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Friday, October 31, 2014

Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan)


He was born on 28 April 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District. He was commissioned into the Frontier Force Regiment on 19 April 1964. Major Shabbir Sharif, as commander of a company of 6 Frontier Force Regiment, was ordered in December 1971 to capture high ground near Sulemanki Headworks defended by more than a company of the Assam Regiment supported by a squadron of tanks. In a well organized superhuman action, for the next three days and nights after crossing a minefield and massive obstacles and killing forty-three soldiers and destroying four tanks, Major Shabbir Sharif and his men held two enemy battalions at bay. But after he took over an anti-tank gun from his gunner in an attack he embraced martyrdom by a direct hit in the afternoon of 6 December 1971.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

May the force be with you: Safwat Ghayur, Peshawar’s man of steel never took no for an answer



Ghayur’s family has been prominent in Pakistani politics, civil service and the armed forces for many decades. It includes the likes of Owais Ahmed Ghani, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao and Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar. Ghayur’s father also served as the ambassador to Thailand, where the future policeman spent most of his youth.

Capt Kaleem and Sipahi Zaheer lost their legs during fighting against Terrorist



The Glorious Resolve! Capt Kaleem and Sipahi Zaheer, Both were wounded in different operations. Both lost their legs, yet they want to go back to the operational areas to fight till the last drop of their blood. This is the price our soldiers are paying just to make Pakistan safe and secure land for its citizens.


Sowar Mohammad Hussain Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan)


He was born on 18 June 1949 in Dhok Pir Bakhsh (now Dhok Muhammad Husain Janjua). He was enlisted as a driver on 3 September 1966. Although only a driver in the 20th Lancers, when war broke out in 1971 Sowar Muhammad Hussain took an active part in every battle in which his unit was engaged unmindful of any danger, no mater how grave. When he spotted the enemy close to a minefield near the village of Harar Khurd in December 1971, on his own initiative he directed accurate fire at the enemy resulting in the destruction of sixteen enemy tanks. But while directing fire from recoilless rifles, he was hit in the chest by a burst of machine-gun fire and embraced martyrdom on 10 December 1971.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan)


He was born on 4 April 1938 in Dingha, Gujrat District.  He was commissioned in the Frontier Force Regiment on 13 October 1963. Major Muhammad Akram and a company of 4 Frontier Force Regiment, which he commanded in the forward area in Hilli district, in East Pakistan in 1971, came under incessant air, artillery and Armour attacks. But for an entire fortnight, despite enemy superiority in both numbers and fire power, he and his men repulsed every attack, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Major Muhammad Akram embraced martyrdom during this epic battle on 5 December 1971

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan)



He was born on 25 October 1944 in Pind Malikan (now Mahfuzabad), Rawalpindi district. He was enlisted in the Army on 25 October 1962. Serving in ‘A’ Company of 15 Punjab Regiment when war broke out in 1971, Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz was deployed on the Wagha-Attari Sector where his company was pinned down by unceasing frontal and crossfire from automatic weapons. Although his machine gun was destroyed by an enemy shell, Muhammad Mahfuz advanced towards an enemy bunker whose automatic fire had inflicted heavy casualties. Even though wounded in both legs by shell splinters, when he reached the bunker he stood up and pounced on the enemy, in the encounter he was hit with a bayonet. Although unarmed, he got hold of the enemy and did another bayonet strangling with him. Due to serious injuries he embraced martyrdom on the night of 17 December 1971.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Disability is not deprivation of hands but it is lack of courage!

Disability is not deprivation of hands but it is lack of courage!

A Handicapped Guy, who attempted MUET's Entrance Test for 2015 Batch.
It is his courage, which help him out to be there. We are very hopeful that he will clear entrance test and will get admission in MUET.




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Captain Karnal Sher Khan (Nishan-e-Haider) 5th July 1999 Kargil War




He was born on 1 January 1970. He was commissioned in the Army on 14 October 1994. Captain Kernel Sher Khan emerged as the symbol of mettle and courage during the Kargil conflict on the Line of Control. He set personal examples of bravery and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. He defended the five strategic posts, which he established with his jawans at the height of 17,000 feet at Gultary, and repulsed many Indian attacks. After many abortive attempts, the Indians on 5 July 1999 ringed the posts of Captain Kernel Sher Khan with the help of two battalions and unleashed heavy mortar fire and managed to capture some part of one of his posts. Despite facing all odds, he led a counter-attack and re-captured the lost parts of his post. But during the course, he was hit by the machine-gun fire and embraced ‘SHAHADAT’ at the same post.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Havildar Lalak Jan Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) 7th July 1999 Kargil War


He was born on 1 Apr 1967. He was enlisted in the Army on 10 December 1984. He was serving in Northern Light Infantry Regiment when skirmishes broke out in Kargil in 1999. Havildar Lalak Jan of the Northern Light Infantry Regiment fought from the forefront to thwart heavy Indian attacks. He volunteered himself to be deployed on the front positions located at the jagged peak in May 1999. Havildar Lalak Jan repulsed back many aggressive ventures by the enemy and imposed colossal losses on them. On 7 July 1999, Havildar Lalak Jan sustained serious injuries as enemies pounded the area with heavy mortar shells. But despite being injured, he retained his position and frustrated the Indian assault. Due to severe injuries he embraced martyrdom. 

Havaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed was born in 1967 in village Yasin. After completing his school, he joins the Pakistan Army. He was a very brave man. In Kargill war, he was posted on tiger hill with 130 Army men. He fought very bravely and for his bravery Pakistan Government has awarded him, the biggest awarded of Pakistan Army Nishan e Haider

SAAD HAROON has reached the FINALS and is representing PAKISTAN in the Funniest Person In The World Competition



Saad Haroon is a standup comedian, improviser, director, scriptwriter and producer who created Pakistan’s first improvisational comedy troupe, named Blackfish. Blackfish was hugely successful and performed for many years, also participating and representing Pakistan in Contacting the World, an international theatre festival in Manchester, England.
Saad then went on to create Pakistan’s first English language comedy show on television by the name of The Real News. The show was a mix of Political and Social satire and was one of the first comedy shows in Pakistan to be shot in front of a live studio audience.
Side by side his successful television show, Saad produced his country’s first standup comedy tour named Saad Haroon: Very live! The tour was also filmed and made into a television show, which included interviews with Pakistan’s top comedians including Anwer Maqsood, Behroz Sabzwari, Faisal Qureshi and Bushra Ansari.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Major Muhammad Tufail Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan)


Tufail Mohammad (1914 – 7 August 1958) was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab and commissioned in the 16th Punjab Regiment in 1943. On 7 August 1958, Mohammad, a Company Commander in the East Pakistan Rifles, encircled an Indian post, which allegedly violated the internationally recognized boundary between the two countries, in the Lakshmipur area. Though mortally wounded in the hand-to-hand encounter that followed, Mohammed continued to lead his troops until the Indians were driven out, leaving four dead and three prisoners. He died the same day.

Early in August 1958, Major Tufail, a Company Commander in the East Pakistan Rifles, encircled an illegal Indian post, which violated the internationally recognized boundary between the two countries, in the Lakshmipur area. And, though mortally wounded in the hand-to-hand encounter that followed, Major Tufail continued to lead his troops till the Indians were driven out, leaving four dead and three prisoners. He died the same day on the 7th August 1958.

Drama Serial "Nishan-e-Haider" Major Tufail Muhammad - Pakistan Army - (Complete)

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan)


He was born in 1928 in Hong Kong. He was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment, in 1950. On 6 September 1965, as a Company Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti chose to stay with his forward platoon under incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights in the defense of the strategic BRB Canal. Throughout, undaunted by constant fire from enemy small arms, tanks and artillery, he organized the defence of the canal, directing his men to answer the fire until he was hit by an enemy tank shell and embraced martyrdom on 10 September 1965.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shafay Thobani Another World's Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional From Pakistan After Arfa Karim




Eight year old Shafay Thobani is not an ordinary boy, because he is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) with extensive knowledge of information technology such as DNS and IP Addressing. Having being born in the age of technology, Shafay like any other child is brought up with gadgets, video games and computers as his first toys.

Hailing from a family of Technologies specialist, Shafay began learning computers at the young age of 4. But simply learning how to turn ON and use the computer to play games was not enough for his father. He had greater plans for his futures.
“Let me tell you the truth, he was born on 13th March 2004 the same year Arfa Karim (World Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of 9 years) had achieved the certification from Microsoft for Pakistan. So, Arfa Karim was the inspiration for my family and she was also the role model and that time I was thinking if he follows the same thing then we will certainly help in achieves some good certifications.”

Shafay’s father saw a spark in his child and decided to start training him for the Microsoft Pro Matrix Test with the help of Microsoft Certified trainer. And Shafay’s hard work paid off when he secured 910 out of 1000 marks in the Pro Matrix Test for which he appeared on 9th April.
Now at the age of 8, Shafays dreams are shaping a better future for Pakistan and he also feels a sense of responsibility after gaining popularity for his achievement. Shafays assisting his father in setting up an academy to train more children like himself for the Microsoft test. And together they hope for the development of Pakistan as more people are educated in the progressive field of technology. In the age of information technology young Shafay Thobani has proven hard work it is not by tough to achieve your dreams.

Source:http://www.techij.com/2012/07/shafay-thobani-world-youngest-Microsoft-certified-professional-Pakistan.html

Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed (Nishan-E-Haider, Pakistan)



Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed was born on November 10, 1910 in Gujar Khan. Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar started his education from Islamia High School from Faislabad. Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar was very fond of Football and Kabaddi. He is a National Hero of Pakistan. Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar had 3 Brothers and 1 Sister, 1 Daughter and 1 Son.

He was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment, in 1944. During the Kashmir Operations soon after the birth of Pakistan, as a Company Commander in the 2nd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, Captain Muhammad Sarwar launched an attack causing heavy casualties against a strongly fortified enemy position in the Uri Sector under heavy machine-gun, grenade and mortar fire. But on 27 July 1948, as he moved forward with six of his men to cut their way through a barbed wire barrier, he got martyrdom when his chest was hit by a burst of automatic fire.

 His regiment managed to outflank the disorganized Indian troops and forced them to retreat out of the regions which are now known as the Northern Areas in one of the battles of the First Kashmir War. During the Kashmir Operations, as Company Commander[citation needed] of the 2nd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, Captain Sarwar launched an attack causing heavy casualties against a strongly fortified enemy position located in the Uri Sector. His battalion was subject to under heavy machine gun, grenade, and mortar fire. On 27 July 1948, as he moved forward with six of his men to cut their way through a barbed wire barrier, he died when he was shot in the chest with heavy machine gun fire.

On his brave fight Government of Pakistan awarded the Nishan-E-Haider, Pakistan's highest military award to Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Talented Young Boy in Shangla Azam Khan





Monday, October 20, 2014

How Tariq Farid Made Fruit Baskets a $400 Million Business?


