Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi

Entrepreneur, trekker, and photographer based in Pakistan
Posts Tagged ‘pakistan’

The Headdress of a Kalashi Woman

The Kalash tribe in the mountains of Northern Pakistan has preserved its ancient culture and customs. Their unique way of life includes dressing that is not found anywhere else in the world. The main component of a Kalashi woman’s garb is a headdress made out of elaborate patterns and seashells.

Kalash tribal headdress

Shot at the 2014 spring festival.

Happy Independence Day

It is the 14th of August and Pakistan’s 67th anniversary today. Although it is supposed to be a day that celebrates our freedom, sadly it means being trapped inside the capital for the citizens of Islamabad. In fear of Imran Khan’s “Azadi March” (freedom march), the government has blocked all roads in and out of Islamabad and a number of public areas within the city are off-limits.

Islamabad 14 August fireworks

It hasn’t dampened people’s spirits however. They were still out on the roads, late into the night, playing music, doing tricks with their cars and dancing in front of their vehicles in the numerous traffic jams.

Official celebrations were restricted to the areas around the parliament and open only to the privileged few with invitations. These included a fly past of air force jets and helicopters, followed by this distant, but amazing display of fireworks.

Polo Player

Shandur polo festival

The Shandur polo festival is held annually from 7th to the 9th of July at Shandur valley in Northern Pakistan. At over 12,000 feet (3,700 meters), it is the highest polo ground in the world.

The annual matched is played between traditional rivals, Chitral and Gilgit. In the past, it was a more civilized way to settle disputes.