Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dr Abdullah hails Chancellor Nizami for turning Aligarh dream into reality

Dr Abdullah
By Abdul Qadir Qureshi  

“The establishment of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) is a unique achievement of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association (AMOUBA) which has been made possible by Z.A. Nizami, President AMUOBA and Chancellor SSUET.”

These remarks came from Dr. Abdullah, a Pakistani scientist settles in the US and now on a visit to Karachi, after a meeting with Chancellor Nizami, on December 28.

Dr. Abdullah, also an Aligarian and a Trustee of Aligarh Alumni Association, USA, described the SSUET as a realization of the meaning of Aligarh Movement.

He informed the Chancellor that Aligarh Alumni Association USA is deeply involved in community services and has been supporting some 225 students studying in Aligarh University and also supporting about 15 educational institutions as a mission of Sir Syed Khan – the promotion of cause of education.

He reiterated that SSUET is a unique achievement and one could find a very rare example of establishment of such universities by an association and its credit goes to Mr. Nizami.

Chancellor Nizami informed the visiting scientist, who served in NASA and General Electric for many years, that during his lifetime, Sir Syed, the great educationist and reformer was told to name Aligarh University after his name but he refused and said that only after his death an institution could be named after his name if anyone felt that he had done something for propagating the cause of education and Muslims at large and it was after 6 years of his death that this University came into being as Sir Syed University.

He informed Dr. Abdullah that SSUET today has 6000 students on its roll besides some 200 doing Masters and Ph.D. Besides, there were 3000 students in the Aligarh Institute of Technology and another 1500 admitted in the Continuous education Programme.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Karachi International Book Fair: All roads lead to Expo Centre as KIBF 2011 opens

The areas surrounding the Expo Centre are buzzing with activity and there’s a lot of noise inside three halls since morning as the 7th Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) 2011 was opened to the public at the designated time of 10 am on December 16.

The stalls have been tastefully decorated and there has been considerable rush of people of all ages from the moment the gates were opened on a Friday morning on which life generally is slow in Karachi.

There were students, clad in uniform, as well as teachers and professionals who not only visited the various stalls but also availed the opportunity of purchasing books in comparatively less crowded environment as more people are expected to pour in during the weekends.

The officials and volunteers of the KIBF are there at the reception area to greet and facilitate the visitors. The KIBF Convener, Owais Mirza Jamil, and the Chairman of the Pakistan Publishers & Booksellers Association (PPBA), Aziz Khalid, are supervising all the arrangements with the assistance of their team members.

A record number of 290 stalls have been set up in the KIBF 2011 which promises to become the largest event of its kind in Pakistan. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Revamped Jumbo Publishing website launched

Jumbo Publishing has launched its revamped website which offers customers greater knowledge about its books in addition to important news and updates.
The newly designed website is user-friendly that makes it easy for the customer to find and learn about Jumbo Publishing’s books.

The customers can easily read a review of the book they are interested in. They can also order it very conveniently by downloading and printing the form and sending it over with the cheque/draft of the appropriate amount.
Three latest articles from the blog of Jumbo Publishing, appear on the home page and the visitors can access them rather comfortably.

The launch of our newly redesigned website is in line with Jumbo Publishing’s philosophy of spreading knowledge and providing the best possible services to its customers.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Chief of Muttahida Quami Movement Altaf Hussain has lauded the MQM Co-ordination Committee, parliamentarians, Karachi Tanzimi Committee (KTC), Interior Sindh Tanzimi Committee (ISTC) and all the zones and sectors of throughout the country for making efforts in maintaining peace and sectarian harmony.
Mr Hussain said that the MQM had demonstrated by taking part in the ritual mourning processions and religious gatherings that the MQM is working strenuously working for peace, brotherhood and sectarian harmony.
Mr Hussain also praised the doctors, paramedics, and volunteers of the KKF and the Medical Aid Committee of the MQM for performing duties at the medical camps and other locations throughout the country.
Mr Hussain also thanked the scholars for preaching unity among the Muslims and the need for harmony among different shades of religious persuasions.
Mr Hussain also praised the Federal Interior Minister, Provincial Home Minister, and officials and personnel of police and rangers for making effective security arrangements on Youm-e-Ashur.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nawabshah Akhbar Farosh Union honoured

By Rashid Zia

Newspaper hawkers are section of society that continue its work under all circumstances of grief and happiness and for that reason it has the status of artery in the world of newspapers selling.

These views were expressed by District Coordination Officer Jamal Mustafa Syed at a relief program organized by All Pakistan Newspapers sellers Federation in honour of “Nawabshah Akhbar Farosh Union”.

Jamal Mustafa Syed said that where on one side rain brought disaster in the province on the other side newspaper hawkers were also adversely affected and it was their passion that they continued newspapers supply in rain also. He said that hawkers who enjoy a status in society must be provided help on government level as it is the manifesto of present government.

Vice President All Pakistan Akhbar Farosh Federation Sindh, Abdul Sattar addressing the occasion said that newspaper hawkers were severally affected during recent unprecedented rains but they did not receive any relief on government level. He said that hawkers are that part of society who continue papers supply keeping his grieves aside.

President Anjuman Akhbar Farosh Karachi , Haji Iqbal Noon said that hawkers are fighting the war of right and truth in the era of each for himself. He said that hawkers should work and play role for the betterment of community keeping their differences aback. He said that newspaper hawkers throughout the country are united under the leadership of Central Secretary General All Pakistan Akhbar Farosh Federation, Tikka Khan.

He said that Tikka Khan feeling the pains of hawkers extended help to affected hawkers in cooperation with newspaper owners on which they are thankful to Jang, Express and Dawn groups who remembered hawkers in this difficult time.

President Nawabshah Press Club, Muhammad Anwar Shaikh said that hawkers are that part of society who is serving newspaper industry with dedication but lack admiration. He said that hawkers are devoid of many basic requirements in this developed era.

