Archive for September, 2017

Modern Urdu Poetry

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

IMG_5116T2F presents a course on Urdu poetry on recent poets from Josh Malihabadi to now.
The course starts on Saturday 7th October and ends on Saturday 25th November, from 3 – 4:30 PM

Come to T2F and Register (Name, contact number and Email Address) at the counter with Chand before the 5th.
Fees is Rs 4000 payable by 5th October 2017.

If you have any further questions please send us an email at

Time: 3:00PM-4:30PM
Date: Every Saturday, 7th October – 25th November 2017
Registration: Rs. 4000/-
Venue: T2F


Still Waters Run Deep- By Kaukab Tahir

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017


Kaukab Tahir is a journalism student from SZABIST who just presented her final year undergrad thesis, Still Waters Run Deep, which is about Marine Pollution and its impact on human health.
The screening will be followed by a Q/A session by Absar Khan (a diver who goes into the ocean to ensure ocean cleanliness) and Nuzhat Khan

When: 10th October
Time: 7:30-9:00PM
@ T2F

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

T2F will remain closed on account of 9th and 10 Muharram (Saturday and Sunday).

KAS Astrophotography Workshop: Post Processing

Monday, September 18th, 2017


The process of photo editing workshop by the president (Imran Rasheed) of KAS.

Date: 19th September 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Venue: T2F
Entry: Rs. 500/-

Earth & Sky – KAS Astrophotography Exhibition

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

21458289_10155550273758503_9212671317570620208_oThe Karachi Astronomers Society in collaboration with The Second Floor (T2F) is launching an astrophotography exhibition, where, a combination of science and art will quench your thirst for science as well as aesthetics.

Stunning pictures taken by experienced astrophotographers of the Karachi Astronomers Society will be on display and for sale.

Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
When: 13-27 September 2017
Timing: 6 PM to 10 PM, daily.

– Imran Rasheed
– Khalid Marwat
– Abubaker Shekhani
– Ebrahim Haq
– Ramiz Qureshi
– Bilal Karim Mughal
– Shahbaz Ahmed Alvi

Note to interested ones: *Entry is free and open for general public except 15th and 19th of September, when Rs. 500 per participant will be charged as an entry fee for astrophotography workshops.*

For further details, please contact Bilal Karim or Imran Rasheed at 0341-3178528 and 0314-2046986

Pangolins in Peril & Missing Vultures: Films by M. Ali Ijaz

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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T2F presets the screening of two documentary films by Muhammad Ali Ijaz, Pangolins In Peril: A story of Rare Scales
and Missing Vultures


Missing Vultures (20 mins):
Once numbering in millions and found throughtout Pakistan, Vultures are now at the brink of extinction. This documentary reveals the reason behind their disappearance and explores the environmental and cultural significance of these magnificent birds.

Awards and Official Selections:
Received the 2011“Living Planet Award” from WWF-Pakistan.
Won the best documentary award at the 2011 Alpavirama Film Festival, India.
Nominated for ‘Golden Panda Award’ at 2011 Sichuan TV Festival, China.
Won the best documentary award at the 2010 ZAB film festival in Karachi, Pakistan.
Selected at Vaasa Wildlife Film Festival 2010 in Finland.
Show cased at the 2011 Herning Film Festival in Denmark.
Screened at ‘Beskop Tshechu 2011’ Short Film Festival, Bhutan

Pangolins in Peril- A story of rare scales (15 mins)
The rare secretive Pangolin also known as the scaly anteater plays a vital ecological role but is on the verge of extinction. Two brave and passionate wildlife watchers fight against the odds to save the endangered Pangolin in Pakistan.

Awards & official selections:
Received Award for Scientific Merit at SCINEMA International Film Festival 2017, Australia.
Best Director Award in short documentary category, ARY Film Festival, 2017, Karachi.
Winner of “Wildlife Activism Award” 2016 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York, USA
Winner Best Documentary, Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival, 2016.
Official Selection Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, 2017, Ohio, USA.
Official Selection CMS Vatavaran – International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival, India
Nominated for Best Documentary Short Film at Shanghai International Green Film Week, 2017
Official Selection VIVA Film Festival Bosnia.
Official selection and “Special Mentions” at 2016 Vaasa Wildlife Film Festival, Finland.
Offical Selection at Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, 2016, Netherlands.
Official Selection Pokhara International Mountain Film Festival, 2016, Nepal.

