Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Asad Umar

Asad Umar is the President of Engro Corporation Limitedsince January 2004, the Chairman of all Engro subsidiaries and joint venturesand Chief Executive Officer of Engro Fertilizers Limited. He was also the firstPresident of Engro Polymer & Chemicals Ltd., a joint venture of Engro andMitsubishi Corporation. During his years at Engro, Mr. Umar has worked in allmajor divisions, namely Finance, Manufacturing, New Ventures and Marketing.Aside from working with the Company in Pakistan, he has also worked onassignment with Exxon Chemical in Canada.

Mr. Umar is the Chairman of Pakistan Chemical & EnergySector Skill Development Company, and member on the Boards of Pakistan BusinessCouncil, Karachi Education Initiative, Pakistan Institute of CorporateGovernance, State Bank of Pakistan, and Trustee of Lahore University ofManagement Sciences.Mr. Umar has previously served as Director of Oil & GasDevelopment Company Ltd., Karachi Stock Exchange, Pakistan Centre forPhilanthropy, Pakistan State Oil and Port Qasim Authority. He also served asChair of Young Presidents’ Organisation, Pakistan Chapter.

Mr. Umar started his career with HSBC Pakistan and joinedExxon Chemical Pakistan Limited, later Engro Chemical Pakistan Limited, nowEngro Corporation Limited, in 1985.Mr. Umar has an MBA from the Institute ofBusiness Administration, Pakistan. He and his wife have two sons.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Minister for Foreign affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, born on June 22, 1956 in Murree and belongs to famous political family of Multan.

An agriculture by profession, he completed his B.A. degree in 1978 from Punjab University followed by M.A. in 1983 from Cambridge University.

During his political career, he has been elected member of the Punjab assembly from 1985 to 1988, then again re-elected from 1988 to 1990 and from 1990 to 1993.

He has also been elected Chairman District Council Multan from 1987 to 1991.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also remained member of the National assembly from 1993 to 1996 and District Nazim Multan from 2001 to 2002.

He served as Provincial Minister of Finance Punjab from 1990-93 and Minister of State for Parliamentary affairs from 1994-1996. He has been elected MNA on PPPP ticket from Multan in 2008 elections.

Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also been associated with organizations such as Farmers association Pakistan (FAP) in 1991, SOS in 1997 and Gymkhana Club in 1992.

Married and father of a son and two daughters, Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi has travelled to the USA, UK, Germany, Spain, australia, Belgium and several countries in the Far East and Middle East. His hobbies include reading and watching tv.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Syed Azfar Rizvi

I was born in Dhaka on 27 December 1957. I got my basic education from Azeempur English Medium School in Dhaka. I did my matriculation in first division from New Government School, the only Urdu Medium School of Dhaka from where lots of prominent personalities have studied. Then I got admission in Dhaka College but due to the severance of East Pakistan I couldn’t continue my studies there and migrated to Karachi through ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross).

I am thankful to Prof. Hasnain Kazmi and Prof. Imtiaz Hussain for helping me in acquiring education here. I then did my intermediate science in second division from Karachi. It was a very hard time and earn a living was too difficult alongside getting education. So in 1974 I started imparting door-to-door tuitions to resolve my financial problems. We were 6 brothers and 4 sisters with parents. They all were dependent on me. Besides bearing my education expenses I also had to look after all of them. In 1976 I got admission in Geology Dept. in University but later ended up doing Chemistry. From 1974 to 1982 I struggled aggressively and during the same period I got two of my sisters married and kept looking after my family as well as my education. Later we started offering group tuitions to the students.

Mr. Jamiluddin Aali was in National Bank of Pakistan at that time and helped us get the money granted for students of East Pakistan as “Qarz-e-Hasna”. Those few thousand rupees turned out to be a treasure for me. Dr. Peerzada Qasim was the kind man who awarded me with scholarship for the whole period in Karachi University. I can never forget the favors by these respected personalities and will always be grateful.

The group tuition endeavor ended up as a school. When we started the school there were only 2 students but let me tell you that after 25 years more than 55 thousands students have studied from our chain of schools. We had started with the name Dhaka Coaching Centre and now it has become Dhaka Group of Educational Institutions. We have O level and Matriculation system schools, coaching centers & intermediate colleges, which we are going to make degree-awarding institute next year. The current annual turnover of our group is 5 thousands students per year now Alhamdulillah.

When I had arrived in Karachi after migration I had only 10 rupees in my pocket but by the Grace of Allah now the total amount I offer as scholarships to students is more than 15 lac per year

I am happily married and have 6 kids. My wife Mrs. Syeda Hasina Rizvi also helped a lot in my activities, a working lady who is presently the Co-Chairperson of Dhaka Group of Educational Institutes. When we got married my wife was just matriculate but after marriage she did intermediate, graduation and masters, all as a regular student. At this stage I must submit my feelings and sentiments, which I have gathered during my marital association with her. In Fact she has left a deep impression of her amazing character upon glory and success. I thank her for the support she extended to me when I needed it most. I can rightly say that she is a lady of iron will. She never gave in to the odds. Her unflinching support and wisdom always guided me to resolve my problems of life. She has a loving heart and generous bent of mind. I pray for her health and long life.

Later, I got a chance to obtain diploma in education from UK and plenty of other diplomas, workshops and seminars came along.

Anjuman Tarraqi-e-Urdu offered me life membership and last year I was also made the member of syndicate of Federal Urdu University. We have also made an Art association by the name of Daira-e-Adab u Saqafat International. For the last 5 years, this association has made its name in the society under which we arrange different gatherings and seminars every month for the promotion of Urdu Adab. On social front, I have been an active member of life club international of which I was the District Cabinet Secretary last year.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Aamir Atlas Khan

Aamir Atlas Khan (born July 30, 1990 in Peshawar) is a Pakistani professional squash player. He is the nephew of former world champion, Jansher Khan.
2007 has been his most successful year and has seen his rankings rise. He was a finalist in the Governor NWFP International 2007 and in the President PSF international 2007, but in both occasions he was beaten by Mansoor Zaman. In August, he went one step better by winning his first title at the CAS international, beating Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskandar.
As of 2009, Aamir, who turned pro in 2002 is ranked 15th, his highest ranking, and is the current No. 1 Pakistan squash player.
Aamir won a silver medal in the individual event at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Aamir Sohail

A combative left-hand opener, Aamir Sohail was a predominantly back-foot player whose forte was improvisation. He loved to attack, and almost found it impossible to control his aggression. He showed no fear, epitomised by his baiting of Venkatesh Prasad in a 1996 World Cup quarter-final in front of a hostile Bangalore crowd. He was an effective left-arm spinner, more a one-day bowler than a Test wicket-taker. Aamir played a big part in Pakistan's World Cup triumph in 1992, and famously told Ian Botham that he might want to send his mother-in-law in to bat after Botham was controversially given out for 0 in the final. He captained Pakistan at the height of the match-fixing controversy, and was one of the whistle-blowers. His career suffered as a result, and he left the international scene early to work in broadcasting, where he might have tried harder to suppress his personal prejudices.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Anita Ghulam Ali

Anita Ghulam Ali is a name prominent in the field of education. She started her career as a teacher at SMC, Karachi. Since thats she has been appointed as the Minister for Education, Culture, Science, Technology, Youth and Sports.

