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Motorcycle diary of the first Pakistani girl who dared to ride solo through northern areas

03:11 PM | 5 Aug, 2015
Motorcycle diary of the first Pakistani girl who dared to ride solo through northern areas
LAHORE (Nudrrat Khawaja) - Defying societal boundaries and norms, a 20-year-old young woman set on a journey through the Kashmir belt. What made her solo travels even more unusual is her choice of vehicle: a motorcycle.

Inspired by the dream of her deceased father who "wanted to travel the world on a bike", Lahore-based Zenith Irfan traveled through Kashmir, riding different motorcycle models including Honda 125, Honda CD -70 and Suzuki GS-150.

When asked about her decision to ride a motorcycle, she defiantly replied, "Why not?"

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Wearing a white helmet and backpack carefully tied at the back of her motorcycle, Irfan raced along the dangerous terrain of northern Pakistan.

The daredevil started her six-day journey from Lahore on June 14th and completed it on June 20th. On her return, Ifran documented her journey in a personal photo blog on Facebook, "Zenith Irfan: 1 Girl 2 Wheels".

Irfan said she did not come across any resistance when she decided to make this journey. "My mother is a very liberal woman. In fact, she was the one who motivated and pushed me to ride a motorcycle," said the braveheart.

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For Irfan, riding a motorcycle is synonymous to challenging social norms, "A social taboo is enforced on them (female motorcycle riders) by creating a sense of disgrace and shame."

This is the very perception that Irfan aims to change with her motorcycle adventures.

She describes herself as a "free hearted soul", which is evident from her Facebook pictures, in which she can be seen crossing a river, spending time among remote tribes, playing with village children and admiring the brave truck drivers.

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Irfan's personal blog is the testament of her adventures. Describing the challenges of backpacking in Kashmir, she writes, "Rocky plains, rugged landscapes, broken roads - a natural combination of all trails is presented to you and you have to ace it."

Despite the difficult terrains and rocky mountains, one thing she found challenging was "public stares". She said that being a Pakistani woman there are certain limitations, "I have to calculate my speech and body language."

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Her carefully documented journey can serve as a guide for future women adventurers, who dare to destroy gender stereotypes of Pakistan's society and embrace the freedom of soul.

In Irfan's own words, "With my motorcycle adventures, I aim to elevate and encourage them (women) to embrace their passions and goals, with open arms."

In coming weeks, Irfan will travel "all of north, funding mosques for necessary renovation and providing aid to the flood victims in Chitral."

For more photographs and updates on Zenith Irfan's motorcycle adventures, connect with her on her Facebook page.

Photos: Zenith Irfan

Nudrrat Khawaja is a journalist and a member of the staff.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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