“Together We Can” to Support Kerala

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Fununarts a non profit organization for Artists unite to support Kerala flood victims on 20th  – 22nd of September at Flora Hotel in Barsha

Fununarts a non profit organization for Artists unite to exhibit and support the Kerala flood victims through Art. “Together We Can” is a group exhibition from 20th till 22nd of September at the Ghinwa Restaurant at the Flora Hotel in Al Barsha. The show is open to public and welcomes art lovers and artists alike to visit the show. The show will be inaugurated by Mr. Yasser Al Gergawi, Director of Cultural Events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development on the opening this Thursday 20th of September at 7:00pm.

“Together We Can – is a joint effort of my sister Farah Khan and myself, we want to offer hope and a ray of light to those who have lost so much in the recent floods in Kerala. We believe that coming together is the beginning, keeping together is the progress and working together is success” says Co-Founder of Fununarts – Shiba Khan

The show includes Indian artists, Shiba Khan, Noor, Farah Khan, Afshan Quraishi, Yuvika Garg, Sonu Sultania, Saima Hasan, Jesno Rengi, Kavita Sriram, Varsha Surekha, Pari Sagar, Sunita Vasant, Ahsan Khan, Sapna Jain, Jyoti Sethi, Anjani Prakash Laitu & Shikha Gupta; along with Pakistani artists Maria Faridi & Habiba Mughal and Egyptian Artists Samar Kamel, Noura Mostafa & Zeinab Yehya; the show also showcases works of Scottish artist Elizabeth Bruce, Canadian artist Maya Esta, Jordanian artist Fayzeh Haddad, Filipino artist Joel Borja and last but not the least, representing UAE is local artist Ahmed Rukni.

Event Date: 20th till 22nd of September

Opening Night: 7pm onwards on Thursday 20th of September

Venue: Ghinwa Restaurant – Flora Hotel – Al Barsha

RSVP: fununarts@gmail.com

 For more details on PR please contact Zareen Khan on 052 7655525, zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com

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Slumber Party Confession – “Spreading Mental Health awareness” through performing arts

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Slumber Party Confessions a local dance & theatre production about growing pains of youth held on 28th of September at the Universal American School

 Universal American School in Dubai presents, “Slumber Party Confessions” a joint production by Mad About Dance Studio and Woman2Woman. This dance & theatrical play, gives a platform for youngsters to share and discuss some hard-hitting issues with the support of music, dance and dialogues. The main characters in the play mirror the conflicts and struggles of youngsters, dealing with unrealistic beauty standards, peer pressure, loneliness, body image, attention from the opposite gender, depression and the immense influence of social media. The play addresses harsh realities and encourages open discussions and understanding by lightly using humour and dance in the backdrop.

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Kalyan Chakravarthy – Creative Head of KC 24 & Director of SPC explains, “The actors have been training for two months on the play, all the actors are first timers to the stage and they bring so much character and depth; that I advice audiences to carry handkerchiefs along, there will be times you will cry laughing and there will be times when your eyes will moisten because you will see a bit of yourself in all the actors.”

Mahima Mehta – Founder of MAD & Producer of SPC says, “We have worked hard to ensure that the play is relatable to teens, the script on its own is brilliant and truly voices the harsh realties of growing up a millennial. To lighten up the mood and at times to add emotions to certain sentiment, we have choreographed songs along with the pulse of the play, the music and the dialogues work hand in hand to make a point!”

To encourage families to come, there are no tickets to the event, its completely FREE to enter, the venue is Universal American School at Dubai Festival City, the doors open at 5:30pm and the play starts sharp at 6:00pm on Friday 28th of September.

We do require an RSVP since the space is limited: w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com

Event Details:

Play: Slumber Party Confessions

Venue: Universal American School

Producer: Mahima Mehta

Producer: Woman2Woman

Writer: Zareen Khan

Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy

The Cast:

Zoya – Krishi Punjabi

Saira – Vinishka Bhatia

Pooja – Minali Punjabi

Maya – Sanchita Nagarajan

Guppi – Komal Chhatwani

Official Online Channel: Selfie TV

Official Dance Studio Partner: MAD – Mad About Dance Studio

About MAD (Mad About Dance Studio):

MAD is a Dubai grown dance company that mashes the universal language of dance with passion and fun.