Tariq Farid says his family would “still be struggling” if they were in Pakistan. Instead, he’s the CEO of the very successful Edible Arrangements.
Born in Sahiwal, Pakistan, Tariq Farid moved to the United States at the age of 12 with his parents and five siblings. From his family’s 600-square feet flower shop in East Haven, Conn., Farid started Edible Arrangements, specializing in fresh fruit baskets and bouquets. “When I started the business, I felt I had nothing to lose,” Farid says. “People who doubted me asked, ‘How will you make it work?’ And I always said, ‘It will work–I will make it work.’ Failure was not an option.” There are now more than 1,100 Edible Arrangements stores worldwide, with combined revenues of about $422 million.
When we got to the United States, my family was struggling. Right away, I started delivering papers, mowing lawns, shoveling snow—anything to bring some money home. A lady who lived down the street told me, “Honey, keep working this hard and you’ll be a millionaire by the time you’re 35.” That just stuck with me.
My father had friends who also immigrated to the U.S. and everyone looked up to the ones who started a business. No one asked, “Are you successful?” or “Are you making money?” We were just impressed that they owned a business.
I got a job at a flower shop when I was 14 years old. Right after school, I ran to the shop to water plants and take flowers to customers. I learned to do everything, from making deliveries to buying from the suppliers. In the process, I saw how the shopkeeper ran his business.
We bought a flower shop in East Haven when I was 17. The first thing I did was set the temperature wrong on the cooler where you store the flowers. I thought the colder, the better. So I froze our first batch of flowers–$500 worth. I went back to the supplier and was nervous because I didn’t have any money to pay him. When I told him the story, he got a chuckle out of it and gave me a new batch of flowers. After those sold, I paid him back.
From the very beginning, I was passionate about our business. When we opened up the first week, we did about $70 a day in sales. That’s a big deal to a high school student. I always tried to get out of school early so I could take orders and deliver orders. I was about 19 when we opened a second shop.
I wanted to figure out a better way to track orders and organize delivery. In 1988, I bought an IBM computer and figured out how to create a point of sales system. By then, I knew the flower industry in and out. I went around to flower shops from Washington, D.C. to New Hampshire, asking if they wanted to computerize. I was on the road constantly from 1991 to 1993, selling and installing the software.
By 1997, we owned four flower shops. That was the year I discovered a company in the fruit arrangement business. I decided to try it. My mother was the first person I showed the arrangements to. I put them on the dining room table. She took one look and said, “This is going to be big.”
In 1999, we opened a small store on the side of our flower shop in Hamden and started selling fruit arrangements. A family friend asked,  “Why would people buy cut fruit if they are used to buying pieces of fruit? Have you done a focus group?” Of course I hadn’t. I didn’t even know what that was. I just said, “Yea, my mother said this is phenomenal.” I remember getting 30 orders at Easter and just being impressed. Back then, we had no equipment—we cut everything by hand and it took all day to make the arrangements. But we couldn’t make them fast enough. People just loved them.
When we opened another shop in Norwalk, a man came by and said he wanted to open a store in Boston as a franchisee. I was shocked. Franchises were Burger King and McDonalds, not us. I called one of the best people in the franchise industry, Michael Seid. He said, “Well kid, you don’t have enough experience. But if you put it together right, you could be pretty successful.” I hired a consultant to put the paperwork together. A month later, I presented the franchise agreement to this first franchisee. I drove out to Boston every day to help him build the store, lay the floor, clean his windows–whatever needed to be done.
When we opened a third edible arrangement store, we got a call from another potential franchisee from New Jersey. Then one from Atlanta and then another in California. Most people told me, “Don’t grow like that. Don’t spread yourself too far.” But we never just planted stores anywhere. People who believed in our business came to us.  We always found good partners that way.
We never borrowed or took out loans from banks. They were skeptical about the concept of fruit in baskets. So I invested most of our own money into Edible Arrangements and never had debt. But I was very careful with every penny spent. We were building stores so quickly–we had about 700 stores by 2008. I was always nervous that something would happen.
Then, the economy crashed. We had zero failures until March 2008, when our first store failed. I lost sleep over it for 10 days. I couldn’t believe it. People said, “So what? Only one closed.” But it was a big deal to me. We lost close to 40 stores because of the recession. I was always optimistic, and we opened our 1,000th store in 2011.
My mother passed away in 2005. We built a school in her name–the Salma K. Farid Academy in Sahiwal, where she is buried. We also opened a hospital, which sees about 4,000 patients a month. It provides free medicine and healthcare, mostly to women and children. I’m proud to be able give back for the blessings I have been showered with. I have no doubt my family and I would still be struggling if we stayed in Pakistan. Coming to America was the greatest gift given to me.

Source: http://news.uniquepakistan.com.pk/tariq-farid-made-fruit-baskets-400-million-business/

Pakistani IT professional, has won mBillionth Award South Asia for his Online Pastho Dictionary


Abdul Muqsit Khan a talented Professional Pakistani Software Engineer a UAE based won mBillionth Award South Asia for the development of online Pashto Dictionary. Anyone can use from his website www.thepashto.com . The ceremony for getting this award held in New Delhi but Abdul Muqsit Khan not attend this event due to Visa Problem from Indian Government.
This type of awards are given to the telecom and Mobile Content application development.
He prove his capability of Software Engineering and his passion for his country.
The dictionary currently has more than 15,000 words along with grammatical descriptions of the words, and has the option of users registering themselves to help add more words. When typing a word in the search bar, a dropbox appears giving suggestions of words closer to the one you are typing.
After translating a word from Pashto to English, a bar appears at the bottom giving more similar words to search for. On clicking a word in Pashto after the translation is done, it presents users with more meanings of the word.
This Pashto Dictionary has three ways of searching first text box for English to Pashto/Phonetics. Second text box for Phonetics for Pashto/English. The third text box is used for Pashto to English/Phonetics search. Also they provide you Grammar, Phonetics and Pashto Scripts. The Pashto Phonetics keyboard is integrated in the third text box in order to search Pashto words without installing any third party keyboard.This stand-alone dictionary has 16,000 Pashto words. If you want more search depth then alternatively search its online website. ThePashto.com is a dynamic and user-friendly Pashto-English & English-Pashto dictionary has more than 16K words facilitated with all-round grammatical descriptions.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pakistani innovation project wins top prize at global contest


