Friday, January 28, 2011

نماز کو نہ چھوڑنا



نماز کو نہ چھوڑنا


اے اللہ تو درود بھيج محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم پر اور ان کے آل پراور ان کے تمام ساتھيوں پر
اے اللہ مجھے ميرے والدين کو تمام زندہ و مُردہ مومن و مسلم مرد و عورتوں کو بخش دے
يہاں تک کہ انہوں نے ہلاکت کے آثار پر بھي اُسے نہ چھوڑا



يہاں تک کہ انہوں نے کھنڈرات ميں بھي اُسے نہ چھوڑا



انہيں قيد کيا جانے لگا تو بھي اُسے نہ چھوڑا



اپاہچ (لنگڑے لولے) لوگوں نے بھي اسے نہ چھوڑا





قريب البلوغ لڑکوں نے بھي اُسے نہ چھوڑا



بچوں نے بھي اُسے نہ چھوڑا





آپ کيوں اُسے چھوڑ ديتے ہيں؟؟؟
کس لئے؟؟؟
کيا آپ نہيں جانتے کہ وہ نيک اعمال ميں سب سے زيادہ پسنديدہ
سب سے بڑي فرمانبرداري
اللہ کے قريب کرنے والي چيزوں ميں سب سے افضل ہے


اگر تم نے اس نماز کي حفاظت نہ کي
اور ويسے تم نے نماز نہ پڑھي جيسے تمہارے رب نے حکم ديا
تو ايک دن تيري نماز پڑھي جائے گي
اُس وقت تجھ ميں يہ طاقت نہ ہوگي کہ فوت شدہ نماز يں پڑھ سکے



تو اِس گھر ميں داخل ہوگا -اکيلا-
اور تو نہيں پائے گا وہاں سوائے
تيرے عمل کے



اگر تو پابندي کرنے والا ہے
اپنے نماز کي-
تو تيرا رب تجھے عزت بخشے گا
- تيري موت کے وقت-
يہ آدمي مسجد نبوي ميں سجدہ کي حالت ميں وفات پاگيا



ايک حاجي مکہ ميں اس وقت وفات پايا جب وہ اپنے دونوں ہاتھ دعا کے لئے اٹھايا ہوا تھا



اگر تو “ کاہلي کرنے والوں ميں سے ہوگا-
تو عنقريب مرے گا “ گھاٹا پانے والوں کي طرح-



اب تو خيال کر کہ آئندہ کبھي تيري نماز چھوٹنے نہ پائے
اللہ عزوجل فرماتا ہے:
بے شک نماز مومنوں پر وقت مقررہ پر فرض ہے
اے اللہ ہميں ان لوگوں ميں سے بنا جو اپني نمازوں ميں خشوع اختيار کرتے ہيں
اور ان لوگوں ميں سے جو اپني نمازوں پر ہميشگي اختيار کرتے ہيں
اور ان لوگوں ميں سے جو اپني نمازوں کي حفاظت کرتے ہيں
اميد کرتا ہوں کہ اپني دعاؤں ميں نہ بھوليں گے اللہ آپ کو بہتر بدلہ عنايت فرمائے
اللہ سے سوال کرتا ہوں اس بات کا کہ وہ ان لوگوں کو ہدايت دے جو نمازيں نہيں پڑھتے

آمين

اردو ہماری قومی زبان

اسلام و علیکم

کیا حال ہیں سب کے؟



دوستو آج میں کچھ ہماری قومی زبان اردو کے بارے میں آپ سے شئیر کرنا چاہتا ہوں۔۔

اردو ترکی زبان کا لفظ ہے جس کا مطلب ہے لشکر
اسی لئے یہ لشکری زبان سے بھی موسوم ہے
326اس کی تاریخی حیثیت کے بارے میں یہ پتہ چلتا ہے کہ جب ق م
میں سکندر اعظم نے برصغیر پر حملہ کیا تو اس وقت یہ زبان وجود میں آئی۔ اس کے لشکر میں چونکہ بہت سے خطوں علاقوں ثقافتوں اور زبانوں کے لوگ شامل تھے تو انھیں آپس میں بات کرنےمیں بہت مشکل پیش آتی تھی۔چنانچہ انہوں نے آپس میں بات کرنے کے لیے اردو زبان وضع کی تاکہ بات چیت ہو سکے دراصل یہ بہت سی زبانوں کا مجموعہ تھی۔۔
اس میں بنیادی طور پر عربی، فارسی کا ذخیرہ زیادہ ہے اس کے علاوہ ہندی، سنسکرت، ترکی، یونانی، لاطینی، اور جرمن زبانوں کے الفاظ بھی بے شمار ملتے ہیں۔۔اس وقت پوری دنیا میں تقریباْ ڈیرھ سو ملین سے زائد لوگوں اردو کو سمجھتے اور بولتے ہیں ۔۔۔
لیکن معیاری اور صحیح تلفظ سے بولنے والوں کی تعداد تقریباْ اس وقت ایک سو دو ملین لوگوں کی ہے ۔۔۔

پوری دنیا میں زیادہ بولی والی زبانوں میں اردو کا نمبر چوتھا ہے اور یہ ہمارے لیے فخر کی بات ہے۔۔ کہ اردو آخر کو ہماری قومی زبان بھی تو ہے۔۔ اردو کو پاکستان میں سرکاری زبان کی حیثیت ہے اور پاکستان کے تمام علاقوں میں اردو کو سمجھا جاتا ہے پاکستان میں علاقائی زبان بولنے والے بھی اردو کو بڑی اچھی طرح سمجھتے ہیں۔۔۔

لیکن مجھے افسوس سے کہنا پڑ رہا ہے کہ اس وقت پاکستان میں اردو زبان کی حیثیت ثانوی سی ہوتی جارہی ہے جو کہ نہیں ہونی چاہئے۔۔۔

دنیا کے ساتھ چلنے کے لازمی ہے کہ ہمیں دوسری زبانوں پر بھی عبور ہونا چاہئے لیکن ہمیں اپنی زبان کی اہمیت کو بھی نظر انداز نہیں کرنا چاہیے ۔۔۔۔ اس میں کوئی شک نہیں کہ آج انگریزی زبان پوری دنیا میں بین الاقوامی زبان کی حیثیت رکھتی ہے اور ہمیں بھی اس زبان پر عبور حاصل کرنا چاہئے۔۔ تاکہ ہم دنیاوی ترقی کے لیے پیچھے ناں رہ جائیں کیونکہ آج سائنس و ٹیکنالوجی کا دور ہے اور دنیا میں کوئی بھی بین الاقوامی کانفرنس، سیمنار، سائنس و ٹیکنالوجی سے منسلک اشئا میں استعمال ہونی والی زبان اس وقت انگریزی کے علاوہ نہیں ہوسکتی۔۔۔یہاں تک کہ اس وقت گلوبل لائبریریز میں تما م جدید علوم کی کتابیں انگریزی میں ہی لکھی جاتی ہیں اور اس کے لیے تمام پاکستانیوں کو انگریزی زبان کا سیکھنا لازمی ہے۔۔ تاکہ دنیا کے ساتھ قدم سے قدم ملا کر چل سکیں۔ لیکن۔۔۔ اس کے ساتھ ساتھ اپنی زبان کی اہمیت ویسی ہی رہنی چاہیے جیسی کہ باقی ممالک میں اپنی زبان کو زیادہ اہمیت دی جاتی ہے۔۔ میں اسکی سب سے بڑی مثال ہمارے دوست ہمسائہ ملک چین کی دوں گا۔۔۔
ایک دفعہ کا زکر ہے کہ چین کے صدر کے پاس کچھ ممالک کا وفد ملنے کے لیے آیا تو ان کے بات چیت کے لیے چینی صدر نے اپنے مترجم کو استعمال کیا۔۔ اس دوران وفد میں سے کسی نے ایک لطیفہ سنایا۔۔۔ تو تمام ہنسنے لگے سوائے چینی صدر کے اس کے مترجم نے اس کو لطیفہ کو چینی زبان میں ترجمہ کر کے سنایا تو وہ مسکرایا۔۔ پھر کسی نے سوال کیا کہ آپ کوچینی زبان کے علاوہ اور کون کون سی زبانوں پر عبور ہے تو اس کے مترجم نے وفد کو جن زبانوں کا بتایا ان میں انگریزی زبان بھی تھی۔۔

کہنے کا مقصد یہ ہے کہ آپ کو کسی بھی دوسری زبان پر عبور ہونا چاہئے کیونکہ تمام زبانیں ہی اچھی ہوتی ہیں اور علم میں اضافے کا باعث بھی لیکن اپنی زبان کو اہمیت تمام زبانوں پر سب سےپہلے دینی چاہیے۔۔۔ لیکن

آج ہمارے صدر نے وزیراعظم یا کسی اور حکمران نے عوام سے خطاب کرنا ہو یا قومی اسمبلی یا صوبائی اسمبلی سے خطاب کرنا ہو۔۔۔ کوئی بھی باہر سے چھوٹا موٹا سا وزیر مشیر آجائے ہمارے حکمران فوراْ سے پہلے انگلش زبان میں تقریر اور بات چیت شروع کر دیتے ہیں جب کہ وہ مترجم بھی رکھتے ہیں۔۔۔ ہم لوگ کیوں اپنی زبان کو ڈی گریڈ کرتے ہیں ہم اپنے مترجم کو استعمال کرتے ہوئے اپنی زبان کو اہمیت کیوں نہیں دیتے کیا ہلیری کلنٹن پاکستان میں آکر یا امریکہ میں کسی پاکستان وزیر یا صدر سے بھی اردو میں بات کرے گی۔۔۔۔جواب صاف ۔۔۔ کبھی نہیں۔۔۔

تو ہم کیوں۔۔۔ ہمارے حکمران اسمبلی میں، عوام سے خطب میں۔۔۔۔ انگریزی زبان کا استعمال لازمی سمجھتے ہیں ۔۔۔ لیکن کیا وہ نہیں جانتے کہ ابھی میرے ملک کی آدھی سے زیادہ عوام کو انگریزی سمجھ نہیں اتی۔۔۔ اصل میں ہمارے حکمران یا ان کی اولادیں جب انگلش میڈیم سے پڑھ کر آتے ہیں تو ان کو اردو کہا ں آئے گی یا پھر وہ اردو بولنے کو اپنی توہین سمجھتے ہین۔۔۔

دوسرا سب سے اہم پہلو وہ یہ کہ ہمارا الیکٹرانک ٹی وی میڈیا۔۔۔ جب سے ترقی کرنے لگا ہے وہ اپنی ثقافت، تہذیب کی دھجیاں اڑا رہا ہے۔۔۔ ٹی وی چینلز والے اپنے پروگرامز ڈراموں میں اب کافی سارے الفاظ ہندی کے استعمال کرنے لگے ہیں جو کہ بہت ہی خطرناک بات ہے۔۔اور کیوں کہ انڈین میڈیا نے بہت چالاکی کے ساتھ اردو ہندی مکسچر چلا کر پاکستانی عوام کو ہر لحاظ سے کمزور کرنے کی مہم چلائی ہوئی ہے اور ہم ہیں کہ ان کے اس پروپیگنڈے کو پورا کرنے میں لگے ہوئے ہیں ۔۔ سارادن ہماری ملک کی خواتین اپنا کام کرنے کے بعد رات کو ٹی وی پر سٹار پلس، اور زی ٹی وی جیسے چینلز پر ہندوانہ رسم و رواج کو فروغ دینے والے ڈرامے اور پروگرام اپنے بچوں کے ساتھ بیٹھ کر دیکھنا لازمی سمجھتی ہیں۔۔ اور ہمارے بچے اب بڑی روانی سے ہندی الفاظ کا استعما ل اردو کے ساتھ کر رہے ہین۔۔۔

اور جب ہمار ے بچے جب کوئی ایسا کام کرتے ہیں تو ہم اس کو مزاق میں لیتے ہوئے ہنس کر خاموش ہو جاتے ہیں یہ نہیں سوچتے کہ یہ بچے ہمارا مستقبل ہیں اور ہم اپنے مستقبل کو کس سمت پروان چڑھا رہے ہیں۔۔۔

براہ کرم ابھی بھی وقت نہیں گزرا ہمیں آج ہی جاگنا ہو گا اور اپنی ملک کی سرحدوں کے علاوہ اپنی زبان کی حفاظت کرنا ہوگی۔۔ اور انڈین ڈراموں ، گانوں ، فلموں سے مکمل پرہیز کے ساتھ ساتھ ان کا ہر طرح سے بائکاٹ کرنا ہو گا۔۔۔ اسے کے بہت سے دوسرے فائدوں کے ساتھ ہم اپنی معیشیت کو بھی کافی سہارا دے سکیں گے۔۔۔

اردو ہماری قومی زبان ہے اور اس ترقی میں اپنا ہاتھ ضرور بٹائیں
آپ اگر پاکستان کے لیے اور کچھ نہیں کر سکتے تو کم ازکم اردوکو تو نیلام ہونے سے بچا سکتے ہیں۔۔۔جس طرح ہمیں پاکستان کے چپے چپے گلی گلی، سے پیار ہے اسی طرح ہمیں اپنی زبان اور اپنی ثقافت سے بھی اتنا پیار کرنا چاہئے۔۔۔ کیونکہ ثقافتیں قوموں ک پہچان ہوتی ہیں اور ہمیں اپنی پہچان زندہ رکھنی ہے۔۔۔

