Archive for July 3rd, 2011
Zahida Hina (Urdu: زاہدہ حنا) (born 1946) is a noted Urdu columnist, essayist, short story writer, novelist and dramatist from Pakistan.Zahida was born on October 5, 1946 in the Sasaram town of Bihar, India. After the partition of India, her father, Muhammad Abul Khair, emigrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi, where Zahida was brought up and educated. She wrote her first story when she was nine years old. She graduated from University of Karachi, and her first essay was published in the monthly Insha in 1962. She chose journalism as a career in mid 60s. In 1970, she married the well-known poet Jon Elia. Zahida Hina was associated with the daily Jang from 1988 until 2005, when she moved to the Daily Express, Pakistan. She now lives in Karachi.zahida hina also worked inradio Pakistan,bbcurdu and voice of America.
Ata ul Haq Qasmi is one of the leading and most popular columnist of Pakistan who has been writing Urdu columns for more than last 45 years in the leading newspapers with the name of “Rozan-e-Dewar Sey”. The most distinguished character of Qasmi’s column is his satire on social inequalities of the society and his anti dictatorship stance which he boldly takes in his columns. He has a unique style of writing incomparable to any other columnist because of his humorous way which holds the reader till the last line of his column which is his punch line. Qasmi was also elevated to the position of Ambassador of Pakistan in Norway and Thailand during 1997 to 1999. He is also a very famous drama writer and poet. His books of columns include “Column Tamam”, “Shar Goshiyan”, “Hansna Rona Mana Hay”, “Mazeed Ganjey Farishtey” and many more while his TV Drama Serials include the most popular “Khwaja and Son”, “Shab Daig”, “Sheeda Talli” etc. His travelogues are also very popular and one of the best is “Shoq-e-Awargi”. Qasmi has also received the Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz (highest civil awards) from President of Pakistan in addition to many other awards over his literary contributions. Mushtaq Ahmad Yousfi has termed Qasmi as the best columnist of Pakistan while Altaf Gohar has termed him as the most wittiest columnist .
Nazeer Naji (urdu:نذیر ناجی) is a senior columnist in Pakistan’s Urdu press. He frequently writes in the country’s largest newspaper, Daily Jang, published from Karachi. with Nazeer Naji regarding Mr Naji’s plot allotment in Islamabad. The verified audio recordings of these phone calls were published on the internet on 19 April 2009 by popular Pakistani blog PkPolitics . Contents of this conversation are inappropriate because Naji have used a very abusive and slang language and threatened Ahmed Noorani and Ansar Abbasi (also an investigative journalist), which shows a new face of his personality.
Orya Maqbool Jan is a renowned columnist, poet and CSS officer from Pakistan, who writes Urdu columns for Daily Express, Pakistan. He has received numerous national awards, including the best Urdu columnist in 2004. One collection of poetry has been published.
He has a Masters degree in social work from Punjab University, Lahore. He was the deputy commissioner and district magistrate of three districts for about five years and assistant commissioner and sub divisional magistrate of three sub divisions for about three years. This involves an overall responsibility of law and order, monitoring of development activities, welfare of people, revenue collection personnel management and public relationship of a very sensitive nature. He has contributed to various researche papers including one titled “Comprehensive plan for Improvement of Quetta water Supply and Sewerage System”. He worked as a managing director of Baluchistan water & sanitation authority.
He is presently working as Director General Walled City Project in Lahore after having worked.
Irfan Siddiqui is the Urdu columnist, known to be the great supporter of former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. He started writing his columns on Nawaiwaqt. In July 2008, Irfan Siddiqui left Nawaiwaqt and joined Jang. He has been found criticizing Pervez Musharraf and his regime in Pakistan, very bluntly. He was also unhappy with the late Benazir Bhutto and her Pakistan Peoples Party, and wrote the same in the columns. He is currently serving the Jang group of newspapers.
ISLAMABAD:The government has decided to recruit 3,000 more men into Balochistan Levies, effectively doubling the paramilitary force’s manpower in an attempt to curb the rising incidence of violence and targeted killings in the province.
The Balochistan Levies has 3,559 soldiers deputed in 16 of 30 districts in the province, according to official documents. The federal government had sanctioned 5,713 posts of Levies for Federally Administered Tribal Areas and 3,100 for Balochistan Levies after independence.
