Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sarmad Ali re-elected as APNS President for 2013-14

Pakistan News & Features Services

Sarmad Ali of the Jang Group of Newspapers was re-elected as the President of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) whose annual meeting of General Council was held at the APNS House in Karachi on March 30 and it elected the Executive Committee for the year 2013-14.


The General Council meeting unanimously elected Sarmad Ali as President, Dr Jabbar Khattak as Senior Vice President, Masood Hamid as Secretary General, Imtinan Shahid as Vice President, S M Munir Jilani as Joint Secretary and Waseem Ahmed as Finance Secretary of the society. 

The meeting held under the chairmanship of Sarmad Ali, President for the year 2012-13, unanimously approved the report of the Executive Committee for the preceding year as well as the annual accounts of the society. 

The General Council attended by 147 members from across the country, formed an election commission, headed by Younus Riaz, and Usman Arab Saati and Nasir Daad Baloch as members, which conducted the election of the cabinet and the Executive Committee for the year 2013-14.

Pakistani student elected Salford University’s Union President

Pakistan News & Features Services 

Mishal Saeed, a former student of Lahore Grammar School and Convent of Jesus & Mary, has been elected the Students’ Union President at the University of Salford, becoming the first ever female international to represent 20,000 students for a year. 


Having defeated four candidates for the same post and winning by a comfortable margin of 300 votes, she is due to take charge on July 1. In her team, there will be three Vice Presidents overseeing the three colleges in the university will have a full time staff team of about 50 people working in the Union. The student union has an annual turnover of £2 million. 

As President, she will be responsible for taking important decisions which influence the University policy and impact on the student experience. 

“It is both a great honour and a huge privilege to be trusted with the responsibility of representing 20,000 students at Salford. In these ever-changing conditions and difficult economic times in the Higher Education sector of UK, there are big challenges especially for universities like Salford,” Mishal Saeed, an International Relations and Politics student, remarked in an interview. 

“My aim is to ensure that Salford does its best to overcome the challenges and makes most of the opportunities so students can have the best possible experience at Salford. I am excited about the role I will play to ensure that students are at the heart of all the decision-making processes,” she added.

New KMC Administrator vows to complete flyovers construction by June 30

Pakistan News & Features Services

The newly appointed Administrator of the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC), Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, has vowed to complete the ongoing infrastructure projects swiftly to meet the deadline of June 30.


He issued the directive while visiting the construction sites of the Teen Hati Flyover and the Dakhana Flyover on Shahrah-e-Pakistan where he was accompanied by Director General Technical Services Altaf G Memon, Project Directors, concerned engineers and other officers. 

He also directed to plant more trees on Shahrah-e-Pakistan, S M Taufeeq Road and Jahangir Road to make the corridor beautiful and attractive. The KMC Administrator inquired about the pace of construction works and issued the necessary directives to get them completed at a brisk pace. 

He emphasized that since these development projects were started in public interest therefore they should be completed in stipulated time and in this connection no negligence should be tolerated. 

Hashim Raza, who is also the Commissioner of Karachi, advised that the standard of material in construction should be carefully considered so that these projects would be well-built and citizens could avail them for a long time. 

After the construction of Corridor-V, the traffic of Martin Road, Liaquatabad, Lasbella, PIB Colony, Nazimabad, Azizabad, Ancholi, Karimabad and traffic moving towards Super Highway would be facilitated.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Justice Mushir Alam lauds SSUET for meeting the challenge

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chief Justice of the High Court of Sindh, Justice Mushir Alam, has lauded the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, for producing 10,000 engineers for Pakistan serving humanity nationally and internationally with global vision. 

He was addressing as chief guest at a 4000-strong gathering at the 16th Convocation-2013 of the University held at the Karachi Expo Center on March 26.


Around 1100 passing out graduates, including a group having done Masters in Civil, Bio-Medical Engineering and Mathematics, were conferred degrees in Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical and Telecom Engineering and Computer Science. 

Various Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were also given to students bagging first, second and third positions in all the engineering disciplines. 

Addressing the passing out graduates, the Chief Justice Mushir Alam told them that they are equipped with creative and innovative abilities and prepared to take the challenges head on, hold reigns of this nation and steer it towards more successful and technologically advanced Pakistan. 