دوسری زبانوں کو ضرور سیکھئے اور انگریزی، عربی تو لازمی سیکھئے۔۔۔ لیکن اپنی زبان کو مت بھولئے جب بھی کوئی اہم اور کڑا وقت ہو اپنی زبان کو اہمیت دیں اور ثابت کریں کہ آپ ایک اچھے اور سچے پاکستانی ہیں۔۔۔

پاکستان ہے تو ہم ہیں۔۔۔۔



پاکستان زندہ باد

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ظُلم جب حد سے گذر جائے

لال مسجد و جامعہ حفصہ پر حملہ کا نتیجہ


اُن کی خوراک بند کر دی گئی تھی ۔ آج پوری قوم آٹے ۔ چاول اور تیل کے بحران میں ہے

اُن کی بجلی بند کر دی گئی تھی ۔ آج پوری قوم بجلی کی لوڈ شیڈنگ کا شکار ہے


اُن کا پانی بند کر دیا گیا تھا ۔ آج پوری قوم پانی کی کمی کو دیکھ رہی ہے


اُن کو جلا دیا گیا تھا ۔ آج لوگ ایک دوسرے کو جلا رہے ہیں


اُس وقت سب خاموش رہے ۔ آج سب ایک دوسرے کو کوس رہے ہیں


اُس وقت جو ہیرو تھا ۔ آج وہ زِیرو ہے


یہ وقت ہے توبہ کا ۔ زیادہ استغفار کا


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میرے اللہ ۔ بادشاہی کے مالک ۔ تو جس کو چاہے بادشاہی بخشے اور جس سے چاہے بادشاہی چھین لے اور جس کو چاہے عزت دے اور جسے چاہے ذلیل کرے ۔ تو نے ہی ہمیں یہ مُلک پاکستان عطا کیا کہ ہم تیرے دین کے مطابق عمل کر سکیں ۔ ہمیں تو نے ہر نعمت سے نوازہ اور ہم مضبوط ہو کر دنیا کے سامنے سینہ تان کر کھڑے ہوئے ۔ لیکن پھر ہم راستے سے بھٹک گئے اور اس فانی دنیا کی دولت و شہرت کے پیچھے لگ گئے جس کے نتیجہ میں آج ہم پریشان و خوار ہیں اور ذلت میں ڈوبے ہوئے ہیں

میرے اللہ ۔ تیرے سوا کوئی معبود نہیں ۔ تو پوشیدہ اور ظاہر کا جاننے والا ہے اور بڑا مہربان نہایت رحم والا ہے ۔ ہماری خطائیں اور لغزشیں معاف فرما اور ہمیں سیدھی راہ پر چلنے کی توفیق عطا فرما

میرے اللہ ۔ ہر طرح کی بھلائی تیرے ہی ہاتھ ہے اور بے شک تو ہر چیز پر قادر ہے ۔ ہمارے ملک و قوم کو بیرونی اور اندرونی خطرات اور سازشوں سے محفوظ فرما اور ہماری قوم اور ہمارے مُلک کو تباہی سے بچا لے اور ہمارے ملک کو پھر اپنے دین کا قلعہ بنا دے

میرے اللہ ۔ تو تمام مخلوقات کا خالق ۔ ایجاد واختراع کرنے والا اور صورت گری کرنے والا ہے ۔ ہمارے حکمرانوں کے دلوں میں ملک و قوم کی بھلائی کا جذبہ پیدا فرما دے اور اُنہیں اس جذبے پر عمل کی توفیق بھی عطا فرما دے

میرے اللہ ۔ تو سلامتی اور امن دینے والا ہے ۔ اگر ہمارے حکمران سیدھی راہ پر چلنے کی توفیق نہیں رکھتے تو ہمیں ملک و قوم کی محبت اور اس کی خدمت کا جذبہ رکھنے والے حکمران نصیب فرما اور ہمارے ملک کو امن کا گہوارہ بنا دے

آمین ثم آمین ۔ یا اب العالمین

A Pakistani Hero....

احمق یا اصل روپ میں

پیپلز پارٹی کے رہنما لاف باز ہیں یا دہشتگرد ؟


صوبائی وزیر داخلہ ڈاکٹر ذوالفقار مرزا [سپیکر قومی اسمبلی ڈاکٹر فہمیدہ مرزا کے خاوند] نے رتوڈیرو میں سیمینار سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا “جس وقت بی بی کو شہید کیا گیا اس وقت ہم نے پاکستان توڑنے کا ارادہ کرلیا تھا اور شہید بے نظیر بھٹو کے آبائی گھر ”نوڈیرو ہاوٴس “ سے پاکستان کے خلاف نکل ہی رہے تھے کہ ہمارے قائد آصف علی زرداری نے ‘پاکستان کھپے’ کا نعرہ لگاکر ہمارے تمام راستے بند کر دیئے”


وزیر داخلہ ڈاکٹر ذوالفقار مرزا نے مزید کہا “اِس سے قبل جب شہید ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کو تختہ دار کیا جا رہا تھا تو اس وقت بھی ہم نے پاکستان کا ایک ہوائی جہاز ہائی جیک کرنے کا پروگرام بنالیا تھا لیکن سندھ کے ممتاز علی بھٹو نے ہمیں منع کر دیا تھا

he Successful Pakistanis in and around the world

Quad -e- Azam the Founder of Pakistan
Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Urdu: محمد علی جناح About this sound Audio (help·info); Gujarati: મુહમ્મદ અલી જીનાહ); December 25, 1876 – September 11, 1948), a 20th century politician and statesman, is regarded as the founder of Pakistan. He served as leader of The Muslim League and Pakistan's first Governor-General. He is officially known in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam (Urdu: قائد اعظم — "Great Leader") and Baba-e-Qaum (بابائے قوم) ("Father of the Nation"). His birthday is a national holiday in Pakistan. Jinnah rose to prominence in the Indian National Congress initially expounding ideas of Hindu-Muslim unity and helping shape the 1916 Lucknow Pact between the Muslim League and the Indian National Congress; he also became a key leader in the All India Home Rule League. He proposed a fourteen-point constitutional reform plan to safeguard the political rights of Muslims in a self-governing India.

Jinnah, advocating the Two-Nation Theory, embraced the goal of creating a separate state for Muslims as per the Lahore Resolution. The League won most reserved Muslim seats in the elections of 1946. After the British and Congress backed out of the Cabinet Mission Plan Jinnah called for a Direct Action Day to achieve the formation of Pakistan. The direct action[5][6] by the Muslim League and its Volunteer Corps, resulted in massive rioting in Calcutta[6][7] between Muslims and Hindus/Sikhs.[8][7] As the Indian National Congress and Muslim League failed to reach a power sharing formula for united India, it prompted both the parties and the British to agree to independence of Pakistan and India. As the first Governor-General of Pakistan, Jinnah led efforts to rehabilitate millions of refugees, and to frame national policies on foreign affairs, security and economic development. He died a year after Pakistan's formation in September 1948.


Allam Iqbal

Sir Iqbal Mahsai (Punjabi, Urdu: علامہ محمد اقبال; November 9, 1877, Sialkot – April 21, 1938, Lahore) was a Persian- and Urdu-language poet, philosopher and politician[1] of Indian descent whose vision of an independent state for the Muslims of British India was to inspire the creation of Pakistan. He is commonly referred to as Allama Iqbal (علامہ اقبال‎, Allama meaning "Scholar").

After studying in Cambridge, Munich and Heidelberg, Iqbal established a law practice, but concentrated primarily on writing scholarly works on politics, economics,ishi history, philosophy and religion. He is best known for his poetic works, including Asrar-e-Khudi—for which he was knighted— Rumuz-e-Bekhudi, and the Bang-e-Dara, with its enduring patriotic song Tarana-e-Hind. In India, he is widely regarded for the patriotic song, Saare Jahan Se Achcha. In Afghanistan and Iran, where he is known as Eghbāl-e-Lāhoorī (اقبال لاہوری‎ Iqbal of Lahore), he is highly regarded for his Persian works.

Iqbal was a strong proponent of the political and spiritual revival of Islamic civilisation across the world, but specifically in South Asia; a series of famous lectures he delivered to this effect were published as The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. One of the most prominent leaders of the All India Muslim League, Iqbal encouraged the creation of a "state in northwestern India for Muslims" in his 1930 presidential address.[2] Iqbal encouraged and worked closely with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and he is known as Muffakir-e-Pakistan ("The Thinker of Pakistan"), Shair-e-Mashriq ("The Poet of the East"), and Hakeem-ul-Ummat ("The Sage of Ummah"). He is officially recognized as the national poet of Pakistan.[3][4][5] The anniversary of his birth (یوم ولادت محمد اقبال‎ - Yōm-e Welādat-e Muḥammad Iqbāl) is on November 9, and is a national holiday in Pakistan.

Liaquat Ali Khan

Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan (Liāqat Alī Khān) (Urdu: لیاقت علی خان) About this sound listen (help·info) (1 October 1896 – 16 October 1951) was a Pakistani politician who became the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Foreign Affairs & Commonwealth, Kashmir Affairs and Defence Minister[1]. He was also the first Finance Minister of India in the interim government of India prior to independence of both India and Pakistan in 1946.[2]. Liaquat rose to political prominence as a member of the All India Muslim League. He played a vital role in the independence of India and Pakistan. In 1947, he became the prime minister of Pakistan. He is regarded as the right-hand man of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the leader of the Muslim League and first governor-general of Pakistan. Liaquat was given the titles of Quaid-e-Millat (Leader of the Nation), and posthumously Shaheed-e-Millat (Martyr of the Nation).

Liaquat was a graduate of Aligarh Muslim University, Oxford University and Middle Temple, London. He rose into prominence within the Muslim League during the 1930s. Significantly, he is credited with persuading Jinnah to return to India, an event which marked the beginning of the Muslim League's ascendancy and paved the way for the Pakistan movement. Following the passage of the Pakistan Resolution in 1940, Liaquat assisted Jinnah in campaigning for the creation of a separate state for Indian Muslims. In 1947, British Raj was divided into the modern-day states of India and Pakistan.

Following independence, India and Pakistan came into conflict over the fate of Kashmir. Khan negotiated extensively with India's then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and pushed for the referral of the problem to the United Nations. During his tenure, Pakistan pursued close ties with the United Kingdom and the United States. The aftermath of Pakistan's independence also saw internal political unrest and even a foiled military coup against his government. After Jinnah's death, Khan assumed a more influential role in the government and passed the Objectives Resolution, a precursor to the Constitution of Pakistan. He was assassinated in 1951.

Prof. Abdul Qadeer Khan

After receiving his early education in Bhopal, Dr Abdul Quadeer Khan obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1960 from the University of Karachi. He went on to study in Berlin , West Germany and achieved high competence through attending several courses in metallurgical engineering. He obtained the degree of Master of Science (Technology ) in 1967 from Delft Technological University of Leuven, Belgium. In 1976, he joined the Engineering Research Laboratories (ERL) in Pakistan and set up an uranium enrichment industrial plant. As a tribute to his services to Pakistan , during May 1981 , the then president of Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq renamed the Engineering Research Laboratories, Kahuta, as, Dr Abdul Quadeer Khan Research Laboratories (KRL).


The scientific contributions of Dr Khan have been recognized in several ways. As an active scientist and technologist, he has published more than 188 scientific research papers in international journals of high repute. He has been editor of a large number of books on metallurgy, advanced materials and phase transformation. His academic and scholastic activities have attracted the attention of number of western countries where he has delivered more than 100 lectures. His work on Industrial Uranium Enrichment Plant for peaceful application of nuclear technology has resulted in a breakthrough in the field of metallurgy and materials science. It is entirely due to his efforts that the process of enrichment of Uranium was successfully completed in Pakistan . This breakthrough ultimately resulted in the historic explosion of six nuclear bombs in May 1998 . Not only this but a significant development was also made with the successful test firing of Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles, Ghauri 1 , in April 1998 and Ghauri II in April 1999. Dr Khan has received honorary degrees of Doctor of Science from the University of Karachi in 1993, Doctor of Science from Baqai Medical University on (1998), Doctor of Science from Hamdard University, Karachi (1999) and Doctor of Science from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore in December 2000. For his contributions in the field of science and technology, the President of Pakistan conferred upon Dr Khan the award of Nishan-I-Imtiaz 1996 and 1998. Dr Khan is the only Pakistani to have received the highest civil award of “Nishan-I-Imtiaz’’ twice. He is also a recipient of Hilal-I-Imtiaz.

Dr Khan is a Fellow of Kazakh National Academy of Sciences, the first Asian scientist with this honour, elected Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Sciences and Honorary Member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He was elected unopposed to the post of President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences in 1997-a position that he still occupies. He is a member of many national and international professional organizations including the Pakistan Institute of Metallurgical Engineers; Pakistan Institute of Engineers; and Institute of Central and West Asian Studies.He is a Member of the Institute of Materials, London; American Society of Metals (ASM); Canadian Institute of Metals (CIM) and Japan Institute of Metals (JIM). Prof. A Q Khan sits on the Boards of Governors of numerous universities and institutes. He is a Member of the Executive Committee, GIK Institute of Engineering and Technology; Member, Board of Governors, Hamdard University; Member, Board of Governors, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology; Member Syndicate, Quaidi-I-Azam university, Islamabad ; and Member, Board of Governors, International Islamic University, Islamabad.


