Thursday, March 15, 2018

Another warm sendoff for LPB Founder

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services) 

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Founder President, Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), Founder Editor, Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ), was given another warm sendoff as he prepared to fly back to North America after having undertaken six-month tour of Pakistan.

Bazm-e-Akram, now an internationally acclaimed literary forum of library professionals, organized what has become a traditional farewell reception in his honour in Karachi on March 15. He is scheduled to leave for abroad early next week.

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, one of the most respected library scientists of the country and the motivating force behind the Bazm-e-Akram, in her welcome speech, vowed to maintain the same intensity and passion as desired by their mentor and teacher. 

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, a former Chairperson of the LIS department at the University of Karachi, once again commended Prof Dr Nasim Fatima for having kept the bureau (LPB) and the journal (PLISJ) afloat in the very challenging times. 

Hailed as one of the founding fathers of Library and Information Science (LIS) in the country, he revealed his plan to return to Pakistan later this year, hopefully during the month of November. 

The function was attended by the senior officials of the Bazm-e-Akram which included S A Naqvi, Azra Qureshi, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, Dr Amna Khatoon, Zainuddin Siddiqui, Mairaj Jami, Liaquat Ali Khan and Syed Khalid Mahmood.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wasil Usmani’s biography published

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Founder President, Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), has recently compiled a biography of Muhammad Wasil Usmani, one of his contemporary library scientists.

There are more than 20 chapters of the book, covering the various aspects and the different stages of Wasil Usmani’s life with focus on his poetry. 

The title of the book contains a portrait of the former professor while the back cover features excerpts of the tributes paid to him by eminent scholars and literary figures like Tabish Dehalvi, Dr Aslam Farrukhi, Sarshar Siddiqui, Rafiuddin Siddiqui, Prof Zaka Siddiqui and Zain Siddiqui. 

Wasil Usmani was born in an educated family of Allahabad, UP, on July 3, 1933, which makes him one of the oldest surviving members of the library scientists’ community at the age of 84. 

By his own admission, he was passionate about poetry since childhood. Inspired by the poetic environment around him he himself started doing poetry from a very young age. He also pursued quality education and obtained high grades.  

The 140-page hardbound book in Urdu, published by LPB, is priced Rupees three hundred in Pakistan while its printed international price is US$ 3.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Agha Siraj denies horse trading in senate elections

By Rashid Zia Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

“The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would sweep the general elections 2018 throughout the country as the PPP Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has won the hearts of Punjab.”

This was observed by the Speaker of the Sindh Assembly, Agha Siraj Durrani, while talking to media at the residence of elder of All Sindhi-Pathan Nawabshah community, Jan Muhammad Pathan. Durrani contradicted the allegations of horse trading leveled against the PPP, adding that other parties were attempting to pass the impression as if their hands were clean. 

“That who fed whom and how much quantity of grass was given to the horses would be known soon but even if anyone have evidence of horse trading he or she should show it,” he said. 

When asked Imran Khan if would contest from Karachi, Durrani said that it is Imran’s wish to contest general election from any part of the country but the factual position is that he would bag how many votes public would see. 

He said that the PPP has always served the masses due to which public has identified failed politicians who had claimed the demise of the PPP. 

Speaking on the differences having erupted in MQM ranks, he stated that the PPP was neither making profit out of it nor was is the party policy. 

However if any political party faces crisis of such situation then party workers get disappointed and join other parties and this was the reason that others were turning to the PPP. 

Durrani considered it to be the beauty of democracy, insisting that by election and general election have big difference and he was confident to win as the people now desired a change.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Nisar Memon’s An Insight into the Senate launched in Karachi

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Describing national security of Pakistan as key to our survival and growth, Senator Nisar Memon, a former Federal Minister, called upon everyone to rise to the occasion to work for a common of cause of upholding the dignity of our people, sovereignty of the country and strengthening of the institutions, which he reckoned, were in a state of decay. 

He gave the clarion call while speaking at the second launch of his book "An Insight into the Senate of Pakistan" held at the NJV High School's auditorium in Karachi on March 4. Earlier the first launch of the book had taken place in Islamabad. 

Besides Nisar Memon himself, other speakers on the occasion included former Federal Minister and Senator Javed Jabbar, former Chief Minister and Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Marvi Memon, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme, Syed Raghib Shah, former chairman WAPDA, and Tariq Hussain from World Bank. 

Nisar Memon discussed national security at length and dilated upon its various aspects like water, environment, climate change, finance, defence, defence production and social service. In the book, he said, he has also touched upon the present day's most sensitive issue of international peace. 

While bringing the book to conclusion, Nisar Memon asked "can't people the believers in one God, one Prophet, one Book and one Faith be joined on one front against aggression and violation of human rights". 

Nisar Memon, who served the Senate for six years, told his audience that objective of his writing this book was to let the people know about those aspects of the Senate to which it is not possible to them to have access to. 

He said many things which occur in the Senate does not appear in newspapers and, therefore, he thought, to present himself before the people for accountability and what he did when he was in the city, what changes and reforms should be brought. 

He said that when you are elected to the Senate to serve the cause of people for six long years, you have to give the best to the people and they must know what you performed, what you gave and what you learned. 

