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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Dr Firdous visits KPC, vows to resolve APP pensioners’ issues

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News and Features Services)

The Federal Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, during her visit to the Karachi Press Club (KPC on July 22, listened to the problems being faced by the media industry and the journalists’ community of the country.

The Federal Minister held meetings with the delegations of the KPC, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) and All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (APNEC) besides Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Employees Union. 

The office-bearers of the KPC, PFUJ, KUJ and APNEC presented the cases of media persons particularly in Karachi and elsewhere in Sindh including retired employees of APP Karachi. 

Two of the former Presidents of APP Employees Union Sindh, Ehsan Qureshi and Masood Sattar Khan, informed the Minister about non-payment of dues to retired employees since 2008, pension increase as announced by federal government, non-payment of medical bills and non-availability of medical facilities including hospitalization for retired and old employees whose outstanding services for this premier agency of Pakistan can be reckoned with.

She was communicated that while millions of rupees were paid to current regular employees, the retired employees of APP Karachi and interior of Sindh were being totally ignored notwithstanding the financial conditions they were passing through. 

The small delegation of the APP pensioners appealed to Dr.Firdous Ashiq Awan for justice for the golden old employees of the national news agency. 

The Information Minister showed her utter surprise over non-payment of long standing dues of retired journalists of the APP.

She told the media people that Prime Minister Imran Khan was most concerned about their well-being and desired to resolve all their problems. 

The media persons present on the occasion were shocked to learn that the Federal Information Minister was being kept in the dark regarding the issues concerning the APP by officials of their own Ministry. 

The APP, being the leading news agency of the country, has been the mouthpiece of the government all along and it’s one of the most important organs of the Federal Ministry of the Information and Broadcasting, now headed by Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

PNFS honours Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Syed Masood-ul-Hasan Shah

PNFS Report

The Pakistan News and Features Services (PNFS) hosted a dinner reception in the honour of eminent intellectuals, Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari and Syed Masood-ul-Hasan Shah, at the KDA Officers Club, Karachi, on April 13. 

Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, a former Administrator of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), was the chief guest in the ceremony which was attended by professionals from the various walks of life. 

Abdul Qadir Qureshi, a veteran journalist now heading PNFS, welcomed the two stalwarts, one from the field of library and information science and the other one being a career journalist. 

“Both these gentlemen, having proven track record in their respective professions, have now relocated to the United States (US) and interestingly they spend their summers in the nearby cities of Texas. We are fortunate enough to have roped them together for this evening,” Abdul Qadir Qureshi stated in his opening remarks. 

“Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, as we all know, is one of the founders of library and information science in Pakistan. His not-for-profit organization, Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), has served the cause of the profession for more than 50 years. Syed Masood-ul-Hasan Shah worked as the Director of Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) besides being its Karachi Bureau Chief. He was also posted as the APP Correspondent in Beijing China,” the PNFS founder recalled. 

Chief guest Rauf Akhtar Farooqui wholeheartedly praised both the visiting guests from the US for having excelled in their respective undertakings over a long period of time. 

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, on the occasion, presented copies of a couple of his books to Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, who considered them worthy to be ranked among world’s best publications.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ehsan Qureshi grieved

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Ehsan Qureshi, Sports Editor, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Karachi Bureau, was grieved as his father-in-law, Ajmal Baig, passed away on January 5 at the Ziauddin Hospital and was laid to rest on at the Tariq Road graveyard the following day. 

The Namaz-e-Janaza, attended by a large number of journalists, friends and relatives, was offered at the Masjid Maamoor, housed in the Tariq Road Commercial Area. 

The soyem will be held at Rehmania Masjid, Tariq Road, on January 7 between Asr and Maghrib prayers while arrangements for ladies have been made at the residence of the late Ajmal Bag. 

Meanwhile eminent people from the various walks of life, particularly from sports, social and cultural fields, have condoled the sad demise of Ehsan Qureshi’s father in-law and prayed to Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace. 

 Former Managing Director, APP Islamabad, Malik Fazl-ur-Rehman, noted lawyer, Justice (Rtd) Khawaja Naveed Ahmed, District Governor of Rotary International, Jahangir Moghul, former Pakistan High Commissioner to UK, Abdul Kader Jaffer, prominent religious scholar Haji Hanif Tayyab, President, English Speaking Union of Pakistan, Aziz Memon, leading industrialist Shahid Firoz, Vice Chancellor SSUET, Prof Dr Jawaid H. Rizvi, President, Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association, Alamgir Anwar Shaikh, Abdul Moid Khan, System Manager SSUET, Naushaba Tasneem, a prominent Aligarhian and Member International Relations Committee, Aligarh Muslim University, and many other prominent figures condoled with Ehsan Qureshi on the demise of his father in-law.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Zaibunnisa Bukhari remembered

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Quran Khawani and Fateha for  Esal-e-sawab of prominent trade unionist and woman activist, Zaibunnisa Shanta Bukhari was held at the residence of her son Munawwar Sultan Bukhari.

It was largely attended by people from various walks of life including trade union leaders, activists, friends, relatives and senior journalists. Zaibunnisa had passed away on 27th Ramazan at local hospital.

She was the wife of Comrade Jamaluddin Bukhari and mother of Dr Muzaffar, Munawwar Sultan, Mukarram Sultan, Moazzam Sultan (APP Correspondent at Larkana) and Hakim Bukhari.

Conspicuous with their presence  on the occasion were  prominent leftist leader Comrade Sobho Gyanchandani, former Ambassador to Libya and UAE Jamil Ahmed Khan, former AG Sindh and Chairman Larkana Old Boys Association, Zulfikar Qadri, Vice-Chancellor Urdu University Dr  Zafar Iqbal, noted poet and critic Taj Baluch, Chairman Taraqqi Pasan Musannafeen, writer and intellectual Muslim Shamim, Executive Director SLIC, Basimul Huq, former Controller SBCA, Mohammed Shafiq, Secretary, Pir Illahi Bux Foundation, Ali Asghar Shah, Human Right activist Engr Indur Auhuja,  Monis Ayaz Shaikh, son of revolutionary poet Ayaz Shaikh,  Pir Abid Siddiqui, Javed Iqbal and others.

On the occasion prominent participants spoke about the life, achievements and contribution of late Zaibunnisa Shanta Bukhari.

Both Munawwar Sultan Bokhari and Mukarram Sultan Bukkhari had worked as correspondent of the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) at Larkana. Munawwar Bukhari is a former civil servant and Chairman Larkanians while Mukarram Bukhari retired from KDA as Director a couple of years ago.

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.