Tahir Ghani - Senior Principal Engineer in Intel

Tahir Ghani is currently Senior Principal Engineer in Logic Technology Development Group at Intel Corporation where he leads process integration team responsible for developing Intel's next generation 90nm logic process technology. Since joining Intel in 1994 he has worked on transistor design and front end process integration on Intel's 250, 180 and 90nm process technology nodes. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 from Stanford University under Prof. James. F. Gibbons, conducting research in the area of SiGe HBT Device Physics & Technology. Tahir has received two Intel Achievement awards for his work on transistor design.



ILYAS KHAN - Group Managing Director, Investment Banking


Mr. Khan currently serves as Group Managing Director of Crosby Group, driving the development of the investment banking business, including the Merchant Banking team, across different regions.

Prior to Crosby, Mr. Khan was a senior member of the management team, and a Managing Director of Nomura, based in Hong Kong, and responsible for a regional (non-Japan Asian) investment banking and fixed income business.

Mr. Khan has over 17 years corporate finance and investment banking experience with financial institutions such as Citicorp, UBS and Schroders. At Citicorp and UBS, Mr. Khan initiated, built, and then managed regional corporate finance and capital market businesses in Asia.

Mr. Khan is also Non-Executive Director of Techpacific Capital, the major shareholder of Crosby Capital Partners.


Fazlur R. Khan
Built...
-Sears Tower (Chicago)
-John Hancock Center (Chicago)
-Ontario Science Centre (Toronto)
-One Shell Plaza (Houston)

Atiq Raza (Founder of AMD Processors)
NexGen: "Clean" Processor

Dr. Naveed Syed (Neural Cell, Microchip Connectivity)
A Pakistani medical scientist has made possible neural cell connectivity with microchip, which is considered as great achievement in the world of medical science.

Pervaiz Lodhie (Founder of LEDtronics)
LEDtronics has grown from a two-person operation in 1983 to more than 140 employees at its Torrance headquarters. Projects range from lighting on local bridges to walkway illumination on the next-generation space station. “The variety of markets for which we design is mind-boggling,” Lodhie says.Considered a global pioneer of the LED light bulb, Lodhie has also put this innovative technology to great use in Pakistan. “Many people there do not have lighting, so they burn toxic kerosene, or rely on candles

Dr.Aurangzeb Hafi (Scientist)
Dr Hafi made a breakthrough in the modern scientific research by developing the magneto sectorial model for the first time in the world. His research would vivid far-looking and long lasting effects on agriculture, environmental and medical sciences, space biology, magnetohydrodynamics and multi-disciplinary sciences

Dr Aurangzeb Hafi is one of the six scientists shortlisted out of 1,376 from 900 universities in 60 countries by the International Scientific Council, headquartered in Britain.

Dr. Abdus Salam (Nobel Prize Winner)
Professor Salam is famous for that electroweak theory which is the mathematical and conceptual synthesis of the electromagnetic and weak interactions - the latest stage reached until now on the path towards the unification of the fundamental forces of nature.


Art Malik - British Pakistan actor

Lord Nazir Ahmed - Pakistani Kashmiri given lordship and a seat at the house of lords.

Sir Anwar Pervez - Multimillionaire owner of Bestway food products, estimated worth �175 million.

Shami Ahmed - Creator of the Joe Bloggs label

Amir Khan - 17 year old boxing olympian, silver medallist at athens 2002.


Pakistani American Among Top Ten US Cops

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WASHINGTON: Oct 31 - Out of 23,000 police officers in the United States, ten were proud award recipients in 2003, one amongst them being a Pakistani-American, Police Officer Muzaffar Siddiqi of the Houston Police Department.
The ten top cops received the top Law Enforcement Awards at a ceremony held at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“Officer Siddiqi represents both what’s good about America and how the Muslim and Asian communities are enriching our lives as Americans,” said Faiz Rehman, President of the National Council of Pakistani Americans (NCPA). Calling him a role model for the immigrant communities, Mr. Rehman said, “In a very short period of time, Officer Siddiqi through sheer hard work and good work ethics has made a name for himself at the national level.”
The Top Law Enforcement Award in the country is given in recognition of exceptional police work.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Parade Magazine have selected Officer Muzaffar Siddiqi from nominations submitted nationwide for recognition in their 2003 Police Officer of the year program. The police officer of the year award symbolizes the highest level of achievement among police officers in the country.

IACP is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 19,000 members in over 89 different countries. IACP’S leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, State, and local Law Enforcement agencies of all cadres.

Siddiqi is a former inspector at the 'Eagle Squad' of Karachi, and has so far earned a number of distinctions. He migrated to the US in 1989, and is in the Houston Police Department since 1997.

Siddiqi is the first American Muslim and the first of Pakistani descent to earn this high Distinction. The award is a great honor for our community.

He has received numerous awards including Officer of the year in 2000 by Houston Police Department, U.S. Congressional Recognition, State of Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award by Governor Rick Perry, Four Chief Commendations by former Houston Police Chief C.O.Bradford, Officer Of the Month Award from the American Society of Industrial Security, and the Bravo Award from the City of Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown.



'Physician of the Year’ Award for Pakistani

Washington, DC: Dr. Attique Samdani, a noted physician of Pakistani origin, is to receive the ‘Physician of the Year Award’ says an announcement of the Physicians Advisory Board of the National Congressional Committee.

The selection is based on performance during the preceding year. The Award is presented to outstanding medical professionals at a formal ceremony, where Republican Members of the US Congress and Administration officials along with physicians are invited, followed by a daylong seminar on medical practice, medicare/medicaid reform.

First Pakistani-American Mayor of Baskin Ridge

New Jersey: Mohammad Ali Chaudry has been sworn in as the first Pakistani-American Mayor of the town of Baskin Ridge in New Jersey State. Formal name of the township is Bernard Township.

The Mayor’s Reception was held at the Bernards Township Community Center, which Ali helped build in 1996-1997.

Ali has been active in local politics since 1988. Sahiwal-born Ali, left Pakistan in 1963 to study at the London School of Economics, and after completing his four-year course, came to the United States in 1967 and earned a Ph. D. in Economics from Tufts University in Michigan State (1972).

He served the long distant AT&T Company for 30 years and retired in 1998. He worked with AT&T from 1968 to 1998 in the Strategic Planning and CFO organizations, and also served as CFO of the Public Relations Division.

Ali entered politics in 1988 . Dr. Chaudry was elected to the Bernards Township Board of Education (1990 to 1995). He worked for the Board of Education long-range projection enrollment plan. In five years he was elected three times.

Ali contested the Township Council seat elections in November 2001, and despite the rise in hatred against Pakistanis after the Sep.11 attacks, secured 59% votes and won the Council seat till 2005.

The council involves rotation among its winning Council members every two years and public chooses five Council members to be elected as Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Ali was elected Deputy Mayor for the year 2003, and Mayor for 2004.He relinquished his Deputy Mayor charge on Dec.31.03.

He is a member of the economics faculty of the University of Phoenix Online and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Raritan Valley Community College.

Ali is a member of the Board of Directors of Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition and has been appointed to the Family Services of Morris County Board of Managers. Dr. Chaudry is a co-founder of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, one of the first major Islamic centers in the state and served as President of the American Islamic Academy in Boonton for more than 10 years.

Dr. Chaudry served as President of the American Muslim Alliance New Jersey Chapter and led the efforts to educate the Muslim American community in political participation.

Since the September 11 tragedy, Dr. Chaudry has been active in interfaith dialogs and creating bridges of understanding among the American and Pakistani community at large

Speaking with NNI Ali said, “I am delighted to be in a position where I would be seen as an example of Pakistani- Americans. It’s the best way to serve as Ambassador of Pakistan.” He added, “We would be seen in a much more positive light.”

http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/news_jan04_06.html

Pakistan Recognises Royal Air Force Sergeant

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in youth recruiting for the Royal Air Force Sergeant Mo Kahn was awarded an MBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours List. Following the award of his MBE, Sergeant Kahn was invited to the High Commission for Pakistan in London on 28 January 2004 to meet the High Commissioner, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, together with the other Pakistan origin recipients of the New Year awards from the British Government.

Sergeant Kahn, a Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor, works within the Royal Air Force North East Ethnic Minority Recruiting Team and is responsible for raising awareness of Royal Air Force careers among young people from the ethnic minorities. In this role, he has been instrumental in introducing and delivering a practical training initiative for schools groups, youth organisations and sporting teams, which encourages young people to learn to work together as a team and breakdown perceived cultural barriers.



In her congratulatory letter to Sergeant Kahn, the High Commissioner wrote

“I am delighted to learn that you have been given the award of Member of British Empire (MBE) by the British government. This is well deserved recognition of your strong commitment and dedication to help other people as it acknowledges your selfless devotion of time, commitment and energy for making a true difference in other people’s lives.

This award is also a source of pride for us because it underlines that members of our community are actively and positively contributing to British society.”
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Pakistani engineer gets award in USA

The St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers has given the “2004 Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice” to a Pakistani. He is Mir Hadi Ali, a graduate of NED Engineering University, Karachi, who is serving as a Structural Engineer for a national company in St. Louis. The award was given to Mr Ali on February 27, 2004, at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Matterhorn Ballroom. The awards ceremony is part of the annual engineers’ week celebrations.

The award citation says: Mir has more than 25 years experience in the consulting engineering industry. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Karachi University, Pakistan, Master of Science in concrete structures from London University, UK and Post Graduate Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) in concrete materials and structures from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK.

Mir holds the professional engineering licenses in 12 states including Missouri. Mir moved to Saint Louis in 2000 from Boston where he was responsible for managing the design of various parts of the Central Artery and Tunnel project.

Presently, Mir is a Senior Principal Engineer with MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. and manages the company wide bridge design groups. Mir is also responsible to arrange the PE refresher Courses for the St. Louis Chapter of MSPE.
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Pakistani scientist rejects money, UK nationality: "Man of Year award" verdict today

LAHORE, Feb 11: Prof Dr Aurangzeb Hafi, a Pakistani scientist contesting for the prestigious international title "Man of the Year 2003 in Interdisciplinary Sciences" has rejected the "unofficial" offer that he accept British citizenship to be a winner.

He also turned down the offer of two million pounds sterling (or Rs210 million) for providing the original manuscript of his magnetosectorial model, on the basis of which he has joined the race, saying the invention was a trust of his country which he would not like to barter for personal gains.

The offer was made by the London-based International Scientific Council on Tuesday, only hours before the jury -- the council itself -- was due to sit in judgment on who should be decorated.

Dr Hafi was told that he should approach the British High Commission in Islamabad and get nationality within half an hour. However, the contestant for the award rejected the bait on the plea that he is a Pakistani and would like to win or lose the race in the same capacity.

The International Scientific Council is reluctant to honour a Pakistani, arguing that Islamabad is not a member of the Commonwealth. A Pakistani citizen, Jalil Khurshid, moved the relevant authorities in London on Tuesday and got the verdict stayed for two days.

Jalil reportedly said that the reservations expressed by the jury could be answered legally and thus he should be given time to prepare the case. The request was granted and now the name of the winner would be announced on Thursday (today).

Dr Hafi made a breakthrough in the modern scientific research by developing the magneto sectorial model for the first time in the world. His research would vivid far-looking and long lasting effects on agriculture, environmental and medical sciences, space biology, magnetohydrodynamics and multi-disciplinary sciences

Dr Aurangzeb Hafi is one of the six scientists shortlisted out of 1,376 from 900 universities in 60 countries by the International Scientific Council, headquartered in Britain.

The shortlisted contestants in addition to Prof Dr Hafi are; Prof Dr J.A. Walker, Dr I.J. Richards (UK), Prof Dr Okada (Japan), Dr J.F. Larson (Denmark) and Dr S. Nevelli (India).

Dr Hafi thinks that scientific research should not be judged on the basis of political considerations and inventors should be encouraged irrespective of their nationality.

http://www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=50856

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The guy even refused 2 million pound sterling and British citizenship (which was being offered in half an hour)!!!!!!!
Pakistani scientist rejects money, UK nationality: Man of Year award verdict today -DAWN - National; 12 February, 2004
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'American Dream’ Award for Pakistani

Hollywood, CA - Sheeraz Hasan, Founder and CEO of Tinseltown TV, has been adjudged as the winner of the prestigious “American Dream” award by the Bollywood Awards Committee.

The Bollywood Awards of 2004, like the Oscar Awards, will be the sixth gala event of international stature honoring the outstanding achievements of movie stars, and fashion designers.

Sheeraz Hasan is being recognized internationally for achieving the “American Dream.” Coming to the United States without money, connections, or experience, Hasan founded “Tinseltown TV” in January of 2002. Based in Hollywood, CA, the 30-minute show features Hollywood news updates, clips from upcoming feature films, action from exclusive premieres and award ceremonies and insightful interviews with today’s hottest celebrities, as well as Tinseltown TV’s Exclusive segment “The Spiritual Side of Hollywood”. After two brief years, Hasan was featured in Fortune Magazine as the film industry’s ambassador to South Asia for building the bridge between Hollywood and Bollywood.

The Bollywood Group has a long tradition of honoring Americans at their events for outstanding accomplishments in various fields. It has honored Michael Jackson, Richard Gere, Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sharon Stone, Tyra Banks, Jerry Hall and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Sheeraz is originally from Pakistan.
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Abid Ali Kazi declared ‘Statistician of the Year 2004’

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Abid Ali Kazi has been declared the ‘Statistician of the year 2004’ by The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians, the world’s foremost body which documents the game’s statistics and history. The award was announced by the President of the ACS, Eric Midwinter, at the 31st annual General meeting of the association held in the Long Room, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham, England last week.