About the Director:
Muhammad Ali Ijaz graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore, with a degree in Film and Television Production. He has a passion for making documentary films on wildlife conservation and environmental issues in Pakistan and has received the WWF- Living Planet award for his documentary “Missing Vultures”.
He has been making documentaries for various national and international organisations including UNDP, UNICEF, Oxfam and WWF. His documentary work has been screened at various film festivals around the world including USA, Denmark, Nepal, China and Dubai, winning awards in India, Finland and Dubai. He currently works as a director for a development communications company in Islamabad and also teaches film production at various universities.

When: 14th Sep 2017
Time: 7: 30 – 9:00 PM
Entry: Free (Donations are appreciated)

Education: What failed us?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Education-02Education: What failed us?”
Third in the series commemorating 70 years of Pakistan.

About the speaker:
Abdul Hameed Nayyar got his PhD in Physics from Imperial College London in 1973, and then taught at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad until his retirement in 2005. After retirement, he worked for a few years on policy issues in education, energy and nuclear arms at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute Islamabad. He later headed a couple of educational institutions briefly. He also taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences for a couple of years.

Presently, Nayyar continues to look into policy issues in education. He spends summer months at Princeton University, USA, working on technical issues in nuclear arms control and disarmament.

Date: 16th September, 2017.
Time: 7:30 – 9:00PM
Venue: T2F
Entry: Free. (Donations are appreciated)

Judicial Accountability of Corruption.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017


Join us in conversation with Muneer A. Malik, Justice (Rtd.) Rahmat Hussain Jaffery and Faisal Siddiqi.

Muneer A. Malik is a former Attorney General of Pakistan, Senior Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association. He was also one of the key leaders of the Lawyers Movement, 2007- 2009.

Justice (Rtd.) Rahmat Hussain Jaffery is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Sindh High Court. He has also served as an Administrative Judge of the Accountability Courts, Sindh, and the Anti-Terrorism Courts, Karachi.

Faisal Siddiqi is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, runs the Rasheed Razvi Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (RCCHR) and also runs the Legal Aid Foundation for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault (LRSA) and is a former visiting Human Rights Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the McGill University, Canada.

Date : September, 10th 2017.
Time: 7:30 – 9:30PM
Venue: T2F

Ulta Ghar // Art Exhibition

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017


Ulta Ghar is an experimental art show which brings together multiple artists’ cluttered and disproportionate perceptions of ‘home’ in one space. It will feature various exhibits and performance art. This will include but is not limited to graphic design, photography, physical installations, soundscapes, dance, film, and poetry. The exhibits and installations will occupy their space for the entire duration of the show, whilst the performances will rotate over the two days.

The exhibition is curated by Zain Baweja, and is taking place on the 8th and 9th of September from 4 – 10 PM, at T2F (Faraar Gallery).


Hamza Tariq
Hamza Iftikar
Sana Ahmad
Amina Zoomkawala
Adeel Tahir
Maryam Hina Hasnain
Minelle Valjee
Hassan Arshad
Hassaan Bin Shaheen
Rida Shahzad
Fatema Shah
Sajeer Shaikh
Hassaan Islam
Zoha Husain
Mahnoor Mahar
Zain Baweja

(Free Entry)

Right to Information: Our Role

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017


Article 19A of The Constitution of Pakistan grants every citizen the ‘right to information’. But in many years only 400+ have asked the questions, of which nearly 200 were asked by Naeem Sadiq alone. Many were not answered or answered ‘obliquely’ so that it really wasn’t an answer. The session will focus on its importance and the reason why we must follow this rule of the Constitution and use it as frequently as possible.
About the Speakers:
Naeem Sadiq is an activist and has several projects that he runs very successfully.
Farieha Aziz is a Karachi-based APNS-award winning journalist. She is a co-founder of the digital rights and civil liberties advocacy group, Bolo Bhi.
Dr. Raza Gardezi has been working in Shehri on the issue of RTI for past many years. He has played a leading role in the formulation of Sindh RTI Act 2017

Date: 6th September 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
@ T2F
Entry: Free (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)

In case you’re unable to make it to the event, it will also be live streamed on our Facebook!