Senior Vice President Anjuman Akhbar Farosh Union Karachi, Choudhry Nazeer, Secretary Information Shafique Bhai, President Hyderabad Akhbar Farosh Union Aamir Afzal, President Mirpurkhas Ayub Mahar, President Nawabshah Ashraf Qureshi, Chairman Muhammad Shafi, Member Federation Nawabshah Abdul Khaliq, Lachman Thadani of DawnJang Hyderabad Agent Rafique Kareemi and Farooq Vayani of Nawabshah also addressed the program. DCO on the occasion announced to give 25 cycles to hawkers while Lachman Thadani and President Press Club Muhammad Anwar Shaikh announced cash help for hawkers.

Senior journalist Ismail Domki acted as stage secretary. Earlier the guests were presented traditional Sindhi Ajrak as gift.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sir Syed University students distribute ration in flood-affected Nawabshah

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

The students of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, distributed two truck loads of relief goods including food items among the rain and flood affected people of District Shaheed Benazirabad. 

A team of the university teachers and the volunteer students carried the ration packs to an affected village in Deh Hakro, a remote area of Taluka Daur of the district and distributed among the affectees with the cooperation of Chaudhary Irfan Hameed, a local landlord. 

In order to make the relief distribution transparent, the university volunteers compiled a list of affected people and later distributed ration among them.

Speaking on the occasion, a university teacher, Abdul Khaliq Khanzada, remarked that the relief ration was collected and transported on the directives of Chancellor SSUET Z A Nizami

He disclosed to the audience that the SSUET, in the past, had also distributed ration among the affected people of Badin and Mirpurkhas on humanitarian grounds.

Later the SSUET team visited Nawabshah Press Club and presented the university souvenir to the Club President, Muhammad Anwar Shaikh, and senior member, Rashid Zia Qureshi.

They were taken on a visit to the Club's Seminar Hall, Press Conference Room, Computer laboratory and Library. 

The Nawabshah Press Club President, Anwar Shaikh, appreciated the efforts of the of Chancellor Sir Syed University, Z A Nizami, and described this act of his as real service to humanity.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


The participants of 12th Mid Career Management Course in National Institute of Management visited head office of City District Government Karachi on Thursday. The delegation called on District Coordination Officer Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh in his office at Civic Center.

Later during a meeting attended by the delegation with EDOs of City Government and Director General National Institute of Management, DCO Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh appraised the delegation about the preparation of development plan and other mega projects initiated in Karachi.

He said that the shifting of rural population to urban areas all over the world had been creating many problems for mega cities including Karachi.

City Government Karachi has taken various measures to ensure the availability of civic facilities for every citizen. Unfortunately, the city of Karachi did not have any mass transit system which had created traffic related problems. The population of Karachi would exceed 30million mark by 2030. The city administration was therefore taking all initiatives to solve the problems regarding mass transit system and solid waste management.

DCO Karachi said that the city government was making all efforts to provide better facilities to citizens in each sector including education, health & fumigation, transport and infrastructure development. Anti encroachments cell of city government had been taking action against all illegal occupations of land.

He said the rules and regulations of transparency international and SPPRA were being implemented in Karachi to set a tradition of good governance.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SSUET to have a Center of studies for Irrigation and flood relief

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) is going to have a center of studies for Irrigation and Flood Relief – the first of its kind to be established by an engineering university.

An announcement in this regard was made by Chancellor SSUET Engr Z.A. Nizami, while presiding over the Sir Syed Day function held at the University’s Convocation Ground in Karachi.

Mr Nizami made the announcement on behalf of Pakistan’s noted engineer and most senior Aligarhian Engr Bashir A. Malik, who was the chief guest at the Sir Syed Day function which is iberved every year on October 17.

Mr Nizami said Engr Bashir Malik, has announced to wholly sponsor the establishment of this center. It was Engr Bashir Malik who donated the entire Rs 12 million cost of an Auditorium of international standard at SSUET.

The Chancellor noted that establishment of such a study center was the need of the house and work on its establishment will start within a week. He said the center will feed the entire country on irrigation and flood relief issues.

He announced yet another sponsorship from Engr Bashir Malik for the establishment of Lahore Campus of Sir Syed University and said the legal requirements in this respect would be sorted out first to pave the way for this purpose.

On the occasion, Engr Nizami announced the conferment of status of Professor Emiratus of SSUET for Engr Bashir Malik in recognition to his services in the field of civil engineering and more particularly the water issues.

Nizami said that no one else but SSUET has been instrumental in keeping the “Aligah Spirit” alive and said that it is the only university in Pakistan which, besides imparting education in six engineering didsciplines, made Pakistan Studies, Aligarh Movement and Pakistan Movement compulsory subjects while following the spirit and mission of great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.

He referred to the host of studies carried out on disaster management at the University and said that the bulky reports were sent to some 32 organizations and only three of them took the pain to go through these world standard reports.

Mr Nizami said that keeping the mission of Sir Syed, this university keeps pursuing its students to only focus on their academic pursuits besides extra academic activities.

Earlier, speaking as chief guest, Engr Bashir A. Malik who did his civil engineering from Aligarh Muslim University and served as Technical Advisor to UN on water issues, described Sir Syed Ahmed Khan a great personality and said such personalities never die and their achievements are always remembered.

He said that achievements of the great reformer and educationist are counted even after 110 years – his biggest achievement being the Aligarh College which later became the world fame university.

He said the students of Aligarh Muslim University led the movement for the creation of a country in which today we are living as a free nation. He said this country was carved out under the sterling leadership of Quaid-e-Aza Muhammed Ali Jinnah which otherwise it was not possible to get it from the yoke of imperialists and hindus.

“It was not an easy task to bring a country on the world map, and the basic role towards this was played by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan through the establishment of college in Aligarh”.