The award is aimed at acknowledging outstanding work in the field of cricket statistics and history for specific projects or over a period of time. The award was initiated in 1987 and by far has been given to 17 statisticians and historians including Bill Frindal, Philip Bailey, Gordon Ross, Richard Lockwood, Victor Isaacs and Brian Croudy.

Speaking at the occasion Eric Midwinder said "the annual award for the Statistician of the Year 2004 is being awarded to Abid Ali Kazi in recognition of his great services in the compilation of Pakistan cricket’s records and history. The committee and the members of the ACS join with me in congratulating him on this achievement."

Abid Ali Kazi becomes the first Asian and the second non-British person to receive this award. He has extensively researched on first-class cricket in Pakistan and has already compiled and edited the first five volumes of a monumental publishing endeavour titled "First-class Cricket in Pakistan", statistical works that have put into black & white scores and other details of every match played within Pakistan and by the country’s teams abroad, from 1947-48 to 1974-75.

Abid was instrumental some years ago in publishing the Asian edition of "The Cricketer International", is the Pakistan correspondent of "The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack", assists a large number of cricket websites at home and abroad, organises sporting events professionally in his capacity as a qualified marketing man and helps out cricket statisticians worldwide whenever they require information regarding Pakistan cricket’s history and its scorecards.

He also had a stint with Pakistan Cricket Board as their Director Marketing in 2002.

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Prof. Hameed Ahmed Khan

Dr Hameed Ahmed Khan Sitara-Imtiaz (SI) is the Chief Scientist of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and Director General of Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology (PINSTECH), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Dr Hameed Ahmed Khan (SI) was born at Rangoon (Burma) in 1942, and earned his BSc (Hons.) and MSc degrees from Punjab University in 1963 and 1964, respectively. He joined Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in 1965 and participated in the commissioning of Pakistan’s first Research Reactor (PARR-1). He then obtained an MSc (Reactor Physics) and a PhD (Radiation Physics) from Birmingham University (UK) in 1969 and 1972, respectively.

Dr Hameed Khan's PhD research work produced about 20 international research publications and resulted in the development of a new radiation detection system that was applied to many branches of science and technology. He served on the research/teaching faculties of Birmingham University till 1974.

He was awarded a DSc in Physics and Space Research from Birmingham University (UK) in 1994.

The President of Pakistan decorated Dr Khan with a high civil award of “Sitara-i-Imtiaz” (SI), in recognition of his scientific research work and its applications in Pakistan, and the National Book Council of Pakistan bestowed upon him the award of the Scientist of the Year, 1987.

The Islamic Academy of Sciences elected him a Fellow in 1988. In 1990, the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) elected him a Fellow of the Academy. The Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST) awarded him “Khawarizmi Prize” in 1993 for his contribution to science. The National Book Foundation of Pakistan awarded him first prize in Physics for the years 1991, 1992 & 1993. The Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO), Trieste, Italy awarded him its 1998 TWNSO Prize in Technology in recognition of his scientific contributions, particularly for developing the technique of SSNTD and its applications.

Realizing the energy problem in Pakistan, Dr Khan developed and applied an inexpensive technique for uranium and thorium exploration with a view to use these minerals in nuclear power generation programme of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).

Dr Khan has also been a member of the Editorial Board of “Radiation Effects” and “Radiation Measurements,” and Chief Editor of the “Nucleus,” the scientific journal of PAEC. He has over 450 research publications to his credit.
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Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad

Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad was born in Gurdaspur (India) on 3 November 1930. He is a former Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Prof. Ahmad was awarded his MSc (Physics), from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, in 1951. In 1958, he was awarded a DSc (Physics), from the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada. He was a senior member, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), 1988-1991, after serving for thirteen years as member (technical) of the same commission. He has also been chief scientist at the PAEC since 1976.

Dr Ishfaq Ahmad served as director, Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Islamabad, Pakistan, 1971-1976; director, Atomic Energy Center (AEC), Lahore, 1969-1971; secretary, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), 1967-1969; senior scientific officer, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), 1960-1966; and lecturer, Government College, Lahore, 1952-1960. He was a post-doctoral Fellow at both the Sorbonne, Paris (France), in 1969; and at the Niels Bohr Institute of Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen (1961-1962).

Prior to that (1963-1964), Dr Ahmad was a post-doctoral Fellow at both the University of Montreal, and the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. Prof. Ishfaq was awarded the honorary degree of Doctorate by the Punjab University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (2000). In the same year, he was elected a Fellow of the International Nuclear Energy Academy. He is the recipient of the three highest official awards in Pakistan namely Sitara-I-Imtiaz, the Hilal-I-Imtiaz and the Nishan-I-Imitiaz, the last of which was awarded to him in 1998.
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Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan: Hero of the Poor

Hundreds of organizations in dozens of countries follow the Development techniques Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan developed, practiced and preached in Pakistan. He is the messiah of human development. He practiced what he preached. He worked people to build sanitation system in ten percent of Karachi homes with zero foreign aid and at friction of the cost government does these thing. While working on it he provided insight into how Pakistan can be rebuilt. The revolution called Orangi Pilot Project is still delivering three years after his death.

Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan was one of the world's most prominent social scientists from Pakistan who proved his class by developing rural areas and low-income urban settlements through Comila project in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and the Orangi pilot project in Karachi. He achieved it through involvement and motivation of the common man.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Michigan State University and was recipient of the Hilal-e-Pakistan, Sitra-i-Pakistan, and the Magsaysay Award.
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More for Dr. Abdul Salam

�Professor ABDUS SALAM
1926 - 1996
Nobel Laureate in Physics
ICTP - The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, The Abdus Salam Memorial Meeting
(Trieste, 19-22 November 1997. )

Professor Abdus Salam, Nobel Laureate in Physics (1979), Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, from 1964 to December 1993, died in Oxford on 21 November 1996, after a long illness. He was buried in Pakistan where he was born in 1926.

The name of Abdus Salam will be linked forever to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Not only did he envisage the Centre as a place where scientists could carry out research of the highest level but through the ICTP he also managed to set an example for other nations to follow. Professor Salam became a widely known and charismatic figure in international scientific and political milieus. He travelled extensively throughout the world and, in his discussions with heads of state and governments, he was able, in a convincing manner, to put forward his views regarding the paramount importance of supporting science in their own countries for the betterment of humanity. His pursuit of a science for peace capable of filling the gap between the North and South of the planet shall remain as an example for those who endeavour to achieve the cultural and social development of the Third World. Thanks to Professor Salam, the ICTP has been a major forum for the international scientific community and a model for similar establishments both in Trieste and abroad. Over a period of more than thirty years, 60,000 scientists from 150 countries have taken part in its activities.

Professor Salam has been one of the greatest exponents in physics this century. Born in Jhang, Pakistan in 1926, he was educated at Panjab University, St. John's College, Cambridge and Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1952. He then returned to Pakistan where he served as Professor at Government College, Lahore and Panjab University. There he suffered the isolation which scientists experience when they are not supported by their home countries. There was no tradition of doing any postgraduate work; there were no journals; there was no possibility of attending any conferences. He suffered the tragic dilemma of having to make the choice between physics or Pakistan. So he returned to Cambridge to take up the position of Lecturer. In 1957 he was appointed as Full Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College. Fired by his own unhappiness at having had to leave his own country, he determined to find a way of making it possible for those like him to continue working for their own communities while still having opportunities to remain first-rate scientists. It was thus in 1960 that he conceived the idea of setting up an International Centre for Theoretical Physics with funds from the international community.

Professor Salam is famous for that electroweak theory which is the mathematical and conceptual synthesis of the electromagnetic and weak interactions - the latest stage reached until now on the path towards the unification of the fundamental forces of nature. With this motivation, Professor Salam received the Nobel Prize for physics together with the Americans Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Glashow in 1979. The validity of the theory was ascertained in the following years through experiments carried out at the superprotosynchrotron facility at CERN in Geneva which led to the discovery of the W and Z particles. Salam's electroweak theory is still the core of the 'standard model' of high energy physics.�
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Dr. Omer Atiq

Dr Omar Atiq is a gold medalist from Khyber Medical College. He is a renowned physician and


cancer specialist who heads the Regional Cancer Institute in Arkansas USA. He has been president of the Khyber Medical College Alumni Association and is PresidentEelect of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America. Dr Atiq serves on the Governor of Arkansas's Commission for Healthcare and is a member of the Board of the QAID Project, USA, that co-produced the film "Jinnah", on the life of the founder of Pakistan. Dr Atiq has worked selflessly to promote the image of Pakistan in America.
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Zia ChishtiCo-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Zia Chishti is co-founder, chief executive officer and director of Align Technology, Inc., the Sunnyvale,
CA. firm that uses 3-D computer imaging technology to design clear plastic, removable, orthodontic
“aligners” that let adults straighten teeth without wearing metal braces. Align Technology also
manufacturers the “aligners,” marketed and distributed nationwide as the Invisalign System™.
In his position as CEO, the 28-year old Mr. Chishti is responsible for the general management of Align
Technology, overall corporate strategy, fund-raising and the development and application of the
technology process.
Mr. Chishti graduated from Columbia University (New York City) in 1992, where he studied
economics and computer science. He received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School
of Business (Palo Alto, CA) where he met Ms. Wirth and, together, the two started Align Technology in
1997.
Like many breakthroughs, the idea for Align grew from happenstance. Mr. Chishti wore a clear plastic
retainer as an adult to stabilize his teeth after his braces were removed. He noticed when he neglected
to wear his retainer for days at a time that his teeth would begin to shift back to their former state.
Upon reinsertion, the retainer would move his teeth back again to their final position, indicating that a
single clear plastic retainer was capable of moving teeth. It was a simple leap of logic that led to his
conclusion that a series of such devices worn in sequence would be able to achieve complete
orthodontic treatment. Aided with a background in computer science (and Ms. Wirth as a partner) the
two entrepreneurs realized the benefit of applying 3-D computer imaging graphics to the field of
orthodontics.
Prior to starting Align (from 1992 to 1995) Mr. Chishti worked as a financial analyst in the New York
and London offices of investment banking firm Morgan Stanley. He also served as a management
consultant in the London office of consulting firm McKinsey & Co (1996).
A resident of Sunnyvale, CA, Mr. Chishti was born in the seaside town of Bar Harbour, ME, was
raised in Pakistan and came to the U.S. at the age of fifteen to attend college.
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1. Ikram U. Khan M.D,

Honorable Ikram U. Khan, M.D.
President
Quality Care Consultants
Member, Board of Regents
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland


Dr. Khan graduated in 1972 from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan where he was declared Best Graduate, Dow Medical College based on his academic performance in medical school. After one year of training in England, he completed his postgraduate surgical residency training in the United States. Dr. Khan moved to Nevada in 1978 and established a successful general surgery private practice in Las Vegas where he works today.

Dr. Khan is staunchly committed to delivering high quality, cost-effective and efficient health care to the people of Nevada and, over the past twenty-five years, has been involved in a myriad of local issues pertaining to quality health care. He has served in both elected and appointed leadership positions related to quality care issues and set up a Las Vegas-based consulting entity, Quality Care Consultants, to advise managed care organizations, hospitals and other institutions on these issues.

In 1985, Governor Richard Bryan appointed Dr. Khan to the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners and, upon completion of the four-year term, was called upon by then Governor Robert Miller to serve an additional four years on the Board. In 1993 Dr. Khan was tapped by Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich to serve on the Congressional Health Care Forum to serve as an advisor on health care delivery issues in the United States, particularly related to delivery of care to the Medicare population.

Dr. Khan was the only physician from Nevada invited to the White House to participate in the 1995 national debate and discussion on issues of quality health care for all Americans. He received a letter of appreciation and recognition from President Bill Clinton for his participation and on April 20, 1999 President Clinton nominated Dr. Khan to be a member of the Board of Regents of Uniformed Services University of Health Science and Advisory Board to the U.S. Secretary of Defense. The nomination was confirmed unanimously by Senate Armed Service Committee and entire U.S. Senate in May 1999. President Clinton recognized Dr. Khan once again in 2000 when he gave a Presidential Recognition to Dr. Khan for his “steadfast devotion to the health and well being of patients” and for helping to “promote the highest standards in practice of medicine.”

Dr. Khan has received several Senatorial and Congressional honors and was listed among the “Top Surgeons” in America by the Consumer Research Council. Currently, Dr. Khan serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Director for Employers Occupational Health of Nevada and Fremont Medical Center in Las Vegas.

2. Javed Khan, M.D.
(Principal Investigator)

Advanced Technology Center
8717 Grovemont Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Dr. Khan obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1984 and his master’s degrees in 1989 in immunology and parasitology at England’s University of Cambridge. He subsequently obtained his M.D. there and the postgraduate degree of MRCP (Membership of the Royal College of Physicians), equivalent to board certification in the United States. After clinical training in internal medicine and pediatrics as well as other specialties, he received a Leukemia Research Fellowship. In May 2001, Dr. Khan joined the Pediatric Branch, NCI, as a tenure track investigator. Dr. Khan and colleagues have published a new model for diagnosis of cancer using artificial neural networks (ANN), a form of artificial intelligence, and microarray technology. In April 2001, Dr. Khan was recognized by the American Association for Cancer Research for his work in tumor profiling by receiving a Scholar in Training Award.