Pakistan, he pointed out, is land of opportunity and Allah has gifted Pakistan with 3rd largest coal mine; 3rd number in cotton production; 4th number in rice production; 5th largest gold mine, 6th largest army; 7th nuclear power, 11th biggest gas reservoir; 11th number in wheat production and world’s biggest youth (20-30 years) make up nearly one-third of Pakistan’s total population. 

“But what we lack is true, upright and loyal leadership in Pakistan,” CJ Mushir Alam said adding that unfortunately our industries are shutting down because of acute energy crises and this land of opportunities was in the grip of few handful opportunists who are plundering Pakistan for personal gains. 

“Just as we have high confidence on your capabilities and on the excellence of the academic and attitudinal grooming each one of you has received, I personally, and above all your parents, family members and Pakistan all have very high expectations from each of you."

It is strong conviction of all of us that you the engineers can changed the country if you devote your energy and time to make new breakthroughs, Chief Justice Mushir Alam emphasized and added that all above resources Pakistan was gifted with awaits your exploration to convert Pakistan as a strong industrialized and economically viable country. 

The Chief Justice SHC said that Pakistan, after long dictatorial rule has achieved a mile stone by completing first ever five year of democratic rule and day before yesterday witnessed swearing in of Justice (Rtd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, appointments of former judges as Chief Minister in KPK, Sindh is clear manifestation of trust people have on the judiciary of Pakistan. 

He said it was not the job of judiciary to run the country. The responsibility lies on the elected representatives. Responsibility of the judiciary is to ensure that the state is being run by rule of law and in accordance with the Constitutions. 

The present judiciary, he continued, has fostered and strengthens the democracy by ensuring rule of law and equal treatment and protection of law. For many this democratic rule was not a pleasing experience but democracy has to be given chance and now we are at the cross road, here your contribution to the society will certainly set the direction for the nation. 

He told them to use their right of franchise sensibly and honestly. ”As a nation we have travelled 66 years. Throughout this journey Pakistan was led by many dictatorial rules and intermittently for a short while by the controlled democracy. It is not the distance that many nations cover matters. What matters is the direction we have chosen to move forward. If the directions are set right we are sure to reach the destination, no matter how long the journey is otherwise we will continue to wander rudderless and we lost in the history."   

Addressing the young engineers, CJ Mushir Alam told them that they are fortunate to live in present day time. They are witness to a change – change from rule of tyranny to the rule of law. “You have seen in your time how just a ‘No’ of Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry to the unconstitutional demand of a dictator on 9th March 2007 has changed the entire scenario. Just one ‘No’ triggered whole event of change in the society, it has resurrected moral renaissance in Pakistan , it has changed the mindset of the people.” 

Now, he said, each member of the society is looking forward to a change for a better, prosperous and just Pakistan. “It is you the educated youth to rest the responsibility to bring the change and to turn the wheel of prosperity and bring into being justice, fair and peaceful society; where life and liberty of every citizen is protected, all are treated equally and have an equal opportunity to grow and where rule of law reign supreme."

This university CJ SHC, pointed out, has equipped you with the chisel of knowledge and wisdom and now it was for them how to effectively use this to shape out Pakistan of your dream. 

He said their mission in life should be to go out to serve people of their country and use their knowledge to bring change and it was now their turn to contribute. 

Earlier in his address and report, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawd Hussain Rizvi informed that since the establishment of this university in 1994, education has been provided to over 10,000 students in a number of disciplines from Civil to Bio-Medical Engineering. 

He revealed that the university is offering Ph.D program in Electronic and Computer Engineering only for its faculty members and currently there were 15 students pursuing Ph.D studies and some of them receive their degrees in coming year while the university plans to offer Ph.D programme in other disciplines also. 

He said the university believes in providing its students with access to all necessary tools and its state-of-the-art labs are equipped with modern equipment meeting international standards. He said the faculty is dedicated and well qualified. 

He congratulated the graduating class of 2012 and their loved ones and said may the years they spent at SSUET be the best years of their life and may these years pave the way for greater success and happiness of thyeir future. 