He said he has discussed all these things in black and white and also to encourage the others to come out and speak about the working of the Senate 

Speaking on the occasion Javed Jabbar facilitated Nisar Memon for writing this book which was long overdue from a parliamentarian about parliament. 

While eulogizing the services of Nisar Memon, he recalled his appreciative role in a non-partisan cabinet, his role in the reformers movement and again in a caretaker government and said he enjoyed excellent opportunities into governments he served with a constructive approach. 

He described his book a genuine attempt aimed at strengthening the institutions and pointed out that Senate is the custodian and rather political custodian of all the four provinces and his book contributes wealth of experiences he gained during his six years of Senatorship. 

He mentioned the book a good combination of remembrance, intelligence and contribution to democracy. 

Senator Syed Muzaffar Shah, who was re-elected as Senator for another six years term only the other day, in his eloquent address marked with fluency, observed that Pakistani politicians are not fond of writing books outlining their experiences as parliamentarians and which the people at large want to know as to how the parliaments work in a parliamentary democracy. 

Senator Shah, who has the presence in as many as 14 committees of the Upper House besides being Chairman of Food and Agriculture Committee and said that Senate is the custodian of rights of the provinces while passing laws. 

He disclosed how he save 1300 acres of prime land in the heart of Islamabad belonging to Pakistan Agriculture Research Council and said the report thereof by highly appreciated by the Supreme Court. 

Referring to clamouring of accusation of horse trading in the Senate election, he stated to have secured highest number of votes without spending a single penny. 

He asserted that parliamentarians should write books and follow the example of Senator Nisar Memon who ventured to do this which only few would do as people want to know how parliament work and how the Senate functions and this book is worth reading for such people. 

Muzaffar Shah was confident that soon the Senate will also have financial authority being the custodian of provinces. 

He paid tributes to Nisar Memon from a Sindhi background and from the corporate sector and said he made a significant role in the political history of Pakistan. 

Marvi Memon in her usual charming style said that to be elected a member of the parliament indeed is an honor as they can make a difference in the political history. 

She said that it was a very special for her to have served the country along with her father Nisar Memon and advised that new generation should learn from his experiences. 

Marvi Memon said that the thoughts cherished by his father as Senator and as Federal Minister were always dedicated to the national causes and one would find it explicitly in his book "Insight into the Senate of Pakistan". 

Tariq Hussain from the World Bank spoke about Nisar Memon's focus on aspect of National Security as highlighted by him in his book, particularly the aspect of water which today is assuming as an alarming issue, particularly with reference to drainage, water logging and salinity. 

He said that the book should encourage the others for improving the effectiveness of our political bodies.

Syed Raghib Shah referred to Nisar Memon's acumen about technical issues and said that although he was Chief Engineer in WAPDA he found Mr Memon more technical than him he would speak in the House Committee on Water issues. 

The present Senators, he said, should pursue all those recommendations and suggestions as provided by Nisar Memon on water as Chairman of Water Committee which were duly recognized by the world bodies.

On the occasion Mr Nisar Memon announced that proceeds of his book would go to the NJV High School where he had remained a student. He congratulated Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah for having been elected to the Senate for another six years term. 

The launch ceremony concluded with the presentation of copies of the book "Insight into the Senate" to the speakers of the day by Nisar Memon himself.

Friday, March 2, 2018

An Insight into the Senate to be launched on March 4

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The book titled ‘An Insight into the Senate’ is set to be launched at a ceremony to be held in Karachi on March 4. 

The book has been authored by Senator Nisar A Memon, who has also been a former Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting. 

The speakers on the occasion would include former Federal Minister. Javed Jabbar, ex-Chief Minister Sindh and Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Rukhsana Zuberi, Tariq Hussain and Raghib Shah. 

It’s in the fitness of things of that the book is being launched in Karachi one day after the Senate elections being held on March 3, as 52 senators will be completing their six-year term on March 11.

In the book, Nisar Memon, who has remained as Senator for six years, gives an insight into the working of the Senate with special reference to National Security which includes various aspects like water, climate, environment and defence. 

 As Senator, he was the Chairperson of the Standing Committee of Senate on Defence and Defence Production and the Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources. 

He was also a member of the Standing Committees of Senate on Foreign Affairs, Finance and Economic Affairs and Housing and Environment Committee. 

The first launch of the book was held in Islamabad and the author has selected Karachi as the second venue for the launch of his book.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dewan launches Daehan Shehzore in spectacular ceremony

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
)Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan is fast coming back on its real economic track and would be looking at its future in the year 2018 when its GDB will be close to 6 percent as against 5.3 percent in 2017. 

He was speaking as chief guest at the grand launch of Shehzor truck, the most popular light commercial vehicle produced in the automotive history of Pakistan with over 50,000 units in operation.

Shehzore has become the generic name for pickups in the country, Dewan Muhammad Yousuf Farooqui, Chairman, Yousuf Dewan Motor Company remarked in his welcome speech at the launch of Daehan Shehzore at the Mohatta Palace Museum on February 25.

