Humaima Malick pens up about struggles and humanitarianism

Author: Sahar Iqbal

Humaima Malick shot to fame following her bold performance in Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol after which Humaima acquired a movie star status and became a force to be reckoned with in the industry. But Humaima is not just a movie star, she is an artist, lover, activist and humanitarian.

The eldest of six siblings, Humaima learned to sacrifice from a young age to provide for her younger siblings. She is the woman she is today because she took on the responsibility at such a tender age. Her siblings are all settled and successful and she has to be credited for that. Her struggles in life have made her considerate and compassionate and being a woman she is particularly sympathetic towards the struggles of a woman.

She is extremely vocal on social media about struggles of women and uses her status as an influencer to voice the various issues shared by women. Deeply moved and saddened by the recent heinous acts of honor killing, acid attacks and other attacks on women, Humaima decided to not just limit her activism to social media and became associated to various organizations working for women and children. She is the brand ambassador of Seed Out, an organization aimed at helping the underprivileged.

She was also associated with the Punjab Government in endorsing the Women Protection Bill that aimed at giving protection to women. She regularly gives motivational lectures at universities, most recent of which was FC College. The Women Empowerment Society at FC College, impressed by Humaima’s loud and straightforward opinions invited her to come share her experience and motivate girls and boys alike. She is a philanthropist and activist who believes no little act of kindness is ever a waste.

Judge who banned Valentines Day now threatens to ban social media

Islamabad High Court (IHC) Judge Honourable Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in a hearing on blasphemous content has threatened to ban the whole social media in Pakistan if Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) can’t curb ‘blasphemous’ content on the internet. Reportedly, he even started crying while saying how his feelings are hurt because the offensive content exists on the internet.

According to details, Justice Siddiqui has even lamented PTA as incompetent saying the authority can’t do something as “simple” as blocking content. The Justice also summoned Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan — who many believe is his close ally — to the next hearing. The interior minister will be asked to explain as to why the government has failed to block the blasphemous content and what steps is it taking now.

*coughs*How does the honourable Judge know the offensive content exists on the internet? Does he look for it? One wouldn’t expect an ordinary user to google the blasphemous material while online because as per the same Pakistani laws googling blasphemous content would itself be blasphemous!*coughs*

Other times Justice Siddiqui has been in the news

When he banned Valentines Day

Justice Siddiqui was in news just a month ago when he banned Valentines Day celebrations in the country. He had instructed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ensure the mainstream media airs no programming with regards to the Valentines Day as he believed this promotes vulgarity and mischief in society.

The PEMRA VS Aamir Liaquat case

As per the reports, Justice Siddiqui clearly disregarded PEMRA chief Absar Alam’s assertion of hate speech and took pro-Aamir Liaquat stance.

Support for Mumtaz Qadri and ISIS

According to this blog post by Azhar Ayaz, Justice Shaukat Aziz openly showed his support for the convicted murderer Mumtaz Qadri and provided legal assistance to the notorious Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz who has openly declared allegiance to the internationally notorious ISIS. I couldn’t independently verify this so do your own deliberation before believing it.

Justice Aziz is often criticized harshly on social media and one might wonder if the motive behind his threatening to block social media is personal.

Remembering Qandeel Baloch on 27th birthday

March 1 marks birthday of one of the most controversial celebrities in Pakistan’s history, Qandeel Baloch who would have turned 27 today. Murdered by own brother in the name of “honour” last year, Qandeel Baloch was the voice of resistance and constantly highlighted ills and hypocritical attitude of the society.

While most are conveniently set to forget her, we at Guppu are remembering her. Today we’re not gonna debate about her fate in the afterlife or whether what she did was right or wrong. Instead, we’re merely gonna remember her the way she wanted to be remembered.

Bold, hard-hitting and ambitious, Qandeel had made a mark for herself using the power of social media. She was probably one of the most hated celebrity in Pakistan as each of her post earned her constant harassment and abuse from the followers. But this love-hate relationship with her fans brought her to the attention of the mainstream media that eventually had blatant disregard of her privacy and according to many, contributed to her brutal murdered.

Having a poor start, Qandeel never had it easy. She had to work very hard to achieve her share of fame. One of the things she was passionate about and was badly pursuing was a shot to the famous Indian reality show Bigg Boss which she had admitted to several times on her social media pages.

Qandeel tried acting, modeling and even singing and while many argued it would take years before she could be good at any of those, she was irresistible. This happened to the point that she became a darling of the media and was invited in shows on the mainstream media. has made a video tribute for her which you can watch below:

Even today, most people take her as a joke but for those who believed in her courage and bravery in pointing out society’s hypocrisy, she lives on.

Google honours Abdul Sattar Edhi with doodle in 11 countries

Thanks to Google, the world is waking up to a very creative Abdul Sattar Edhi doodle on their Google home pages in at least 11 countries. Also thanks to Google the whole world will be reading about the Pakistan’s angel of mercy today what would have been his 89th birthday.

You must have read or watched it on TV by now but here’s an additional piece of information: It wasn’t just Google Australia that honoured him, in fact, you noticed it on Google Australia first because the sun rises as per the English calendar there first.

List of countries featuring Edhi doodle

As per Google’s official blog, Edhi doodle is being shown on home pages of the following countries:

  • United States
  • Iceland
  • Portugal
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Estonia
  • United Kingdom
  • Denmark
  • Ireland and
  • Pakistan

Because of this gigantic reach, the whole world is gonna know about one of the most loved humanitarians of the world today. As of my writing this blog post, several major international news outlets including The Telegraph, Al Jazeera and have written a detailed biography on Edhi while mentioning the Google doodle, about time right?