He quoted great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan saying that “national progress is the sum total of the individuals, labour, honour, honesty and sympathy. Similarly national downfall is the cumulative results of individuals, laziness, dishonesty, selfishness and other weaknesses of character."

This university, he said, operates on the philosophy of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan with no restriction on admissions on the basis of cast, creed or domicile. He said admissions are provided on the basis of merit alone and for the reason, the SSUET has seen an increasing influx of talented students From all parts of Pakistan. 

On the occasion a total of 1123 students were conferred degrees in various engineering disciplines including 255 in Civil, 324 in Electronics, 100 in Telecom, 78 in Bio-Medical and 275 in Civil Engineering and 91 in Computer Science. 

Top position holders were awarded Z.A. Nizami, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Muhammed Zakir Ali Khan, Dr A.T. Khan, Bashir A. Malik and Hasan Nasir University Gold Medals besides University Silver and Bronze medals in the six engineering disciplines. 

Among others, the convocation was attended by renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council Engr Syed Abdul Qadir Shah, Members of SSUET’s Board of Governors, Members of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) and a large number of city’s elite. The proceedings were conducted by the SSUET Registrar, Shah Mahmood H Syed.

Monday, March 25, 2013

SSUET Board of Governors appreciative of Convocation practice

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Board of Governors of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, met on March 25 under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid Hasan Rizvi.


In its 44th meeting, the Board granted the formal approval to the program of SSUET’s 16th Convocation scheduled to be held on March 26 at the Karachi Expo Center to be presided over by Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, Justice Mushir Alam. 

The Board appreciated the University for holding its convocations regularly every year, describing it a worthy tradition. 

The Board approved the minutes of its 43rd meeting which was held on October 20, 2012 and reviewed the action taken on the minutes of the meeting. 

The Board also considered and approved the Audit Report/Financial Statement for the fiscal year having ended on June 30, 2012. 

The meeting was attended, among others, by Board members including Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Lt. Gen. (R) Moinuddin Haider, Prof Dr M.D. Shami, Engr. Mohammed Adil Usman, Cdre. (R) Salim A. Siddiqui and Dean Basic and Applied Sciences besides Registrar Shah Mahmood H Syed.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

SSUET to continue its role towards promotion of education: Chancellor Nizami

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

“The Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) has achieved a significant place among the top institutions due to the excellence in teaching domain and its students, after getting equipped with knowledge and skills, are serving in the national and international institutions with devotion and dedication.”


This was stated by Engr Z A Nizami, Chancellor, SSUET, in an interview prior to the university’s 16th convocation scheduled to held on March 26 in which Chief Justice of the Sind High Court, Justice Mushir Alam will be the chief guest. 

Over 1000 graduates, besides those having done masters, in the disciplines of computer, electronics, civil, teleom and bio-medical engineering will be receiving degrees in their respective engineering disciplines at the convocation. 

Pointing out that the outgoing students will embark upon a new phase of life as they are at the threshold of practical life the Chancellor wished all of them a glorious career. 

He stated that holding of convocations has been a permanent feature since 1998. “Our convocations have the honour of having been graced by the presence of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors and other dignitaries of the country,” Engr Z A Nizami recalled.


“The SSUET has been imparting quality education in the most modern disciplines, which are constantly revolutionizing the human life and adoring it with beauty comfort and ease. The intake of the university has steadily increased from 200 students to the present strength of more than 6,000 students,” he added. 

“We have a galaxy of 490 intellectuals in the form of our faculty. Their guidance and extensive knowledge are real strength of this university. The functionaries of the university, with their professional performance, are also playing commendable role in managing its affairs,” he remarked. 

“We are fully aware of the highly dynamic global markets, where employers require intelligent dynamic and enthusiastic engineering graduates. This calls us for a role that helps equip the students with knowledge and skills that are commensurate with the demand of the job markets. The university has already incorporated the modification in teaching methodology that addresses the new demands. This is evident from the employment record of our graduates,” the Chancellor reckoned.


The convocation, he continued, has a significant feature in the sense that the outgoing graduates of the university carry a sense of achievement and fulfillment as they depart from their Alma Mater and it marks the completion of an important phase in their academic life. 