Ahsan Iqbal recalled that there was a time when big industrialists and businessmen would be speaking about relocating their industries and concerns to Canada and Dubai and smaller ones to Lahore but today they are coming back to Karachi and Pakistan because of the peaceful conditions and positive investment climate here. 

He said that today international media including Economist and Finance Times are describing Pakistan as the fast emerging economic nation more because of much peaceful conditions today when present government responded stubbornly and cleared our territories of terrorists and subversive elements because of sacrifices of the armed forces and the nation. 

He recalled when the country faced acute power crisis just 5 years back and within four years of this regime, there is a turn around and Pakistan is rising and brought back on the world's economic map. He said in four years the government added 11000 MW of electricity to the national grid and constructed a record number of highways and motorways.

He informed that at present the government is constructing 1600 KM of motorways and will have 2200 KM of motorways by 2019 as against 1400 KM in India. 

"Time has come now to focus on the prosperity of our people and future economic boom", the Minister stated adding that now it is for our entrepreneurs to take advantage of infrastructure developed and they have the potential for this. 

He pointed out that with the steps being taken by this government Pakistan will be among the top 20 world economies by 2025 and top 10 by 2030 provided the country maintained the continuity of economic development with political stability.

Ahsan Iqbal while referring to the development of automotive industry assured of his government's all out support and cooperation for the industry and hoped that all the business groups of Pakistan will make fast advancement to achieve the desired objectives.

“The government through the Automotive Policy is fully committed to extending full support to the local automotive industry of Pakistan. The policy has already attracted significant investment of over US$ 800 million,” he observed while congratulating Dewan Yousuf and his team for their relentless efforts to revive their automotive assembly plant.

Earlier in his speech, Dewan Mohammed Yusuf Farooqui, Chairman Yusuf Dewan Motor Company said that reproduction of Shehzo was made made possible by the acquisition of Brownfield status from the Ministry of Industries and Production, a landmark achievement.

He said our collaborators the JVA and Kolao Group will help us keep our promise of delivering only the best quality vehicles to our trusted customers as we stay committed to contributing our best to our motherland’s socio-economic development.

He described th day as the most special day of his life and Dewan Group.

Speaking on the occasion, Oh Sei Young, Chairman, Kolao Group, and the joint venture partner in Daehan-Dewan Motor Company, expressed the confidence that the Daehan Shehzore pickup will achieve the desired results.

He assured that the Kolao Group will consistently provide total support to the JVA in achieving the mutual objective of regaining market leadership in its segment.

“The government through the Automotive Policy is fully committed to extending full support to the local automotive industry of Pakistan.

The policy has already attracted significant investment of over US$ 800 million,” he observed while congratulating Dewan Yousuf and his team for their relentless efforts to revive their automotive assembly plant.

It may be recalled that Yousuf Dewan Companies, one of Pakistan’s most prominent business houses, had entered into a joint venture with the Kolao Group of South Korea in April 2016.

The new joint venture, Daehan-Dewan Motor Company, unveiled Daehan Shehzore, setting up its automobile assembly plant in Sujawal.

The launching ceremony at the Mohatta Palace was nothing short of spectacular. The cultural programme, featuring performances by the local as well as the South Korean artists, followed by the musical concert provided glamour to the evening at the most historical of venues.

Dewan’s Shehzore set to rule again

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Daehan-Dewan Motor Company (Pvt) Limited, a joint venture company, launched new Shehzore 1-ton pickup in a memorable ceremony at the Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi on February 25. 

It marked the return of Yousuf Dewan Group’s return in the vehicle production market. 

Shehzore had been a famous commercial vehicle in the last decade. In between 1996-2004, the third generation of Hyundai Porter or H100 was produced globally and now Shehzore has made a comeback with the fourth generation Porter. 

The pickup will have same Hyundai engine and will be quite similar to Hyundai H100. The diesel engine of the vehicle is 2.6 liter. It comes with air-conditioning, stereo, power windows, power steering and much more.

Under the Brownfield Category from Engineering Development Board (EDB) Dewan had received approval to start vehicle production in Pakistan. 

After the Shehzore pickup, the company is planning to introduce Sports Utility Vehicle besides passenger car. 

The all-new pickup is equipped with a diesel engine as previous Shehzore pickups. Moreover, the dimensions of the pickup are 5145mm Length, 1740mm Width, and 2020mm Height. 

Additionally, it has a wheelbase of 2430mm. The vehicle produces 77.9 horsepower at 4000rpm; furthermore, the engine produces 166.7Nm torque at 2200rpm. 

The newly launched Shehzore is equipped with air conditioner, which was not present in previous Shehzore pickups. The vehicle houses power steering while the other features include Ventilated Discs with Dual Piston Caliper (front), Duo-Servo Drum (rear) in brakes, Double Wishbone and Torsion Bar (front), Leaf springs (rear) in Suspension and 65-litre fuel tank Previously Shehzore was a Hyundai vehicle while now it will be used for a Daehan vehicle. 

The loading pickup was regarded highly successful in the past due to its performance. Now it will have direct competition in the local industry with Pak Suzuki’s recently launched a pickup by the name of Mega Carry.