Anita, has represented Pakistan at various International forums of eduaction and development. She is also the receipent of Sitara-E-Imtiaz . She is currently the Managing Director of Sindh Education Foundation. She was also awarded the Benazir Women Excellence Award at the 5th International Conference on Women’s Leadership held in Karachi.

Sobia Nazir

Sobia Nazir is one of the Internationally famous leading women fashion designer of Pakistan. Sobia‘s dresses have unique blends if colors, embroidery and style. She gave her customers the best features what they desire. She has also participated in numerous shows all over the world like Asian Bridal wear in 2003, UK’s top Asian Bridal Exhibition and Asian Bridal Show 2005.

Sobia is an expert in Bridal wear, lehenga, bridal gharara, wedding sharara, bridemaid dresses, formal dresses, evening wear, casual shalwar kameez, bridal pouch, sarees and tunics.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mumtaz Mustafa

Mumtaz Mustafa is a young woman going places in a no uncertain way. At a time when Pakistan is struggling to recover a semblance of a national identity that is not tainted by its association with violent and aggressive factions, it is rare to read a news story in the western media that presents the country in a positive light. Last month, The New York Times ran just such a story about the first New York Sufi Music Festival, a free three-hour concert in Union Square, with music from the four provinces of Pakistan. Mumtaz, who has been an art director at HarperCollins in New York since 2007, was called upon to join the Pakistani Peace Builders team who were behind the event. “The initiative,” Mumtaz shares, “was conceived as a celebration of Pakistan’s rich culture and amazing Sufi music traditions, to remind the world of some of our shared values that are both humane and life affirming.”

For a cause such as this, taking time out from a full-time job that regularly demands long hours was a no-brainer for Mumtaz. “Any opportunity to work in the social sector is worth jumping at,” she explains. “As a successful Pakistani woman in New York City, I feel like I have been fortunate, so I try to give back.”

Mumtaz created the visual identity for the Pakistan Peace Builders; everything from the logo, stationery, stage design, banners, web and print invitations, which were distributed to every corner and borough in New York. This was obviously a project close to her heart – she had just two weeks to deliver and took it on pro bono. “We need more events like this,” Mumtaz says with urgency. “The PPB was formed after the attempted bombing in Times Square by a Pakistani-American.” Shaking her head in disbelief, she talks of how the only way to change the negative perception is by showing other sides to Pakistan, such as the Sufi festival did, presenting messages only of peace, love and tolerance. And she understands well the signifance of doing so.

Humaima Abaasi

Humaima Abaasi is a Pakistani actress and model. She is very conscious about her showbiz work since teenage. Humaima started his career at the age of 14. Since then she is establishing her name in showbiz industry very successfully. Humaima is very successfull in modeling and commercials. She was the campaign girl of some international brand in Pakistan. Family of Humiama is very supportive. This is the main reason that she donĂ¢€™t face any problem to come in the fashion industry and leading towards super model.

Humaima abassi has renowned name in showbiz industry of Pakistan. There are dozens of dramas, commercials and Tele films on her credit. She is very talented actress with a cute smile on her face. Humiama is popular due to her style glamorous looks, acting and dancing. She is married to very well known director/actor Shamoon Abbasi. They appear as a pair in several drama series.

Mehwish Hayat

Mehwish Hayat is a young talented model turned actress from Pakistan who has been voted the ninth sexiest Asian woman in the world by UK's prestigious Eastern Eye magazine in their annual list of the year 2008 and also 2009. As the only Pakistani on the list, this officially makes her the sexiest Pakistani in the world!

Eastern Eye wrote "Mehwish Hayat. Pakistani Princess. If there was a contest to find the most beautiful woman in Pakistan, this model-turned actress would be a front runner. She has announced her arrival with a number of challenging roles in TV dramas and if she doesn't become Pakistan's first international film star we will eat our hats."

This Pakistani Beauty does not rely on her looks alone but is driven by challenging roles. She has already proved her Superb acting skills through some of the most memorable plays of the past few years. Thori si wafa chahiye,telefilm berri,Thori si Khushiyan,Gulaabi Saarhi, Aakhri Saans, Resham si Shaam, Pheeki, Aulaad, Daam-e-Mohabbat, Tohfa, Premlata to name a few. She has several major productions in the pipeline including "Maasi aur malka,Bazaar,Bahu Rani and shehr-e-dil k Darwazey!

As a model she has Also Appeared in Tv Commercials and billboard campaigns for some of the biggest Brands including Habib Oil,COca Cola, Peek Freen (Sooper And CHocolate & Lemon Sandwich Biscuits) ,TANG Juice,Gul-Ahmed,COlgate Toothpaste,Olper's Milk,Brite Total, Dawlance Cook-king Microwave and Dettol Soap.

She is also a part of the "YEH HUM NAHEEN" Anti Terrorism Campaign Representing The Pakistani YOuth All Around The World Through its COmmercials & Interviews, Condemning Terrorism and also putting in her best efforts in bringing Out the Right Image Of her Country And its people in the eyes Of the whole world.

Intensely protective of her privacy Mehwish rarely gives interviews to the press and little is known about her!

Sara Chaudry

Sara Chaudry is a famous Pakistani model and actress born in Lahore in the year 1978. Her real name was Iqra but she changed it to Sara after entering Pakistan fashion industry. She started her career as a model in the year 2000. She also worked in various commercial. She also hosted some programs and awards. Sara is famous for her innocent appearance and cute face. Her debut serial was “behlawa”. Some of her popular serials are “Tareekian”, “malangi”, “Tere janey ke baad”, “dil diya dheleez”, “tere phelo main”, “who rishtey who natay”, “December” and "khuda zameen se gia nahin" . She also works in a comedy program “hum sab umeed se hain”. She also successfully entered the Pakistan film industry and did a film “Uran”.
She entered in Pakistan fashion industry in very early age. According to her she got a chance when she was in 8th grade. She said that she faced a lot of criticism after taking the bold step of actually becoming a model but her parents’ support always helped her to keep on working hard. Later this hard work brought great success for that young lady.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Syra yousuf

Syra yousuf (also some time called as Syra Khan) is a young talented and very well known VJ of MTV Pakistan. She was born at 20th April 1988 in Karachi. Syra yousuf started her career as VJ at MTV and got success with her very first show. “Bheja Fry”, “Most Wanted”are one of the popular shows of Syra yousuf. Her sister Alisha Yousuf is also a VJ at a very popular TV channel “AAG”. Syra yousuf also appeared in TV commercials of leading brands of Pakistan like “Mobilink”, “Fair & Lovely”, and “Peki”. Syra yousuf had a massive fan following due to her style, gorgeous looks and cute smile on her face. She is highly appreciated by her fans and her fans are increased day by day. Syra yousuf is a talented and elegant addition in the showbiz industry of Pakistan and we expect much more from her in future.