A government driven innovation in Pakistan has won the top prize at Making All Voices Count’s Global Innovation Competition.
The Bahawalpur Service Delivery Unit (BSDU) emerged as the winner of competition, led by Imran Baloch, the District Coordination Officer (DCO) of Punjab’s Bahawalpur district, and Asim Fayaz.
Pakistani Innovation project aims to improve service delivery in under-resourced, conflict areas with lack of data-driven performance management systems.
“Our initiative, by enabling monitors to report through smart phones and by simply ringing parents, saw teacher AND student attendance increase from 78 per cent to 92 per cent,” explained Baloch at the Global Innovation Gala where the ten selected finalists made their final pitch.
The Pakistani innovation project emerged as the winner among a total of 196 entries submitted from across the world. Following an online voting system, 31 semi-finalists were drawn from the top 27 voted ideas along with 4 wildcards.
A £65,000 (pounds) grant was awarded to the winning team.
“Technology was an enabler in this process; not the end result. We want to use this £65,000 grant to extend our initiative into health, livestock, & agriculture,” added Baloch.
Dr. Sheila Ochugboju, the chair of the jury, explained, “this performance management system[BSDU] has three components: its results based, focuses on inclusion and uses tested technology. In addition, this is a model that can be replicated outside of Pakistan.”
The jury comprised of experts in information systems and governance, together with other peers, shortlisted 10 finalists drawn from eight countries: Kenya, Indonesia, South Africa, Pakistan, Ghana, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Mozambique.
The two runner-ups, a team from South Africa and another from Indonesia, each received a £35,000 grant plus expert mentorship over a six-month period.
The Global Innovation Competition recognises and rewards creative and cutting-edge innovations that enhance government transparency and accountability.
It is part of Making All Voices Count, which is backed by the Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Omidyar Network (ON) and other funders.
Courtesy: DAWN
Source: http://news.uniquepakistan.com.pk/pakistani-innovation-project-wins-top-prize-global-contest/

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Major General Dr Shahida becomes First Woman General in Army of Pakistan


Brigadier Dr Shahida Malik of the Army Medical Corps had the new badges of ranks pinned on her shoulders by Lieutenant General Karamat Ahmed Karamat, Surgeon General of the Pakistan Army, in a simple rank wearing ceremony held at GHQ on Monday.
Previously Deputy Commandant (Administrative and Support Services) at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology and the National Institute of Heart Diseases, Rawalpindi, Dr Shahida now assumes the new position of Inspector General of the Pakistan Army hospitals. The position entails the overseering of some 31 army hospitals throughout the country.
A graduate from Fatima Jinnah Medical College (1969), fifty- six year old Dr Shahida is one of the handful of woman officers in the Pakistan Army. Most of these woman officers are serving in the medical and nursing corps.
With thirty-two years of service with the Pakistan Army behind her, Dr Shahida had been selected for promotion in the beginning of February at a meeting of the Selection Board for the promotion of Brigadiers to the rank of Major-General held at GHQ, Rawalpindi.
Out of the 132 brigadiers considered by the Selection Board for promotion this year, she was one of the 27, and the only woman, who merited promotion to the rank of Major General.
In addition to being the first woman to achieve the rank of major general in the Pakistan Army, her promotion also brings another distinction to the family. Her husband is Major General Asad Malik, Commandant of Army Medical College in Rawalpindi, and her promotion makes them the first husband and wife who are serving generals in the Pakistan Army.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/43593/dr-shahida-becomes-first-woman-general

Benazir Bhutto Daughter of Power Pakistan's first female Prime Minister


Benazir Bhutto was born on June 21, 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan, the first child of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Ispahani. Benazir went to school in Karachi through high school, then attended Radcliffe College (now part of Harvard University) in the United States, where she studied comparative government. Bhutto later said that her experience in Boston reconfirmed her belief in the power of democracy.

After graduating from Radcliffe in 1973, Benazir Bhutto spent several additional years studying at Oxford University in Great Britain. She took a wide variety of courses in international law and diplomacy, economics, philosophy and politics.

Politics:

Four years into Benazir's studies in England, the Pakistani military overthrew her father's government in a coup. The coup leader, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, imposed martial law on Pakistan and had Zulfikar Ali Bhutto arrested on trumped-up conspiracy charges. Benazir returned home, where she and her brother Murtaza worked for 18 months to rally public opinion in support of their jailed father. The Supreme Court of Pakistan, meanwhile, convicted Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of conspiracy to commit murder, and sentenced him to death by hanging.
Due to their activism on behalf of their father, Benazir and Murtaza were placed under house arrest off and on. As Zulfikar's designated execution date of April 4, 1979 drew closer, Benazir, her mother, and her younger siblings were all arrested and imprisoned in a police camp.

Imprisonment:

Despite an international outcry, General Zia's government hanged Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4, 1979. Benazir, her brother, and her mother were in prison at the time, and were not allowed to prepare the former prime minister's body for burial in accordance with Islamic law.

When Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) won local elections that spring, Zia cancelled national elections and sent the surviving members of the Bhutto family to prison in Larkana, about 460 kilometers (285 miles) north of Karachi.

Over the next five years, Benazir Bhutto would be held either in prison or under house arrest. Her worst experience was in a desert prison at Sukkur, where she was held in solitary confinement for six months of 1981, including the worst of the summer heat. Tormented by insects, and with her hair falling out and skin peeling off from the baking temperatures, Bhutto had to be hospitalized for several months after this experience.

Once Benazir was sufficiently recovered from her term at Sukkur Jail, Zia's government sent her back to the Karachi Central Jail, then to Larkana once more, and back to Karachi under house arrest. Meanwhile, her mother, who had also been held at Sukkur, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Benazir herself had developed an inner ear problem that required surgery.

International pressure mounted for Zia to allow them to leave Pakistan to seek medical care. Finally, after six years of moving the Bhutto family from one form of imprisonment to the next, General Zia allowed them to go into exile in order to get treatment.

Exile:

Benazir Bhutto and her mother went to London in January of 1984 to begin their self-imposed medical exile. As soon as Benazir's ear problem was remedied, she began to publicly advocate against the Zia regime.

Tragedy touched the family once more on July 18, 1985. After a family picnic, Benazir's youngest brother, the 27-year-old Shah Nawaz Bhutto, died of poisoning in his home in France. His family believed that his Afghan princess wife, Rehana, had murdered Shah Nawaz at the behest of the Zia regime; although French police held her in custody for some time, no charges were ever brought against her.

Despite her grief, Benazir Bhutto continued her political involvement. She became the leader in exile of her father's Pakistan People's Party.

Return and Election as Prime Minister:

On August 17, 1988, the Bhuttos received a favor from the heavens, as it were. A C-130 carrying General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and several of his top military commanders, along with US Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Lewis Raphel, crashed near Bahawalpur, in the Punjab region of Pakistan. No definitive cause was ever established, although theories included sabotage, Indian missile strike, or a suicidal pilot. Simple mechanical failure seems the most likely cause, however.

Zia's unexpected death cleared the way for Benazir and her mother to lead the PPP to victory in the November 16, 1988 parliamentary elections. Benazir became Pakistan's eleventh prime minister on December 2, 1988. Not only was she Pakistan's first female Prime Minister, but also the first woman to lead a Muslim nation in modern times. She focused on social and political reforms, which rankled more traditional or Islamist politicians.

Prime Minister Bhutto faced a number of international policy problems during her first tenure in office, including the Soviet and American withdrawal from Afghanistan and the resulting chaos. Bhutto reached out to India, establishing a good working relationship with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, but that initiative failed when he was voted out of office, and then assassinated by Tamil Tigers in 1991.

Pakistan's relationship with the United States, already strained by the situation in Afghanistan, broke altogether in 1990 over the issue of nuclear weapons. Benazir Bhutto firmly believed that Pakistan needed a credible nuclear deterrent, since India had already tested a nuclear bomb in 1974.

Second Term as Prime Minister:

In October of 1993, Benazir Bhutto's PPP got a plurality of the parliamentary seats, and formed a coalition government. Once again, Bhutto became prime minister. Her hand-picked candidate for the presidency, Farooq Leghari, took office in the place of Khan.

In 1995, an alleged conspiracy to oust Bhutto in a military coup was exposed, and the leaders tried and jailed for sentences of two to fourteen years. Some observers believe that the putative coup was simply an excuse for Benazir to rid the military of some of her opponents. On the other hand, she had first-hand knowledge of the danger a military coup could pose, considering her father's fate.

Tragedy struck the Bhuttos once more on September 20, 1996, when Karachi police shot dead Benazir's surviving brother, Mir Ghulam Murtaza Bhutto. Murtaza had not gotten along well with Benazir's husband, which sparked conspiracy theories about his assassination. Even Benazir Bhutto's own mother accused the prime minister and her husband of causing Murtaza's death.

In 1997, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was dismissed from office once more, this time by President Leghari, whom she had supported. Again, she was charged with corruption; her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was also implicated. Leghari reportedly believed that the couple were implicated in Murtaza Bhutto's assassination.

Exile Once More:

Benazir Bhutto stood for parliamentary elections in February of 1997, but was defeated. Meanwhile, her husband had been arrested trying to get to Dubai, and went on trial for corruption. While in prison, Zardari won a parliamentary seat.

In April of 1999, both Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari were convicted of corruption, and were fined $8.6 million US each. They were both sentenced to five years in prison. However, Bhutto was already in Dubai, which refused to extradite her back to Pakistan, so only Zardari served his sentence. In 2004, after his release, he joined his wife in exile in Dubai.

Return to Pakistan:

On October 5, 2007, General and President Pervez Musharraf granted Benazir Bhutto amnesty from all of her corruption convictions. Two weeks later, Bhutto returned to Pakistan to campaign for the 2008 elections. On the day she landed at Karachi, a suicide bomber attacked her convoy surrounded by well-wishers, killing 136 and injuring 450; Bhutto escaped unharmed.

In response, Musharraf declared a state of emergency on November 3. Bhutto criticised the declaration, and called Musharraf a dictator. Five days later, Benazir Bhutto was placed under house arrest to prevent her from rallying her supporters against the state of emergency.

Bhutto was freed from house arrest the following day, but the state of emergency remained in effect until December 16, 2007. In the meantime, however, Musharraf gave up his post as a general in the army, affirming his intention to rule as a civilian.

The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto:

On December 27, 2007, Bhutto appeared at an election rally in the park known as Liaquat National Bagh in Rawalpindi. As she was leaving the rally, she stood up to wave to supporters through the sunroof of her SUV. A gunman shot her three times, and then explosives went off all around the vehicle.

