Coke Studio is definitely a Pakistani music success story. One great outcome is that it has encouraged young musicians and revived Pakistani music to an extent. Nescafe basement is a similar idea. Instead of looking for successful artistes, the basement tries out youngsters still in school and college—the cut-off age being 25.
Hina Pervez Butt is an entrepreneur, activist and a member of the Punjab Assembly from the PML-N, representing women. Ammara Ahmad met her at her boutique in Gulberg, and spoke to her about business, politics, being a woman and terrorism.
On the chilly, foggy morning of January 7, 2008, we reached Kinnaird College in Lahore. Soon we got on the bus and left for Wagah Border. There we spent almost six hours for the visa process. After crossing Wagah on foot, we took another bus which set on the bumpy old GT road on the other side of the border, across the yellow fields of Punjab. We reached Delhi at around five in the morning. We visited Amritsar, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi on a single bus.