Zafar Ramay

Zafar Ramay is a known Pakistani Singer he was born in Karachi. Zafar Ramay Started his singing 1991 with the Pakistani legend Singer Ahmed Rushdi's Song ( KABHI TOU TUM KO YAAD AAEIN GIEN) and second (LAL LAL JORA) is very popular song.
Zafar Ramay Started playback singing in1994 for Pakistani Films. His first movie as a Playback singer is BETA Directed by Famous Actress and Director Madam Shamim Ara and Zafar Ramay aslo Introduced as Playback Singer by her. Zafar's Pakistani movies names are BETA, LOVE'95, DIL TERA ASHIQ, HUM TOU CHALE SUSOORAL, BARSAT KI AIK RAAT etc.
Zafar Ramay sung many songs with other playback singers like Humera Channa, Shabnam Majeed, Saira Naseem, Shazia Manzoor, Arshad Mehmood, Tehseen Javed. He has got a different vocal as compared other singers. His Powerfull and Attractive Voice makes him very Prominent in music field.
Zafar Ramay also performed on many differenttv shows, some names are MELODY NITE, SAZ O AWAAZ, GEET MANZAR, RANG TARANG, KAFE ADAB, GHAZAL RANG, LATE NITE WITH MISHI KHAN, SAHIR LODHI SHOW etc. Now Zafar Ramay is Perform One Man Show as a Ghazal Singer in Private Gathering and tv shows.

S. A Alavi

S. A Alavi is the man of high spirit and superb motive. When he was 20-year-old, was doing a small time job at a sugar mill in East Pakistan, he had a severe toothache, which worsened to such a degree that he asked God to take away his life if it can not be cured. He tried different medicines and prescriptions from dentists but to no avail. Finally his prayer was answered. One day he came across a dentist who claimed to cure toothache with help of his own medicinal powder he called Dentonic.
In 1958, Alavi moved to Karachi along with a product conceived and named by someone else. He first made Dentonic for himself, family and friends. Soon, every one was asking for it. That is when he realized it could be marketed. Gifted with entrepreneurial spirit, he started doing odd jobs to save money for his product, which went on to become a household name in the next couple of years. In March 1963, he started making and marketing Dentonic from a two-room factory and now the Dentonic is a compulsory product for every house.

Tariq Rafi

Mr. Tariq Rafi is the Chief Executive of Siddiqsons Tin Plate Limited, he is also serving his responsibilities as the Directors on the Board of Muslim Commercial Bank, Central Depository of Pakistan Limited (CDC), Siddiqsons Denim Mills Limited & Canvas Company of Pakistan (Pvt) Limited. Mr. Tariq possesses Young Businessmen Leader Award from Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and Best Businessmen Award for the year 1999 from Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industries. He Joined Siddiqsons Tin Plate Limited Board since inception of the Company.

Abdullah Rafi

Mr. Abdullah Rafi is the Chairman of Siddiqsons Tin Plate Limited, he also the former chairman of APTPMA and SITE Association and has served as the Director on the Board of Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation (KESC), Sindh Industrial Trade Estate Limited , MCB Limited & First Leasing Corporation. He Joined Siddiqsons Tin Plate Limited Board since inception of the Company.

Haleem Adil Sheikh

Haleem Adil Sheikh is known to be a young, energetic and out spoken politician. Haleem Adil Sheikh being integral part of Sindh, started his political as well as social career by following the foot prints of his elder brother Aleem Adil Sheikh at Pakistan level. He is also inspired from the political achievements of Muslim Leagui veteran leader of Internationale fame and repute Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed.He has always played a key role to introduce Pakistan Muslim League in Sindh Province in the capacity of noble and responsible resident of Sindh. He has devoted his full time and strived to make Pakistan Muslim League a Party for the betterment and a solution of economic problems of the common people. He really hold the credit for taking active part in organizing and managing huge processions and conventions some of them were Pukar-e-Sindh convention, made a chain of peoples hands, Quomi Parcham March (from Khyber to Chagi), Pakistan Zindabad Rallies, celebrated the days of national heroes to pay tributes and he gives a message of patriotism which is always overwhelmed by the common people. He took stand and participated in several protests on core public issues.

He also rendered active part in Khidmat Committees; these committees were responsible for providing justice to the common people.

Haleem Adil Sheikh is a distinguished politician and dedicated activist. On merit he became Provincial General Secretary Pakistan Muslim league Sindh after twenty years of hard struggle. His professional career besides politics includes writing for the newspapers and magazines, his articles are often published in leading newspapers. He is the former chief editor of a renowned Journal Pakistan News and is currently President of a private television channel. He has got multi-dimensional personality therefore in addition to his political and media experience, Sheikh is familiar with the business sector as the President of Palm Group of Companies based in Pakistan and overseas, mainly concerned with construction, land development, services, exports and marketing. His work with the PML has always been in the well being of the people of Pakistan. He has dedicated his entire life for the love of Pakistan.
He is smart, initiative and active in a variety of civic as well as cultural organizations. Beyond political and professional interests, he travels widely, reads, writes, TV debates and enjoys his work with zeal and zest.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Javed Sheikh

Javed Sheikh is a Pakistani actor, director and producer who is involved with Bollywood, Lollywood, and Pollywood films.
Sheikh's first movie as actor was the Lollywood film Dhamaka, released on 14 December 1974. He since acted in over 100 Urdu films from the 1970s through to the early 2000s.
The first film he directed was Mushkil, released in 1995.. In 2002, he directed Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa and also had a supporting role in the film.
In 2005, he switched to acting in Bollywood films and appeared in the films Shikhar (film) (2005) and Jaan-E-Mann (2006). In 2007 he appeared in Namaste London, Om Shanti Om and the Pakistani film Mein Ek Din Laut Kay Aaoon Ga. In 2008, he played a supporting role in Jannat. His most recent film as director was Khulay Aasman Kay Neechay which was a big-budget film and was shot in four different countries i.e. Pakistan, India, UAE and Australia. The film was a flop at the box-office resulting in a net loss of Rs. 8 Crore.
Currently Sheikh is working in a multi-cultural British film, Honour Killings which is based on the burning problem in United Kingdom i.e. killing people in the name of honour. The film is directed by Avtar Bhogal and produced by Harijinder Singh. The film stars a mix of Pakistani, Indian and British actors including famous Pakistani model and actress, Zara Sheikh, Prem Chopra, Gulshan Grover, Tom Alter and newcomer Sandeep Singh. The film's shooting has been completed in England and plans are for a March 2010 release. Premieres will be held in Lahore, Mumbai and London.
Sheikh will play an supporting role in Syed Faisal Bukhari's Bhai Log. He is filming Syed Faisal Bukhari's second film Saltanat since January 2010 and will star alongside Mona Laizza and Ahsan Khan.
Sheikh's first marriage was with Zinat Mangi, a small time TV/film actress of that era with whom he has a daughter, Momal and a son Shahzad. After divorcing her, he had a long affair but short marriage with Salma Agha, another famous British born Pakistani singer/actress of that time. Since then Javed Sheikh has had several relationships with famous actresses like Neeli and Sana. Although it is widely assumed that he had a brief marriage with Neeli but both parties deny it. Since the divorce from Salma Agha, he is still officially single. In April 2009, in a morning television show on Geo TV, Sheikh admitted that he has moved to India to facilitate his working in Bollywood films.

Sharfuddin Memon

Sharfuddin Memon, former Chief of Citizen Police Liaison Committee Central Reporting Cell. An electrical Engineer from a reputed Engineering University NED, who hails from business family of Sindh. But born and brought up in Karachi. Mr. Memon served as a president of Tayca in 1989, and in the same year CPLC a came into existence. The emergence of CPLC played a vital role in the good inter-relationship between the police and society. The mutual co-operation and understanding between the two are important in a modern welfare state.