Benazir Bhutto died at the age of 54, leaving behind a complicated legacy. The charges of corruption leveled against her husband and herself do not seem to have been entirely invented for political reasons, despite Bhutto's assertions to the contrary in her autobiography. We may never know whether she had any fore-knowledge about her brother's assassination.

Musarat Misbah Working for rehabilitate women that are victims of acid and kerosene attacks


Musarat Misbah  spent entire life making women look beautiful, somewhere deep inside her. She is saying that I knew there was something more I was supposed to do. I knew my life was meant to have another objective. I’m not saying that beauty is trivial, but now I’ve discovered beauty with a purpose. Helping the burn victims start a new life and regain their shattered self-esteem has given me an entirely new perspective on beauty. God has been very kind to me. Launching of the Foundation is a way of thanking God for everything I have today.

Masarrat Misbah commented after receiving prestigious Presidential Award for Pride of Performance by Governor Sindh, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan during an impressive ceremony held at the Governor House on 23rd March, Pakistan Day.
Masarrat Misbah is a woman who brought hope, who inspired many around the world to contribute to her foundation; Depilex Smile Again Foundation. The foundation was set up to help women disfigured by acid burns. It would find them a new life and help pay for expensive reconstructive surgery.
She is the inspiration for all Pakistani women who can get inspiration from her outstanding career and the on going socail work which this dedicated lady is doing for saving lives of many.

Musarrat Misbah, a beautician-turned-supposed philanthropist has been honoured with the President’s Pride of Performance Award, at a time when the government’s own agencies are investigating into her alleged embezzlement of funds Also, the principal Italian donor of her NGO, Depilex Smileagain Foundation, has stopped funding under the same allegations, demanding her of providing details of the hefty grants already sanctioned. Likewise, the Italy ambassador to Pakistan whose country was donating the lion’s share has stressed on “taking note of the charge of non-transparency” of the NGO. The scandalous performance of the NGO that has won Musarrat the Pride of Performance award, also reflects on the work of so-called local charity organisations, feeding on foreign taxpayers’ money with little deliverance. Interviews with different people disclose the work done by others has been claimed by the NGO to fetch more funds. The pictures of the victims, treated without the NGO’s assistance, have been used for funds collection. Several directors of the NGO have already resigned in protest against the malpractices, turning the organisation now a family affair as Musarrat’s close relatives are running the show.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Muhammad Aamir Cheema Pakistani researcher grabs excellence Engineering award in Australia


 


Muhammad Aamir Cheema has received the 2012 Malcolm Chaikin Prize for Research Excellence in Engineering. This prestigious prize carries with it a medal and $10,000 and is given each year to the doctoral student in the Faculty of Engineering at University of New South Wales, Australia, for producing the best PhD thesis, in the broadest sense, within the calendar year.

His PhD thesis proposes state-of-the-art techniques for several important location-based queries that have many interesting applications such as finding the nearest facilities (ATMs, restaurants), navigation and location-based SMS advertisement.

During his PhD, Aamir published 17 research papers 12 of which had appeared in top-tier conferences and journals. His PhD thesis titled “Efficiently Processing Proximity Based Spatial Queries” is a collection of eight of his best publications including four top-tier conference papers and four top-tier journal papers.

His publications won him several awards including two best paper nominations in ICDE 2010 and ICDE 2012, the best poster award in ICDE 2011, the best paper award in ADC 2010, and two CiSRA best research paper awards in 2009 and 2010, consecutively.

Aamir’s PhD thesis was highly appreciated by the examiners. One of the examiners stated “This is the best thesis I have ever reviewed, in terms of research quality”.

Dr. Rafi Muhammad Chaudhry The Father of physics and Nuclear Research in Pakistan


Personal Information

Dr Rafi Muhammad Chaudhry  was a nuclear Physicist and famous Muslim Pakistani Scientist. He was born on 1st July 1903 in Kahnaur, Rohtak district, East Punjab British Indian area now India. Dr Rafi Muhammad Chaudhry also works for science.  He was studies at University of Cambridge and Aligarh Muslim University. R.M Chaudhry also known as Gamma and Beta decay . 

Professional Career
In 1960, Chaudhry joined the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, where he engaged nuclear technology research. He was the first director of the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), and was instrumental the installation of nuclear particle accelerator there. Chaudhry published 42 research papers while at PINSTECH, and due to the sensitivity of the work, the papers were highly classified. Chaudhry was an administrative and influential figure in the establishment of PARR-I reactoras well, as being part of Abdus Salam's team that supervised the first reactor criticality at PINSTECH. In 1967, Rafi supervised the team of scientists at PINSTECH that successfully produced the first batch of radioisotopes.

1971 war and atomic bomb project
In 1968, Chaudhry went to United States with a fellowship awarded by University of California at Berkley. There, he was joined by Hafeez Qureshi, a mechanical engineer who built weapons in the 1970s. In 1969, Chaudhry moved to the University of Chicago where he did his research at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). In 1970, Chaudhry and Qureshi visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force where they saw the actual design of Fat Man – an implosion device built during the World War II.

Awards
1.  Sitara-e-Khidmat (1964)
2.  Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1982)
3.  Hilal-e-Imtiaz (2005)
4.  Nishan-e-Imtiaz


Death
4 December 1988 in Lahore, Pakistan

A Man with Lifelong Passion of Writing Anwar Maqsood


Anwer Maqsood is a Professional Pakistani playwright, poet, television host, satirist, humorist, infrequent actor and painter. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over 35 years. 

