Showing posts with label Pakistan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pakistan. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Junaid Qureshi commits to bring improvement in the railway working

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

The newly appointed General Manager Pakistan Railways, Junaid Qureshi, has stated that railway’s 60 percent problems can be resolved by overcoming mismanagement while the remaining 40 percent relate to financial implications.

He made the observation while talking to media after chairing meetings with Divisional officers and office-bearers of various workers’ unions in the office of Divisional Superintendent Railways.

Besides some Principal Officers from Railway headquarter Lahore, who accompanied the General Manaer during his maiden visit to Karachi, the meeting was also attended by Divisional Superintendent Anzar Ismail Rizvi.

Junaid Qureshi said he told the officials to spare no effort in resolving the related problems which they can do at their own level 

In this regard, he said, he issued various directives to them and hopefully these would result in bringing improvement in the railway’s working including control on late running of trains which emanate from Karachi.

He said that plans were underway to restart the freight trains on priority basis, which in real term are the real revenue backbone of the railway.

“Railway certainly suffered a revenue setback with the closure of freight operation”, he observed and pointed out that Karachi Railway Division has only 89 working locomotives out of a total strength of 111.

He said that he will be visiting the loco shed at Cantonment railway station on Tuesday to assess the possibilities for repair of defective locomotives and for this purpose the railway will release necessary funds as well.

He said that railway will start operation of two freight trains from Karachi from next week

To a question, the GM Railways informed that talks were in final stages for obtaining Rs 6 billion commercial loan from National Bank of Pakistan. He said this amount will be spent on the repair of 80 locomotives and will be repaid from the income generating from freight and other operational trains.

Junaid Qureshi informed that international tenders have been floated for purchase of 150 locomotives. He said the tenders will be opened in June.

Replying a question, the GM said that railway is going to run six more trains on public-private participation during the next 30 or 45 days.

He told a questioner that for the present the railway’s revenue was 30 percent below the target. But the situation will improve by next month when freight trains will be operational.

Meanwhile, the General Manager railway has under taken a visit to various railway divisions starting with Karachi Division He will be visiting Sukkur Railway Division on Tuesday and Wednesday and Multan Railway Division next week.

Junaid Qureshi said he is taking a team of senior officers along with him for resolving various issues on the spot.

He said he himself will under take journey to various destination on trains and has issued same directives to his officers to follow his suit in an effort to bring improvement in the railway’s working.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Rtn Nasreen Masood highlights Rotary’s objectives in Radio interview

The President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Karachi Airport (RCKA), Rtn Nasreen Masood, was interviewed by Bushra Noor Khawaja in the popular ‘Prime Time Hour’ by Radio Pakistan on April 27. It was broadcast live on FM 93 as well.

It was a lively one-hour informative session, conducted by a seasoned campaigner, which was made even more entertaining by punctuating it with quite a few popular songs.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q: Would you like to share with our listeners when did you start your career as a social worker?
A: It was more than a decade ago when I got engaged in social work. I am one of the founding members of Rotary Club of Karachi Airport (RCKA) which was chartered in 2008. I was elected unopposed as its President last year.

Q: Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ is truly inspirational. How do you meet the challenge?
A: Rotary International is one of the top voluntary organizations of the world. We have a proper system in place. We act in accordance with our bye-laws. We hold weekly meetings of our club which help considerably in letting us accomplish our goals.

Q: How do you work on your projects?
A: In our weekly meetings we deliberate on the various aspects of the projects to be undertaken. Every member is provided the opportunity and encouraged to play his or her part. It can be in terms of cash or kind. All of us are volunteers. We devote our time and energies. Our Board finalizes the finer details and then the members are assigned tasks in light of commitments they make. The progress of the projects is monitored in our meetings. We work on short-term as well as long-term projects.

Q: How do you motivate your members?
A: Mostly the Rotarians are committed people. We, the resourceful ones, understand our responsibilities to the community and we try to contribute as much as we could to help those who deserve it.

Q: How do you reach the needy people?
A: We just need to keep our eyes and ears open while commuting. Day in and day out we come across people who need our support. We are flooded with requests for help at times. After proper verification we extend them as much support as we could by pooling our resources.

Q: What are the responsibilities of Rotary President?
A: Every Rotarian has a responsibility. The President is just the captain of the team for a term of one year. Our elections are held every year. The President tries to lead by example to let the others take the cue and perform more actively. In my opinion election to the post of the President its an incentive to work harder and create more resources.

Q: Which project has given you the highest satisfaction?
A: It was setting up a dispensary in Sector 11-D of North Karachi. While driving there, I had noticed an elderly man standing between lots of kids in front of a gate. As I drew closer it was discovered that the gentleman was Rahmat Bhai who was providing education free of cost to the area children at his own house.

We sent our club officials there to extract more details and then our meeting was arranged with him. He desired operating a dispensary in the portion of his house and sought our assistance to facilitate free medicine and consultation to the area people, who couldn’t afford costs. We readily agreed. We collected medicines and then persuaded a qualified doctor to work two hours daily on voluntary basis. The dispensary is still running and it gives me enormous satisfaction.

Q: What are your cherished goals now?
A: The eradication of polio is on top of the list of our priorities at the moment. Rotary’s National Polio Plus Committee, headed by our dynamic former Governor Aziz Memon, has been trying its level best to eradicate this deadly disease from Pakistan. On our part we are convincing the mothers to take the responsibility of saving their children. No mother wants her kid to be affected by polio. She has to be explained and made responsible. They have to be taught that it would be a criminal negligence to deprive their children of the polio drops that are being provided at their doorstep.  