3. Tauseef R. Butt, Ph.D. - Vice President of Research and Development

http://www.lifesensors.com/curric_vitae.html

4. Dr Naveed A. Khan
BSc (Pakistan), MSc (London), PhD (Hull)

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
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Iqbal Riza - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's chief of staff

Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Mr. Iqbal Riza as his Chef de Cabinet in January 1997.

Mr. Riza, a national of Pakistan, had been serving as special representative of Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Coordinator of United Nations operations in Bosnia Herzegovina from February to December 1996.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Riza was Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Peace-keeping Operations, where he worked from March 1993 to January 1996. Before that he served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief of the United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL), since August 1991.

He was also Chief of Mission of the United Nations Transition Team in El Salvador (March-August 1990); Chief of the United Nations Observer Mission for verification of the electoral process in Nicaragua (ONUVEN) (August 1989-February 1990); Director of the Division for Political and General Assembly Affairs (1988-1989); and Director of the Office for Special Political Affairs (1983-1988).

?Mr. Riza also held the post of Principal Officer in the United Nations Department of Public Information (1980-82) and Secretary of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (1978-1980).

?Prior to joining the United Nations, he served with Pakistan’s Foreign Service from 1958 to 1977, holding various diplomatic assignments in London (1966-1968), Khartoum (1964-1966), Bonn (1962-1964), Madrid (1959-1961) and Foreign Office (1958-1959). He served as Director of the Foreign Service Academy in Lahore (1968-1971), and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Pakistani Embassy in Paris, where he also acted as Deputy Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

?Mr. Riza was born on 20 May 1934 in Lonavla, India, and has a MA degree in Political Science from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, and a MA degree in International Law from Fletcher School of International Law, Boston, USA
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Dr. Nafis Sadik - Special Adviser to The Secretary-General UN

Nafis Sadik, is Special Adviser and has additional responsibilities as Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia. Since her separation from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as Executive Director in December 2000, Dr. Sadik has continued her association with the United Nations and remains active in the population and development field.

As Special Envoy, Dr. Sadik is responsible for promoting the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS throughout Asia -— a historic document adopted at the General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS in July 2001. She will meet with high-level government officials, as requested by the Secretary-General or the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director, to promote key issues and advocate for an expanded, multisectoral response to HIV/AIDS in Asia. She will also encourage celebrities and other influential persons to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the region. In carrying out her new functions, Dr. Sadik will work closely with UNAIDS.

On her appointment in 1987 as Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Sadik became the first woman to head one of the United Nations major voluntary-funded programmes. In June 1990, the Secretary-General appointed Dr. Sadik Secretary-General of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), 1994. Dr. Sadik joined the UNFPA in October 1971 and became Chief of the Programme Division in 1973. From 1977 until 1987, she was Assistant Executive Director.

Before joining the United Nations, Dr. Sadik was Director-General of the Pakistan Central Family Planning Council, the Government agency charged with carrying out the national family planning programme. She had joined the Council in 1966, as Director of Planning and Training. She was appointed Deputy Director-General in 1968 and Director-General in 1970. Prior to that, in 1964, Dr. Sadik was appointed head of the Health Section of the Government’s Planning Commission. From 1954 to 1963, Dr. Sadik served as civilian medical officer in various Pakistani armed forces hospitals.

A national of Pakistan, Dr. Sadik was born in Jaunpur, India. She holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi. Dr. Sadik is the recipient of several honorary degrees. Among these are honorary doctorates from the following universities: Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Wilfred Laurier, the Philippines, Tulane, Nihon and the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. Dr. Sadik has written numerous articles for leading publications in the family planning, health, gender, population and development fields, and edited several books. Dr. Sadik is married with five children.

Hina Jilani - Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders in UN
The Commission on Human Rights in April of this year requested the Secretary-General to appoint a special representative to report on the situation of Human Rights Defenders in all parts of the world and on possible means to enhance their protection in full compliance with the "Declaration on Human Rights Defenders".
The appointment is made for a period of three years.
Ms. Jilani is a practicing lawyer in Lahore, Pakistan, specializing in human rights issues. In 1980, she founded the first women's law firm in Pakistan.
She has also served as an expert to United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Work on the Declaration of Human Rights Defenders first began in 1984 in the Commission for Human Rights, and was eventually adopted by consensus in the General Assembly in December 1998. It is the first United Nations instrument designed to recognize, promote and protect the work of Human Rights Defenders.



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AMIR GHAFFAR - UK Badminton Champion (Ranking: 1)

My personal details:
Date of Birth: 18th August 1979
Place of Birth: Peshawar
Living: Southall, Middlesex
Right/Left hand: Right
Height: 6ft 1in
Racket: Wilson


About me off court:
My occupation/ professional qualification: Professional Badminton Player but also doing an Advanced GNVQ in Leisure and Tourism
When not playing: I enjoy spending time at home with my family. My wife has just joined me from Pakistan so I spend as much time as I can with her.
Most embarrassing thing happening to me: I got lost on my way to a grand slam event - I drive around for 4 hours and then gave up and ewent home.
Favourite food: I enjoy eating out in my local Asians restaurants in Southall.
Favourite city or country: England (London)
Favourite holiday destination: Pakistan. I got married there last year to Sheeba Khan and spent two weeks out there. It was a wonderful trip and an amazing country.
Superstition: If I don’t pray I will lose
If not badminton: I could probably been a professional cricketer but chose badminton.
In 10 years time: I'd definately like to have my own family and maybe join the police force. I'd also like to involved in badminton, possibly doing some coaching.
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Dr. Afshan Rafiq, MP. - Norway's first Pakistani Member of Parliament

Another 'first' Pakistani emerged on the world horizon.
"It's nice to be historic, but the most important is to do a good job as a politician and will also work hard to promote tolerance.." Afshan Rafiq said.
Afshan Rafiq is yet another legendary an specimen of our bright and telented Sister having Pakistani background living in Norway. She claimed a land slide victory in Norway's last general election and laid a mile stone for the Pakistani community.

Afshan Rafiq has become the Norway's first Member of Parliament, also the first woman, with a non-western background to serve in Norway's Storting.
She is a 26-year-old medical student in Norway and said she's most interested in a seat on the parliamentary committee for health and social affairs.
Longtime Oslo Mayor Albert Nordengen of the Conservative Party was among the first to congratulate her and said she should be considered for a variety of posts. "The Defense Committee, for example," he said. "She's smart in so many areas.
Such a result would see the first ever Norwegian-Pakistani MP elected: namely Afshan Rafiq."
2001- : Member of the Storting for Oslo.
Date and place of birth: 25 February 1975, Oslo, Norway
Education:
2000- : Studies in medicine, University of Oslo
1999- : Undergraduate degree, University of Oslo
Storting Committees:
2001- : Member of the Standing Committee on Family, Cultural Affairs and Government Administration
Local government:
1995-2001: Member of the Oslo City Parliament
Political appointments:
2001- : Member of the Central Executive Committee of the Oslo Conservative Party
1995- : Member of the Executive Committee of the Oslo Conservative Party
1992-1995: First deputy chairman of the Oslo Centre Young Conservatives
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Dr. Ashraf Choudhary, MP of New Zealand


Dr. Ashraf Choudhary made history in becoming the first-ever elected Pakistani MP to the New Zealand Parliament! He again, made history by becoming the first New Zealand parliamentarian to swear allegiance on the Quran. Choudhury, a Labor MP, went ahead with his plans to take oath on the Quran in the face of criticism that he was breaking a "centuries-old tradition" by doing so, but he had to bring his own Quran on which to take the oath. Choudhary donated his Quran to parliamentary officials, who did not have one.

Choudhary, born to a poor farming family in Punjab province before migrating to New Zealand in 1976. A Pakistani agro-scientist, Dr. Ashraf Chaudhry, a graduate of Faisalabad's Agriculture University, pursued higher studies in UK and after obtaining his doctorate, found a job in Massey University of New Zealand where he had been teaching as professor. He left the university after election as Member of Parliament. While Dr. Chaudhry was nominated by the Labor Party, with which he was associated as a candidate no less for his distinguished contribution to agriculture sector. He specializes in agricultural engineering, his internationally recognized work into 'zero tillage' -- ways of planting crops without ploughing. The technology he helped develop has been used around the world and he is an international authority on conservation tillage technology.
It's a long way from the Punjab, his village of 'Jajy' near Sialkot, to Palmerston North in New Zealand. And it's even further from life as a peasant to a politician. But these are both journeys Ashraf Choudhary has made. The enthusiasm, courage, and determination has rewarded him appropriately. Despite of his living in New Zealand since 1976, Dr. Ashraf Choudhary has never forgotten his Brothers and Sisters back home or his village 'Jajy'!
His parents were illiterate, never having the opportunity to go to school, instead working their small holding at Jajy as the family had done for generations. But Mohammed Boota was adamant his son wouldn't suffer the same 'blindness' he had. With nine children, the peasant farmer couldn't afford to send all his children to school so it was Ashraf, the oldest son, who was chosen to carry the family's hopes. Dr. Ashraf Choudhary remembers the 13km round trip he used to make by foot to his school in Sialkot! He remembers all the sacrifices that his parents had made so that he could continue with his education. He remembers as to how his family managed to save enough to send him to Faisalabad to study agriculture.
He is living happily with wife Samina, who is from Lahore, and three children, Anwar, Mehreen and Atif.
"These feelings for the underdog have always been with me.", he says.
He points to his expertise in farming, education, science and research, the environment and conservation and hopes he doesn't end up just being a spokesman for minority ethnic groups. He regularly visits Pakistan where his sisters and brothers remain, along with hundreds of memories from his childhood.
"It's been a long journey for me and I'm very proud of all that."
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Mehmood Bhatti - fashion designers

Dominating in the fashion capital of the world, Paris, France - Mahmood Bhatti is one of the best fashion designers in the world.
Born in Lahore, graduated in 1976, he went to France in search of better opportunities, but had to go through a lot of pain in pursuit of his goals.
He had started his regeneration in Paris out of nothing and it was his determination that brought him success. He worked as a salesman in different sales outlets for a comparatively short period and afterwards, set up his own office in 1980.
Within a short span of time, he acquired the whole complex to run the business. Currently, over five hundred designers are working for him.
The company "Bhatti" is located in Finland, India, Poland, Taiwan, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, the US and the UK; and through which he has transacted multi-million dollar transatlantic business over more than three decades.
In spite of enjoying the repute of being one of the best fashion designers, he is proud of being a Pakistani.
After reaching the zenith of his career, he wants to contribute to the social welfare of his motherland.
His patriotism and philanthropism reflects in his ten scholarships for the needy students of the University of the Punjab and one for the position holder of the Pakistan School of Fashion Design.
Besides this, he is massively contributing in the health and education sectors, as well as supporting hundreds of orphans and widows in the motherland.
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Dr. Lubna Razia Ijaz - Environmentlist

Dr. Lubna Razia Ijaz as women of considerable courage, integrity and grace. Among her considerable attributes are a great vision and a dedication, strong enough to bring that vision to fruition. She is a firm believer that energy is the root cause of not only wars on a global scale but the lack of accessibility to the basic energy needs brings depravation, poverty and unemployment to millions in the developing world. Her aim in life, therefore is to "ALLEVIATE POVERTY" through the introduction of low cost alternate energy sources in the remotest possible areas of Pakistan, so that the local population could get benefit from the basic necessities of life, such as clean drinking water, solar cooking, solar lights, solar fan, solar refrigerators for village health centre, and solar system for village community centre for educational purposes.

Prof. Ijaz is well ahead of time, with her visions set on things that are important in the world to come in the future, well ahead of time, when no one else even recognizes the problems. And more remarkable is that she goes ahead to educate the rest of the world about the problem and systematically develops her own solutions to the problem. How long it may take for her to do so does not bother her. She persuades talented people to join and together attacks the problem. We are amazed at the fact that in the process she creates friends and collaborators but no enemies.

Prof. Dr. Lubna Razia Ijaz left all the luxury of USA, with the best facilities offered to her at Virginia Tech and opted for an early retirement from the University to carry out socio-economic upliftment programs for the betterment of the people in her own motherland. In order to achieve fast and better results, she has decided that she should settle in Pakistan.

She has a strong belief that energy; environment, agriculture, poverty and violence in today’s world are linked in the sense that one cannot be alleviated without solving the other. Because without continuous energy supply, food production will be less or damaged, causing higher food prices creating poverty and hunger, that causes violence, which in turn destroy peace.

Similarly, wrong kind of energy like fossil fuel, kerosene, oil, coal and gas could destroy the environment, therefore if we can develop and utilize renewable energy resources for our energy needs we can alleviate environmental problems.
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Mian Ghulam Bari - Businessman

Mian Ghulam Bari has emerged from a small village without electricity, near Faisalabad -Pakistan to an elegant home in the prime location in Ireland.

Mian Ghulam Bari has emerged as one of the most successful individual amongst Pakistani community residing abroad. He is however, is only a tip of a rapidly growing pyramid of Pakistani millionaires flourishing around the world. He came in to public attention around two years ago when his charity contributions came into media spot lights. His contributions include local charities, directed Pakistani community in Ireland as well as organization like Shoukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, Edhi Foundation etc, in Pakistan. Janab Ghulam Bari however, personally does not count publicity!
Mian Ghulam Bari, 74, was born in a village near Faisalabad before the creation of Pakistan. He got education in the local area school. Immediately after the completion of his school level studies, he was inducted in to a job in order to become an earning member of his family.