Anwar Maqsood studied at the Gulbarga trust School Aurangabad. He has worked as a host for a variety of shows on PTV. His work has included Studio Dhai (Studio 2:30) and then Studio Ponayteen (Studio 2:45) along with Show sha and numerous other shows. His work incorporates humor, satire, and an approach to hard subjects in lighter vein. 

Anwar Maqsood belongs to one of the medium class families in Pakistan. Fatima Surayya Bajia is famous sisters from his family and Mrs. Kazmi and Zubaida Tariq (cooking expert) also from his family. 

Famous Drama & Plays 

Fifty Fifty (sketch comedy) 
Show Time (Comedy interactive show) 
Aangan Terha (Mini series) 
Half Plate (Theatrical teleplay) 
Silver Jubilee show 
Sitara Aur Mehrunnisa (Drama) 
Nadan Nadia (Comedy sitcom) 
Loose talk 
Majoo Mian 

Maqsood Born in 1935 in Hyderabad State (India), Maqsood studied at the Gulbarga Trust School in Aurangabad. He belongs to an prominent families of Pakistan which includes his sister Fatima Surayya Bajia who is a known writer in Pakistan and South East Asia, his another sister Zohra Nigah known poet, and his brother, Ahmed Maqsood, former Chief Secretary of Sindh. His wife is a known novelist Imrana Maqsood and son Bilal Maqsood a pop rock and lead guitarist of rock band called Strings.

Anwar Maqsood received Awards
Hilal-e-Imtiaz
Lifetime Achievement at 4th Pakistan Media Awards

Anwar Maqsood is the most popular personality in the media industry of Pakistan. He is the famous play writer, novelist, television host, humorist and leading entertainer for the industry of Pakistan. He was born in 1935 in the state of Hyderabad India. He completed his early education from Gulbarga trust school which was located in Aurangabad. Anwar joins the media industry of Pakistan in the year of 1970 and after his dedicated work toward writing he got the valuable fame.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sania Nishtar SI, FRCP Cardiologist, Federal Minister, Author, Health Science Writer


Sania Nishtar SI, FRCP is a Pakistani, Former Federal Minister of Education & Training, Science and Technology, Information Technology and Health, Physician cardiologist, author, health science writer, science administrator, thinker, peace builder, key health policy voice, prominent Pakistani woman, member of advisory groups and boards, Founder and President of NGO think tank Health Financing and Pakistan Health Policy Forum.
After several years as a Cardiologist at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Sania Nishtar founded Heartfile in 1999, which has grown from a health information-focused NGO to a health policy think tank, focused on health systems issues.

In 2007, she founded Heartfile Health Financing, a program to protect poor patients from medical impoverishment. The program is a 2008, 2012, and 2013 Commitment of the Clinton Global Initiative. She also founded Pakistan's Health Policy Forum, a civil society policy platform for health experts that has garnered contributions from prominent global health advocates including Seth Berkley, Sir George Alleyne, Mark Dybul, and Naresh Trehan, in addition to many others
Tenure as Minister
Sania Nishtar served as Federal Minister in the Government of Pakistan during the 2013 caretaker government as Minister for Science and Technology, Education and Trainings and Information Technology and Telcom. She also had responsibility as focal person for health. During her term, she was instrumental in establishing Pakistan's Ministry of Health, which she had been advocating for. At the conclusion of her term she published Handover Papers, voluntarily submitting herself for accountability, a gesture which garnered both national and international media attention. She also refused pay and perks and left an unusual gift for government functionaries. Her policies remained focused on promoting development; in the education sector linking academia with entrepreneurs, industry and the national priorities, and in the Ministry of IT by using the telecom sector for development. During her term in office as minister, she prevailed upon the Prime Minister to reverse the decision to dismantle the Prime Minister's Polio cell, and saved the government from what could have been an e-voting embarrassment.

Awards
Nishtar is the recipient of Pakistan's Sitara e-Imtiaz, a presidential award, the European Societies Population Science Award, and the First Global Innovation Award by the Rockefeller Foundation. She was admitted to the Medical Mission Hall of Fame in Toledo, Ohio in 2011.
In the beginning of 2014, she was mentioned in the Top-20 List of 'Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World' by the Muslim Scientists List in recognition of her policy advocacy contributions.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mohsin-e-Pakistan Scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan


Abdul Qadeer Khan born 1 April 1936 also known by some in Pakistan as Mohsin-e-Pakistan more popularly known as A. Q. Khan, is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and a metallurgical engineer, colloquially regarded as the founder of HEU based Gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment program for Pakistan's integrated atomic bomb project. He founded and established the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL) in 1976, being both its senior scientist and the Director-General until his retirement in 2001, and he was an early and vital figure in other science projects. Apart from participating in Pakistan's atomic bomb project, he made major contributions in molecular morphology, physical martensite, and its integrated applications in condensed and material physics.

Abdul Qadeer Khan was one of Pakistan's top scientists, and was involved in the country's various scientific programs until his dismissal. In January 2004, Khan was officially summoned for a debriefing on his suspicious activities in other countries after the United States provided evidence to the Pakistan Government, and confessed it a month later. Some have alleged that these activities were sanctioned by the authorities, though the Pakistan government sharply dismissed the claims. After years of official house arrest, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on 6 February 2009 declared Abdul Qadeer Khan to be a free citizen of Pakistan, allowing him free movement inside the country. The verdict was rendered by Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam. In September 2009, expressing concerns over the Islamabad High Court's decision to end all security restrictions on Khan, the United States warned that Khan still remains a "serious proliferation risk

Dr Naveed A Malik Founding Rector of Virtual University of Pakistan



Dr. Malik is Rector of the Virtual University of Pakistan. Dr. Malik obtained his Master’s degree in Physics from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan and later the Dr. of Science degree from M.I.T. in the field of Electrical Engr and Computer Science. Dr. N. A. Malik is Rector of the Virtual University of Pakistan.                  