Mr.Sharfuddin Memon (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz) was appointed as Chief of CPLC by Governor, Dr.Ishrat-Ul-Ibad Khan. The CPLC Charter was approved on 24th October 2003 during his tenure.Mr. Sharfuddin Memon), assisted by two Deputy Chiefs (Mr. Mohammad Yousuf and Mr. Shaukat Suleman) and three Assistant Chiefs (Mr. Ahmed Chinoy, Mr. Hanif Moosa and Mr. Shamim Junejo), with the powers of 1st Class Executive Magistrate (Hon.) for the entire Province of Sindh.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shazia Manzoor

Shazia Manzoor is a Pakistani Singer ..Shazia Manzoor is a very popular playback singer in the film industry in Pakistan.She got lot of success is very short period .She have very sweet voice .Shazia Manzoor is the singing sensation who has captivated the hearts and minds of the whole nation with her lush and vibrant voice .Shazia's entry into the musical limelight came just six yars ago. She first claimed the spotlight with 'Chan Mere Makhna' and it's success saw Sahzia's delicious and soothing voice mesmerize our lives with a warm glow. .Her Punjabi Songs are also very Popular in Punjabi cinema .

Ghulam Ali

Ghulam Ali is Pakistani ghazala singer .He belongs from famous Patiala gharana . He belongs to a musical family, his father was a vocalist and a sarangi player who initiated Ghulam Ali to music from his childhood. He is very popular ghazal singer .He also beautifully sings Punjabi songs too. Most of his Punjabi songs have been extremely popular. Though from Pakistan, .
Ghulam Ali remains as popular in India as in Pakistan He has a large fan following in Pakistan and India . He also sung songs for Bollywood Films.

Syed Munawar Hassan

Syed Munawar Hassan, Ameer of Jamat e Islami hails from an elite family from Dehli, where he was born in August 1944, after independence his family migrated to Pakistan and permanently settled in Karachi. He earned his master’s degree in sociology and thereafter, passed his M.A examination in Islamic Studies as well in 1966 from University of Karachi. Right from his Student life, he was known for his intelligence, industry and ready wit. He came to be known as a popular orator. He also edited college magazine, besides, he proved his mettle as a badminton player, par excellence also.

Syed Munawar Hasan had leaning towards left wing politics, as such, he worked for National students Federation (a left wing student’s outfit) and became its central president. Meantime, he happened to study the writings of Syed Abul Ala Maududi which totally transformed him and thus he became an Islamist. His new outlook brought him in the fold of Islami jamiat Talaba (a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan) and so was elected as president of the organization at Karachi University. Later, he was nominated as member of the advisory board of Islami jamiat Talba. Here too, he worked with such a commitment dedication and devotion that in less than two years he was elected central president of Islami jamiat Talba Pakistan and served as such, for consecutive two terms. During his Presidentship, Jamiat Launched campaigns for the solution of student problems and introduction of Islamic system of education and also put forth solid and practical suggestions to over com the hurdles in the way of female education.

He joined the Islamic research Academy at Karachi 1963 as an assistant and ended up as its secretary. Under his supervision, as many as, 70 treatises on different topics were published. He also served as editor of two monthly journals ‘ The Criterion’ and ‘The Universal Message’. He served Jamaat-e-Islami Paksitan in various capacities, at first; he was appointed Assistant Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi and later, Vice President and president of Karachi chapter of the Jamaat respectively. He was elected as member Central Advisory Council and the executive council as well. He has the credit to represent Jamaat, at various forums i.e United Democratic Front, and Pakista National Alliance etc. He contested general elections held in 1977 from Karachi and was returned as successful bagging highest tally of votes despite, heavy rigging. In 1992, he was made (central Assistant Secretary Jamaat-e-Islami Paksitan, and since 1993 had served, as Central Secretary General prior to his election as Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in April 2009.

He has attended numerous International Conferences and Seminars. Apart from being a voracious reader! he is a widely traveled man with visits to USA, Canada, Middle East, south Eastern Africa and SAARC countries to his credit. He has full command over English language however, he is heard with rapturous attention when he delivers speeches in Urdu. He has headed many a research projects under the aegis of Jamaat. Piety permeates his life as a spirit behind it. And simplicity, simply is the mode there of. Humbleness and selflessness, are traits of his personality.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed

Qazi Hussain Ahmed was third elected Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan, after its fouder-Ameer Syed Abu ul Ala Maudoodi and his successor Mian Tufail Muhammad. He was born in 1938 in Village Ziarat Kaka Kheil Sahib District Noshera NWFP, his father Molana Qazi Abdul Rab, was a distinguished Theologian and partly because of his Scholarship, and partly because of his political insight he was elected President the then Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind NWFP.
He is the youngest amongst his ten siblings. His two elder brothers namely Dr. Attique-ul- Rehman and late Qazi Atta ur Rehman had been workers of Islami jamiat-e-Talaba(A sister orgainzation of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan). Qazi Hussain Ahmed followed the suit and started participating in the activities of jamiat. He studied Jamiat Literature and imbibed the spirit thereof, and then dedicated the rest of his life for the cause of Islam.
Earlier Education and Practical Life
Qazi Hussain Ahmed received his earlier education from his learned father at home, then having passed his graduation from Islamia College Peshawar. He earned his M.Sc in Geography from University of Peshawar, whereafter, he taught as Lecturer in Jahanzeb College Saidu Sharif for three years. Due to political activities, and his natural bend for the same he had to discontinue his service, so he resigned. Thereafter, he started his own business at Peshawar, there too, he made his name known and was elected as Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry NWFP.
Political Life
His introduction with Islami Jamiat Talba during his student life, whipped up his zeal to work in the vanguard of Islamic movement. Therefore, he acquired the membership of jamaat Islami and went on to head the Organization in Peshawar City, then District Peshawar and thereafter the President ship of the NWFP Chapter of the party fell to his lot.
In 1978 he was appointed as Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, in 1987 he became Ameer-e-Jamaat (president of the Party), and since then has served as such, for four terms in a row.Qazi Hussain Ahmed was elected to the Senate of Pakistan in 1985, and again elected Senator in 1992, but this time in protest to the Government Policies, he resigned as senator.
It is worth mentioning that he won the election as a member of National Assembly from two constituencies in the general election held in the year 2002 .
UNITY OF UMMAH----- The first priority
Qazi Hussain Ahmed has always taken pride as a follower of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and therefore unity of the followers of the Prophet of Islam has always been his chief concern and to get this objective, he has striven hard to forge unity amongst various factions of Islamic Parities and that especially of the components of MMA Alliance (Muthida Majlas-e-Amal) was materialization of his dream. Due to his selflessness, he was unanimously elected President of the Alliance after the sad demise, of Maulana Shah Ahmed Noorani. Earlier, when the fire of hatred of dissent and division between Shias and Sunnies, was flame, he formed National solidarity council (Milli Yakjehti Council) which effectively extinguished the sectarian fire. Thereafter he was instrumental in the formation of IJI (Islami Jamhoori Ittehad) an alliance of right wing of political Parties.
When lingual bias in Karachi was enflamed Qazi Sahib led a procession of brotherhood love and peace (Karwan-e- Dawat-o- Muhabbat), all the way from Peshawar to Karachi and back which enkindled the candle of love throughout country in general, and peace was restored in Karachi, in particular. It may be recalled that he dauntlessly, led Tahrik-e-Nazam-e-Mustafa(Enforcement of Sharia) in the province of NWFP as its provincial chief and bore the brunt of imprisonment. His efforts to bring about unity among Ummah were not confined to the territories of Pakistan alone, rather, they were world wide in scope and nature.
When Mujahideen battling the then USSR, fell apart, Qazi Hussain Ahmed collected notables and leaders from around the Muslim world, to iron out the differences among various Afghan Mujahideen Groups, unfortunately, the enemy neutralized all such efforts. Again seeds of dissent were sown among Muslim Freedom Fighters in Kashmir; he again brought them together and dispelled the misgivings in time. When Doctor Hasan Turabi Founder Of Islamic Movement in Sudan, and General Umar Hasan Al Bashir the Head Of the State, stood estranged, both the parties referred the matter to the Qazi Sahib for arbitration which resulted in peace between the parties. But the International and regional conspiracies frustrated peace efforts, notwithstanding, he let not the differences turn into a clash.
Be it, Iraq, Kuwait or issue of Palestine, Qazi Hussain Ahmed was not less concerned. Plight of the Muslims in Bosnia ,Kosovo and Chechnia, agonized him beyond description, last but not least repression of the Muslims in Burma and Eriteria equally pained him, therefore he tried his best to find out a just solution to the aforementioned problems under the aegis of united forum Of Muslim Ummah.
Qazi Sahib and Extention Of Propogation
Right after assuming the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmed paid special attention to the propagation of the manifesto of the Party by taking out countrywide processions, extending invitation to study the program of the party to the notables from every walk of life and in this connection, he formed various National Committees, a hectic membership campaign was launched throughout country , as a result thereof, over 4.5 million of people, espoused the cause of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Arrests and Imprisonments
Qazi Hussain Ahmed was arrested on many a occasion for his commitment to the cause of his party. He was first arrested during Tahrik-e-Nizam-e-Mustafa in 1977 again he was imprisoned when he took out a protest procession against American aggression in Afghanistan. Once more he protested over publication of blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet (PBUH) in Danish Paper, thus he was jailed during his detention, he penned down number of articles which were later published in a book form, which are eight in number.
Family Life
Qazi Hussain Ahmed is married with two sons and two daughters. His wife and children all are Jamaat-e- Islami activists. He is lodging up in a two bed room flat which speaks volumes of the facts that how simple a life he leads like any party worker. He has full command over Urdu,English , Arabic and Persian a part from his native tongue Pushto. He is great admirer of the poet of Islam. Allama Muhammad Iqbal and quotes if from his both Urdu and Persian poetry, at will, in his speeches and conversations.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Prof Ghafoor Ahmad