Q: Who inspired you to take to social work?
A: I have been thoroughly impressed with the spirit and passion of Abdul Sattar Edhi. I always wondered how he worked so selflessly and so effectively round the clock. He was been there everywhere. He takes care of the elderly parents who are deserted by their own children. Similarly he adopts the kids who are abandoned by their parents. It’s quite astonishing how he manages to do so much of work. I am a greater admirer of his. I know that I can’t be like him but I derive inspiration from his acts and try to contribute my bit.

Q: Do you get any time for recreation?
A: To be honest I don’t get much spare but I listen to music whenever possible.

Q: Who are your favourite singers?
A: Noor Jahan and Mohammad Rafi.

Q: What kind of songs you prefer to listen?
A: I am fond of ghazals. I have liked slow songs from beginning.

Q: Tell us about your family.
A: My husband is a mechanical engineer, who secured gold medal at the NED University. He has been working abroad a multinational for the last few years. Both my sons are also engineers, with the elder one having got married just recently.

Q: What kind of mother you have turned out to be?
A: Well I have never compromised on discipline. I didn’t allow my sons to go out once they were back from school with the focus being on studies. I taught them to ignore the mistakes of others and not to get provoked. Both my sons are greatly indebted to me now for having being strict when they were not in a position to find out themselves what was good for them and what was not.

Q: What’s your message to our listeners? A: I will urge the people not to lose hope. You must remain positive and your face should be glowing. Nobody leads an ideal life. The hardships are to be faced with courage. Don’t lose heart when things don’t go your way. Continue working hard because there are no short-cuts to success. If you wish to bring about a change in your lives you must work hard.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sohail Wajahat advises engineers to work hard to achieve excellence

Karachi Observer Report

The Chairman of the Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Engr Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, has called upon the engineers of the future to pledge to strive relentlessly towards achieving engineering excellence.

“You should have complete knowledge of your respective engineering fields and find out their own specialized core”, he told them while delivering a lecture on “Engineering Excellence” at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi.

The lecture was organized by the SSUET in collaboration with Management Consultancy and Training Services (MCTS), headed by former IG Sindh and an ex-DG NIPA, Niaz Ahmed Siddiqi.

Engr Sohail Wajahat suggested that all the career counselors at schools and colleges should help the students in letting them choose their field or otherwise they will not be able to achieve excellence.

In his 90-minute talk, Engr Sohail Wajahat, who recently quit Siemens Pakistan to head Pakistan State Oil as its chairman, was candid in telling the graduating engineers to try to understand the meaning of “excellence” and strive hard to achieve it for a bright future.

He pointed out that engineering is something in which people find different solutions and the upcoming graduates should come out as “valued engineers” with three basic values which, if carried by them in life, they would end up as excellent engineers.

An excellent engineer should firstly be excellent human being with excellence and innovation being other values, he exhorted.

In order how to achieve excellence, the PSO Chairman narrated his own example and said that his parents firmly implanted in his mind that he should always be first class first with respect to parents being the foremost principle and he truly came up to their expectations.

He told the engineering students that in order to achieve excellence they will have to keep clear targets before them and they will have launch successful ideas or otherwise people would not listen to them.

Replying a question, Engr Sohail Wajahat said that PSO has no responsibility in the ongoing power crisis as it is only a fuel supplier. He said the problem is with generation and distribution and this cannot be achieved without making investments.

He said a permanent solution to power crisis lies in continuous operation of plants as well as regular payment of bills by the consumers.

To another question, Chairman PSO said that every institution must have a Research and Development (R&D) budget to help the faculty and students in carrying out their research activities.

He did not agree with a questioner that utility organizations like power suppliers subject the common consumers to harassment. On the contrary the dishonest people do not pay taxes and steal electricity and make complaints, he stated.

“We live beyond our means and do not limit ourselves to our budget”, has said adding that this kind of behavior gives rise to corruption.

He was of the view that our engineers having passed out in 80s or 90s do not update themselves although they are engaged in the profession of teaching the younger generation. This is not excellence and they should update themselves with latest knowledge to being excellence in engineering.

To another question Engr Sohail Wajahat said that people always blame others instead of being responsible to their own profession to achieve excellence. Engineers should create engineering innovations and keep themselves updated for meeting the future challenges, he added.

He called for continuous training of faculty and described the same as highly imperative. He said to solve the problems they should find solutions and if not then they cannot become excellent engineers.

On the occasion Engr Sohail Wajahat offered internship for 10-12 students of SSUET and called for providing the names of such internees along with details of their projects.

At the end of the talk, the chief guest signed the pledge made by upcoming others along with other participants.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


City District Government Karachi has increased the number of stalls held in the Sunday Book Fair in Frere Hall. More than 50 book stalls will be held in the Sunday Book Fair on 15th May where old and new books will be put on sale.

This may be noted that City District Government Karachi after a gap of 7 years resumed the weekly Sunday Book Fair in the historical Frere Hall on last Sunday. Large number of book lovers and families visited the book fair and appreciated the step taken by CDGK. Considering this appreciation, City Government had decided to increase the number of stalls in the book fair. The Sunday Book Fair in Frere Hall will be held from 8 a.m till 7 p.m every Sunday.