Mehmal Sarfraz is the regional Deputy Secretary General of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), an associated media body of SAARC and Joint General Secretary of South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), a platform committed to fight gender-based violence and promote women’s rights in SAARC countries. Previously, she has worked as the Executive Director of Vanguard Books, The Friday Times and Good Times magazine, as lead analyst in a project on child rights violations with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and UNICEF, as the Op-Ed Editor of Daily Times, as Programmes Officer/Principal Information Officer at SAFMA, and as Deputy Editor of The Post. She tweets at: @Mehmal
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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Mr Iftikhar Ahmad, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Anchorperson at BOL News has pursued the cause of truth and justice with a thoroughness and honesty that is unrivalled in the history of journalism in Pakistan.
Mr. Iftikhar Ahmad began his career in journalism in 1982 and after working for various publications including Daily Aftab, Daily Pakistan and Weekly Istiqlal, joined Daily Jang as a reporter. Later he did special assignments and political reporting before becoming in-charge of Political page. In 1987 he started the tradition of non-political interviews, giving insight into lives of political and other famous personalities. He was then appointed Editor Jang forums, a print journalism debate forum where he conducted hundreds of debates on national and political issues, including sensitive issues like Private Shariat Bill and Kalabagh Dam. Later he also became Director of Elections, Geo Investigate and Special projects Jang Group. Since then he has covered around six elections, bringing minute to minute coverage of election to the audience.
Over the course of a remarkable career spanning more than thirty-two years, Mr Iftikhar has proved time and again his undying commitment to the pursuit of truth and justice. His decision to join BOL is a mutual honor and a momentous victory for BOL.
Roohi Haq was a primary school teacher and a teacher trainer with considerable experience of school /educational management, before taking up her present role as Director of Studies at Beaconhouse. The 16 years that she has been in this position have given her invaluable experience of implementing key academic initiatives including CPD and curriculum, and also of change management as she watched and experienced the growth of the organisation from a very small family of schools into the multinational that it is today.
Mrs Haq is passionate about education and considers herself a lifelong learner. She loves to study schools and how they can become centres of learning and excellence. She has helped and guided many teachers towards becoming accomplished professionals and believes the best attributes for this are patience and understanding.
She shows no signs of slowing down and is still keenly interested in using her vast experience in teaching and management for the benefit of all educators who uphold the key values namely: a love for learning; willingness to help people to succeed, commitment and honesty.
Mrs Haq has been the driving force behind all the professional development and curriculum research and development programmes that are the hallmarks of success for Beaconhouse as a leading international provider of education.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Naba Mansoor is a Young, Islamabad based Fashion Designer, currently Working through a Co-Owned Brand Name of "DiyaNoor". She is seen making her way through the market saturated contrives with a radical spirit.
Naba lived her early childhood and teenage years in Muscat, Oman. She did her O levels and A levels from a locally proclaimed school, in affiliation with the University of Cambridge. She Completed her University Degree of BBA (hons.) and later, MBA in Human Resource Management from International Islamic University, Islamabad during the year 2009.
She came be talked about as a creatively infused mind, where she loved art plays in all aspects of life. Academically, she was not linked to art or fashion. Yet, her entrepreneurial instincts led her to pave the fashion fiesta her mind produced. She ran a leading ready to-wear clothing brand's franchise in one of the most visited areas of Rawalpindi for around 2 plus years. There she observed the customer likes, market trends and the exploitable gaps to satisfy customers. She now is working as a designer, where she has made a mark in a very short time span. She has worked for some celebrities and is producing vogue of fashion flares.
Her work has gained potential popularity in a shrunk time period and she now is focusing on overseas Pakistani-wardrobe fashion shows.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Sana Javed is beautiful Pakistani TV actress and model. She was noticed by everyone when she played the important role in the drama serial “Mera Pehla Pyar” on ARY Digital. Her other famous dramas include " Pyaray Afzal , Ranjish hee Sahi ,“Meenu Ka Susral”, “Meri Dulari”, “Mera Pehla Pyar” and Hisar-e-Ishq Sana Javed comes from an educated family. This beautiful Pakistani Actress has an innocent face and she is also known for her acting talent. Many people believe that she has the ability to become the future superstar of the Pakistani Showbiz Industry.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Mujahid Barelvi is a veteran journalist from Pakistan. He is known for his questioning skills and journalistic integrity. He is well versed in both local and international politics and has traveled extensively worldwide.
Mujahid is a critic by all means with a strong and pro active analytical approach. His candid and obdurate style, keeps his audience enchanted, which is regularly observed in his current, weekly program "Live With Mujahid" for CNBC Pakistan. This show not only connects him with local viewers but provides access to interviewing guests, globally.