Prof Ghafoor Ahmad is a respected name in Pakistani Politics. He was born on 26th June, 1927 in Braly inIndia. He earned his Master Degree in Commerce from LakhnowUniversity in 1948, later he, completed a course in Industrial Accounts and thus won the fellowship, of Institute of Cast and Management Accounts. He not only worked, in Industrial Organizations but also taught, in various educational Institutions, like Pakistan Institute of Industrial Accounts and Federal Urdu College Karachi. Due to his keen interest in educational and teaching activities he remained on the Syllabus Committees of Universities of Sindh and Karachi, for quite a long time.
He became the member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1950 at the age of 23. And then for years to come he discharged his duties, as Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi and at present, he is vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. From the beginning, he had a Pull for Politics and was elected member, Karachi Municipal Corporation in 1958. And then, in 1970, he was elected as Member National Assembly from Karachi. Yet again, in 1977, he was returned as MNA, and made Leader of Parliamentary, Party of Jamaat-e-Islami. He served as General Secretary of two Political Alliances of UDA (United Democratic Alliance) and PNA (Pakistan National Alliance) respectively.
 He was member of the negotiating team, of the opposition which took part in decisive negotiations with Zulfqar Ali Bhutto, then Prime Minister of Pakistan, before, the imposition of Martial law in 1977. Willy Nelly, he held the portfolio of Industries as a Minister, on Persuasion by PNA Leadership, in the federal cabinet, from 1978 to 1979.When IJI (Islami Jamhoori Ittehad) was formed, he was asked to serve as General Sectary of the Alliance, and he served as such. He was elected as the Senator in 2002.
In his Political carrier he was arrested for a number of times and the longest period of his detention is nine months when Jamaat-e-Islami was declared defunct. However, it was restored by Supreme Court of Pakistan. Besides, he has penned down five books on Pakistani Politics. He is known for his tolerant, Democratic and considerate disposition.

Dr. Meraj ul Huda Siddiqui

Dr. Meraj ul Huda Siddiqui is the Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami, Karachi. His parents used to live in Lucknow. He has done MBBS and M.Phil. He is a pathologist. He has been teaching in medical college and Baqai medical university and planning to teach in the near future too. He has eight siblings, he was the youngest, his father died in 1973, his mother brought him up. He did his matric from Government Comprehensive High School, F.Sc from Mehtab Science College and MBBS from Dow Medical College. He has 3 sons and 4 daughters.

Nusrat Mirza

Mr. Nusrat Mirza (Full name MIrza Nusrat Jah Baig) born on 9th May 1942 at Delhi, author of 12 Urdu and One English book, Chief Editor monthly Interaction (English) and monthly Zaviah e Nigah, (Urdu) writing columns since last 25 years on strategic and current affairs on daily basis, as analyst participated in discussion on Pak and Indian TV channels, Chairman Rabita Forum international and Media Resource Centre Karachi,(NGOs), organized and attended as speaker several dozens of seminars and Conference in Pakistan and else where including India. Remained advisor to Chief Minister of province of Sindh with the status of Minister on Labour and has worked as consultant to Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1998-99. Traveled many countries of the world including Europe, USA, Africa and Asia to study their life style and political system.

Engineer of Microwave telecommunication in addition to Master of Arts in political Science and Bachelor of Law.

Education was full of activities. He has always remained First student through out his student life, in addition to participating in extracurricular activities. He was cricket captain, Badminton, table tennis player. He became Joint sectary Muslim Arts and Science College Hyderabad Sindh in 1960 and became top most student Vice President of the College Student Union of the same college. He also edited Urdu yearly College Magazine in 1961 and 2nd and third College magazine as Chief Editor.

He has Five Children; four daughters and one son.

Mir Shakil ur Rahman

Mir Shakil ur Rahman (MSR) is the part owner of the Independent Media Corporation and Group Chief Executive and Group Editor in Chief of Jang Group of Companies of Pakistan. This media group publishes a number of Newspapers and Magazines in Urdu and English. IMC also owns the Geo TV network.
Business Week magazine, in a special report published in the issue of 11 July 2005, selected Mir Shakil ur Rahman in 25 Stars of Asia, for their role in bringing change in their respective field in Asia. They wrote that Geo TV launched by Mir Shakil ur Rahman has become one of the most popular TV channels in Pakistan. The GEO TV network has quickly evolved into Pakistan's biggest network of channels. The Jang Group of Publications was founded by Mir Khalil ur Rehman (MKR), father of Mir Javed ur Rehman and Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
He is the youngest son of Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman was the founder and editor of the Jang newspaper which has currently grown to be the most popular Urdu newspaper in Pakistan. Mir Khalil ur Rehman was born into a Mir (tribe) in Gujranwala. His ancestor originally belongs to Kashmir. When he was a college student in 1940, he started a newspaper for Muslims in pre-partition Hindustan fighting in World War II in Delhi. He called it Jang, or War. This was not an exaggerated name as some believed, but a statement against war and so Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman made it clear that he was doing this for the soldiers and not to encourage the Second World War. After the creation of Pakistan, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman took a loan of 5000 rupees from Abdul Ghani Barq of Ferozsons Printers and re-started the Daily Jang from Karachi. He continued to work at the newspaper till his death in 1992.
He also has 9 children 4 boys and 5 girls.
(source: Wikipedia)

Hanif Mohammed

Hanif Mohammed (born 21 December 1934 in Junagadh, Gujarat, India) was one of Pakistan’s greatest cricketers, playing for the Pakistani cricket team in 55 Test matches between 1952/53 and 1969/70 and averaging a fine 43.98, with twelve hundreds.