Bashir Malik said that the seed for establishment of Pakistan was sowed by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan but what not is being done to this country today. He said once the Muslim were a great united nation but had no country while today we have a country but with a divided nation.

He said it is wrong that Pakistanis are inferior to anyone. “We should come out of inferiority complex and be proud of achievements of our people like the one who made it a atomic power.

Engr Bashir Malilk made a special mention about his book “save water save Pakistan” and said the book has special philosophy behind it.

He pointed out that the world has only 2.5 percent of water for drinking purposes and 70 percent of it was underground and thus the world has less than one percent of water available for drinking.

He warned that after 10-12 years Pakistan will not have enough water to meet the drinking needs of its 22 million people and, therefore, it is imperative to take up this issue on war footing. He said any government in power should not only work on construction of dams but also control the population growth at the same time.

He said it is important to meet the country’s energy requirements and overcome the load shedding problem, but it must be remembered that we cannot live without water for more than one week. He said there would not have been load shedding, if the governments in power had focused on construction of dams.

Other speakers on the occasion included noted writer and poet, Muslim Shamim, snior most Aligarhian Saeed Siddiqi and noted writer Prof Dr Waqar Rizvi, who paid glowing tributes and recounted the achievements of great reformer and educationist and said he was the torch bearer of Islamic renaissance.

They said that Sir Syed laid the foundation of Muslims renaissance with the establishment of Aligarh College. They said that he was the motivating force behind the rebirth of learning. They said he created educational and political consciousness among the Muslim youth and led sectarianism to an end.

Noted poet Khumar Farooqi presented poetic tributes to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan while the boys and girls of Sir Syed University sang “Tarana-e-Aligarh”.

SSUET students Fatima Saima and Omer Ali kazmi delivered speeches on Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in English and Urdu respectively.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pakistan Panthers Veterans end goodwill tour of Sri Lanka on winning note

Karachi Observer Report

Pakistani Panthers Veterans XI regained its Midas touch and ended the goodwill tour of Sri Lanka on a winning note by overwhelming Kandurata Veterans XI defeated by79 runs at the Trinity College Ground in Kandy on October 6.
 It was third victory in four matches played by Pakistan Panthers Veterans, led by all-rounder Fawad Ijaz Khan, during their one-week tour of the Island. They had earlier defeated Western Province Veterans XI at the SSC Ground in Colombo on successive days.
 They managed to avenge the defeat they suffered at the hands Kandurata Veterans XI at the same venue a day earlier. It remained their solitary loss during the trip.
 Put into bat, Pakistani Panthers Veterans XI amassed a huge score of 266 for eight in the allotted 35 overs. The hard-hitting Ashraf Pakhali topscored with 76 while useful contributions also came from Najeeb Sadiq (44), Jaffer Qureshi (34), Mansoor Akhtar (27) and Ghaffar Kazmi (27) with Chinthaka Girihagama (2-26 and Gamini Debehapuwa (2-56) sharing the bowling honours.
Kandurata Veterans lost wickets at regular intervals while chasing a stiff victory target of 267. They were bundled out 187 runs in 29.2 overs despite fine knocks by Ravi Punchihewa (45), Wasantha Kumara (44) and Gamini Debehapuwa (32).
The Pakistani Panthers Veterans XI trio of Mohammad Sharif (2-38), Fawad Ijaz Khan (2-43) and Usman Haq (2- 52) bowled effectively to engineer an emphatic 79-run win for the tourists. Ashraf Pakhali was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
Summarized scores:
Pakistan Panthers Veterans XI: 266-8 in 35 overs (Ashraf Pakhali 76, Najeeb Sadiq 44, Jaffer Qureshi 34, Mansoor Akhtar 27, Ghaffar Kazmi 27; Chinthaka Girihagama 2-26, Gamini Debehapuwa 2-56)
Kandurata Veterans XI: 187 in 29.2 overs (Ravi Punchihewa 45, Wasantha Kumara 44, Gamini Debe 32; Mohammad Sharif 2- 38, Fawad Ijaz Khan 2-43, Usman Haq 2- 52)
Result: Pakistan Panthers Veterans XI won by 79 runs.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pakistan Panthers Veterans’ winning streak ends in Kandy

Karachi Observer Report
The winning streak of Pakistan Panthers Veterans in Sri Lanka came to an end when Kandurata Veterans XI defeated them by five wickets at the Trinity College Ground in Kandy on October 5.

The Pakistan Panthers Veterans outfit, captained by Fawad Ijaz Khan, had emerged triumphant in both their earlier games on the tour, having outsmarted Western Province Veterans XI at the SSC Ground in Colombo on successive days.
Kandurata Veterans XI chased down the target of 232 with 6.3 overs and five wickets in hand, after having bowled out the visitors for 231 on the final ball of the innings.

Put into bat, Pakistani Panther Veterans XI played out the full quota of 35 overs to score 231 with major contributions coming from Jaffer Qureshi (57), Rafiq Ghaziani (40), Ashraf Pakhali (31) and Mansoor Akhtar (21) while the wickets were shared by the trio of Oril de Mel (5-43), Ajith Ekanayake (3-45) and Wasantha Kumara (2- 29).
Kandurata Veterans XI remained ahead of the clock and successfully completed the task of chasing a victory target of 232 runs which they did in 28.3 overs. Suresh Peiris (78), Jalitha Ratnayake (76), Palitha Thilakasiri (20) and Lanka de Silva (34 not out) scored fluently to take the match away from the visiting side.

Pakistani Panthers Veterans XI will get an opportunity to avenge the defeat when they take on the same opponents on what is going to be their fourth and last game of the tour, also in Kandy.