Mujahid was the first Pakistani journalist to enter Kabul in 1979, after the Soviet Invasion. He was also the secretary of the Karachi Press Club for two years from 1987. He has authored several articles for political journals and newspapers and six books on Afghanistan and Baluchistan.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
and brought up in England Nighat has
been a dancer from an early age as her skills were vividly visible when she was
still a toddler. Later under the tutelage of legendry kathak dancer Naheed
Siddque, she got herself groomed to perfection. Besides learning ballet and
contemporary dance in Lahore London, Nighat also get
herself trained in Kathak from the venerated institution of Kathak Kendra in , from Pandit Durga
Lal of the Jaipur gharana. Today she is a force to reckon with, an institution
to look forward to. With her newly founded NGO i.e. National Dance Foundations
that she aims to preserve the dance heritage of our country. Under her belt two
esteemed projects have already set in namely ?Classical Dances of Pakistan
(Since Partition)?and ? Mountain Dances of Delhi ?. Best of luck , Nighat !! Pakistan
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Masood Hamid is a graduate from Karachi University and has done Post Graduate Courses from IBA (Institute of Business Administration – Karachi) and EPBA Columbia University – USA. He started his profession with M/s. Spectrum Communications from 1984 to 1985 and then joined DAWN Group of Newspapers in 1985 as a Manager Supplements. Done projects on Industries, promoting/marketing DAWN internationally. He was appointed General Manager in 1993 and was promoted as Senior General Manager in 2004. Presently serving as Director Marketing.
He attended various International Advertising Conferences and Newspaper Conferences abroad. He is Secretary, Marketing Association of Pakistan, Member of Marketing Association of Pakistan (2012 – 2015), Vice President of International Advertising Association (IAA) – Pakistan Chapter, Founder Member / Treasurer, Italian Development Council (IDC), Independent Trade body for the promotion of trade between Pakistan and Italy. Member MALPAK (Malaysia-Pakistan) Joint Business Council.
He served as Joint Secretary of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) for the years 2006 – 2007. He was elected Secretary General, APNS for the term 2012-2013.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Mahr Tarar, a graduate of
the 45-year-old Lahore-based journalist is mother of a 13 year old boy.
She is reported to be separated from her husband, a rich businessman based out
of West Virginia University Bahrain.
She used to work with a Pakistani daily, but quit recently. It’s reported that
she now works with the group’s business channel. Another Lahore-based journo,
who has worked with Mehr, describes her as “competitive”.
Did she know Shashi Tharoor? Well, in an interview to an Indian media publication, she said, “I met him in April last year for an interview in
India. Then I met him in June in Dubai at a social
gathering. Yes, I have been in touch with him once in a while on Twitter and
Tarar had come to
New Delhi in December last year to interview Jammu and Kashmir chief
minister Omar Abdullah. He told Hindustan Times that he agreed to the interview
because there was a request from Tharoor’s office. However, on her December
visit, she didn’t get to meet Tharoor who was in his constituency in Kerala.
Mehr has also told a publication that she kept in touch with the minister because she wanted to write a book on Kerala. “I used to send him my articles and he used to send me his comments, etc. But that was all,” she said.
Another Indian media website reports that in her Pakistan newspaper column, My Corner, dated October 20, 2013, she wrote: “Whether they read my tweets or not is immaterial to the secret glee that at any given time I can gush over Amitabh Bachchan's latest movie, swoon over Channing Tatum's eyes, eulogise Nicholas Kristof's wisdom, retweet Imran Khan's wishes for Pakistan, smile reading Ronan Farrow's inimitable wry humour (his movie star looks are just an added bonus), be moved by Christiane Amanpour's heartfelt words on Syrian refugees, awww at SRK's love for life, or praise Shashi Tharoor for his very cool words (man, his voice is mesmerizing!).”
Interestingly, in the same column, she also hinted at the presence of a "special person" in her life without naming him: “...here's to that special one (you know who you are!) who makes Twitter an experience to cherish...forever. Thank you...,” reports the website.
Tarar was quite upset with the whole Twitter face-off, but what hurt her most was Pushkar calling her an “ISI agent”. On Thursday, Mehr told Hindustan Times, “Please tell Sunanda she can call me anything but not an ISI agent. My son is very upset.”
Friday, November 15, 2013
Huzaima Bukhari is based in Taxand Pakistan where she is a partner and Head of Research and Planning at Huzaima & Ikram, Pakistan’s leading independent firm of tax advisors. With 25 years’ experience of local and international tax, she develops innovative tax structures for companies engaged in cross-border e-business. She possesses a wealth of experience advising clients on joint ventures in Pakistan. A recent key transaction involved providing tax advice on a US$250 million contract for a joint venture between a leading Bangladeshi company and a Pakistani construction company. The two companies were building schools in earthquake-affected areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Areas of Expertise:
International Tax, Joint Ventures and Cross-border e-business