He said despite being a technical institution, the university is fully alive to the importance of Islamic teachings. “The Islamic studies are part of our syllabi. Besides, the Islamic character of the university dominates in its every function. Our Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) had been emphasizing the significance of education. He had advised the Muslims to acquire knowledge from cradle to grave. We impress upon the mind of our students the importance of knowledge in the light of this saying of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),” he added. 

He said that the SSUET strives to discover and disseminate knowledge and to produce young graduates of high caliber, who are able to run the wheels of the country to an enviable destination, through the innovative and modern techniques of teaching.


“In this regard the SSUET has already opened up new avenues and vistas of development in the field of higher education,” the Chancellor believed. 

This convocation, he said, has a special significance for all and particularly for the graduating batch, it marks the completion of an important phase and as they enter the next phase, they will look back and feel that the years spent at the SSUET were the best years of their lives. 

Chancellor Nizami informed that the SSUET has been offering master programme in the fields of electronics engineering with specializations in telecommunication since 2000, in computer engineering with specializations in computer networking and software engineering since 2001, in civil engineering with specialization in structural engineering started in 2009, ms in biomedical engineering was added in 2009, ms in mathematics was introduced in 2009, ms in computer science was started 2009. 

The university, since the commencement of the MS programme, admitted in total 675 students out of which 209 have passed their MS while the SSUET has also been offering Phd programme in computer engineering and electronic engineering disciplines since 2005. 

Replying a question the Chancellor pointed out that SSUET is a completely self-reliant institute of learning. The university is recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan while all engineering degree programmes of the university are accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council.


He mentioned that the SSUET is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and also a member of UNESCO sponsored International Association of Universities. “The SSUET graduates have been accepted into postgraduate programmes in many reputable universities of the world including Imperial College UK, California State University, USA, Dalhousie University, Canada, and University of Florida, USA. The university has strong links with the local and international industry leaders. These include our programmes of collaboration with siemens, CISCO systems USA, Lockheed Martin, USA, and many other universities,” he revealed.

Chancellor Nizami recalled that the SSUET attained another milestone by getting the prestigious ISO 9001:2013 certification for quality management. He said to provide the opportunities for delivery of academic programmes in partnership with leading foreign universities that lead to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, MoUs have been signed after the course-matching exercise with Coventry University UK, Hertfordshire University UK and London Metropolitan University UK. 

The MoUs provided the facilities of advance entry of our university students into degree courses with credit transfer facilities involving first 2 years study at the SSUET and subsequent two years in UK, first six months class work for MS students in UK and subsequent six months for preparation of thesis/projects in the SSUET under the local supervisors and staff exchange and collaborative research projects.


The Chancellor said that the recently chartered inspection and evaluation committee has placed SSUET in “five-star” category which was another feather in their cap. 

To another question Engr Nizami said that he believes that no deserving student be deprived of education due to financial hardship and in this regard the university is very liberal in awarding scholarships to deserving students. 

Since its inception, the university has awarded more than 13,906 scholarships amounting to Rs 237 million while during the current fiscal year, Rs 45 million allocated for scholarships. 

He also spoke at length about the university’s central library having over 75,000 books on latest research and applied engineering and modern engineering, a motivating career planning and placement bureau to guide the students to get suitable job after graduation. 

He said that the HEC after a thorough evaluation of the working, progress and achievements, holds a very positive view about the university having awarded the SSUET the highest category while being regarded very highly in academic circles as well as the corporate community. 

“The most pivotal decision of our life is selection of right career. When the choice of career is to be an engineer than a center of excellence in engineering education is the SSUET known nationally and internationally for its outstanding educational facilities,” he opined. 

Engr Nizami emphasized adding that promotion of research culture was always an objective of a university and the SSUET was successfully moving in that direction. He said that the university faculty members are engaged proactively in research work which has been published in the prestigious journals of international repute. 

“We believe, without strict adherence to the parameters of quality education, remarkable progress cannot be achieved. Besides academic activities, the university has shown outstanding performance in extra curricular activities like declamation contests, sports etc and won coveted awards,” he concluded.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Justice Mushir Alam to preside over SSUET’s Convocation-2013

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

About a thousand students having passed out in various disciplines at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, will receive their degrees at the 16th Convocation of the university to be organized on March 26. 