Immediately after the creation of Pakistan, he got an employment in the than Imperial Bank of India, as a cashier. This bank was subsequently renamed as The National Bank of Pakistan.

The zealous nature of Mian Ghulam Bari, made him to realized that this job was not his bowl of soup. During mid fifties, he proceeded to England and for three years he strived to set his navigational apparatuses for a smooth sailing towards the shore of prosperity.

In the mean time, however, his old parents asked him to come back and to which demand he could not disobeyed. This call sign prompted him to react as an obedient son, and he had to abandon his further programs for a while. He returned home and lived with his parents.

In 1972 his mother passed away and subsequently his father departed for his eternal abode.

After the demise of his parents, he left for Ireland in 1974 and started from a scratch. He adjusted his parameters again and got involved in hosiery and garment retail business in Dublin. Later on he opened other retail outlet in navan, 30 miles off Dublin.

Likewise, by dint of his enthusiasm, honesty and hard work together with the support of each member of his family and above all, due to true belief in the Almighty Allah, he continued breaking ground after ground and managed to steer the ship to a coast of prosperity.

Janab Bari Sahib has a true Pakistani blood in his body. He always tells every member of his family and the members of the Pakistani community that "Pakistan is one of the few countries of the world which have such varied and rich cultural heritage. Our blessed country has had the marks of a true cultural heaven with deep imprints of all the ages of human progress right from the Stone Age through the progress of human society. As we all know and firmly believe, all the four provinces of Pakistan have their own identities based on the specific history of the respective areas. Joined by the unity of our beloved Pakistan, they together represent a civilization which has few parallels in history. It is imperative for us being a Pakistani that no matter where we are, we must keep the flag of the country of our origin-Pakistan, flying high.

Mian Ghulam Bari is the president of Pakistan Community Association in Ireland. This association holds events and functions through which the Pakistani community in Ireland get together, get entertained and remember their country in a manner and spirit that benefits their culture. The children benefit most from these national events because it is only on these occasions that they recognize their flag, their national anthem and their culture.
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Safi Qureshi - Managing Partner of Irvine Ventures

Born in Karachi in early 1950’s , did his graduation in Physics from Karachi university and B.S Electrical Engineering from University of Texas, He Lives in Irvine, California with family.

Safi is Managing Partner of 'Irvine Ventures'. Irvine Ventures is a regionally based venture fund, that invests in privately held early stage internet and technology companies. Prior to this, Safi co-founded AST Research.

Now in his mid-forties, Qureshi was also co-founder and former chief of AST Research Inc., a personal computer firm that once ranked as the fourth largest computer manufacturer in the world. Safi Qureshi went to the U.S. in 1971 for education in engineering and worked in the Information technology industries of California for companies such as Documenter, Computer Automation, and Telfile Computer. In 1980 he co-founded a garage-based company making personal computers. As a computer industry veteran Safi, played a lead role in not only AST’s growth in emerging markets but in changing the PC industry from a narrow corporate enterprise into a global business . Due to Safi’s intense focus , vision (that of evolving the digital age as a platform to develop tools that will further promote global & personal communication in all societies.), and passion for innovation, AST earned a reputation in the PC industry as one of the foremost brand names. Subsequently, it was acquired, in the mid 1990’s, by Samsung Electronics.

He has been rated as being one of the top 25 executives by Computer Resellers News. Safi Qureshi was appointed as a member of US President Bill Clinton's export council. He has been instrumental in American commercial development around the world. He has traveled to countries such as China , Indonesia , Thailand, India , Pakistan with high level US trade delegations to sign several landmark agreements. He was instrumental in ensuring that Clinton went and talked to Pakistan military leaders in 2000. He is currently on the board of Directors of Focus Software International, Object Automation, NetInfo, IAFC. He has participated in GATT, NAFTA, APEC issues, and is a strong proponent of education and reserach at University of California, Irvine [Bonney Center for Neurobiology of Learning & Memory]. His brainchild is the ALIF [ the first letter of the Hebrew, Arabic and Urdu alphabet] which is a televised series in the Urdu language of the Sesame Street series for Pakistan Television broadcast to the children in Pakistan. In his most recent project, Safi Qureshi is helping Pakistan with Information Technology efforts in becoming a major exporter of Software . This speaks of Safi Qureshi's dedication for IT progress in Pakistan. He wants to encourage the aspiring students from this part of the world to work their ways towards not only the silicon valley but make their mark wherever they may end up. Addressing the students in Pakistan he said,
"You are among the brightest talent this country has produced. There is a very prosperous and bright future for all of you. We are trying to create an environment in which you feel encouraged and motivated to become entrepreneurs".

The President Of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, has appointed Safi Qureshi as honorary consul general in United States Of America!
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Jamshed Marker - Former diplomat

Jamshed Marker is on the top in the group of two most fascinating cricket commentators of Pakistan. Subsequently he was taken up in diplomatic services of Pakistan, where has has also demonstrated his calibre and remained at the peak for decades together.
Recently Pakistan has honoured this most eminent diplomat, Ambassador Jamshed Marker, by naming the main hall at the new embassy building in Washington after him.

The present Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, while making announcement in this regard, praised Mr. Marker as "a diplomat and a Pakistani we should be proud of."
"Mr Marker has made a major contribution in promoting Pakistan-US ties," added the foreign minister.
Jamshed Marker, who comes from a distinguished family of Quetta, Pakistan, has been Pakistan's ambassador to both the USA and the United Nations under different governments. He has been very instrumental in promoting Pakistan's image, across the continents continously for many decades! On this occasion, the present ambassador of Pakistan in America, was quoted as saying, "I am proud that he is from my hometown."
He has also been Kofi Annan's special representative for a considerable time!
Above all, Brother and Sister Pakistanis across the world regard him as their elder brother and one of our common family! This is the greatest acheivement of his lifelong contribution and association to the Pakistani community, at grass root level as well as in the highest level in Pakistan and across the geographical bounderies of this world! This famous cricket commentator will rule the hearts of millions all over the world indefinately!
We are sad while narrating this to report a very tragic incident suffered by the Marker family in America.
Jamshed Marker, his wife Arnaz, and daughter Feroza Marker met with a serious car accident while traveling in a taxi in upstate New York. Unfortunately, Feroza, a member of ZAGNY, succumbed to her injuries from the accident.
Feroza Marker was an Occupational Therapist and worked with United Cerebral Palsy and at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Feroza obtained her Master’s Degree from New York University in Occupational Therapy.
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Dr. Amanullah Khan -

Dr. Amanullah Khan, of Dallas, Texas, is a leading, private practice physician in the field of hematology, oncology and clinical immunology. He serves as the president of Cancer Center Associates, a private physician group in Dallas.
Dr. Khan is appointed to numerous leadership positions in his home state including: member of the Texas Health Care Information Council, member of the Texas Board of Health, and member of the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security. He is the former president of the Association of Pakistani Physicians in North America and has published many articles in medical and scientific journals.

Dr. Khan is an active member of the community having served as a Trustee of the St. Paul Medical Foundation, a Board Member of the Kindness Foundation, President of the American Muslim Caucus and a Board Member of the Multi-Ethnic Heritage Foundation.
His professional achievement and community work were acknowledged and recognized by the numerous awards bestowed on him through the years including the "Honorary Citizenship Award" by the Mayor of Dallas, "Presidential Gold Medal" awarded by the Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences, and the "Outstanding Contribution in Medicine" awarded by the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Khan is a graduate from King Edward Medical College Lahore Pakistan, and got his Ph.D. from Baylor University, USA.
He is the president of Cancer Center Associates in Dallas and has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Among Amanullah Khan’s 'off the field' achievements, his appointment on President George W Bush’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders would rank as one of his biggest.
The President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs was established by Executive Order 13216 and serves to advise the President on efforts to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through greater access to federal programs and services.
Dr Khan is an active member of the community and works for the empowerment of Pakistani Americans in the political arena and on the issues related to Pakistan.
The paucity of time for a pre-occupied medical professional and a statesman, has obstructed him from participation in community activities. In the sixties', he started cricket as a community sport which has now spread into almost every state of America.
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Dr. Ishrat Husain - Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
(Winner of Central Bank Governor of the Year 2005 award)

Dr. Ishrat Husain took over the charge of the office of the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, with effect from 2nd December, 1999. Since assuming the office of the Governor he has implemented a major program of restructuring of the State Bank of Pakistan and steered the reforms of the banking sector. He has played a key role, as a member of the economic management team of the Government, in the revival of the economy. In recognition of his meritorious services he was conferred the prestigious award of ‘Hilal-e-Imtiaz’ by the President of Pakistan in March 2003.
Prior to his appointment as Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Ishrat Husain was Director for Central Asian Republics managing the World Bank’s relations, programs and policies with these countries. Earlier, he was Director, Poverty and Social Policy Department of the World Bank responsible for the Bank’s policies and strategy development in the areas of Poverty Reduction, Gender, NGOs and Public Sector Reform and Governance. He was Chairperson of the World Bank’s Public Sector Group.

Dr. Husain served as Chief Economist for Africa between 1991-94 and later became Chief Economist of the World Bank for East Asia and Pacific region focusing mainly on China. He was Chief of the Debt and International Finance Division where he helped develop the World Bank’s strategic approach to Latin American Debt problems which subsequently resulted in the Bank’s participation in the Brady Initiative of Debt Reduction. As the World Bank’s Resident Representative in Nigeria he led the Bank’s team that assisted Nigeria in formulating its Structural Adjustment program of 1986. Earlier on, he was responsible for designing World Bank’s program to support Ghana’s Economic Reform Program.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Husain was a member of the Civil Service of Pakistan since 1964. He served in various capacities in the field and the Secretariat. He held senior management positions in both Planning and Development and Finance Department of the Government of Sindh. He also served as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He was a member of the Government of Pakistan’s panel of economists for their five-year Development Plans.

Dr. Husain has maintained an active scholarly interest in Pakistan’s economic issues. His most recent book “Economic Management in Pakistan 1999-2002 has been published by the Oxford University Press. He is also the author of “Pakistan: The Economy of an Elitist State” is a culmination of a research project he undertook on Pakistan.

In addition to his work on Pakistan, Dr. Husain is the author of “Adjustment in Africa: Lessons from Case Studies”, “Dealing with Debt Crisis”, “African External Finance in the 1990s”, “Poverty and Adjustment: The Case of Africa”, and several journal articles and papers on debt, external finance, and adjustment issues. He has been a speaker, expert discussant or resource person at numerous international conferences and seminars on debt and adjustment issues.

Dr. Husain holds Masters degree in Development Economics from Williams College and doctorate (Ph.D) in Economics from Boston University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Program jointly sponsored by Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD.
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Rt. Rev'd. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali

First Pakistan born Bishop of Rochester!
The Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, born in 1949, is the 106th Bishop of Rochester. Born and brought up in Pakistan. He read Economics, Islamic History and Sociology at the University of Karachi, and Theology at Fitzwilliam College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His postgraduate studies at Oxford, Cambridge and the Australian College of Theology with the Centre for World Religions, Harvard, spanned comparative literature, the comparative philosophy of religion, and theology.

He has taught at universities in the UK, Pakistan and New Zealand and has been a visiting lecturer in these countries and in Canada, the USA and Australia. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali is Visiting Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Greenwich and Fellow of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.

After his ordination, and following a curacy in Cambridge, he worked as a parish priest in Karachi and was also on the staff of Karachi Theological College. He was appointed Provost of Lahore Cathedral in 1981 and, in 1984, was consecrated the first Bishop of Raiwind. Appointed a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s staff in 1986. From 1989 to 1994, and his appointment to Rochester, Bishop Michael was General Secretary of the Church Mission Society.
Michael Nazir-Ali is a director of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and, until recently, was a Director of Christian Aid and a member of the Inter-Faith Consultative Group. In June 1999 he took his seat in the House of Lords and since making his maiden speech in October he has initiated and contributed to debates on several occasions. He is a member of the Archbishops’ Council, the House of Bishops Standing Committee and the Anglican-Roman Catholic Joint Working Group. He is also Chairman of the Working Party on Women in the Episcopate.
Bishop Michael is the author of a number of books and is a regular contributor to The Times and other national and local newspapers, and to Radio and TV both in this country and abroad.
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Prof. Anwar Nasim

Prof. Nasim was born on 7 December 1935. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Islamic Academy of Sciences in 1998.

Prof. Nasim obtained his MSc in Botany from the University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1957, and his PhD in Biochemical Genetics from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 1966.

He was appointed Advisor (Science), COMSTECH, in August 1996, after working for two years as Executive Secretary, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1994-1996).

Prior to that, Prof. Nasim was Principal Scientist and Head, Molecular Genetics Group, Biology and Medical Research Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1989-1993), and Senior Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada (1973-1989).

Prof. Nasim’s teaching experience includes a tenure as a Lecturer, Government College, Multan and Lahore (1957-1962), Adjunct Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (1984-1989), and University of Ottawa, Canada (1983-1989).

Prof. Nasim has more than one hundred scientific papers to his credit, and is the awardee of the Civil Award “ Pride of Performance” in Molecular Genetics (1995) by the President of Pakistan, and the award for outstanding service (1995) of the Overseas Pakistanis Institute.