Core revolves around teaching dance to kids and adults. The offering also includes dance-weight loss & corporate team building programs leading to high levels of customer engagement.

Individual and Group Dance forms include Hip Hop, Bollywood, Locking, Popping, Lyrical, Bhangra, Jazz, Folk, Contemporary, Classical, Oriental and much more. MAD studios is location in Centerpoint Mall, Bur Dubai and soon to open in Greens.

FB: madaboutdancedubai

Insta: madaboutdancedubai

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events &pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

 

Haven for Artists to host “Sacred Geometry” by Sheetal Rajan

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 Sacred Geometry by Sheetal Rajal on 15th of September at Haven for Artists in Beirut, Lebanon

On Saturday the 15th of September, Haven of Artist will be hosting the very first introductory session of Sacred Geometry in Beirut, welcoming everyone to join this journey of learning and mastering the ancient secrets of Sacred Geometry to embrace ones own frequency. The session will be conducted by Sheetal Rajan; a writer, healer, traveler and spiritual coach with an unwavering loyalty to living by the universal principles of Sacred Geometry, which has led her to adopting the title of Sacred Evolutionist.

Sheetal Rajan explains, I want every soul that is seeking fulfillment and a deeper understanding of their spiritual path to attend. This session will help you discover your own frequency and work on raising your vibrations, so that you may experience the true miracle of the universe in abundance”.

This will be the first of its kind session held in Beirut in collaboration with Haven for Artists on 15th of September from 4:00pm till 6:00pm, it’s a free session and everyone’s encouraged to attend. Sheetal is scheduled to host sessions in UAE, Turkey, Vietnam, Japan and the United States throughout 2018.

Event Details: –

Venue: Haven for Artists, Armenia St. (mar makhayel), Beirut, Lebanon

Event: Introductory session to Sacred Geometry

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm (2 hr duration)

Date: Saturday 15thof September 2018

Entry: Open to Public (Free)

RSVP: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com

About Haven for Artists:

We are an non-governmental arts organization we aim to endorse/encourage/expose we act as a platform and creative network

We host: monthly & annual exhibitions. international exchange & residency programs. festivals, concerts & artistic gatherings. round tables, workshops & discussions. creative forums and social initiatives.

Web: www.havenforartists.org

Email: info@havenforartists.org

Phone: +961 1 571 297

Insta: @havenforartists

Location: Armenia St. (mar makhayel), Beirut, Lebanon

 Speaker Background:

Sheetal Rajan is a Writer, Healer, Traveler and Spiritual Coach with an unwavering loyalty to living by the universal principles of Sacred Geometry, which has led her to adopting the title of Sacred Evolutionist. As a Spiritual Coach, Sheetal offers private and group sessions for Reiki healing, crystal healing, chakra analysis and setting, laughter yoga, manifestation laws, energy circles, ecstatic dance and more.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thesacredbeing7/

Insta: @the.sacred.being

Web: http://thesacredbeing.com/

 

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events &pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com – +97152 – 765 55255

 

Mariinsky Theatre comes to The Ballet Centre Dubai for “The Nutcracker” auditions

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The Ballet Students get a chance to audition for world-class production of “The Nutcracker” on 14th of September

On Friday the 14th of September 2018, the students of the Ballet Centre get an opportunity of a lifetime to audition for the Mariinsky Theatre from St. Petersberg. The auditions are open only to the Ballet Centre Students who are +7yrs and if anyone is keen to audition, then they can call and register themselves with the Ballet Centre management.

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Mangalika Jayalath – The Managing Director of the Ballet Centre, says “We are very excited to announce our professional production of “The Nutcracker” showcasing one of the greatest classical ballets of all time; told through the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. This will be a life changing experience for anyone who wants to become a professional ballerina since they will be trained, guided and sharing a stage with professional ballerinas of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The auditions will be held on Friday the 14th of September, under the guidance of Elana Marichenko – the leading choreographer of Ki Agency. The Nutcracker ballet production will take stage on 14th of December at the Raj Mahal Theatre in Dubai. This extravagant event is jointly produced by Alpha Events & Ki Agency in association with the Ballet Centre Dubai.