Who was Abdul Sattar Edhi?

You’ve been living under the rock if you don’t know who Edhi was. Although Google is celebrating Edhi’s 89th birthday on February the 28th — and looks like everyone will too from now on — Edhi had mentioned in his lifetime he doesn’t know when exactly is his birthday.

Unlike most charity funds, Edhi’s organisation started humble. Edhi got into the humanitarian work at the age of 20 when he had nothing. He built the entire Edhi charity with his own hands including its various divisions. He saved some money to buy one ambulance and drove it himself. His ambulance service eventually became the largest volunteer ambulance service of the world.

Edhi Foundation’s other charity work includes orphanages, shelter, morgues, burial services and more. Edhi died last year of kidney failure leaving the whole country mourning.

Edhi received state funeral and military guard of honour

Some of the Edhi quotes that would lighten up your day

These 5 most inspirational quotes by Abdul Sattar Edhi are collected by The Express Tribune.

Chasing after desires creates inner turmoil. When the devil becomes guide, dacoits and gangsters are manufactured. He makes men fight against their souls to survive expensive items and most lose everything in the face of his strength. The internal enemy can only be overcome by a personal revolution.

My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.

Empty words and long praises do not impress God. Show Him your faith by your deeds.

The Holy Book should open in your souls, not on your laps. Open your heart and see God’s people. In their plight you will find Him.

Appearance is a distraction, surrendering it develops truth and humility in abundance.

Nazia Hassan’s niece, Zoheb’s daughter Allyana Zoheb’s music debut

For almost 4 decades, the brother-sister act Nazia and Zoheb hassan have dominated the pop/disco music scene of Indo-Pakistan subcontinent. Well now, taking the legacy forward, Nazia Hassan’s niece and Zoheb Hassan’s daughter Allyana Zoheb Hassan has entered the music industry by recording her first song.

This was announced on social media by none other than the proud father himself.


Nazia and Zoheb’s fans have always wondered if Nazia’s only son Arez Hassan or any of Zoheb’s four children will enter the music industry. Well, this is the good news now.

We hope that Allyana will be known for her own originality and is able to make her own mark instead of being known as Nazia’s niece and Zoheb’s daughter in future…for which, we wish her all the best.

Watch’s Video Story

It’s worth mentioning here that a few months ago, when a reporter asked Nazia’s son Arez Hassan whether he was interested in breaking into the music industry, he had responded by saying he was thinking about it and that it could happen. If that happens, would we be able to see another singing duo Arez-Allyana or maybe even a trio Arez-Allyana-Zoheb? Who knows, right? But we’re just excited for Allyana.

Nazia Hassan and Zoheb Hassan are credited for introducing the disco and pop genre to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh subcontinent back in 1970s, an era when the subcontinent hadn’t had its own music with that kind of foreign flavour.

Nazia and Zoheb topped all major charts in India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK) with their first couple of albums. Some of the most popular songs to date are Disco Deewane, Dosti, Dum Dum Dee Dee, Sunn Mere Mehbood Sunn, Aag among many others.

After Nazia’s tragic demise in 2001, Zoheb Hassan has launched 2 solo albums and performed in Coke Studio alongside Zoe Viccaji but fans have always missed the duo act Nazia and Zoheb.

Iconic Nokia 3310 relaunching, for real

Perhaps one of the most resilient phones ever made, Nokia 3310, is being relaunched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 events in a few days. Reportedly, the relaunched phones will retain all its original features and will be positioned as a second phone a person can have besides a smartphone. It is needless to say the greater privacy will return to customers if it attracts as many customer as it did when it was first launched in 2000 — seventeen years ago.

Nokia 3310 has been the phone that brought out nostalgia for all of us, including me. It was my first GSM phone that I got in the year 2004 after all and boy did I use to love it! Monotone ringtones, Snake II game, 10 reminders and what not, all of it is about to become real again.

Ever since Microsoft took over the smartphone operations of Nokia, the feature phones are still being sold under Nokia brand by the HMD Global, a Finnish company that bought rights to the name. As per the unconfirmed sources the Nokia 3310 will be priced at equivalent of PKR 6000 and will include warranty and support.

Day after terrorist attack, Crackdown on Valentines Day

The headline might sound bizarre but so is the hypocritical and sad state of affairs in Pakistan. The police continued arresting dates, vendors selling heart-shaped balloons and other items and anyone “celebrating” or “promoting” the Valentines Day in the country. All this just one day after a major suicide blast in Lahore killed at least 13 including Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Zahid Mahmood Gondal and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Traffic retired Capt Syed Ahmed Mubeen. The authorities definitely has its priorities straightened out, one might wonder.

Ban on celebration, promotion of Valentines Day

Exercising his authority under God knows what law, High Court Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui banned any activity aimed at celebrating or promoting Valentines Day while directing the electronic media regulatory authority PEMRA to ensure no TV channel shows Valentines Day themed programming. Below is the copy of the order:

Watch Human Rights lawyer Asma Jahangir’s response

This wasn’t just an order that gets ignored, this in fact was actually implemented in spirit, especially by the police of the capital Islamabad. If only they were this zealous in curbing banned outfits.