a years-long conflict between the Pakistani government and Taliban militants. The group has actively staged attacks on civilians and government targets since 2004, especially in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. With no clear end in sight to the conflict, and now mourning the loss of 132 of their children, Pakistani citizens and politicians face an uncertain security situation.

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Lahore, Pakistan
By vincenzo floramo
27 Dec 2014

Afrin Khan, alias the "Princess" in her bedroom.

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Lahore, Pakistan
By vincenzo floramo
27 Dec 2014

Afirin Khan wakes up and warms herself with an electric heater at her Lahore house, while her mother rests.