The finance ministry has allocated Rs742.2 million for Balochistan Levies in the new fiscal year, while Rs392 million were allocated during the last fiscal year. The Balochistan Levies have been allocated an additional Rs350 million to help improve their performance. The new recruits will be deputed in sensitive areas of Balochistan. Over 100 special posts will be created for ‘defending’ Dera Bugti, an area of major concern where subversive activities surged after Nawab Akbar Bugti’s murder.
No weapons, wireless or other equipment has been provided to the Levies, according to documents submitted before the National Assembly’s Committee on the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron). There are no service rules to regulate the Levies’ services, they stated.
Minister Safron Engineer Shaukatullah said: “It is time to revamp the security infrastructure in Balochistan.” He said it was their priority to increase the internal security corps to cope with insurgents in the province.
A delegation of the Senate Standing Committee on Safron will be leaving for Quetta and other districts to discuss new recruitments with senior officials. “We will consult with the civilian government and the chiefs of paramilitary forces for the resolution of issues relating to law and order in Balochistan,” according to the committee’s chairperson Senator Hafiz Rashid Ahmad. According to details, there are over 375 soldiers in Zhob, 343 in Killa Saifullah, 316 in Dera Bugti and 135 are deputed in Quetta. As many as 140 soldiers are stationed in Ziarat, 325 in Loralai, 169 in Barkhan, 145 in Musa Khel, 341 in Kohlu, 141 in Chaghi, 134 in Pishin, 282 in Killa Abdullah, 157 in Sibi, 145 in Harnai and 270 in Shirani.
The Establishment Division had requested Safron to apprise it of the present strength of the Balochistan Levies and the number of check posts operational in every district on the federal government’s directive.
SIWAT;Before Swat became a part of Pakistan, it was run by visionary rulers; a developed state that possessed all basic facilities, the late Wali-e-Swat Miangul Abdul Haq Jahanzeb had spread a network of schools, hospitals and infrastructure across the state. The state era buildings hence serve as benchmarks of architecture, style and stability, and are an important component of our historical heritage.
Government Wadudia High School is among Swat’s first architectural landmarks. It initially served as the state’s fort and was later converted into a prison. In 1928, Miangul Abdul Wadud, the state’s first ruler transformed it into Swat’s first school.
In 1960, Swat’s last ruler Miangul Abdul Haq Jahanzeb renewed its building in accordance with modern architecture. The building, therefore, stood tall against Talibanisation and floods; neither blasted nor washed away by floods. Sadly enough the building was recently demolished by Swat’s administration. The building’s destruction has triggered resentment and disappointment amongst Swat’s inhabitants. It is worth mentioning that the school was so strong that even the modern machinery took days to destroy it.
Ziauddin Yousafzai, an elder of the Swat Qaumi Jirga, told The Express Tribune: “The jirga condemns Wadudia School’s demolition. All buildings from the state era are invaluable components of our rich historical heritage. Honorable nations value their assets. Swat Qaumi Jarga has handed over a list of 22 such historical sites and buildings to Major-General Javed Iqbal Ramdey, for them to be persevered at all costs. The demolished schools must be rebuilt. The mafia involved in this heinous crime must be exposed and punished.”
“It was the first institute for formal and modern education after 2,000 years of Gandahara civilisation. Wadudia was not only an educational school but it was our historical heritage,” he further added.
“There is a lot of space available to construct a new building. I don’t understand the logic behind the old building’s destruction. Now we are short of space for students. Where will we accommodate our students till a new building is constructed?” said a teacher from Wadudia, on the condition of anonymity.
Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, a member of the Royal family, told The Express Tribune: “My heart weeps when I recall Wadudia School. Visionary and living states never lose their history, culture and heritage.” When asked whether those responsible for the school’s destruction will be brought to justice, she said, “It is a chaotic democratic elected government in which we don’t know whom to weep and whom to appeal to. We even don’t know who runs this country. Once we know who runs it, we will be able to ask about it.”
“I myself visited the school building before its demolition and found it perfectly alright. It seems some elements had their eyes fixated on the school’s furniture, made of Diyar wood, which has currently become extinct.”
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has set its political dealings in high-gear, and is negotiating on various political fronts.
The PML-N and PML-Q’s breakaway faction PML-like minded are all set for a political embrace as the PML-N steps up its campaign to retain its dominant position in Punjab.
