Murtaza Syed Murtaza Syed

My name is Murtaza Ali. Photography was my hobby and only passion. I started my professional career as photojournalist in 2004 and right now I am working at Pakistan Today Newspaper. I covered many exclusive events like elections, bomb blasts, daily life, and special assignments for different English magazines. My photograph was also selected in the competition organized by the Embassy of Netherlands in Pakistan under the banner of “Discovering Netherlands in Pakistan” and won the 3rd price.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 1...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani child holds the picture of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-e -Insaf (PTI) party.

Pakistan's parliamentary elections are due to be held on May 11, 2013. Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik- e- Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) have been campaigning intensely the past several weeks before the election polls open.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 2...
Lahore,Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

Pakistani soldiers keep watch at the state-run Printing Corporation of Pakistan before being transported to polling stations for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Pakistan will elect its new government for the next five years on May 11.

The election of the national and four provincial assemblies will mark the first time a civilian government has completed a full term in a country that was once ruled by the military.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 4...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A supporter of Imran Khan, Pakistan professional cricket player-turned-politician and chairman of political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) holds a cricket bat during a campaign rally in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 5...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani man casts his vote at a polling station on May 11, 2013 in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan.

Pakistan's parliamentary elections were held on May 11, 2013. Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik- e- Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) were campaigning intensely the past several weeks before the election polls opened.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 (6...
Lahore,Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station on May 11, 2013 in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan.

Pakistan's parliamentary elections were held on May 11, 2013. Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik- e- Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) have been campaigning intensely the past several weeks before the election polls opened.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 7...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

Kalsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League party chief Nawaz Sharif, walks out of a polling station after casting her ballot in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls or a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 8...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani man shows his ink-stained thumb after casting his ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 9...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani woman shows her ink-stained thumb after casting her ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 1...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani woman shows her ink-stained thumb after casting her ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 1...
Lahroe, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

Pakistani residents line up to cast their vote at a polling station in the village of Wagah on the outskirts of Lahore on May 11, 2013.

Pakistanis awaited to vote in these historical elections defying Taliban attacks to cast their ballots marking a historic democratic transition. A little less then half of the registered voters are women.

More than 86 million people are eligible to vote for the 342-member national assembly and four provincial assemblies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 1...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station on May 11, 2013 in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (1 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

LAHORE, PAKISTAN - MAY 09: Rescue workers try to rescue a man trapped on the top floor as a fire burns at the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Plaza on May 09, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan. Rescue work is underway at the site of the fire with fire trucks being used to extinguish the fire and helicopters used to rescue stranded victims from the roof of the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (2 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

People cry as rescue workers try to save victims trapped inside a burning building in central Lahore May 9, 2013. Fire erupted on the seventh floor of the Lahore Development Authority Plaza in Lahore, and quickly spread to higher floors leaving many people trapped inside the building. At least three people fell from the high floors trying to avoid the fire that engulfed the building, local media reports.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (4 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

LAHORE, PAKISTAN - MAY 09: A man is assisted by rescue workers as a fire burns at the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Plaza on May 09, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan. Rescue work is underway at the site of the fire with fire trucks being used to extinguish the fire and helicopters used to rescue stranded victims from the roof of the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (5 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

LAHORE, PAKISTAN - MAY 09: A rescued man is consoled as a fire burns at the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Plaza on May 09, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan. Rescue work is underway at the site of the fire with fire trucks being used to extinguish the fire and helicopters used to rescue stranded victims from the roof of the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (6 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

PAKISTAN, Lahore : A Pakistani man climbs a rope to the roof top of a burning building in Lahore on May 9, 2013. At least three persons fell from the 13-story Lahore Development Authority plaza situated on Lahore’s Edgerton road 9 trying to avoid a fire that engulfed the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (7 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

PAKISTAN, Lahore : A Pakistani man climbs a rope to the roof top of a burning building in Lahore on May 9, 2013. At least three persons fell from the 13-story Lahore Development Authority plaza situated on Lahore’s Edgerton road 9 trying to avoid a fire that engulfed the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (8 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

Pakistan, Lahore : LAHORE, PAKISTAN - MAY 09: Rescue workers attempt to extinguish a fire and to rescue peope trapped in the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Plaza on May 09, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan. Rescue work is underway at the site of the fire with fire trucks being used to extinguish the fire and helicopters used to rescue stranded victims from the roof of the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (9 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

A man jumps from a building that caught on fire in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The 13-storey government building caught fire and quickly intensified spreading to three floors of the tall building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (10 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

Lahore : A Pakistani army helicopter rescues people from a burning building in Lahore on May 9, 2013. At least three persons fell from the 13-story Lahore Development Authority plaza situated on Lahore’s Edgerton road 9 trying to avoid a fire that engulfed the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (11 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

Lahore : A Pakistani army helicopter rescues people from a burning building in Lahore on May 9, 2013. At least three persons fell from the 13-story LDA plaza situated on Lahore’s Edgerton road 9 trying to avoid a fire that engulfed the building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (12 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

A man jumps from the fifth floor of a building that caught on fire in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The 13-storey government building caught fire and quickly intensified spreading to three floors of the tall building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (13 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

A Pakistani man moments before jumping from the fifth floor of a building that caught on fire in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The 13-storey government building caught fire and quickly intensified spreading to three floors of the tall building.

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PAKISTAN BUILDING FIRE (14 of 14)
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
09 May 2013

A Pakistani man moments before jumping from the fifth floor of a building that caught on fire in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The 13-storey government building caught fire and quickly intensified spreading to three floors of the tall building.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

Rehmat, age 30, manages to flash a bright smile despite years of working in harsh conditions at the metal factory.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A job notice is displayed outside a factory to attract new recruits. The daily income of labourers is set at one dollar per day, equaling to $60 per month.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Pakistan,Lahore
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A labourer separates metal from soil with the help of a small magnet.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

"Black and Bold"- A labourer holds out his discolored and calloused hands which have endured years of hard shifts at the metal polishing factory.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A laborer separates metal from soil with the help of a small magnet.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

Rhemat, a laborer in a metal polishing factory, spares a moment from work to pose for the camera.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A laborer recovers metal pieces from the soil, working hard to ensure that his children will have a good day’s meal.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

"A rusty affair"- A worker covers his face with a piece of cloth while working at a metal polishing factory during International Labour Day in Lahore, Pakistan. Many laborers throughout the country often work under difficult and dangerous circumstances without using proper safety equipment.