Justice Mushir Alam, Chief Justice of the High Court of Sindh, will be presiding over the Convocation-2013 to be held at the Karachi Expo Centre. 

The arrangements for the coveted event were reviewed and finalized at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi on March 16. The meeting was attended, among others, by Registrar Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed, Deans, chairpersons of various departments besides office-bearers of the AMUOBA. 

The passing out students will be receiving their degrees in their respective engineering disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical and Telecom besides Computer Science and those having passed their Masters examinations. 

Prior to the convocation, the Board of Governors of the SSUET will meet again on March 25 to oversee the final arrangements.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

International seminar on Sultan Jahan Begum held at Aligarh University

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The monumental contributions of Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum, the first Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and a ruler of Bhopal, were highlighted during a two-day international seminar held in Aligarh, India, recently.


Dr Aziz Qureishi, the Uttarakhand Governor, recalled that Sultan Jahan Begum was the first female ruler who worked tirelessly for the promotion of education amongst the Muslim community and established a Trust with an endowment of four lakh rupees for educational advancement of females. 

He observed that the educational trust established by Sultan Jahan Begum has now become a private trust, urging Sharmila Tagore, who was also present on the occasion, to revive the trust for the benefit of mankind. 

Dr Aziz Qureishi, who himself hails from Bhopal, lauded the accomplishments of Sultan Jahan Begum, revealing that Bhopal was the first state that produced four female rulers in its 240 years’ history. 

The Uttarakhand Governor felt that the services and contributions of Bhopal were largely neglected after independence. He urged the female students to excel in their education and provide leadership to the country and community.


Delivering the keynote address, Dr Moosa Raza, former Secretary, Government of India, urged the Muslim community to establish Monitoring Committee to track the implementation of the government programmes and schemes concerning minorities. 

He said that the AMU was the intellectual headquarter of Muslims of India and it could play an important role in providing an Academic Information Bank and intellectual leadership for the underprivileged sections of Muslim society in India. 

Referring to a report of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Dr Moosa Raza said that Muslim women were quite ahead of their Hindu counterparts at the time of partition as 8.5 percent of Muslim women attended college compared to Hindu women whose attendance was merely 2.4% in 1947.

Noted personality of the celluloid world, Sharmila Tagore, cautioned against any attempt to politicize issues related to female education, especially those related to Muslim women. 

She said that there was a growing perception that official statistics pertaining to the status of female education of Muslim women of India did not reflect the ground realities. 

Sharmila Tagore said she was prepared to take up responsibilities, having fallen on her shoulders as regards the historic Begum Sultan Jahan Trust, established by the great grandmother of her late husband, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, a former Indian cricket captain, for the purpose of promoting women’s education in the country. 

In his presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. General ® Zameeruddin Shah talked about the enhancement of grant of the J N Medical College Hospital having been raised to Rupees one hundred crores in the Union Budget. 

He remarked that the safety, security and dignity of the female students were a matter of prime concern for the University, hoping that the AMU would produce several hundreds of Sultan Jahan Begum. 

Earlier, the Secretary of Female Education Association, Prof Zakia Siddiqui welcomed the dignitaries and recalled the contribution of Begum Sultan Jahan in the field of women’s education. On this occasion, Prof Bilquees Nasim Waris, Principal, Women’s College, also addressed the inaugural function while Prof Sagheer Ifraheem presented the vote of thanks.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Arif Bukhari calls on Chancellor Schroeder

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Arif Ali Shah Bukhari, Chancellor of KASBIT and Chairman of KASB Foundation, called on former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of Germany, on the sidelines of the recently held YPO-WPO Global Leadership Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

Arif Bukhari apprised the German Chancellor about the successful implementation of the FATA Children Scholarship Programme that was run by the KASB Foundation with the support of the German Foreign Office to educate the children who were displaced because of the violence in the FATA region.

Realizing the importance of Pakistan, which will serve as the transit point in the new business order of the world to connect the Middle East, Afghanistan and the former Soviet Bloc countries, East Asia and more importantly China with the rest of the world, Chancellor Schroeder looked forward to the timely development of infrastructure in Pakistan to meet the challenges that would have to be met for the prosperity of Pakistan in particular and the South Asian Region in general.