The highest of those centuries, 337 against West Indies in 1957/58, was the longest innings in Test history (and stood as the the longest in all first-class cricket for over 40 years) as Hanif spent more than 16 hours at the crease to save his team from a hopeless position after they had followed on 473 runs behind.

In 1958/59, he produced another astonishing batting display by breaking Don Bradman’s record for the highest individual first-class innings. Hanif made 499 before being run out attempting his five hundredth run; this mark stood for more than 35 years before being eclipsed by Brian Lara in 1994. Plenty more runs were still to come, and in all he made 55 first-class centuries and finished with an outstanding first-class career average of 52.32. He could bowl with either arm, and even kept wicket on a number of occasions.

Hanif’s long career lasted until 1975/76 and took him all over the world, but he never played in the English County Championship, although he did have a single outing for the Northamptonshire Second XI in August 1965 whilst preparing for his appearance for a Rest of the World XI against England at the Scarborough Festival a few days later. Hanif was in fact working in England in 1994, and hearing of the possibility of his record being broken rushed to Edgbaston, unfortunately too late to witness any of Lara’s innings.

Hanif was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968.

Many of Hanif’s relations were also fine cricketers: his brothers Mushtaq, Sadiq and Wazir all played Tests for Pakistan, as did his son Shoaib, another brother Raees was once twelfth man for Pakistan, and four nephews had first-class careers. His mother Ameer Bee was a national badminton champion in pre-independence India and is considered responsible for inspiring her sons to take up sports.

Namira Saleem

Dreams come true, only when one is truly willing to make them happen. Need to know how?!! Meet Namira Saleem.

Belonging to a Pakistani family, born in Karachi settled in Southern France Namira Saleem has materialized her dreams when she is hardly 35 years old. She is single and lives with her parents. She always had a strong belief in her dreams, and most of them had come true. She made her mark as a professional astronaut who has been to the South Pole and as well as the North Pole and has breathed there, all happy and proud. She has been able to hoist Pakistan’s flag at the poles.

She had been to the South Pole earlier and now she has become the first Pakistani to reach the top of the world - the Geographic North Pole. She awaits her space flight and is due to become the first Pakistani to travel into space in 2008. She has completed her necessary training in America and now she is ready for her space mission. It is a great Honor as no other Pakistani has ever done this and she surely deserves to be appreciated. Namira said it was her childhood dream to become an astronaut. She will undertake the two-hour long space journey which would take place in this very year of 2008. It will be a sub-orbital flight which will break the boundary between earth and space and she will have the honor and thrill of staying there for 15 minutes. For this, she will receive “Commercial Astronaut Wing” from the US Federal Aviation Authority.
She completed her last term of training in a TS-400 Simulator. During the simulator she experienced weightlessness and other forces which are encountered while being in a space flight and now she is completely ready after enjoying and having learnt from all these experiences.

Her latest experience of being at the North Pole was quite very enriching. She was extremely happy when she conveyed her feelings from a satellite phone. “It is great honor to represent my country as the first Pakistani citizen at the Geographic North Pole during the ‘International Polar Year’ that marks the challenge of climate change our planet faces”, Namira told this from the North Pole through a satellite phone.

“As I hoist the Pakistan flag at the pinnacle of our planet, I convey a universal message of peace and to assert to the global community that Pakistani nation is peace loving and tolerant nation,” she added.

Based in Southern France, Namira has deep affiliation with innovative art and multi-dimensional mixed media, some created around poetry she writes and some are musical she incorporates into songs in her own voice.
Her collectibles and decorative art objects also come along her to support global causes.
Namira created a specialized line of musical art objects with built-in messages in the voices of renowned altruists, first unveiled at the United Nations in May 2002.
“As a humanitarian artist and a truly global citizen I have also come to hoist a flag of universal peace at the Pole,” she said, adding that this peace flag bears the theme of her United Nations exhibition ‘Peace-Making with Nation-Souls.’
She sees the war and conflict with pain and hopes that tolerance can be inspired through the arts and understanding for the peace and progress of the world.
“The North Pole bears an amazing resemblance to Pakistani’s scenic Northern Areas” said Namira, expressing her sentiments of joy and happiness.
“As Pakistan’s Honorary Ambassador of Tourism, I’d like to invite the world to experience Pakistan’s rich culture and to touch the world’s top most mountain peaks, like the K-2,” she stated.

Namira also praised the 2004 Polar expedition of Anouskha Kachelo, a Pakistan born UK citizen who is known to be the youngest woman to have reached the North Pole.
“My Polar mission is that of a peace ambassador, while Anouska’s expedition was that of a true adventurer. It remains a source of inspiration for me to this day,” she said.
Namira Saleem had also made an attempt to hoist Pakistani flag at the North Pole on April 14, but could not succeed due to bad weather.

Now, she is all set to enter into space as a Proud Pakistani. She has indeed come a long way in her professional pursuit. Namira’s artistic soul is all the more peace-loving and tolerant towards the beautiful world out there and feels that we must reflect a positive image of Pakistan as a peace-loving and progressive country.
Pakistan needs more souls like you… WELL DONE LADY!!!

(Profile by: Talha Abbasi-Pakistanileaders.com)

Tauqir Zia

Lt. Gen (R) Tauqir Zia completed his out standing meritorious military service on 14 September 2003. In his brilliant military career, spanning over almost four decades, he has had the honor and privilege to hold the most coveted appointments in command, staff and instruction field, excelling at every level-from a Troop Leader in 19th Lancers to Commander of Army Field Headquarters during the crisis with India in 2001-2002.

As the chairman Pakistan Cricket Board for 4 years, he not only introduced the "Vision 2005", paragon for the promotion and development of Cricket in Pakistan but also managed to implement almost 75% of that Project in every part of the country particularly in the far flung areas of Balochistan, Sind and Frontier.