Summarized scores:
Pakistan Panthers Veterans XI: 231 in 35 overs (Jaffer Qureshi 57, Rafiq Ghaziani 40, Ashraf Pakhali 31, Mansoor Akhtar 21; Oril de Mel 5- 43, Ajith Ekanayake 3- 45, Wasantha Kumara 2 -29);
Kandurata Province Veterans XI 232-5 in 28.3 overs (Suresh Peiris 78, Jalitha Ratnayake 76, Palitha Thilakasiri 20, Lanka De Silva 34 not out)
Result: Kandurata Province Veterans XI won by five wickets.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sri Lankan authorities urged to send cricket teams to Pakistan

Karachi Observer Report

KARACHI: The Sri Lankan cricket authorities have been urged to resume sending teams to Pakistan.
The special request was made during the dinner-reception hosted in the honour of the visiting Pakistan Panthers Veterans cricket squad in Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, the other day.
Former Test captain and batting legend, Zaheer Abbas, who is also the Cricket Ambassador of the touring party, expressed the hope that the Sri Lankans will consider their request of sending their teams to Pakistan.
“The need of the hour is sending of teams to play in Pakistan. We desire Sri Lanka to play cricket in Pakistan. As neighbors and friends in cricket it’s our humble request to let other Sri Lankan cricket teams to play against Pakistan if there are reservations about sending the national team,” Zaheer Abbas remarked in his speech.
He acknowledged the Sri Lankan hospitality which made him feel the beautiful Island as his second home. He appreciated the Veterans series being arranged in the region. He conveyed his special thanks to Chandana Amaradasa and his team at Island Leisure for the excellent arrangements.
Fawad Ijaz Khan, captain of the squad and Chairman of the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA), explained the importance of their role in cricket.
“In Pakistan a cricketer is considered a senior above 35 years, veteran above 50 years and super veteran above 60 years of age once he is retired from international cricketing career. When considering the conditions in the region including Sri Lanka and India, above 35 years seniors’ cricket could be promoted with a lot of competition. This would attract a lot of media and commercial sponsorships which makes it highly marketable,” the PVCA Chairman observed.
“The PVCA initiated a series of cricket matches against India which succeeded as an annual event. This tour to Sri Lanka would be another landmark event for Pakistani veterans who look forward to a Triangular Veterans Series with India and Sri Lanka in the future,” Fawad Ijaz added.
Ashiq Hussain Qureshi, CEO, PVCA, stressed on the social welfare projects being carried out by the association apart from working for the betterment of the game.
“Joining hands with Imran Khan Foundation to provide healthcare facilities in Pakistan and working towards a better retirement scheme for the cricketers feature proninently in the list of our priorities,” he said.
A few of the Sri Lankan cricketers of the past added colour to the occasion with the presence of renowned gentlemen of the game like Michael Tissera, Roy Dias, Asoka De Silva and Anura Tennekoon who shared the golden memories with their Pakistani counterparts. It was a chance for all of them to meet once again and perhaps continue with their style in cricket as veterans in the game. Mr. Upali Dharmadasa Chairman and Prakash Schaffter Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket also witnessed a Match in Colombo and met the Pakistani Team there.
A team of veteran Pakistani cricketers are currently undertaking a goodwill tour of Sri Lanka. They have played two matches in Colombo before having moved to Kandy for the last couple of games.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pakistan Panthers Veterans secure second successive win in Sri Lanka

Karachi Observer Report

KARACHI: Pakistani Panther Veterans registered their successive win during their ongoing tour of Sri Lanka when they whipped Western Province Veterans by 39 runs at the P. Sara Ground in Colombo on October 3. 

Pakistan’s veteran outfit, captained by Fawad Ijaz Khan and containing former Test and first-class cricketers, is currently on a goodwill tour visiting Sri Lanka where they will play their last two matches in Kandy against Kandurata Veterans XI later in the week. They had overpowered Western Province Veterans by three wickets in the opening game.

Pakistani Panther Veterans made the most of friendly batting conditions and easy paced pitch while batting first after winning the toss. Jaffer Qureshi led the run spree with an aggressive 106 while the momentum was sustained by the other batsmen.

Skipper Fawad Ijaz contributed an attractive 33 while Mansoor Akhtar, a former Test cricketer, contributed 21. The innings ended with a flourish as Ashraf Pakhali and Najeeb Sadiq remained undefeated on 43 and 22 respectively to raise the total to 274 in 35 overs despite fine bowling by A J Samarasekara and M D F Ravindra, who shared five wickets between them.

Chasing a formidable y target of 275 runs in 35 overs, Western Province Veterans responded positively but ran out of steam in the end to be bowled for 236 in 32.5 overs. 

Useful contributions from Nallaiah Devarajan (29), Asoka De Silva (29), Lindan Hannibal (24) and M D F Ravindra (21) kept the match alive but the fine bowling by the Pakistan trio of Ghaffar Kazmi (3-18), Najeeb Sadiq (3-25) and Jaffer Qureshi (3-53) won the day for the visitors. Jaffer Qureshi was adjudged Man of the Match for his terrific all-round performance.

Summarized scores:
Pakistan Panthers Veterans XI: 274-5 in 35 overs (Jaffer Qureshi 106, Fawad Ijaz Khan 33, Manzoor Akhtar 21, Ashraf Pakhali 43 not out, Najeeb Sadiq 22 not out; A J Samarasekara 3-48, M D F Ravindra 2-43)
Western Province Veterans XI: 236 in 32.5 overs (Nallaiah Devarajan 29, Asoka De Silva 29, Lindan Hannibal 24, M D F Ravindra 21; Ghaffar Kazmi 3-18, Najeeb Sadiq 3-25, Jaffer Qureshi 3-53).
Result: Pakistan Panthers Veterans XI won by 39 runs

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mahtab Rashidi delivers inspiration speech at SSUET