Audition Details: –

Venue: The Ballet Centre, Jumeria 1

Date: Friday 14th of September

Time: 10am till 3pm

To register: 04 3449776 / 056 118843

The Ballet Centre: Web: http://www.balletcentredubai.com; FB & Insta: theballetcentre (dance school)

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

 

 

“Kadak Chai & I” an Art exhibition at Ahmedia Art Gallery

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Showcasing stories, inspirations, poetry, art over a cup of Kadak chai – opening on 5th of September at the Ahmedia Art Gallery

On Wednesday the 5th of September, Ahmedia Art Gallery will be hosting “Kadak Chai & I” a unique group exhibition, showcasing stories, poetry & art that inspire conversations over a cup of kadak chai. The exhibition opens on 5th of September from 7:00pm onwards the artworks will be on display till 22nd of September.

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Habib Khan – GM Ahmedia Guest House & Art Gallery says, We are pleased to host “Kadak Chai & I”, a story telling art exhibition which resonates with the essence of our gallery that is based in the historic and cultural district of Al Ras, this show welcomes everyone to come and hear the inspirations and stories behind each artworks on display by the artisans themselves on 5th of September, we invite art lovers to join the conversation over a hot cup of Kadak chai.”

This Art exhibition starts from 5th till 22nd of September and includes stories behind sarees by A.P Laitu, and artworks by Afshan Quraishi, A.P. Laitu, Shital Gusani, Deepa Gopal, Jyoti Sethi, Jack Evangelista, Romy Ravindran, Jehan Ali, Kiran Shah, Karishma Hansen & Masooma Rizvi.

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Event Details: –

Venue: Ahmedia Art Gallery in Ahemdia Guesthouse, AL RAS, Deira

Event Name: Kadak Chai & I

Time: 7:00pm onwards

Date: Wednesday 5thof September 2018

Entry: Open to Public (Free)

RSVP: w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com

Exhibition dates: 5th till 22nd of September 2018

About Ahmedia Art Gallery:

Ahmedia Art Gallery promotes international art while dedicating itself to represent the Emirate’s true cultural heritage. It encourages established and emerging contemporary artists from the Middle East through individual and group exhibitions. The gallery is also a meeting place for those who wish to experience the unique taste of ‘real art in Dubai’. Located in the heart of Al-Ras Heritage area adjacent to Al-Ahmedia School Islamic Museum and Heritage House, Ahmedia Art Gallery is a stone throw away from the Spice Market, the Gold Souk, and the famous Creek side water taxi on one side and only 100 meters walk from the Al-Ras Metro Station from the other side. The gallery is an impressive large hall of a restored mansion. It has a grand entrance to courtyard, surrounded by dining and seating area shaded by sun roof, it is a restored villa with spacious bedrooms overlooking the traditional courtyard. The venue provides its visitors with an opportunity to discover the richness of ancient Arab culture. It offers a glimpse to the past with views of the streets from a bygone era. The gallery today stands transformed as a haven for art connoisseurs located in the heritage heart of Dubai’s culture. It can offer lodging for artists and visitors and is the best place in the downtown Dubai host small, medium and large-scale art or educational projects – all year long.

Web: http://www.artgalleryahmedia.com/

Email: info@artgalleryahmedia.com

Phone: +971-4-2250085

Location: Ahmedia Art Gallery, Adjacent to Al Ahmadiya School in Al Ras, Deira

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events &pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com – +97152 – 765 55255

 

Paws Trails Explorers presents “The Tiger Trails”

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A Photography exhibition by PT Explorers highlighting nature and wildlife

PT (Paws Trails) Explorers is a global platform for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. “The Tiger Trails” is a group exhibition by 21 talented wildlife photographers opening on the 30th of August till 2nd of September at Fine Art Gallery in Al Quoz.

Tiger2.jpgHermis Haridas – Co Founder of Paws Trails Explorers adds, “PT Explorers comprises of passionate regional & international photographers. It’s our missions to spread awareness about the wildlife and also to showcase talented works of photographers to support that intention, PT Explorers also issues a bi monthly online magazine for wild life enthusiasts along with hosting monthly events such as, “The Tiger Trails” which has 21 Photographers displaying their most prized images at this exhibition.”