Sana Mir

Sana Mir (born 5 January 1986 in Abbottabad, North-West Frontier) is a female Pakistani cricketer and captain of the Pakistan women's team. She was announced Player of the Tournament at the 2008 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier, and currently ranks 16th in the Women's ODI Bowlers in the ICC Player Rankings. She is also the only Pakistani in the top 20.
Alongside her cricketing career, Mir is a full time student. Her favourite cricketers are Waqar Younis, Jonty Rhodes and Imran Khan.
On May 4 2009, Mir was handed the Pakistan captaincy for the Women's World Twenty20. She had formerly been vice-captain under Urooj Mumtaz, who remained in the squad. Mir's duties as vice-captain were handed over to Nain Abidi.
Mir retained the captaincy for the forthcoming ICC Women's Cricket Challenge in South Africa.
At the 2010 Asian Games, Mir led the team to a gold medal

Friday, November 19, 2010

Akram Chowdry

Dr. Chowdry is General Partner of Hi-Tech Venture Capital Fund located in Silicon Valley in California. After getting his doctorate from UC Berkeley he was a professor of business at San Jose State University, California. He started a computer manufacturing company (Prime Circuit Technology in 1985. At that time, he was the first and only Pakistani who was founder, CEO of such an enterprise in Silicon Valley. Later, he acquired Mylex Computer Corporation, a product company. He remained the CEO and Chairman of Mylex for almost 10 years. Mylex was publicly traded company (NASDAQ). In 1998 Mylex was acquired by IBM for over $500 million, with its revenues over $250,000,000. In 1991, US NEWS & World Report conducted a survey of thousands of small public companies in USA. Among 7,430 public companies in USA, Mylex was ranked # 1 in overall performance and stock appreciation. 
He is a charter member of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) www.tie.org and of OPEN. In the past, he volunteered to teach entrepreneurship and venture capital at LUMS and at NUST, Pakistan, TISBI in Kazan, Russia, KIMEP in Almaty, Malaysia Telekom and Kuwait Finance house in Bahrain. He made presentations at OIC conferences in Malaysia and Pakistan. Dr. Chowdry has been designated as member of the Advisory Board of University of California Berkeley. He has been recently selected by the Department of Commerce, USA, as lead member for the funding of start-ups and SMEs in Pakistan.

Ahsan M. Saleem

Mr. Ahsan M. Saleem is Group Chief Executive of Crescent Steel and Allied Products Limited, (a public listed company) and has over 30 years of experience in industry. He also serves on several Boards as non executive director. He is a recipient of “Businessman of the Year “award in 1997 from the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Mr. Saleem is a fellow of institute of Directors, U.K, member of CEO’s organization and World Presidents Organization and a member of 1001- a nature trust. Mr. Saleem is one of the founders of The Citizens Foundation and serves on its Board.
He has also served as Chairman of the Board of TCF (TCF is a not for profit organization working across Pakistan to provide formal schooling for the most impoverished segment of the population, TCF has, so far, built 660 school units in 68 cities across Pakistan). He also serves as Managing Trustee of COMMECS Education Trust, a not for profit trust formed by Old Students of Government College of Commerce and Economics providing tertiary level education in Karachi. He is Chairman of Board of Governors of COMMECS Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences (a degree awarding Institution Chartered by Government of Sindh). Mr. Saleem is a founding member and serves on the Board of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy.

Aamer A. Sarfraz

Aamer A. Sarfraz is founder of Agroventures (Pvt) Ltd which he started in 2009 to identify, finance and build high-growth food and agribusiness projects in Pakistan. In 2010, the company completed construction of its first factory to process cereal grains in Faisalabad. Aamer is also a Managing Director at Tigris Financial Group since 2006. Tigris is one of the most successful private equity investors in natural resources worldwide, particularly in gold and precious metals mining, with over US$2billion of its own capital deployed. He is closely involved with the group's investments and partnerships across the Middle East and Asia. Previously, Aamer worked in private equity firms Ithmar Capital and 3i venture capital. Aamer holds an MSc (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics and a BSBA from Boston University's School of Management. As an undergraduate student, he developed the intellectual property for digital receipt technology, which he sold to Microsoft's Intellectual Ventures. He serves on the Advisory Board of MSSM Department of Medicine, New York.

Shahid H. Kardar

Shahid Hafeez Kardar Governor State Bank of Pakistan and  son of Abdul Hafeez Kardar. He is  former finance minister of Punjab during early years of Gen Musharraf’s rule.An economist by profession who has been associated with a number of non-governmental organisations, Mr Kardar was inducted by Gen Musharraf as Punjab finance minister soon after the Nawaz Sharif government was toppled in a military coup in 1999. But he quit without completing his three-year tenure, citing difficulties in getting along with the dictatorial policies of the general.

Dr Manzoor Ahmed

Dr Manzoor Ahmed (born 22 September 1931) is a Pakistani philosopher and scholar.
Born in Rampur UP, and brought up in Karachi, Manzoor is well versed in many languages including, Arabic, English, Persian and Urdu. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of London and been head of many national and international organizations. He is also member of the Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan.
Ahmad held the vice chancellorship of Hamdard University twice and holds the Chairmanship of Usman Institute of Technology (UIT), Hamdard University. He is the Rector of Islamic International University, Islamabad and Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Indus Valley School of Arts & Architecture in Karachi.
Manzoor has written more than 50 research articles for international peer reviewed journals and periodicals. He has written books on philosophy, religion and social sciences.(wikipedia)

Faisal Qureshi Actor

Faisal Qureshi, is a Pakistani film and television actor. He was born on October 26 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. He was a son of film actor Abid Qureshi and actress Afshaan Qureshi.

Faisal Qureshi is an actor cast in the mould of a true thespian. He belongs to that rare breed of performers who take each role and make it their own. From a song-and-dance role in a tele-film to a nonsensical comedy routine in Mein Aur Tum, he seems firmly entrenched in the character he plays, always looking for newer challenges to evolve into a better artiste.

Faisal started his career as a child artist from PTV's play Emergency Ward. He was also work in television plays Ab Ghar Jane Do, Hum Tum, and Andhera Ujala as a child actor.

His first big appearance on television and the one that people most identify him with was the character Boota in Toba Tek Singh. From that rustic role, he has played mostly urbane characters in serials such as Ahsaas and Harjaee

Although his foray in films was less than memorable, Faisal work in very limited films, his first film was Saza released in 1992. His other noted film are Nangay Paoon, Tere Ghar Ke Samnay, Nadia, and Bobby.

A couple of years ago, after shuttling between Karachi and Lahore quite frequently, Faisal made Karachi his home.

Sanam Baloch

Sanam Baloch is a Pakistani actress and television host. Sanam was born in Karachi and started her career as a talk show anchor in the Sindhi language television channel KTN. Sanam hosted two shows Sanam Ji Pasand and Diyoo on KTN. Sanam made her debut on Urdu television in Fahad Mustafa's long play 'Kalaq' which turned out to be a hit. She has also performed in music videos of Urdu and Sindhi language songs. She is graduate from the Karachi University. Sanam has two brothers, Farhan Baloch and Abbas Baloch. She is the younger sister of Sabreen Hisbani, who is also a TV actress. She has also hosted the showMorning WIth Hum on Hum TV. Sanam has performed in TV serials Doraha, Band Khirkiyon Kay Peechay, Noor Pur Ki Rani, Mannchalay, Chemistry, and the popular 2010 drama serialsDaam and Dastaan.(wikipedia)

Rabia Zuberi

Rabia Zuberi's life and art go hand in hand together - a spiritual journey that started in the form of Karachi School of Art which is still continuing. Through devotion and determination, she had achieved both aims of her life - to excel in art and to promote art education.

Her contributions as a teacher and a pattern of an art school overshadowed her achievements as a sculptor and painter. Rabia Zuberi is an institution in her self. Her works - sculptures, paintings and drawings - reflects her philosophy of love, tolerance and confidence. Her sculptures and paintings are the essence of her soul. Her ideas and feelings have taken concrete shape in the form of sculptures and paintings. Her series of work titled, 'Dupatta', 'Labour', 'Quest for peace' and 'Human existence', were much acclaimed. Most of her recent works show desires of human beings such as love and affection.

Rabia Zuberi is a leading sculptor of Pakistan and she has been active since early 60s when there were few others in the field. She is a socially conscious artist, who is acutely aware of the happenings around her especially the tragedies - her thematic works were appreciated globally. She has been recognised many a times abroad as Pakistan's first lady of three dimensions. Her works express her sense of realism in bold and brilliant form.