  • Founding Rector of Virtual University of Pakistan (2001-2012)
  • Pakistan Project Manager MIT-BLOSSOMS
  • Project Leader of two Asia-wide IDRC funded research projects in Distance Education (2005-12)
  • Received Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2008 for services to education
  • Established the PU optical fiber network (1998)
  • Developed the PU Exam System (1994)
  • Founding Chairman of Dept. of CS at Punjab University (1991)
  • Software and Systems developer (1983-2001)
  • Doctor of Science from MIT (1982)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rahman received 'Friendship Award of China’ to develop strong linkages between China and Pakistan

Former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rahman will be conferred on the ‘Friendship Award of China’ in Beijing on September 29.

The award is the People’s Republic of China’s highest national award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress. The formal award giving ceremony will be held in Beijing on September 29.

The award is being given for the tremendous contributions of Professor Atta-ur-Rahman to develop strong linkages between China and Pakistan in various fields of science and higher education.

He was responsible for initiating a major programme of academic collaboration and linkages with Chinese universities and other institutions as federal minister for science and technology and later as Higher Education Commission chairman. Under these programmes, some 400 students were sent to various Chinese universities and research institutions for PhD level training.

Professor Rahman has initiated strong collaborations with many Chinese Institutes. He signed an Executive Protocol for Scientific Cooperation between Chinese Academy of Sciences and Pakistan Academy of Sciences under which many workshops have been organised in Pakistan and China. These included a major international conference titled ‘IUC South Asia Summit Meeting on Vistas in Structural Chemistry’ during April 28-30, 2014, Karachi, Pakistan to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography.

Dr Atta-ur-Rahman has also initiated a nationwide project for training students in universities of Pakistan in Chinese language through video-conferencing. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman’s book, ‘The Wondrous World of Science’ has been recently translated into Chinese language. Professor Atta-ur-Rahman has recently been awarded International Cooperation Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on January 10, 2014. He has 976 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 720 research publications, 37 international patents, 151 books and 68 chapters in books published largely by major US and European presses. Prof. Rahman is the most decorated scientist of Pakistan, having won four civil awards including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, and the nation’s highest civil award, Nishan-i-Imtiaz.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Youngest IT Security Specialist Muhammad Huzair Awan





Banners sporting snapshots of the allegedly youngest Microsoft certified computer specialist are splashed around the humble locality of Lahore’s Nabi Park area. One of the residents, Muhammad Huzair Awan, 7, scored highly on a certification exam.
It has been a week since the shy third-grader, cleared his Microsoft Certification exam.
While Huzair is to receive his official certificate from Microsoft by mid-July, he has received his scores. The Microsoft exam taken by Huzair tests the installation of programmes, upgrading and migrating to Windows 7, configuring hardware and applications, configuring network connectivity, configuring mobile computing amongst other computing tasks.
“I like computers,” says Huzair. “No one in my class likes computers.”
He reveals that his most prized possession is his laptop, which was gifted by his father last year. “He does not let anyone touch his laptop,” says his grandmother who initially was very concerned about the child spending so much time using it.

Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi was born in 1928 in a small village of Bantva near Joona Garh, Gujrat (India). The seeds of compassion for the suffering humanity were sown in his soul by his mother’s infirmity. When Edhi was at the tender age of eleven, his mother became paralysed and later got mentally ill. Young Abdul Sattar devoted himself for looking after all her needs; cleaning, bathing, changing clothes and feeding. This proved to be a loosing battle against the disease, and her helplessness increased over the years. Her persistent woeful condition left a lasting impression on young Edhi. The course of his life took a different turn from other persons of his age. His studies were also seriously affected and he could not complete his high school level. For him the world of suffering became his tutor and source of wisdom.

Most Wickets In A One-Day International Career Wasim Akram




The most wickets taken over a one-day international cricket career is 440 by Pakistan's Wasim Akram in 319 matches between 1985 and 2001. Wasim took the wickets at an average of 24.04 runs. Born in 1966 Lahore, Wasim Akram started playing cricket, like many Pakistanis, on the streets. He made his international debut at the age of 18 after an invitation to join the national team's training camp as they prepared for a match against New Zealand. Wasim's ability to move the ball in the air combined with his pace and accuracy has earned him a reputation as one of the world's best fast bowlers. In February 2000, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Jahangir Khan is the greatest Professional Pakistani Sportsmen


Jahangir Khan is the greatest sportsman ever of any sport.  Well, his record of winning 555 consecutive matches to mention just one of many exceptional achievements remains unchallenged by any other athlete to this day.  I had the great fortune to watch him live at the peak of his game – an unforgettable experience.

Dominating international squash for the better part of a decade – during the 1980s into the 90s – it was initially, however, not at all obvious that Jahangir was going to become the greatest squash champion in history.

“I was told I would never become world champion. I was the youngest, smallest, feeblest and sickest of the family. Neither the doctor nor my father believed there was any chance for me to become a good squash player” – says Jahangir Khan in his book ‘Winning Squash’.

Having gone from such unpromising beginnings to become the greatest squash player of all time – Jahangir Khan is an inspiration for everyone – whatever their initial circumstances, to go on and achieve great things.

Indeed, to quote Jahangir again: “I believe my story can offer hope to millions of people all over the world who are poor, bereaved or sick.  At different times, I have been all three”.