The participating photographers includes, Hussain A Nalwala, Surendran Chokkalingam, Vipin Sharma, Shyam Bhagra, Moni Mehaboob, Dhritiman Mukherjee, Nistar PS, Mona Patel, Hira Punjabi, Rohit Varma, Rajesh Pereira, Nimit Virdi, Nitin Michael, Akhil Vinayak Menon, Nisha Purushothaman, Hermis Haridas, Anjan Lal, Raghavendra Joshi, Prasanna Venkatesh, Shan balasubraminiyam and Thomas George.
Their works will highlight the raw beauty of these magnificent species.

Tiger3.jpgNisha Pururshothaman – Co Founder of Paws Trails Explorers explains, One of the main aims of our exhibition is to support nature & wildlife conservation through capturing the sheer splendor of these incredible Tigers. We believe that a picture can express a thousand words and this is how we communicate to wild life and nature lovers in the UAE.”

The Tiger Trails is a group photography exhibition open to public from the 30th of August from 7:00pm onwards the show will run till 2nd of September at the Fine Art Gallery in Al Qouz.

Event Details: –

Title: The Tiger Trails

Genre: Photography

Opening Date: 30th August (Thursday)

Exhibition Dates: 30th August till 2nd of September

Gallery Timings: 10:00am till 8:00pm

Venue: The Fine Art Gallery

About Paws Trails Explorers:

Paws Trails Explorers is a global platform for sharing, caring, and getting closer to nature. It is a collective dream of a group of dedicated nature lovers. The idea whose seed was sown when we explored the world together in search of breath-taking images. The seed which germinated when we set out to right the wrongs done to the environment by planting trees around the world, that seed is now a small plant, waving its tiny branches and baby leaves, asking for attention from the world.

Web: www.pawstrails.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTExplorers/

Instagram: PawsTrailsExplorers


For information about Paws Trails Explorers, please contact:

Email: pawsintouch@gmail.com
Mob: 055 521 5315

 

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

 

Sacred Geometry – Revealed by Sheetal Rajan

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Free introductory session to Sacred Geometry by Sheetal Rajal on 1st of September at the Yoga Ashram

On Saturday the 1st of September, Yoga Ashram will be hosting the very first introductory session of Sacred Geometry for the Soul, welcoming everyone to join this journey of learning and mastering the ancient secrets of Sacred Geometry to transform ones’ life. The session will be conducted by Sheetal Rajan; a writer, healer, traveler and spiritual coach with an unwavering loyalty to living by the universal principles of Sacred Geometry, which has led her to adopting the title of Sacred Evolutionist.

Sheetal Rajan explains, want every soul on the spiritual path to understand that when you understand your own frequency and work on raising your vibrations, you receive a direct key to the source. It is then that you can experience the true miracle of the universe – abundance”.

The introductory session of Sacred Geometry will be held on Saturday 1st of September at the Yoga Ashram. Sheetal is scheduled to host sessions in Lebanon, Turkey, Vietnam, Japan and the United States throughout 2018.

Event Details: –

Venue:  Yoga Ashram, JLT, Cluster X, Bay Towers, Studios 1504 & 1505

Event: Introductory session to Sacred Geometry

Time: 2pm – 4pm (2 hr duration)

Date: Saturday 1st of September 2018

Entry: Open to Public (Free)

RSVP: w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com; info@yogaashram.com

Speaker Background:

Sheetal Rajan is a Writer, Healer, Traveler and Spiritual Coach with an unwavering loyalty to living by the universal principles of Sacred Geometry, which has led her to adopting the title of Sacred EvolutionistAs a Spiritual Coach, Sheetal offers private and group sessions for Reiki healing, crystal healing, chakra analysis and setting, laughter yoga, manifestation laws, energy circles, ecstatic dance and more.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thesacredbeing7/

Insta: @the.sacred.being

Web: http://thesacredbeing.com/

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events &pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com – 052 – 765 55255

“Bride to Be” at Tania’s Teahouse

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w2w’s networking event exclusively for wedding professionals to be hosted at Tania’s Teahouse in Jumeria on 27th of August

Tania’s Teahouse to host an exclusive networking event for “Brides to Be” and everyone connected to the wedding planning industry. The event is organized by w2w to promote a woman owned business and invites suppliers, freelancers and anyone who is keen to grow their network is welcomed on 27th of August from 7:00pm till 8:30pm.

