| Born in Gujranwala in the summer of 1976, I first encountered
wildlife while accompanying my cousins who were avid bird hunters. While
bird-hunting, I was afforded an opportunity to see birdlife up close. My
fascination with birds and natural beauty rapidly matured into a broader
interest in all forms of wildlife, their habits and habitats.
In July 2005, I was engaged as the professional wildlife photographer of
the WWF team which was chosen to implement the Pakistan Wetlands Programme.
I traveled extensively to both familiar and remote wetlands through the
length and breadth of Pakistan and captured the natural beauty of the land
from salt marshes and the marine wetlands of the Makran Coast to the icy
alpine lakes of the Hindukush, Himalaya and the Karakoram cordilleras.
My portfolio of nature and wildlife photographs has been used extensively
in comprehensive awareness-building initiatives of the Pakistan Wetlands
Programme and WWF-Pakistan. A coffee table book “Natural reassures of
Pakistan” published by WWF-Pakistan in 2012, is one major milestone. My
bird photographs in particular have also been featured in prestigious
publications such as Birding ASIA, the bi-annual magazine of the Oriental
Bird Club, as well as in Russell Slack’s acclaimed Rare Birds book. A
recent exhibition “Pakistan - An unsung Beauty” was showcased at St. Hilda’s
College of Oxford University, UK.