Karachi Observer Report
Former Sindh Secretary for Information and Education, Mrs Mahtab Akbar Rashdi has said that the younger generation is our replica in which we have great hopes as future is waiting for them.
She was addressing a students and faculty members of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) while delivering a lecture on the topic of “Professional Grooming- Personal excellence comes first” the other day.
Mrs Rashdi was the first woman who joined Sindh Government as Secretary and served at different important positions till her retirement from service.
“We are the past and you are our replica and we want to you grow” she told the students.
“We have great hopes in our younger generation and they have all the opportunities to grow with knowledge and technology being in their reach”
At the outset of her lecture she paid rich tributes to great reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan for his vision for the Muslims of the sub-continent and produced people like Mr Z.A. Nizami and many other outstanding personalities.
She said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah carved out this country and today we are proud of our country and our being Pakistanis.
Telling that “we are the past now and you are the future”, Mrs Rashdi told the students that now it was for them to achieve which they are to achieve as being future hope of the country.
She said that when she and people like her entered the practical life, no one was there to tell them about professional grooming. But whatever they learnt, they had it from their home, parents and ultimately their teachers.
Mahtab pointed out that today is the world of competition and it is time fior them to learn how to march ahead as their strength is to be channelized for the country.
With the help of slides she explained to them at length as to what is a professional image and how to create it and quoted Laura Morgan Roberts who said that “if you are not managing your own professional image, others are”.
She categorized professional image as desired and undesired ones and explained as to what steps they can take to ensure that they are projecting the professional image they want. Their concern should be as to what their key constituent might say about them when they are not in the room.
She informed them about components of professional image which include personal appearance through clothing, grooming and personal behavior through manners and etiquettes and communication effectiveness.
Mrs Rashdi reminded them that judgments are made about people based on the professional image they display. She told them to think of a person who made a reat first impression on them and said having a good professional image is key because they never get a second chance to make a first impression.
She dilated upon projecting professional image matters, attributes of a professional image, appropriate professional appearance, professional personal behavior, manners and etiquettes, non-verbal communication and verbal and written communication.
In his presidential remarks on the occasion, the Chancellor SSUET, Mr Z.A. Nizami assured that such lecture sessions will continue for grooming of youth for augmentation of their knowledge to help lead them to their successful future career..
Mr Nizami said the University will continuously hold grooming lectures for its students with regard to their behavior and appearance for which all required facilities will be provided and which the university was already doing through career planning.
On the occasion Mrs Rashdi was presented university plaque and souvenirs by Chancellor Mr Z A Nizami.
As it was Defence of Pakistan Day, the participants and guests lit the candles to demonstrate their commitment to the Defence of Pakistan and in memory of the martyrs of 1965 war with India.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"My Parliamentary Dairies" launched in Karachi

Marvi Memon, a former parliamentarian, launched her book ‘My Parliamentary Dairies’ at a five-star hotel of Karachi on August 27. Addressing the launching ceremony, Marvi remarked that during her three years in the National Assembly, she had a choice; either to enjoy the perks of power ignoring the injustice with 99% of Pakistanis and playing the politics of hypocrisy or strive to bring a change in the system. “So I decided to bring that change”, she said.
Marvi said that she had taken her first step. She traveled through the length and breadth of Pakistan to highlight the issues and injustices that enslaved the nation. She spoke about people’s struggle for rights on the floor of the House, in the streets and in front of the judiciary. Marvi said that her people and she lived, laughed, cried, ate and struggled together and most importantly believed in each other. The former MNA said that she simply fought for people’s rights.
“We have to rediscover the meaning of Pakistan and act honesty and loyally with our family and country or we can continue watching and contributing to the downward slide till the meaning of Pakistan becomes irrelevant,” she pointed out. “We should treat each other as the Quaid-e-Azam advised, with no discrimination and no distinction among the communities, castes or creeds,” Marvi urged.
She has dedicated the book to her son Murtaza and all children of Pakistan. She plans to have the book translated and published not only in Urdu and Sindhi but all other national and regional languages. Marvi served as Member of Parliament from March 2008 to June 2011 as a PML MNA. She resigned from her party and parliament in order to set new standards in politics. She was born in Karachi in July 1972. After schooling in Karachi, Paris and Kuwait, she graduated from the London School of Economics with a B.Sc (Econ) Honors in International Relations. She started her career as a banker at Citibank Pakistan where she specialized in Marketing and Quality Management for the consumer bank.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


DCO Karachi Mohammad Hussain Syed has expressed apprehension on that the general public was not receiving the benefits of Rs2billion and 26 crores subsidy given by the government on flour during Ramazan-ul-Mubarak. Addressing a meeting in Civic Center on Wednesday he asked the flour mill owners and food department to make the whole procedure easy and better so that the people could avail its benefits. 
The meeting was attended by EDO Revenue Ghanor Leghari, Addl. EDO Revenue Matanat Ali Khan, District Officer Revenue, DDOs Revenue, representatives of Food Department of Sindh Government and floor mills association. 
The meeting reviewed in detail, the benefits receiving by public from subsidized flour scheme. DCO Karachi urged the mill owners and food department to make the delivery of subsidized flour easier so that it could reach to maximum number of poor people in city. He also directed DDOs Revenue to check that how many flour bags were brought to market. He also instructed to compile the complete record of delivery of subsidized flour on town level.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pak-American student receives US President’s education award

Ali Adil Baloch, born to the parents of Pakistani descent, has received outstanding achievement award in education from United States President Barack Obama.

According to a report published in The Capital Post, a Washington DC-based daily newspaper, recently Ali, from Maryland, has been recognized for having scored consistently high in all his subjects and was awarded this certificate at the end of his elementary school tenure.

The achievement award programme is sponsored by the United States Department of Education (DoE) in association with National Association of Secondary School Principals. It was developed to help principals recognize and honor students who have achieved higher academic goals through their hard work and dedication to learning.

Ali, born to the parents of Pakistani descent, Adil Baloch and Salma Baloch, is one such student who was recognized by his school (Jones Lane Elementary School) and was conferred this award of achievement.