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Tania Lodi – Owner of Tania’s Teahouse says, “Tania’s Teahouse is really a dream come true, I’ve always been a huge tea enthusiast and I wanted to open a place where people feel welcomed, where the tea choices are endless and the menu caters to an array of treats that are healthy and holistic in nature. My vision is to see people using this space to celebrate their successes, a meet up point for friends or a place they come to grab a cup of tea and read a book. Everyone should feel welcomed!”

 About Event:

Event: Bride to Be – networking event for the wedding professionals

Date: 27th of August

Venue: Tania’s Teahouse – Villa 779A. Jumeria Beach Road

RSVP: w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com

Entry: FREE – RSVP is required

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2095690280694238/

About Tania’s Tea House:

Tania’s Teahouse is Dubai’s newest hotspot for everything tea-related, founded by Tania Lodi. The two-story café serves a wide range of specialty-flavored teas, coffees and light, healthy meals. The café’s stylish interiors, featuring elegant, rose-gold accents, minimalist marble touches and whimsical foliage, make Tania’s Teahouse an optimal venue for freelancers working remotely, casual catch-ups, family brunches and celebratory occasions like bridal and baby showers.

Location: VILLA 779A I JUMEIRAH BEACH ROAD I VALLET PARKING IS AVAILABLE

Contact:

+971 4 324 0021 I www.TaniasTeahouse.com I Insta: @TANIASTEAHOUSE

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

 

 

“Cartoon Art Gallery” has a new home

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The Cartoon Art Gallery is now relocated to a new location in Al Quoz, will be officially inaugurated on August 16th at 7pm.

To celebrate the occasion there will be the opening of the art exhibition “Show your Best”. This exhibition will showcase a variety of Cartoon, Comic, Illustrative works of regional Artist along with other generic works- painting, photography, collectables. Through this exhibition the Artist of UAE will showcase their unique styles of work. The gallery will be displaying their collection of Cartoon and comic artwork, this show is organized to mark the celebrations of the Gallery opening on Thursday 16th of August from 7:00pm onwards.
“The Cartoon Art Gallery is dedicated to our vision in being the premier destination for expression for all ages and cultures, and provide a space where artists can be the ambassadors of peace and friendship through the medium of cartoon art and all other forms. We warmly welcome you to a very enjoyable and unique experience in Dubai.” says Mr Melvin Mathew , the owner of Cartoon Art Gallery.

The VIP guests gracing the event include Mr. Yasser Al Gargawi – Director of Cultural events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, H.E. Carlos Tavera – Consul General of Peru in Dubai and Mr. Sergio Nostas – Deputy Consul of Peru in Dubai, Consul General of Indonesia  HE. Mr. Ridwan Hassan– Indonesian Consul Sir Murdi Primbani are few of the special Delegates who would be attending the show.

This exhibition will showcase a variety of Cartoon, Comic, Illustrative works of regional Artist along with other generic works- painting, photography, collectables. More than 50 Artist  of UAE will be participating showcasing their unique styles of work. The gallery will be displaying their collection of Cartoon and comic artwork. “I’m so excited to discover so much talent in UAE and happy to host this show welcoming all the creative people and art lovers to our gallery ” says Mrinmay C Sebastian , the Gallery Manager.

The exhibition will be open till 22nd August. The exhibition timing from 18-22 August will be 10am to 6 pm.

Opening: 16th August

Time: 7:00pm onwards

Entry: FREE

For more info contact:04 346 6467

Email : info@cartoonartgallery.org / cartoonartgallery@gmail.com

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About Cartoon Art Gallery:

The Cartoon Art Gallery is the first gallery in the Middle East specifically for the art of cartooning and animation. Located near Zabeel Studio , Street 8 of Al Qouz 1 area of Dubai, the gallery is striving to be the place for independent artists of the region and internationally to showcase their cartoon creations and more .We are here to serve the community with unique exhibits and artistic and creative programs. The gallery is open to exhibits related to animation, cartoons, comics, caricatures, illustrations, concept art, and children book illustration  and other forms of Art. We accept different forms of media from traditional paint and ink to digital prints and video. We also give a platform for Artist  ,both regional and International to showcase,  sale and nurture  art and creativity. It also serve as the head quarters for the International Watercolor Society of UAE( IWS UAE). The best aspect what the gallery offer is that one feeling welcome always, the casual and cool ambience, hope of being a part of the gallery’s future events, finding resources related to art ,feeling of belonging and trust and of course a great space and a friendly team. The gallery also offers services like Exhibitions, Private exhibits, Corporate and private events, Classes and workshops, competitions, seminars and demonstrations, photo and videography and much more.