Arif Bukhari, who is also the Chairman of the Pakistan China Business, Cultural and Social Society, which serves to develop the social-cultural, economic and people to people contacts between Pakistan and China, invited Chancellor Schroeder on behalf of the society to visit Pakistan as a special guest speaker to inform its members about the vision he holds for the South Asian Region and the supportive role he could play on behalf of his country to which the Chancellor responded that he looked forward to do so whenever the right opportune allowed him to visit Pakistan.

The German Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr Michael Koch, having taken very keen interest in the running of the FATA Children Scholarship Programme, was also appreciative of the KASB Foundation initiative.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SSUET’s Convocation-2013 on March 26

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
 (Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Convocation-2013 of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, will be held on March 26 at the Karachi Expo Centre.


The arrangements for the 16th convocation were reviewed at a meeting chaired by Chancellor Engr Z A Nizami and attended, among others, by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawed Rizvi, Registrar Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed, Engineering Consultant Mohammed Shafique, Director Finance and other officials. 

It was informed that this year about 1000 students including those graduating in Masters will be receiving their degrees in the disciplines of Computer, Electronics, Civil, Bio-Medical and Telecom engineering besides Computer Science. 

The Vice-Chancellor stated that all the final year results have been compiled and the University’s Board of Governors will meet on March 25 prior to the convocation. 

In the meeting, the Chancellor also reviewed the Admissions-2013 process and was informed that it was completed and now regular classes were being held.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pakistan Railways promote 500 ticket examiners

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The General Manager Pakistan Railways, Junaid Qureshi, has promoted over 500 Special Ticket Examiners, Special Ticket Examiner Group Inspectors and Divisional Inspectors to the next grade.


He signed the summary of promotion of the Railways employees on March 1 and the notification in this regard was also issued later in the day, sending a wave of delight among the staff. 

As per notification the Grade 11 Special Ticket Examiners have been promoted to Grade 14, Grade 12 Special Ticket Examiners Group Inspectors to Grade 15 and Grade 14 Divisional Inspectors to Grade 16. 

It may be mentioned here that a Special Ticket Examiner Mohammed Suleman had moved to court a couple of years ago seeking promotions which was allowed by the court with the order for carrying out the required promotions. 

However, the implementation of the court order was delayed because of ongoing financial crisis in the railway which led to protests and strike by railway employees. 

Meanwhile the leaders of Railway’s Special Ticket Examiners Group Association, Shahabuddin Lakho, Haji Naimuddin Abbasi, Abdul Majeed Abbasi, Syed Asif Ali Shah and Al-haj Liaquat Ali Khilji have expressed their gratitude to the GM Railway, Junaid Qureshi, and other senior railway officials for issuance of notification of their promotions having described the issuance of notification the victory of righteousness.

Tony Blair suggests study for education pattern suiting Pakistan

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has suggested that a study be conducted to evaluate the type of education that would be effectively suited for Pakistan and an urgent action be taken to implement it.


He made the suggestion in a meeting with Arif Ali Shah Bukhari, Chancellor of KASBIT and Chairman of KASB Foundation, on the sidelines of the recently held YPO-WPO Global Leadership Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Arif Bukhari, who attended the conference as Member MENA Regional Board of YPO-WPO, revealed that in the meeting with Tony Blair the geo-Political issues of Pakistan also came under discussion and he explained to the former British Prime Minister that there was great potential for improvement and modernization in Pakistan for which the way forward was through the prioritized provision of education to its masses through which the evils of illiteracy and violence would gradually be overcome. 

The former British Prime Minister agreed with the viewpoints of the KASBIT Chancellor having remarked there was also an urgent need to develop direct people to people contact for which finding of right partners between Pakistan and Britain was must to achieve real and sustainable growth. 

He also stated that the world’s growth and prosperity had always come through the private sector and that the government’s work was to give the right policies and to create conducive environments for educational growth. 

Tony Blair also informed Arif Bukhari that the British High Commission was trying its best to implement several programs that would directly benefit the people of Pakistan for which he look forward to the support of Pakistani business community to play a positive role for the realization of these programs.