The President's Award for educational excellence recognizes academic success in the classroom. To be eligible for President's Award of educational excellence, students at each award level (elementary, middle, or high school) must meet score 90% or above on a 100-grade scale.

Ali was responsible for presenting his class to the crowd at his class’s graduation ceremony. Despite his academic excellence, Ali is also one of the top performers in his school’s chess club. He loves roller coasters, loves to plays golf with his dad and takes online classes of the Holy Quran regularly.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Youth to take a leading part in the country politics in future: Ahmed Chinoy

KARACHI: Renowned politician and focal personality of political circles Marvi Memon has expressed hopes that the Pakistani youth will change their country’s destiny.

She expressed these views while addressing the third session of the ‘Youth Leadership Development Programme 2011,’ organized by All Pakistan Memon Federation (APMF) Education Board at the National Museum of Pakistan.

The 10-week programme has been launched for Pakistani youngsters between the ages of 17 to 25 years with the slogan of ‘Ae Jazba-e-Dil Gar Me Chahon’ for invoking leadership ability in them. In each session of the programme, leadership in separate sectors is being discussed.

Memon was the chief guest of the third session of programme, which was organized to discuss political leadership. Addressing the session she said that the youth of Pakistan was her only hope.

She expressed her disappointment with the ongoing rulers and politicians present on the floors of assemblies and parliament and said that positive change can be attained if an alternate leadership comprising the youngsters replaces them.

She urged the youth to discharge their duties by casting vote so as to take an active part in constructing the future of Pakistan. Memon highlighted the need of alternative leadership and said that a process was being undertaken and contacts were being made on several levels. She vowed to unite the youth power of both rural and urban areas.

Commenting over the current political situation she said, “Current assembly is a debating club where issues are not solved they are in fact created, political parties fight for power and musical chairs of opposition and treasury benches are played for vested interests”.

Commenting over her resignation she said that she went to the assembly for her people and she has returned for her people. She said that she had been overwhelmed with the respect in response for her decision from across the country.

She termed her struggle as Karavan-e-Haq and said that the only purpose of her struggle was the provision of clean leadership, which will give Pakistanis ‘Rozgar, Tahafuz, Insaaf, and Taraqee’.

Talking about the qualities of her visionary real leadership she said that leadership will be from the people, it will live, eat, suffer, laugh, dream, and progress with them. It will not be only a VIP leadership, which only addresses them through large jalsas. It will be accessible, available, in their streets, their fields. It will understand their pains of not having clean water to drink, their endless load shedding traumas, their gas shortages, their dirty streets without proper sewerage issue. In short it will understand their daily troubles.

She said that talks about the formation of new party was before time. She was of the view that at the time she does not require any separate political forum and people of Pakistan were her platform. To a question she said that under her vision a great alliance of all those politicians, who feel pain of people, is going to be formed and will clean sweep the Pakistani politics.

Responding to a question about the chances of a coalition among existing prominent political parties she said that how would those elements found a greater alliance against corrupts, who had already bestowed them with life. Only Pakistani people will form a greater alliance, which would turn the fate of the country.

On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Learning Minds Sohail Zindani delivered an eye-opening presentation and highlighted the civic responsibility of Youth in the current political scenario.

An interesting activity was undertaken amid that session in regard with politics. Six political parties were formed. The parties designed their manifesto, announced their candidates and election was held after a short election campaign on the basis of party agenda. Zonar Ponawala was the successful candidate on the occasion. The activity was held so as the participants could examine and understand the political process.

APMF president Ahmed Chinoy urged the youth to take a leading part in the country politics in future and said that their critical contribution will help Pakistan to get politically strong and prosperous.

APMF-Education Board Director Education Rehana Naz also expressed her views on the occasion. She also urged youth to realize their responsibility.

Muhammad Yousuf Adil Chairman APMF-Education Board, Rehana Naz, Director Education, Abdul Razzaq Vayani, Ibrahim Mamdani, Altaf Bawany, Shabbir Bilwani, Farooq Members YLDP Committee also attended the programme.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Youths are the backbone of any nation: Ahmed Chinoy

Future of Pakistan lies in the youngsters, which direly needed proper education and skill development training to meet the global challenges, says chairman Arif Habib Investment and leading businessman. He was speaking as chief guest at inaugural ceremony of Youth Leadership Programme-2011 (YLDP), being organized under aegis of All Pakistan Memon Foundation-Educational Board (APMF-EB).

Vice Chairman, All Pakistan Memon Federation- Education Board (APMF-EB) Hanif Jakhura presenting memento to Arif Habib, the Chairman Arif Habib Investment at the launching ceremony of Youth Leadership Development titled YLDP 2011 organized by APMF-EB. Ashraf Bawany (Convener, YLDP Committee, Ibrahim Mamdani and others also seen the occasion.
Arif Habib laid emphasis on the need of education, saying no nation could run on the track of development with fast pace unless its education system meet the modern requirements. It is an excellent opportunity to interact with youth with diverse academic and social background, Arif said, adding participants should contribute in sessions with fervour and zeal. Chief CPLC and President APMF Ahmed Chinoy lauded the efforts of Memon federation saying youths are the backbone of any nation.

He said youngsters could make the country by their positive and constructive activities and broke as well, if indulge in negative activities. It is our obligation to guide our youths so that they can play their constructive role in betterment of the society, he stressed. Earlier, sharing the details of the YLDP Rehana Naz, Director Education, APMF-EB notified that programme comprising eight consecutive Sundays which will kick off from (Today) Sunday, June 19.

She said some 150 youth applied, of them 135 were selected including males and females between the ages of 17 to 25 years of youth. Participants will be provided opportunities to build their confidence through multiple interactive learning sessions, hands-on and minds-on activities will interact with successful Community leaders, visit to Memon community institutions and lots of fun.