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com – 052 – 765 55255

Is the World Ready for Imran?

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An insight by : Andleeb Abbas

If everything you have done is being termed as wrong by the world powers then you are definitely doing something right. The united voice of America and India in declaring Imran Khan and the 2018 elections as the worst thing to happen to the country, the region, and the world, is itself a testimony of the danger these countries feel of the possibility of not being able pull the strings over Pakistan. US hyper reaction over these elections is only outclassed by the Indian hysteria. In unison both countries are crying foul play, a danger to the regional peace, and a threat to democracy of Pakistan. European media is more muted but also echoing the same chant.

There are many factors that have made the American policy makers habitual with the premise that whenever they want they can demand, threat, coerce support from Pakistan. They have almost four decades of dictators and democrats of the country towing their line. From General Zia ul Haq to General Musharraf they have worked to ensure complete obedience to their policies even at the cost of the country’s sovereignty and security. America, the champion of democracy, has worked with dictators happily to wage wars on Afghanistan through Pakistan. America has worked happily with democrat leaders who have paid yearly homage to White House and have taken the “Do More” stance as their mantra of foreign policy. With almost 40 years of the command and control style practiced by the White House, the possibility of a government that may not bend their back over the US priorities is daunting and haunting.

The hysteria in the Indian and American media is itself contradictory and self-defeating. An example of this stance is the editorial written by Washington Post declaring Imran Khan as a Taliban sympathizer and an army creation as they quote “he is also the favorite of the Pakistani military, whose overweening power the mainstream parties have been trying to curb”. This is a statement that either reflects ignorance, or bias or irresponsibility. Imran Khan has neither been a product of politics nor the military. The mainstream parties about whom this editorial has made a claim of being otherwise have a history of being sponsored by dictators. Mr Nawaz Sharif the head of Pakistan Muslim League was the prodigy of General Zia ul Haq and was brought and blessed by the dictator in politics. Mr Nawaz Sharif’s allegiance to the General was legendary. The first time he became Finance Minister and the Prime Minister his collusion with the army is on record. An affidavit by General Asad Durrani the Ex ISI head is on record that Nawaz Sharif was paid millions in the 1992 election to defeat Benazir Bhutto. Similarly, the founder of the PPP, Pakistan People’s party, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the foreign minister of General Ayub Khan for six years before he broke off and made his own party.

These two mainstream parties are also beneficiaries of General Pervez Musharraf. The NRO given by the dictator to these parties to call off all cases on them and allow them to return to Pakistan in return of accepting the General as the President is itself evidence of how they have benefitted from their collusion in electoral politics with the army. History shows that when these parties were let off their corrupt cases by the army they were on the best of terms with them and as soon as their corruption cases were brought to light they would start crying foul.

As long as the army and the courts are willing to mull the “mainstream parties’ corruption” democracy is on track and the minute this corruption lid is off, democracy is in danger and the army is “over weening its power”. Unfortunately, neither Prime Minister Imran Khan nor his party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf has this love hate relationship with army to make the international narrative factual and credible. Even more flimsy is the Taliban sympathizer tag as America is now doing exactly what Imran Khan has been proposing for a long time i.e that military operations are not a sustainable solution and that without dialogue terrorism will keep on resurfacing. US is now

insisting on dialogue with the taliban in Afghanistan but somehow US is not being termed as a Taliban sympathizer.

The Super powers and the powers to be become powerful due to information infiltration power. The information power houses are the think tanks that exist in these countries who through media penetration internationally and in specific target countries promote a certain angle of politics they want the public to read and believe. The New York Times in an article on “How Think Tanks Generate Endless War”of August 17, 2016 stated that U.S. “think tanks” rile up the American public against an ever-shifting roster of foreign “enemies” to justify wars which line the pockets of military contractors who kick back some profits to the “think tanks,” as explained by retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce. This article stated that The New York Times took notice of the role that so-called “think tanks” play in corrupting U.S. government policy.

