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"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity".
(surah Al-Imran,ayat-104)
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President Gen Musharraf's idea of "enlightened moderation" may not have caught up in Pakistan yet, but it definitely seems to have
encouraged some of the Pakistani repatriates to break the Desi and
or Islamic barrier.


For the first time, a Pakistani girl has participated in an
international beauty pageant overcoming the traditional barriers of
the conservative Islamic nation.

Houston-based Pakistani-American Mariyah Moten (22) represented
Pakistan at the "Miss Bikini of the Universe" pageant held in
Beihai, a summer resort city in south China on August 28.

Mariyah won the "Best in Media" title (trophy plus sash), as being
the most photographed and interviewed girl in the entire pageant.
Since the pageant, she has been on Zee News, Khaleej Times, China
Daily, Hangzhou Newspaper and various other newspapers in China and
elsewhere.

She was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to the
United States with her family eight years back.

Presently she is studying Hotel Management at the University of
Houston in Texas, where she did her high schooling.

"It's the first time that Pakistan is participating in the bikini
pageant, as we're an Islamic country," Moten was quoted as saying by
`China Daily`.

"Now there's less reproach in Pakistan on women's participation in
such beauty contests," she said.

"All my family support me and I'm excited to have the chance to
participate in the event." She and 47 other participants paraded at
the `Great hall of the people`

The candidates, all aged between 18 and 25, paraded before the
cameras representing their countries.

India did not participate.

The Bikini winner was crowned "Queen Pearl" and received USD 5,000
in prize money; second and third place earned the title "Miss
Pearl," and received USD 3,000 and USD 2,000 respectively, according
to the pageant's organizing committee.

Competing with 44 delegates, Mariyah was given the award on the
final night. This is the second award Mariyah has received in her
pageant career. She won "Miss Charity" at the Miss Tourism Queen
International pageant in July 2006, and now the "Best in Media"
title in August 2006 at the Miss Bikini Universe 2006 pageant.
 Reply:   Bikini queen shows modern Paki
Replied by(webmaster) Replied on (11/Sep/2006)
A prize-winning bikini competition contestant who claimed to represent Pakistan, sparking some outrage in the Muslim country, says she wanted to project the nation as a modern one.
Updated: 2006-09-10 16:20
MUMBAI - A prize-winning bikini competition contestant who claimed to represent Pakistan, sparking some outrage in the Muslim country, says she wanted to project the nation as a modern one.
Officials in Pakistan, which does not hold beauty pageants, said Thursday they were investigating how Texas-based Mariyah Moten, 22, entered a "Miss Bikini" pageant in China last month as a Pakistani contestant.
Pakistan-born Moten, who holds an American passport, won a "Best in Media" title for being the most photographed and interviewed contestant, media reports said.
"I have broken all the barriers, and in the coming years there will be other Pakistani contestants who will carry this title," Moten, described by Pakistani media as the country's first bikini queen, told the Times of India newspaper.
"My intention was to project Pakistan in a very modern way."
Moten was born and brought up in the Pakistani city of Karachi. Her family moved to the United States eight years ago and she is now based in Houston.
Pakistani authorities said they might take up the issue with China, and might also withdraw from Moten privileges offered to people of Pakistani descent such as visa-free travel to Pakistan.
Moten, who said she might consider a career in the Pakistani film industry, was undeterred by the criticism.
"The hardliners are basically people who impose their thoughts on others, and we are not affected by people like them.
"It is actually very amusing how they are always so ready to react," the daily quoted her as saying.

 
 Reply:   "We cannot allow this," Janjua
Replied by(Noman) Replied on (8/Sep/2006)
"Miss Noorani, seen as a disgrace by many Pakistanis, was wearing ceremonial strap prominently inscribing "PAKISTAN",
Last year many people were shocked in Pakistan to learn
that a Pakistani woman was participating in the Miss
International Beauty contest in Tokyo. Pakistan government
ordered its diplomats in Japan to contact the organisers
and try to bar her from using the country's name. The
orgnizers ignored that!


Soon after photographs of 21-year old Neelam Noorani
appeared in newspapers on Friday, appearing in the preview
of the Tokyo beauty pageant as "Miss Pakistan".
The News daily reported a front page story titled, 'Beauty
queen or an ultimate disgrace', and also carried the
picture of Noorani taking part in the pageant.

"Miss Noorani, seen as a disgrace by many Pakistanis, was wearing ceremonial strap prominently inscribing "PAKISTAN",
the daily said.

According to the organisers 51 girls would compete for the
Miss International crown on September 30 in Tokyo.
Expressing shock over Noorani taking part in the contest,
Tariq Janjua, the Secretary Culture, Sports and Tourism was
quoted by the newspaper as saying that the government had
nothing to do with "this shameful development." "We cannot
adding that such contests were in
total "contrast" to the social and cultural values of
Pakistan.
See full article and photos at:
Arif
 
 Reply:   Who is she?,a Pakistani or an
Replied by(webmaster) Replied on (7/Sep/2006)
was there any valid document from Govt of Pakistan with her? if not then she was not Pakistani in that competition, she was just one girl, one individual.
"Houston-based Pakistani-American Mariyah Moten (22) represented ", is she pakistani, i have few Qs, what is the criteria of participating in any of these world events, if these competitions are on individual basis then any one can partcipate and persons participating in individual competitions are always known as individuals,but if the competition is on country basis then the person who is representing the country, should hold some vaild documents/permissions from the country to represnt it. So i am asking from all of you, do any one has any informtion that this girl represent herself or the country in the competition? was there any valid document from Govt of Pakistan with her? if not then she was not Pakistani in that competition, she was just one girl, one individual.

 
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