Pakistan World has been existing for 7 years and you are the brain child
behind it. How did you come about an idea when it never even crossed the
minds of the entertainment industry of Pakistan?
started Miss Pakistan at a very young age of 21 in University. I was a
member of a Pakistani Student’s Association and while talking to some
friends, I just got the idea of doing something for the positive image
of my country. Miss Pakistan World seemed to be a very good platform
where I could use it to show that Pakistani women were modern and not
what the world perceived them to be. I wanted to start creating role
models in the Pakistani Canadian community where our image could change
for the world. Today I have successfully created Miss Pakistan’s in
UK, USA, China and Canada.
was Miss Canada Pakistan before and in just 3 years you changed it to
Miss Pakistan World, what brought about this change?
I started Miss Canada Pakistan, it was only for the contestants coming
from Canada. Suddenly, I was getting calls from the USA and UK. At that
time, I could not say no to the girls, and then I realized that it would
be better if the pageant became global. So we announced that
applications would be taken from any country where Canadian visa
requirements were met. Since 2006 the Miss Pakistan World pageant became
that you started the Mrs. Pakistan World pageant. How did you gear up
Mrs. Pakistan World was a tough choice as married Pakistani women are
not too flexible. I did not advertize much but we made this an online
pageant, and then in 2007 we crowned the first Mrs. Pakistan World. This
will be our third year in 2009.
an industry got started but Pakistan’s situation has worsened since
2008. What future do you see for Miss Pakistan World?
see a bright future, out of Pakistan at the moment. For the next ten
years, the Pakistanis living abroad will feed to this industry and keep
it secure. We hope that Pakistan’s current situation changes and
things become easier for the arts and entertainment sector.
surround this event, why is it always like that?
Miss Pakistan World is a unique name and people are intrigued at the
fact that a pageant for Pakistan exists. Media wants to know how a
pageant for Pakistan is existing amidst all the trouble the country
faces. So in a way, we really can’t help it. We are always in the spot
light and we are the only hope for a modern Pakistan. There is no other
element that shows the very modern side of Pakistan in the world.
Pakistan World and Mrs. Pakistan World take pride in the international
pageants that have been completed in the past 6 years! How did you
complete 20 international pageants in less than 6 years?
we not only completed 20 international pageants, we also won sub titles
as well. When I realized that I was competing with countries that were
in this business for 50 years, I wanted to rush as much as possible. So
we competed in a minimum of 4-5 pageants every year. We made our
international presence and also won titles.
do you look in a contestant?
look for a pleasant nature and the girl who brings in her own twist to
the Miss Pakistan World pageant. I also am very proud of those girls who
have participated in the Miss Pakistan World pageant over the years.
They were the brave ones, and they all did well.
besides, working for the pageant, what else do you do in your personal
I travel a lot, and that too is business related. I am always working in
my mind, to see this company do more all the time. But my hobbies are
travelling, watching news, watching Hollywood movies, I love going to
the gym, and these days I have become a gym freak, and also I love
taking care of myself. I eat healthy, take my vitamins, exercise and
keep fit. I always want to spend a lot of time with my family, and
usually we do a lot of things together.
I go to a lot of parties and events during the weekend and spend
time in networking and meeting tons of people. I enjoy my social life
quite a bit!
major plans for Miss Pakistan World or anything else!
at the moment, Canada is the hub of Miss Pakistan World and I think this
country is the best country to be a surrogate host to Pakistan for its
pageant. I pride myself in creating the industry Pakistan never thought
it would see. And I am proud of all the hard work I put into it. I would
not have exchanged this for anything else. Today we have a Miss Pakistan
and today we have hope that such events can happen for Pakistan.
advice for the Pakistani community around the world!
advice to the Pakistani community is to be more open to new ideas and
take on projects that can bring Pakistan in the world’s eyes. That’s
you were stuck on an island, who would you want to be stuck with: Well,
that would definitely be The Rock- Dwayne Johnson
food you love the most – Pakistani!
favorite actress – Angelina Jolie
favorite actor – Tom Hanks
favourite colors – Purple and Green
favorite fruit – Mango
crush – President Musharraf
city in Pakistan – Karachi all the way!
best travel spot – Bahamas
best feature – My smile!