He is a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (1987), and Foreign Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1988).
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Dr. Amjad Parvez Sheikh - MD National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK)

Dr. Amjad Parvez Sheikh took over as Managing Director and President of National Engineering Services Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. on June 25, 2004. He has succeeded Mr. Sabir P. Chohan who has retired on reaching the age of superannuation. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, Dr. Amjad Parvez brings with him a rich and vast experience of over 37 years in various fields of international consultancy. He has been working with NESPAK for over 29 years and has held several managerial and technical positions of high responsibility.

A graduate from UET Lahore in the year 1967, Dr. Amjad Parvez had an outstanding academic career and holds a Doctorate in Industrial/ Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Quality and Reliability Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. Before joining NESPAK in 1975, Dr. Amjad was a Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor for eight years at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. He was also a visiting professor in the Punjab University, Lahore. Dr. Amjad Parvez, among other professional bodies, is a Member of American Society for Quality and a Member of Pakistan Engineering Council. He is a Specialist in Industrial Mechanical Projects, Quality and Reliability Engineering ISO-9000.


Before taking over as M.D. NESPAK, Dr. Amjad Parvez was working as Vice President incharge of Power & Mechanical and Overseas Divisions of NESPAK since December 2002. As Vice President, Power & Mechanical Division and Member, NESPAK Board of Management, Dr. Amjad was responsible for administration, coordination, resource allocation, staff deployment, monitoring of projects, client dealings and business promotion activities.

As Vice President, Overseas, Dr. Amjad Parvez was responsible for smooth functioning of all overseas offices of NESPAK which included coordination/ control of all activities relating to day-to-day work of these offices including human resource planning and development under the present and future scenarios. He was also responsible for exploring new avenues for NESPAK business in the Middle East and opened a new NESPAK office in Qatar.


From March 2000 to December 2001, Dr. Amjad Parvez was Vice President, Coordination Division of NESPAK.

From 1993 to 2000, Dr. Amjad Parvez was Executive Director, TURKPAK, a subsidiary of NESPAK, and Managing Director of ECO Consulting Engineering Company, a subsidiary of TURKPAK. He acquired 20 projects for TURKPAK in Central Asian Republics and West African countries, mostly financed by Islamic Development Bank.

From 1986 to 1992, Dr. Amjad Parvez was General Manager of NESPAK operations in Saudi Arabia where he acquired and handled a number of projects for NESPAK.

Dr. Amjad Parvez is a recipient of Pride of Performance, an honour bestowed upon him by the President of Pakistan in 2000. He was also awarded a Gold Medal by the President of Pakistan in 1977 for writing best technical paper for IEP. He has 40 technical publications at International and National Fora to his credit. He was also the Editor of Engineering News, a technical Journal of Pakistan Engineering Congress and Editor, NESPAK News Report.

Dr. Ayub Khan Ommaya, 78, a neurosurgeon, an internationally known expert on brain injuries and the inventor of a device that facilitates treatment of brain tumors, died July 10 at his home in Islamabad, Pakistan, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
The longtime Bethesda resident was a retired chief of neurosurgery at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and professor of neurosurgery at George Washington University.
Before Dr. Ommaya's work in the 1960s, there was no effective way to deliver chemotherapy treatments for brain tumors. His invention of the Ommaya reservoir, a plastic dome-shaped device with a catheter attached to the underside, made possible the delivery of chemotherapy to the brain and spinal cord. In addition, the device served as a prototype for all medical ports now in use.
Dr. Ommaya also developed the centripetal theory of traumatic brain injury, which allowed scientists to understand and model how brains are affected by blunt force. As chief medical adviser to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and director of NHTSA's head injury prevention program, he created a model for brain injuries that led to design changes and the development of safety devices in motor vehicles worldwide.
Known as the "singing neurosurgeon," Dr. Ommaya was a trained opera tenor who often sang before and after surgery, to the delight of patients and their families and his hospital colleagues.
Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he was a national champion swimmer. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Pakistan in 1953 and, as a Rhodes Scholar, received his master's degree from Balliol College, Oxford University, in 1956. During medical school, he trained as an amateur boxer and was a member of the crew team at Balliol.
He came to the United States in 1961 as a visiting scientist at the National Institutes of Health and later became an associate neurosurgeon. He was chief of neurosurgery from 1974 to 1979 and began teaching at George Washington University in 1970.
In 1977, Dr. Ommaya was part of a team of GWU surgeons that saved the life of a Rochester, N.Y., teacher by removing a snake-like tangle of blood vessels at the base of his brain, a rare abnormal growth that had paralyzed both his arms and legs and was threatening to cut off his breathing. In a history-making operation that lasted 19 hours, the man was chilled for a time to 65 degrees, his heart and lung were stilled and his brain activity was halted.
Dr. Ommaya, who told The Washington Post that he got through the surgery on just a couple of candy bars, said that it was "like dissecting out hundreds of tiny snakes -- you have to dissect them out individually without cutting them or damaging the nerves and the spinal cord."
As a transportation safety expert, he commissioned "Injury in America" (1985), a report that led to the creation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The center provides synthesis, direction and funding for the field.
He also invented an inflatable collar, similar to an airbag, that attaches to motorcycle helmets as a protection against spinal injury.
In 1997, Dr. Ommaya was called as a defense expert witness in the highly publicized trial of Louise Woodward, a British au pair accused of killing an 8-month-old baby in her care. He maintained that the child, Matthew Eappen, could not have been killed by violent shaking, as prosecutors claimed.
Sitting in the witness stand of a Cambridge, Mass., courtroom, he bounced a wad of Silly Putty on the floor to illustrate the damage that could be caused by impact. "The demonstration elicited a burst of laughter from jurors and observers -- a rarity in a trial that has featured emotionally wrenching testimony from the baby's parents and others," the Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) reported at the time.
Dr. Ommaya retired in 2001.
His marriages to Parvaneh Modaber and Wendy Preece ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Ghazala N. Ommaya of Bethesda and Islamabad; three children from his second marriage, David Ommaya of Los Angeles, Alexander Ommaya of Bethesda and Shana Ommaya of Vienna; three children from his third marriage, Asha Ommaya of London and Iman Ommaya and Sinan Ommaya, both of Bethesda and Islamabad; two brothers; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Dr. Shaghil Ahmed - MD Social Policy & Development Center

Dr. Shaghil Ahmed is Deputy Managing Director and currently also Acting Managing Director of the SPDC. He received his B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester, U.S.A. He has nearly 20 years of experience in research, teaching, and policy-oriented work in the fields of macroeconomics, econometrics, international development and finance, and monetary economics. He is currently on leave from the International Finance Division of the Board of Governors of the Federal System in Washington D.C., where he has worked on the problems of emerging-market economies for the past 8 years. In the past, Dr. Ahmed has held also held teaching appointments at the Pennsylvania State University, Brown University, and UCLA. He has several publications in reputable economics journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking.
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Prof. Riazuddin

Prof. Riazuddin was awarded his BSc in Mathematics from Punjab University, Lahore, 1951; and his MA from the same university in 1953. In 1959 he was a awarded a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from Cambridge University, UK. Since 1999, he has been Director, National Center for Physics ,Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad. Prior to that he was sueccessively Professor, King Fahd Universityof Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran Sudia Arabia, 1982-1998; Visiting Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1982-1981; Visiting Professor, VPI and State University Blacksburg, VA, USA, 1981-1980; Visiting Scientist, International Center for Theroetical Physics (Triest,Italy), 1979-1980; Member (Technical), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, 1973-1976; and Principal Research Associate, Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory, UK, 1972.

During 1970-1972, Dr Riazuddin was a Visiting Professor, University of Maryland, College Park,Maryland, USA. He was Professor, University of Islamabad (Now called Quaid - i - Azam University) 1966-1981. He was a Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia, 1965-1966; Visiting Senior Research Assciate, Univercity of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1963-1965; and reader in Physics Punjab University, Lahore, 1959-1963. In 1968, dr Riazuddin was awarded the Gold Medal in Physical Sciences for Scientist of less than 40 years of age by the Pakistan academy of Sciences. That same academy elected him a Fellow in 1976. He was awarded Gold Medal jointly with Fayyazuddin of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences for outstanding research work in Physical Sciences, 1979.

He was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and the Hilal-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 1980, 1990 and 1999, respectively. Prof. Riazuddin was elected a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (2000), and won the 13 Khawarizmi International award (First Prize) in 2000. In the same year he won the UNESCO Albort Einstein Gold Medal for Fundamental Science, and was elected in November 2000 a Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Sciences. The current research interest of Professor Riazuddin is Gauge Theiries and Phenomenonlogy of Partical Interactions. He has around 200 publications to his credit including the joint authorship of three books, one of which was on Weak Interactions, published by John Wiley in 1996, and was regarded as a classic on the subject receiving over 582 citation until 1996. Prof. Riazuddin National Center for Physics, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad-Pakistan.
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Sajjad Karim - First Pakistani European Member of Parliament
(Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West of England)

Sajjad was named one of the High Flyers of British politics by The Times newspaper in its 'Who's Who' 2005.

Sajjad was born in Blackburn, the son of a Conservative councillor. He studied at Nelson and Colne College before reading law at City College London.

Sajjad serves on the:

Committee on International Trade, MEMBER
Committee on Foreign Affairs, SUBSTITUTE
Committee on Regional Development, SUBSTITUTE
Subcommittee on Human Rights, MEMBER
Delegation for relations with the Gulf States, including Yemen, MEMBER
Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), SUBSTITUTE
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Dr. Khalid Hameed CBE


Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Cromwell Hospital, London

He Chairs the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council. He is a Board member of the British Muslim Research Centre, and also the Ethnic Minorities Foundation. He is an Executive member of the Maimonides Foundation and a Trustee of the Little Foundation. Dr Hameed supports various charities and was awarded the Sternberg Award for 2005 for his contribution to further Christian - Muslim - Jewish Relations. He has received serveral national and international honours from various countries including the United Kingdom.

He is involved with matters of Interfaith and lectures frequently on this subject.
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Sadiq Khan - Memebr of UK Parliment

Sadiq Khan was elected as MP of Tooting on 5th May 2005 with a majority of 5,300. He is a former chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. Sadiq Khan was born in Tooting in 1970. He represents a young generation of talented British Muslims making their mark in public life.
He is a solicitor specialising in employment, discrimination and human rights law and a partner of Christian Khan Solictors. He was elected as a Labour councillor for Tooting ward in 1994 and served three terms as a local councillor. He was Deputy Leader of Labour Councillors until 2001 and acted as Planning spokesman.

He is a visiting lecturer in employment law at the University of North London and has published articles on legal reform and human rights issues. Sadiq has served as a director and chair of Liberty and Vice-Chair of Legal Action Group (LAG). He was a member if the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Committee examining Civil Legal Aid, a member of the Liberty Advisory Committee examining an independent Police Complaints System and a member of the Advisory Committee looking into the reform of Inquests. Sadiq is advisor to a number of individual of groups including the National Black Police Association and the Metropolitan Black Police Association. Committee.

Together with Louise Christian, he has represented a number of the UK prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay.
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Masood Ahmed
Masood Ahmed, world expert on poverty reduction, is one of the two senior most Muslim civil servants (the other being Anwar Choudhury ) holding the position of Director General, Policy & International, since 2003 at the Department for International Development (DFID). He was headhunted from the IMF, where he served as Deputy Director, Policy Development and Review Dept, 2000-03. At the Fund, Masood Ahmed was closely involved on issues relating to low-income countries, including coordinating the implementation of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) and the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) approach.

His distinguished career includes twenty years at the World Bank, which he joined as Senior Economist in 1979. Between 1987-91 he was the Bank's Division Chief for North Africa, and then promoted to head up the International Finance Division and subsequently Head, Poverty Reduction & Economic Management Network. In 1998 he was an Acting Vice President of World Bank, responsible for Private Sector Development and Infrastructure. In December 2003 he was one of the experts called to give evidence to the House of Commons International Development Committee.
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Dr Amir Hussain - Senior lecturer at the University of Stirling

Dr Hussain is an expert in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and senior lecturer at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He graduated with a BEng in Electronic & Electrical Engineering in 1992, from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, with the highest 1st Class Honours of the year for which he was awarded the Professor Maclean Memorial Medal of Distinction. This was followed by doctoral studies in AI at Stratclyde. His academic and professional distinctions include appointment as the 'Invited Independent Expert' for the European Commission's (EC) 6th Research Framework Programme: New & Emerging Science & Technology, (NEST) - for research & technological Development (contributing to the creation of the European Research Area and to innovation, 2004-6). He is on the editorial board of several journals in his field and was the IEEE guest speaker on "Biologically Inspired Computing" in Glasgow in February 2005.
Dr. Hussain holds one international patent and has authored over 70 research-publications (since 1993) in various professional journals, books and refereed international Conference proceedings.
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Abdul Sttar Edhi


Edhi established his first welfare centre and then the Edhi Trust with a mere Rs. 5000. What started as a one-man show operating from a single room in Karachi is now the Edhi Foundation, the largest welfare organisation in Pakistan. The foundation has over 300 centres across the country, in big cities, small towns and remote rural areas, providing medical aid, family planning and emergency assistance.They own air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas.

In Karachi alone, the Edhi Foundation runs 8 hospitals providing free medical care, eye hospitals, diabetic centres, surgical units, a 4- bed cancer hospital and mobile dispensaries. In addition to these the Foundation also manages two blood banks in Karachi.

20,000 abandoned babies have been saved.