The think tanks operate very methodically and strategically. The highest form of brain seeping starts at State level institutions like Rand Corporation. Later these thoughts are strategically placed and echoed in “allies” like EU and other countries. These are Intelligence agencies that are creating “artificial intelligence”. Remember the Iraq war story spin of “weapons of mass destruction” defame. After killing almost ten million people in this war, this narrative turned out to be just a figment of Tony Blair and George Bush’s imagination. Information warfare uses disinformation and propaganda to condition a population to hate a foreign nation or population or an individual with the intent to foment an opinion, a reaction or even a war. They use psychological “suggestiveness” to create a false narrative of danger from some foreign entity with the objective being to create paranoia within the U.S. and other populations that it is under imminent threat of attack or takeover.

At the secondary level this information war cascades at the local level. The primary level information attracts brand attention to the “wanna be” writers. A well written “secret” document leaks out and is echoed in top academia and think tank corridors. The measure of success from such a disinformation and propaganda effort can be seen when the narrative is adopted by secondary communicators who are perhaps the most important target audience. That is because they are “key communicators” who are either employed directly in the think tanks or indirectly by media houses in local media with top circulation and reputation to give this narrative the credibility and resonance. They in turn start propagating the false narrative even more broadly and to its own audiences, becoming local spin endorsers.

The fact that both Osama bin Ladin or Saddam Hussain were blue eyed productions of US narrative manufacturing factories and later turned into the biggest threat to the world against whom they waged decades of warfare is an example of how individuals and countries are made and destroyed at the convenience of these powerful think tanks with links in target countries. As long as the leaders of the countries who are strategically important are compromised and corrupt the power of the super power becomes stronger. Thus Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq have all histories of being used by them for their own purposes in return for aid that goes in the pockets of the corrupt leaders. China and Iran are defiant thus the narrative against them being the threats to democracy and peace are familiar think tank brain infiltrators that create pressure for justifying punitive actions against them.

In this scenario enter Imran Khan. He is not the typical politician with a lust for wealth unlimited; he is not a politician who is starry eyed with being bestowed the blessings of being ordained by the White House; He is not a politician who is going to tow the line of US policies and narrative just because it happens to be popular and convenient; In short the he is not going to be a narrative follower and implementer. So how do you tame this wild horse? You rein him in by building up his profile as a terrorism sponsor. Secondary countries and institutions will readily buy it. India jumps on it and UK and allies echo it. To make him look even more dangerous locally, paint him as an army

stooge who is a danger to democracy. Every day there is an article internationally on this narrative by the top think tank operatives followed by the top local newspapers repeating this message in editorials and op eds. This theme is certified then with interviews given in foreign media by the likes of Hussain Haqqani etc to complete this cry wolf strategy on Imran Khan branded as the latest “weapon of democracy and peace destruction”.

In a world full of intrigue and misinformation, corruption and exploitation, Imran Khan is unreal. He is fighting the political mafias, the media mafias and global narrative mafias; His objective is to make his country strong, independent and developed enough to stand up and be counted in the comity of nations. This doesnot suit our vested interest network beneficiaries; this doesot suit many in our neighborhood and many who want to control countries in our neigbourhood-therefore the ranting and paranoia over his victory in the current elections in Pakistan. Imran Khan being branded as terrorist sympathizer is nothing new as the great Nelson Mandela was on CIA terrorist list till 2008.

It will be difficult to find another leader in the world who before coming into power built 2 world class cancer hospitals with free treatment for the poor and a University in a village that gives international degrees free of cost to the needy-both projects that were declared impossible and unsustainable by most experts. The world is not ready for the likes of Imran khan who has nothing in common with majority of politicians in Pakistan and around the world. But then it is those who are different who make the difference; it is those who are not led but lead that create new pathways; it is those who put the welfare of their nation before their own who inspire and transform. There are not many around the world who choose this untraveled path but ladies and gentlemen let me introduce to you one such person, the Prime Minister of Pakistan-Imran khan.

The writer is a columnist, consultant, coach, an analyst, and a member of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf and can be reached at andleeb.abbas1@gmail,com. She tweets at @AndleebAbbas