Earlier in his welcome address Ashraf Bawani, Chairman YLDP committee highlighted APMF-EB is working hard to pursue its vision of being the catalyst for quality education to students in an environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning. He was of the view that the degradation of our educational system has been one of the major factors hampering our national development.

Bawani marked that YLDP-2011 will be focusing on young male and female students to develop in those competencies and skills which would not only help them to unleash their potential but also groom them as good human being and a successful person not only for themselves and their families but also for playing their due role for the enlistment and well being society and country at large.

He said organising YLDP-2011 is a gigantic task, however, APMF-EB is moving forward resolutely and successfully with the support of people who are generously contributing in form of sponsorship, advertisement and donations to this noble cause. Secretary General, APMF Razzak Vayani, Vice Chairman, APMF-EB Hanif Jakhura, Convenor, YLDP Committee and others were also the key note speakers.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Khan Durrani said storm water drainage a big problem in Karachi which is due to the presence of lot of encroachments on the old natural drains system that dates back to colonial era. Blockage in the flow of water resulted in overflow of drains and ultimately creating problems for surrounding localities. Government is now mulling over the plan to clear these drains from encroachments by providing alternate residence to people residing there.

He expressed these views while addressing a press conference in DCO Camp Office on Saturday.

The Provincial Secretary of Local Government Ali Ahmed, Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed, M.D KWSB Misbahuddin Farid, EDO Revenue Roshan Ali Shaikh, EDO Municipal Services Masood Alam and other officers were also present on this occasion.

Agha Siraj Durrani said despite of huge spending on the repairing and maintenance of drains required results were not obtained due to presence of encroachments on drains. Therefore, he said, efforts were on to find out a permanent solution of this problem for which cooperation of people and people’s representatives was required; we will try to take everyone along to solve this problem.

Provincial Minister said a meeting of town administrators was convened on the directive of Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to review the preventive measures that have been taken in view of the expected rains in whole province including Karachi. A lot of things came into discussion in this meeting and important decisions were made. City Government in Karachi and Town administration has also taken all necessary measures in this connection. However, he said, encroachments on drains were creating obstacles at some locations especially in Saddar Town which is the main route for all drains. All possible measures will be taken to remove the encroachments from storm water drains and assistance will also be sought from the people’s representatives in this regard.

He said that Karachi is the heart of Pakistan and Sindh, therefore, all possible steps will be taken for its beatification and progress. Efforts were being taken to solve the problems of city government and water board including funding.

Replying a query, the provincial minister said that stern action will be taken against the revenue officers found involved in helping water board’s land occupied.

He also directed Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed to take powerful measures for bringing stability in the milk item’s prices in Karachi.

EDO Revenue Roshan Ali Shaikh on this occasion while giving a briefing on the action against land grabbers informed that city government had under the anti encroachments act took action and recover about 3378 acres of government land from the possession of illegal occupiers. He further said that a full operation will be taken next week in Cattle Colony to vacate all occupied government land.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Driving Growth in the Digital Age – Challenges & Opportunities: 1st Marketing & Branding Summit in Karachi today

Memon Professional Forum and Nutshell Forum in collaboration with Marketing Association of Pakistan and Pakistan Software Houses Association will host 1st Marketing & Branding Summit on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at a local hotel. The theme of this conference is "Driving Growth in the Digital Age - Challenges & Opportunities".
The 1st Marketing & Branding Summit brings leading professionals and top entrepreneurs together in one place for a day of discussion and networking. Those who attend will hear the latest strategic thinking and insights in marketing and branding, offering inspiration and vital information for their organizations's success in the future.
Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rahman, UNESCO Science Laureate/Coordinator General, C O M S T E C H / P r e s i d e n t , Pakistan Academy of Sciences will be the chief guest.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Health Department of City District Government Karachi was carrying out town wise fumigation during which spray teams performed insecticide spray in Jamshed Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, Saddar Town and Lyari Town.

More than 30 spray machines and manpower were used in the campaign carried out in residential as well as commercial areas and public gathering points.
Spray teams will perform fumigation in SITE Town on Monday.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad presents Souvenir to late Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed's family

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry giving souvenir to a family of late judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed during a seminar "Designing the Future" on World IP Day organized by Pakistan Intellectual Property Right Association at DHA Golf Club on Saturday night.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


DCO Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed has said that in order to encourage the government officials on good performance and to motivate others to improve their working, a reward-and- punishment mechanism has been established in City District Government Karachi.

He expressed these views while speaking on the occasion of distribution of Rs1000 cash award to 15 municipal services drivers who had performed their duty outstandingly during the cleaning of Mehmoodabad Nallah.

EDO Municipal Services Masood Alam was also present on this occasion.

DCO Karachi said that city government had earlier given cash awards to those officials who had performed well in the polio eradication campaign and now these drivers are given awards for their good work.

He said that the areas of Nursery, PECHS Block-6, Admin Society, Mehmoodabad, Manzoor Colony, Akhtar Colony, Kashmir Colony and other adjoining areas were in past affected due to accumulation of rain water in during monsoon and the residents of these areas had to suffer huge loss of property and human lives. However, he said this year city government has besides full cleaning of Mehmoodabad Nullah also completely cleaned all of its small and big arteries while the encroachments on this nallah have also been removed.

He expressed hope that all these areas would no more affect in future even during torrential rains.

DCO Karachi praised the municipal services staff especially drivers who had worked with full dedication during the cleaning and transfer of garbage.

He said that he had also paid unscheduled visit many times and seen these officials working on the cleaning of nallah.

