Jewellery designer Nazneen Tariq turns actor for Syed Noor’s Chein Aey Na

Nazneen Tariq is a well-known name in the fashion circuit; the jewellery designer’s work speaks for itself.

However, Tariq is now ready to try her hand at something new — acting!

The designer will be making her film debut in Syed Noor’s Chein Aey Na where she be playing the role of “the mother of the hero, Adil Murad.”

Images got in touch with Nazneen Tariq who revealed how she got the part.

“We’ve known each other [Syed Noor] for years but I met him after a long time at Avari at a function for his movie Chein Aey Na. When he met me, he just said parso aa jayie ga, bas aap ko le liya (Show up day after tomorrow, you’re in!). I couldn’t believe it, just like that! And so the journey began.

Nazneen Tariq with Syed Noor
Nazneen Tariq with Syed Noor

Was her first time acting an easy experience?

“I honestly faced no hurdles as such. Noor sahab is an institution in himself. He knows how to bring out the actor from within the person. I’ve dabbled in acting long before but a major silver screen project is another game. When I went on set I’d make sure to follow Noor sahab’s directions and when I did so, he was very happy.”

“The most difficult part for me was to act without saying a word but Noor sahab made it very easy for me by making me very comfortable. He was very encouraging and made me feel like I can do it. And so I did it. And the positive feedback from him and his team gave me the strength to go on.”

Reflecting on the experience, Tariq says “It’s been amazing.”

“The whole atmosphere on set was wonderful and the team felt like my extended family. I never once felt that I am doing my debut film. Everyone was so friendly and nice towards me.”

“I wore my own jewelry in the film,” she adds.

Talking about the release, she shares, “I think it will release on Eid-Ul-Azha. I don’t mind how long it takes as long as it’s done right. I wish Noor sahab the best; I’ve seen how hard he is working on it. We see a movie and we just like criticising it, without acknowledging all the hard work that goes behind making it. So I wish Chein Aey Na the best, whenever it comes out.”

Pakistan hosts women lawmakers from 12 countries

Islamabad is hosting female lawmakers from 12 countries at a conference on the role of women in strengthening democracy.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter opened the three-day conference on Monday.

Women lawmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Australia, Romania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Maldives, Indonesia and Nepal are attending the event.

Speaking at the event, Maryam Nawaz saluted the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus in Pakistan for taking the initiative to host the event, saying it was high time women are empowered for the betterment and development of societies.

Women lawmakers Tahira Aurangzeb, Fahmida Mirza and other women attend an international women's conference in Islamabad. —AP
Women lawmakers Tahira Aurangzeb, Fahmida Mirza and other women attend an international women’s conference in Islamabad. —AP

Nawaz claimed women in Pakistan’s democratic set-up have equal opportunities, and that they had made stellar contributions to different fields, like education.

The women’s caucus, set up in 2008, is a multi-party forum dedicated to discussing issues facing women in Pakistan.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Dr Fouzia Hameed said the women’s caucus has been working across party lines to pass various pieces of legislation which ensure the protection of women’s rights.

Laws protecting the rights of women in Pakistan have been passed in recent years addressing violence against women, workplace harassment, the criminalisation of acid-related violence and electronic crimes.

Sindh Assembly unanimously approves Right to Information Bill 2016

The Sindh Assembly on Monday unanimously approved the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Bill 2016.

Following this development, the Sindh Information Commission will now be formed to oversee the implementation of the law which would allow citizens the access to important information.

The commission will comprise three members; the chief information commissioner and two other members. The head of the commission will be a grade-20 officer.

Of the two members, one shall be a lawyer with some prior experience in the higher courts, while the other member shall be a representative of the civil society.

The report, which was presented by Nisar Khuhro, states that any complaints against the commission’s head or the commission itself will be addressed by an investigation committee, which will be formed by the Speaker of the Sindh Assembly.

According to the bill, any citizen can submit a written request and seek government or private institutions’ information. After a request has been received, the institutions in mention will have to submit 15 days to one month’s worth of information.

The bill also states that the commission reserves the right to take action against any officer who fails to deliver the sought information. Failure to deliver the required information can result in a penalty of Rs1 million.

Stocks bleed as KSE-100 Index loses more than 500 points

The Pakistan Stock Exchange started the week on a bearish note, with the benchmark KSE-100 Index losing 536 points, or 1.09pc, by the end of trading to reach 48,655.72.

Volumes were led by the engineering sector, followed by refinery and commercial banking stocks, as the benchmark index slipped below 49,000 points yet again.

Volumes plunged to 50 million shares, with a total worth of only Rs4.99 billion.

“Low volumes with declining global oil prices led the decline in the index,” Hammad Aman of Topline Securities said.

Overall, stocks of 384 companies were traded on the exchange, of which 77 gained in value, 290 declined and 17 remained unchanged.

Volumes were led by:

  1. Aisha Steel Mill: 10.6m shares traded (+3.64pc);

  2. Pak Refinery: 9.99m shares traded (-4.99pc);

  3. Dost Steels Ltd: 9m shares traded (-0.49pc);

  4. K-Electric Ltd: 7.42m shares traded (+0.42pc); and,

  5. TRG Pak Ltd: 7.01m shares traded (-4.34pc).