Both PML-N and the like-minded leaders have confirmed that the two parties could finalise an alliance as early as the beginning of September, soon after Eid.
In addition, the PML-N claims it has received a positive response from the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and has also begun talks with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
The like-minded group, led by former federal ministers Humayun Akhtar, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Salim Saifullah, has a formidable strength of five senators plus four more breakaway PML senators in Senate, while seven to 10 MNAs support the group in the National Assembly.
“We’re closely cooperating with the PML-N in Senate and the recent elections of a leader of the opposition in Senate are a testimony to that,” Like-minded leader Salim Saifullah Khan told The Express Tribune from London.
“We agree with the PML-N on a minimum possible agenda – to get rid of the Zardari-led government and get the country back on track,” Saifullah added.
After Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) joined the ruling coalition with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a significant faction within the party – both in Punjab and at the federal level – broke into a pro-PML-N faction that referred to itself as the ‘Likeminded group’.
The Shahbaz government in Punjab also boasts of the strength of around 47 like-minded MPAs who are supporting the PML-N in Punjab.
PML-like-minded leader Haroon Akhtar confirmed talks of a possible alliance and said that although a formal electoral alliance is a bit far-fetched, the general understanding on issues and strategies in the national assembly and Punjab assembly can act as a foundation for both parties to forge a formal alliance on.
“The matter has been referred to a committee, which will decide the modalities of the alliance. There are matters which need attention, such as the electoral seat adjustments, which will be decided after Ramazan by the committee,” said Akhtar.
“In the Senate, four senators who broke away recently from PML[Q] have also joined hands with us and in the National Assembly there are three MNAs, who, although have not separated publicly, are supporting us,” said Akhtar.
Following these political developments, there is a sense of accomplishment and triumph in the PML-N.
“We are close to sealing a deal with the like-minded. There are no contentious issues to solve, just modalities, which would be finalised very soon,” said Senator Pervez Rashid. “We have no reservations over the MQM and JI joining us in this struggle against the present PPP-led government,” he added.
The PML-N’s eponymous chief Nawaz Sharif also said that his party’s reservations against any other political party of the opposition will not hamper the formation of a grand alliance if all other opposition parties got together on a minimum agenda of ‘getting rid’ of the government – a hint towards a possible opposition alliance with the MQM.
Senator Rashid said that they have received “good vibes” from the JI and have started talks with the MQM. “So there are clear chances of a grand alliance emerging from the opposition,” said Rashid.
However, he said that his party does not plan to hold talks with Tehrik-e-Insaf at the moment.
Dr. Qazi Aziz-ud- Din Umar is a leonid. He is 66 years old. . He practices Homoeopathic Medical System since 1975. He has innovated Homoeopathic pharmaceutics. He worked for a decade on a porect of NON-AHCOHOLIC HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES. He is using the same in his own practice and with the grace of ALMIGHTY securing the same results as of Alcoholic Homoeopathic Medicines. He has extensive knowledge of Allopathic System of Medicine, Surgery & Pharmacy. He can compare and co- ordinate both the systems. He is a caligrphist. His calligraphic paintings were exhibited at Multan Arts Council in 1985. H is a multilingual poet. He compses words in English, Urdu, Seraiki & Punjabi. Since last two decades he is composing full-rhymed QUARTRAINS in English depicting local,national & international current affairs/episodes using Arabic/ Urdu prosody. Perhaps Ist time in the history of English Poetry. He has completed research work on QAZI TAJ MAHMOOD TAJ (R.H), a poet & religious scholar. He is the only contemporary of KHWAJA GHULAM FARID (R.H) of Kot Mithan. Qazi Taj comes of NON-MYSTIC School of Creed. Qazi Sahib responded mostly to all the KAFFIS composed by Khwaja Sahib in non-mystic doctrine. He has comiled a book on HUMAN EXCRETOPRY SYSTEM alongwith MEN’S DISEASES. On 21st Jan.2011 he made a presentation at College of Alternative Medicine, Islamia University,Bahawalpur to the students of 4th & 5th prof. of B.H.M.S (B.Sc. Hons. In Homoeopathy) on KIDNEY STONES for 3.30 hrs. He is a JOURNALIST and represtnts Daily THE NATION, Rajanpur Distt.