DCO Karachi said that as an acknowledgement of their service to city and the citizens this process of encouragement of officials on putting up best work will continue in future as well.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pakistan Disabled Foundation

Shahid Ahmed Chairman Pakistan Disabled Foundation addressing a press conference about problems and needs of disabled persons at Karachi Press Club.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Income Tax Bar Elections: Anwar Kashif Mumtaz elected as President, Rehan Siddiqui as Gen Secretary for 2011

Anwar Kashif Mumtaz and Muhammad Rehan Siddiqui have been elected un-opposed as President and General Secretary of Income Tax Bar Association of Karachi (ITBAK) for the term 2011. In the 54th Annual General Body Meeting of ITBAK held at the Income Tax Bar Association's premises wherein Muhammad Zubair elected un-opposed as Vice President, while Abid Husain Shaban, Syed Waseem Hashmi, Abdul Qadir Memon, Khalid Mahmood, Muhammad Arshad, Saulat Bari Khan and Syed Rehan Hasan Jafri were elected as members managing committee. The newly elected President, Anwar Mumtaz Kashif while addressing the general body of the association paid glowing tributes to the outgoing office bearers and ITBAK members and assured the association members to continue with the efforts of the outgoing body.
The Secretary General, Rehan Siddiqui addressing to the audience said that new taxes imposed by the government would adversely affect the trade and industry and the general public. He advised the government not to over-burden the industry with additional taxes but try to plug the pilferages in revenue.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, President-KCCI, in an interactive session with Nurettin Ozdebir, President, Ankara Chamber of Industry at Ankara stressed upon the need of regular interaction, exchange of trade information and delegations. Saeed Shafiq articulated that Pakistan and Turkey were two brotherly countries with relationship encompassed over decades, however, the bilateral trade was not aligned with the existing potential. Saeed Shafiq asserted for constant cooperation between KCCI and Turkish Chambers and proposed for signing of protocol of cooperation between KCCI and Ankara Chamber of Industry.

Nurettin Ozdebir, President, Ankara Chamber of Industry, appreciated the initiative of Saeed Shafiq, President-KCCI for visiting Turkey with high power business delegation. Ozdebir also expressed interest and consent for signing a protocol of cooperation to ensure maximum cooperation and coordination to further develop economic and commercial ties with KCCI. Ozdebir informed that Ankara Chamber of Commerce was working actively and closely with its partner chambers to develop bilateral relations with a target to foster and facilitate economic and commercial ties with companies of two countries. For this purpose, we were trying to create new models of cooperation such as countertrade, partnership for building industrial zones etc., he added.

Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, President-KCCI and Nurettin Ozdebir, President, Ankara Chamber of Industry ensured each other for effective inter-chamber liaison to achieve the desired objectives.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


City District Government Karachi has according to the directive of the Supreme Court of Pakistan started razing constructions made in city parks including library buildings, union council offices and other structures.

The special operation initiated on Wednesday will continue till the removal of constructions from 164 enlisted parks of city.

Additional EDO Revenue Matanat Ali Khan monitored the operation while District Officer Land Management-II Saif Abbas, District Officer Enforcement Abdul Malik and other senior officers of Revenue Department were also present on this occasion.

City Government staff equipped with heavy machinery razed constructions in Niazi Park Sharifabad, Tariq Muhiuddin Park Gulberg Town UC-6 and the park adjacent to Sobhraj Maternity Home.

The demolition of double storey Library Building in Joharabad Football Ground near Azizabad Police Station had been postponed for a day after the protest of area people who said that the library building was constructed by defunct KMC and was inaugurated by its then Administrator Saeed Ahmed Siddiqui on 25th October 1987.

According to details when the city government staff with heavy machinery reached at the Joharabad Park in Azizabad union council 2 adjacent to Azizabad Police Station to demolish the double storey Library Building, the residents of the area protested. They said that the Library Building was constructed by defunct KMC and the area people especially senior citizens had benefited from this facility.

After the negotiations between the city government officers and the prominent persons of the area it was decided to postpone the action till tomorrow and to allow the shifting of all books and other things from this building to some other place.

The demolition squad also demolished construction in Tariq Muhiuddin Park of Gulberg Town with the help of heavy machinery while the concrete building of library adjacent to union council-7 office in Sharifabad(Liaquatabad Town) was also razed after the shifting of all record of union council.

City Government staff will continue this demolition operation till the removal of all constructions in city parks.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Charged Parking in Karachi: Rs.10 for Car, Rs.5 Motorcycle, Not to pay excess amount

Executive District Officer Local Taxes Jamil Ahmed has appealed to citizens to pay the parking fee of Rs.10/- for Car and Rs.5/- Motorcycle at the designated places and never pay excess amount for vehicle parking.

Chairing a departmental meeting he also directed officers to stop illegal charged parking and overcharging from the citizens. He also directed to boost up the recoveries and achieved the target well in time, adding that he will personally check and monitor the parking sites without prior intimation.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jumbo Publishing joins hands with

Jumbo Publishing, the market leaders in sports publishing in the region, have recently joined hands with, an online books marketplace, having made great strides in a rather short span of time. has been founded by two highly talented young engineers, Usman Siddiqui and Jawad Yousuf, with a mission to connect booksellers/bookstores all over Pakistan with book lovers across the country.

Usman has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with highest distinction, from Purdue University, Indiana, USA, while Jawad has a degree in Actuarial Sciences from Purdue University and a Masters degree in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. is a centralized platform where individual sellers or bookstores can instantly make their inventory available online using our automated system and where buyers can browse for and purchase books put up by numerous booksellers all in one place.

Their overriding goal is to make access to books easier for readers across Pakistan. They have reckoned that the prices of new books are generally on the higher side, access to old books is limited since there are a limited number of old bookstores which are not always accessible to everyone and the old books that are available at these bookstores or weekly bazaars are poorly catalogued and hence difficult to find.

They have come up with the solution in the shape of where properly catalogued and searchable database of thousands of used/new books at deeply discounted prices are showcased, providing an opportunity for small bookstores/book sellers to make their inventory available to a potentially much larger audience than the traffic at their stores and anyone in Pakistan can be their customer.