Friday, April 26, 2013

Ehsan Qureshi-led Unity Panel triumphs in APP Sindh Union polls

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Unity Panel, led by Ehsan Ali Qureshi, swept the elections 2013-14 of APP Employee's Union (CBA) Sindh, held on April 24. The APP employees from Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas and Nawabshah cast their votes in the elections.

A senior journalist and a former Joint Secretary of the Karachi Press Club, Ehsan Qureshi, was elected President while Abdul Sattar Qureshi, a senior IT Engineer at Hyderabad Bureau, and Arshad Ahmed Khan, a reporter, were elected as General Secretary and Vice-President of the Union respectively.
Mohammad Anwar (Joint Secretary), Syed Fahim Haider (Treasurer) and Mohammad Siddiq (Press Secretary) won their respective seats as the Unity Panel bagged as many as 13 slots out of 14.

The eight-member Governing Body was also elected and it comprised of Mohammad Toheed Siddiqi, Mohammad Saleem Qadir, Syed Abbas Mehdi, Mohammad Zahid, Farhan Khan, Mashooq Ali Chandio, Shoaib Qamar and Mohammad Saleem. All of them contested the elections from the platform of the Unity Panel.

The elections were conducted by a two-member election committee featuring Sattar Javed and Kafeel Ahmed in Karachi and they were assisted by senior journalist Yaseen Rahi at APP's Hyderabad Bureau.

Addressing the employees, the President-elect, Ehsan Qureshi, congratulated the members on the revival of the union and said the newly elected body will protect their genuine grievances and rights across the Sindh province.

He recognized the younger lot of elected members for their dedication and spirit in the revival of the union and thanked everyone for reposing their confidence in the newly elected body.  

Architect Bashir Malik’s tribute to Z A Nizami

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Bashir A. Malik, a renowned architect and a senior Aligarhian from Lahore, has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Engr Z A Nizami, Chancellor, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) and President, Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA).

In a letter addressed to Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, new Chancellor of the SSUET, Architect Bashir Malik, who has been the Chief Technical Advisor of the United Nations Organization (UNO), besides being a former Member of Board Governors of the SSUET, has stated that he was deeply hurt at the sad demise of Engr Nizami.

He paid rich tributes to Engr Nizami for his services for the cause of the city of Karachi and engineering education, and prayed to Allah to grant the departed soul a special place in paradise and fortitude to bereaved family members, colleagues and friends to bear this irreparable loss.

It may be mentioned here that Architect Bashir Malik had donated Rs nine million for the construction of SSUET’s modern auditorium in Block-F.

During lifetime of Engr Nizami he had also offered a piece of land in Lahore for the establishment of SSUET’s Campus there.

Reciprocating the same feelings in a reply to Architect Bashir Malik, the Chancellor SSUET Engr Adil Usman described the passing away of Engr Nizami a great and irreparable loss, describing him a visionary person whose services in the field of town planning of Karachi and particularly in imparting quality engineering education through the SSUET will always be remembered.

Sadaat-e-Amroha holds condolence meeting for Z A Nizami

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman has said that people of Pakistan and for that matter of Sindh and specially Karachi are greatly indebted to late Chancellor SSUET and former DG KDA, Engr Z.A. Nizami who gave this city the status of a world class metropolis and established an engineering university and an Institute of Technology in this great city.

“It is a ‘Sadaq-a-Jaria’ for he accomplished a task which was assigned to him by Almighty Allah,” he said while speaking as chief guest at a condolence meeting organized for late Z A Nizami at the Sadaat-e-Amroha in Karachi.

He said that the demise of Engr Nizami has created a huge vacuum which will be difficult to fill but as new Chancellor of SSUET and President of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) he will leave no stone unturned to carry forward the mission undertaken by the late Chancellor.

“The university will continue to remind us of the services rendered by Engr Nizami and his memories will always refresh our hearts and minds,” he remarked.

Engr Adil Usman stated that it’s not possible for any human being to comprehend the “hikmat” of Allah who is the creator of this universe. It is He who selects His creation for the accomplishment of a task.

Recalling his old association with Engr Nizami, the SSUET Chancellor described him as his ideal and said he learnt a lot from him and he always found him very supportive and sympathizer who would meet every one without consideration of his/her cast, colour and creed and oblige them.

“I have score of examples before me when I found him helping the poor and destitute persons,” he added.

He said that Engr Nizami was a world class town planner who also gave suggestions to the Saudi Government with regard to expansion plans of Harmain Sharifain and Masjid-e-Nabavi (SAWW) and keeping their floors cool.

He said it was upon his request that Shah Faisal had ordered opening of the route reserved for Princesses during Haj for pilgrims-a task which Allah had approved to be taken through Engr Nizami.

Engr Adil Usman remarked that even after retirement as Director General of KDA, Engr Nizami did not sit idle and used his God-gifted vision for the welfare of “Khalq-e-Khuda”.

He said that Engr Nizami procured the land for the SSUET, getting it allotted from the then President and today this institution has so far produced over 10,000 engineers.

Keeping his services in view he was elected as President of AMUOBA for seven terms and held this office till his death.

He said that Engr Nizami was blessed with a very attractive and charming personality and he was particularly helpful to the needy students and would exempt them from payment of fee.

Engr Nizami, he said, made this university a “center of excellence” and students passing out from here were today serving in the USA, UK, Canada and Middle East and many of them were there for still higher education.

The Chancellor said that due to the efforts of Engr Nizami SSUET today has affiliation with many US and UK universities while in Karachi it’s also holding courses for Masters and Ph.D.