Rabia always shows her typical style of viewing realities in a touching way. Conceptual clarity, technical soundness and spontaneity are the hallmark of Rabia's works of art. She inducts modern ideas in which simplification of form fully expressed her creative powers.(BR)

Nazeer Naji

Nazeer Naji, is a senior news columnist in Pakistan's Urdu press. He frequently writes in the country's largest Daily Jang published from Karachi. Naji has a reputation for his in-depth political analysis and strong criticism of the Pakistani Establishment.

Nazir Naji is also a former chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters. He is also famous for his anti mulaism and anti Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. He is the only writer who speaks frequently about Pakistan Army historical blunders and Jamaat-e-Islami role in those blunders. He is also the first one who pointed towards Red Mosque (fitna) secession.

He is considered as a true journalist in Pakistan and one of few who are not on military establishment payroll. Many of Nazir Naji's predictions have turned out to be true including India and Us nuclear deal.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hamid Gul

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Hamid Gul son of Muhammad Khan was born on 20th November 1936 in the suburbs of Sargodha. Before his birth, his forefathers had shifted from Lahore to Sargodha.

Earlier Education

Hamid Gul got his early education from his village school and did his matriculation with flying colors. Briefly got admission in Government College Lahore, before reporting to PMA, Kakul in 18th Long Course.

Army Career

Hamid Gul was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 1958 in the Armored Corps (19 Lancers). He was a Tank Commander at the Chiwanda front during the 1965 war with India.

During 1972-1976, Gul directly served under General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq as a battalion commander, when General Zia was GOC, 1st Armored Division and Commander, II Corps at Multan. Gul was promoted to Brigadier in 1978 and steadily rose to be the Commander of the 1st Armored Division, Multan in 1980. Gul was then sent to GHQ as the DG Military Intelligence (DGMI) under General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq who then nominated him to be the ISI chief succeeding General Akhtar Abdur Rahman in March 1987. He was later replaced as the ISI commander by PM Benazir Bhutto in May 1989 and Gul was transferred as the Commander, II Corps in Multan. In this capacity, General Gul conducted the Zarb-e-Momin military exercise in November-December 1989, the biggest Pakistani Armed Forces show of muscle since 1971 Indo-Pakistani War and till now.

General Asif Nawaz upon taking the reins of Pakistan Army in August 1991, had Gul transferred as the DG Heavy Industries Taxila. Gul refused to take the assignment on the account that it wasn’t in line with his military training. He developed differences with the then Army Chief and was retired from the army in 1992.

During his meritorious service with Pakistan Army between 1958 to 1992 he got three awards, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Basalat, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad

Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad (born November 6, 1950) is a Pakistani politician and writer. He served as the Federal Minister for Railways in Pakistan from 2006 to 2008. His previous portfolio have included appointments as Federal Minister for Labor and Manpower, Information and Broadcasting, Industries, Sports Culture, and Tourism and Investment.

Shaikh Rasheed ahmed was born in Rawalpindi.[citation needed] He studied at Rawalpindi Polytechnic College and later at Gordon College. He completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Lahore. Throughout his education, Shaikh Rasheed was very active in student politics.

He was first elected to the National assembly of Pakistan in 1985, and was re-elected a record six times.

He used to be the right-hand man of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but left Nawaz League and joined the newly formed Muslim League to get into ministership again. He is hugely popular in Rawalpindi and is known for creating a large number of schools in that city. He is famous for his 'awami style' (public style) of politics. He is one of few politicians who started their political career at grass roots level and rose to prominence. He is the author of Farzand-e-Pakistan, and is currently working on another book, Sub achha Hai.[citation needed]

Shaikh Rasheed ahmed was appointed Federal Minister for Railways in May 2006 and served in that capacity until 2008.

He lives in Lal Haveli in the heart of Rawalpindi. Lal Haveli has become a tourist destination due to its beautiful, ancient architecture.

Lal HaveliHe has been organizing a big public meeting on the eve of 14th of august (independence day of Pakistan) at his residence Lal Haveli and the firework show is extremely popular among the people of the city and hundreds of thousands people turn to watch this show every year.

He also ran a jihadi training camp in the late 1980s.[1] This is stark contrast to his contemporary politics as a staunch supporter of "enlightened moderation".

In the February 2008 general elections, Shaikh Rasheed lost both of his Rawalpindi constituencies, NA-55 and NA-56.[3] after his defeat, there were rumors that Shaikh Rasheed had fled to Spain,[4] however, these allegations were later discovered to be false.[5] In June 2008, he announced formation of new political party, awami Muslim League.

Pervez Musharraf

Former President Pervez Musharraf was born on August 11, 1943 in Neher Wali Haveli (which means "House Next to the Canal"), in Delhi, British India, and stems from an educated, middle class family of government servants.

After independence of Pakistan in 1947, Musharraf's family migrated to Pakistan where his father, Syed Musharraf Uddin — a graduate of Aligarh University — joined the Pakistan Foreign Office. His mother, Zarin, who holds a master's degree from the University of Lucknow has been a working professional.

President Musharraf spent his formative years in Turkey and is a fluent speaker of Turkish.

He attended St Patrick's School, Karachi (a Catholic school), graduating in 1959, later attending Forman Christian College (a Protestant school) in Lahore.

In 1961, he volunteered for the Pakistan Army and entered the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul. He was commissioned on April 19, 1964 in the Artillery Regiment. He joined the Special Services Group where he served for 7 years. A graduate and instructor of the Command and Staff College, Quetta, and the National Defence College, Rawalpindi, President Musharraf is also a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies of the United Kingdom.

He fought two wars against India in1965 and 1971. While President Musharraf is a man of war, he strongly believes in peace in the region and rapprochement with India. While in government, he made strides to foster permanent peace in South East Asia and came close to solving all outstanding issues including Kashmir.

President Musharraf came into power in 1999 and occupied what TIME magazine described as “the most dangerous job in the world” playing a crucial role in fighting the global war on terrorism. The role that he played with incredible courage surviving more than a few assassination attempts; and he still remains a target of those that want to see the world divided as “West and The Rest”.

In the course of his seven years at the helm, President Musharraf empowered the people of Pakistan at the grass roots level through the introduction of a local government system; the women as well as minorities of Pakistan were given reserved seats at every tier of the Parliament; the Freedom of expression was unlocked by opening up the media and allowing multiple private TV channels to operate for the first time in the history of Pakistan, and the electronic and print media began operating independent of the government.

Perhaps his government's biggest achievement was the turnaround of the economy. From an almost bankrupt state in 1999, his government's vision and policies helped Pakistan come out of the list of Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) while setting it on path of prosperity, growth and economic reforms. It joined the ranks of the N-11 countries, the fastest growing economies after the BRIC countries.

On the world stage, the President has taken a lead on many geo-political and strategic issues. He strongly believes in "Enlightened Moderation", his vision for the Muslim world to shun militancy and extremism and adopt the path of socioeconomic uplift while the West, and the United States in particular, should seek to resolve all political disputes with justice and to aid in the socioeconomic betterment of the deprived Muslim world.

President Musharraf has a vision for Pakistan, and believes that it is a nation that has all the resources, the potential and all the human capability to be transformed into a progressive, moderate, and prosperous Islamic State.

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