40,000 qualified nurses have been trained

50,000 orphans are housed in Edhi Homes

1 million babies have been delivered in Edhi Maternity Centres



Edhi is to Karachi what Mother Teresa was to the poor of Calcutta. Edhi and wife Bilquees have spent a lifetime working for people and their welfare work to date remains unparalleled in Pakistan. They are both very private people who shun publicity. They have had little formal education, and are totally committed to the cause of helping the poor and needy.

What started as a one-man show operating from a single room in Karachi is now the Edhi Foundation, the largest welfare organisation in Pakistan. The foundation has over 300 centres across the country, in big cities, small towns and remote rural areas, providing medical aid, family planning and emergency assistance.

Born in 1928 in Bantwa , Gujarat, India , Edhi’s family belonged to the industrious Memon community. From a young age his mother taught Edhi to be kind towards others and to help the poor. In 1947 the family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. That was a time of great emotional trauma and social and political upheaval. Edhi became involved in social work and began working with welfare organisations and soon started his own dispensary, providing medical aid to the poor. He bought his first ambulance, an old van which he called the "poor man’s van" and went around the city providing medical help and burying unclaimed bodies. His van became his advertisement and soon he came to be known for his work with the poor. As a consequence, donations started pouring in and his operations expanded, employing additional nurses and staff. It was here that Edhi met his wife Bilquees who was a trainee nurse at the dispensary. They were married in 1966. Bilquees became the ideal wife for Edhi, totally committed to welfare work.

Edhi established his first welfare centre and then the Edhi Trust with a mere Rs. 5000 [$1000]. The Edhi Foundation grew as people began to recognize its humanitarian aims. In 1973 when an old apartment building collapsed in Karachi, Edhi’s ambulances and volunteers were the first to reach the scene and start rescue operations. From then, on, through the troubles in Karachi and all over the country, Edhi’s ambulances have been rescuing and taking the injured to hospitals and burying unclaimed bodies. They go to places where even government agencies hesitate to venture.

The Edhi Foundation is the first of its kind in South Asia that owns air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas. Whether it is a train accident or a bomb blast, Edhi ambulances are the first to arrive. The foundation relies on the support of its 3, 500 workers and thousands of volunteers who form the backbone of the organisation.



Despite the growth of the foundation, Edhi remains a very down to earth person. Dressed always in a grey homespun cotton, he has a hands on approach to his work, sweeping his own room and even cleaning the gutter if need be. Apart from the one room, which he uses for his living quarters, the rest of the building serves as his workplace in Mithadar, a locality of old Karachi that is full of narrow streets and congested alleyways. Adjoining their living room is a small kitchen where Bilquees usually prepares the midday meal. Next to it is a washing area where bodies are bathed and prepared for burial.

When Edhi is not travelling to supervise his other centres, a typical day for him begins at five in the morning with Fajr prayers. His work starts thereafter answering any calls for help, organizing and meeting people in need while afternoons are spent at various centres and hospitals all over the city. In the evening he dines with hundreds of poor at his "langar" [free community meals common among Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs] at another Edhi centre in the city. His Fridays are invariably spent at homes for the destitute children where Edhi personally helps bathe the ones who are physically handicapped, before joining them for Friday prayers. Occasionally, when he is able to, he also takes them out for picnics.

In Karachi alone, the Edhi Foundation runs 8 hospitals providing free medical care, eye hospitals, diabetic centres, surgical units, a 4- bed cancer hospital and mobile dispensaries. In addition to these the Foundation also manages two blood banks in Karachi. As with other Edhi services, employed professionals and volunteers run these. The foundation has a Legal aid department, which provides free services and has secured the release of countless innocent prisoners. Commissioned doctors visit jails on a regular basis and also supply food and other essentials to the inmates. There are 15 " Apna Ghar" ["Your Homes"] homes for the destitute children, runaways, and psychotics and the Edhi Foundation states that over the years 3 million children have been rehabilitated and reunited with their families thorough the Edhi network.

The foundation also has an education scheme, which apart from teaching reading and writing covers various vocational activities such as driving, pharmacy and para-medical training. The emphasis is on self-sufficiency. The Edhi Foundation has branches in several countries where they provide relief to refugees in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, and Bangladesh. In 1991 the Foundation provided aid o victims of the Gulf war and earthquake victims in Iran and Egypt.

Edhi plans mass campaigns against narcotics, illiteracy, population control and basic hygiene. Edhi’s wife Bilquees works in the areas of maternity centre management. She runs 6 nursing training schools in Karachi, which provide basic training courses. These centres have so far trained over 40,000 qualified nurses. Some 20,000 abandoned babies have been saved and about a million babies have been delivered in the Edhi maternity homes. Bilquees also supervises the food that is supplied to the Edhi hospitals in Karachi. The total number of orphans in Edhi housing is 50,000 and Edhi’s two daughters and one son assist in the running of the orphanages and the automation of these institutions.

Edhi’s vision is to create an institution that will carry on his life’s work and survive for a long time to come. His dream is that of a Pakistan as a modern welfare state, which provides a safety net for the poor and needy while providing basic health and education with vocational skills. A welfare state Edhi feels is the only way to tackle Pakistan’s myriad social problems. He hopes that one day, Pakistan will be a model for other developing countries.

In 1985 Edhi received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan and in recognition of their services the Government of Philippines awarded Edhi & Bilquees the Magsayay award.



The Edhi Foundation refuses to take any aid from the Government, thereby maintaining its independence.
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Waqar Azmi - adviser to the UK Cabinet Office
Waqar Azmi OBE is the chief diversity adviser at the UK Cabinet Office. He was previously managing director of equality and diversity at the global firm TMP/Monster Worldwide.
He recently served his appointment by the Home Secretary on the judicial public inquiry into the murder of Zahid Mubarek - battered to death by his racist cellmate at Feltham prison. He was also a member of the Oldham Riots Inquiry Panel and chief executive of Worcester Racial Equality Council. He founded the British Federation of Racial Equality Councils, Herefordshire Race Equality Partnership and, Race Equality West Midlands. . He has researched and published widely on Equality and Diversity issues, holding a doctorate in this field.
Waqar was lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire between 1991 and 1993, He then moved to the Comparative Ethnic Studies Unit at Southampton Institute and acted as a consultant to Southampton Racial Equality Council.
He was the UK representative at the Inter-Governmental Meeting on Minority Rights organised by the Council of Europe in Zagreb, Croatia
He stood as the Labour candidate for West Worcestershire in 2001's General Election, coming third behind the sitting Conservative MP Sir Michael Spicer and the Liberal Democrat candidate. In the same year, the University College Worcester awarded him an honorary Masters of Arts degree in recognition of his work. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2002 and a year later, he was awarded Britain's Young Asian Achievers Award by the Institute of Asian Professionals at the Asian Jewels Awards.
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Professor Muhammad Magdi Yaqoob

Professor Yaqoob was born on 11 November 1960 in Karachi, Pakistan. He graduated in Medicine from Dow Medical College, Karachi Pakistan in 1982 with multiple honours (gold medalist). He came to UK for postgraduation in 1983 obtaining MRCP, MD and PhD before becoming Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal London and St Bartholomew's Hospitals in 1996.

Laterly he has been appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Experiment Medicine, Nephrology and Critical Care at the Queen Mary's College, London UK and William Harvey Research Institute. He was awarded best invesigators award by European Renal Association 1991 and trainee investigators award by American Association of Physician in 1995 for excellence in scientific research. He is actively involved in both basic and clinical reserach with over 125 peer reviewed publications and multiple book chapters. This includes a chapter in the standard book used by medical students, 'Clinical Medicine' (ed. Kumar & Clarke) on acid-base reactions.
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Pakistani doctor wins Ukrainian hearts

Pakistan remains an exotic faraway land to most Ukrainians - but in one village, it has suddenly come much closer to home.

Though foreigners are still a relative novelty outside Ukraine's big cities, a Pakistani man has swept to victory in council elections in the village of Mala Lepetykha, 300 miles south of the capital Kiev.

Gohar Ali Shah beat the incumbent, a village native, by three votes to one, Ukraine's Novyy Kanal TV said.

Dr Ali Shah says Ukraine means immeasurably more to him than to many of his former compatriots, who occasionally get caught there while trying to cross illegally into the European Union.

He came to Ukraine in search of an education. But he also found love - in the person of his Ukrainian wife Lidiya - and now power, as the top official in the village.
Secret of success

The "Ukrainian Pashtun", as he has been dubbed in the media, comes from a big and affluent Pakistani family. He graduated from a Ukrainian medical university and settled down in Mala Lepetykha several years ago.

Dr Gohar won the villagers' hearts after taking over as head of the local hospital, three years ago.

When the cash-strapped district authorities refused funds for refurbishment, the Pakistani physician did not give up but called on volunteers to go round the village on a fund-raising mission.

And when the money was collected and repairs completed, Dr Gohar accounted for every single penny he had spent - a rare example of official probity in corruption-ridden Ukraine.

Dr Gohar believes medicine is the ultimate problem-solver, with the power to cure not only the ills of the human body, but also those of society.

"I approach every problem like a disease," the doctor told Ukrainian television in fluent Russian, which is widely spoken in southern Ukraine.

"What do you do about a disease? You question the patient properly and carry out a thorough examination and analysis, in order to come up with the right diagnosis."

"Once you have the right diagnosis, then you can prescribe the right treatment."

'Pearl'

The district authorities have expressed no concern at the change of power in the village.

"I don't know how things will pan out, but we are pleased with the first steps he has taken," the district administration chief, Vasyl Kotenkov, told Novyy Kanal.

The TV explained that the doctor's name, Gohar, means "pearl".

The villagers are hopeful that their Pashtun leader will live up to his name, proving himself a brilliant acquisition for the village.

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Pakistani doctor wins Ukrainian hearts
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Ms. Fawzia Naqvi

Ms. Naqvi is a Relationship Manager for Asia. She works closely with four network members in Asia (in Sri Lanka , Pakistan, and the Philippines) to identify, diagnose and advise on critical strategic and operational issues. Her responsibilities also include mobilizing the necessary product and service resources and managing WWB service delivery to these members. Ms. Naqvi joined WWB in 2000 as the Asia Regional Manager, with primary responsibilities focused on WWB’s expansion strategy in Asia. She also participated in policy change efforts and banking innovation initiatives. Ms. Naqvi comes to WWB with a career in commercial banking. Prior to joining WWB, she spent ten years with Citibank in New York, where she worked for the Financial Institutions Group for Emerging Markets. Her responsibilities at Citibank included building banking relationships with the Not-for-Profit sector in Central Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Latin America. In 1997, she was asked to coordinate and manage Citibank’s Task Force on Microfinance Initiatives and was given the responsibility for managing all business related initiatives with microfinance institutions in the emerging markets. Ms. Naqvi has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree from The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is a citizen of Pakistan and is fluent in Urdu and English, and has a functional knowledge of Spanish.
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Dr. Shamshad Akhtar - Governor, State Bank of Pakistan

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar took over as Governor, State Bank of Pakistan on 2nd January, 2006. She brings rich experience, both national and international, to her new assignment. Dr. Akhtar is the first woman and the 14th Governor of the State Bank since its inception in July, 1948.

It may be recalled that the Federal Government has last month notified the appointment of Dr. Shamshad Akhtar as SBP Governor for a period of three years with effect from the date she assumes the charge of the post.

Prior to her appointment as SBP Governor, Dr. Akhtar has been serving the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as its Director General, Southeast Asia Department since January, 2004. The Southeast Asia Department covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. She looked after the operations of five divisions in the Southeast Asia Department—operations coordination; infrastructure; agriculture, environment, and natural resources; social sectors; and governance, finance, and trade. She also looked after ADB’s Resident Mission in Indonesia and the Country Office in the Philippines. Earlier, she was Deputy Director General of the Department. She also held the position of Director, Governance, Finance and Trade Division for East and Central Asia Department of ADB. She has developed a broad regional expertise in financial and economic matters of Central Asian Republics & Southeast Asia including the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Akhtar began her career in ADB in 1990 and rose to the position of Manager in 1998 after serving as Senior and Principal Financial Sector Specialist. She has been ADB’s Coordinator for APEC Finance Ministers Group from 1998-2001 and has served on a number of ADB committees including the Reorganization Committee, Appeals Committee and Oversight Committee etc. She has interfaced and represented the Asian Development Bank at the Bank for International Settlements and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

Before joining the ADB, she worked for 10 years as an Economist in the World Bank’s Resident Mission in Pakistan. She also worked briefly with the Planning Offices in Pakistan both at the Federal and Sindh Government. During her stay in Pakistan, she dealt with wide ranging subjects which covered analysis of macroeconomic situation, finance and money and structural reforms of key sectors including industry and agriculture. Her work included papers on taxation system of Pakistan, state of inter-governmental fiscal relations, poverty incidence & its dimensions and foreign direct investment etc. In Pakistan, she also contributed to the development of diversification of financial markets including the analysis of monetary policy and state of banking industry (at the World Bank) and restructuring of the Securities & Exchange Commission, Insurance Commission and worked closely with the private sector including the stock exchanges. She has been advising the central banks on reforms of financial markets. Dr. Akhtar has also been dealing with the banking sector’s legal, regulatory and institutional reforms while advising on diversification of the industry to exploit long term funding through development of bond market.

Born in Hyderabad, Dr. Akhtar had her earlier education at Karachi and Islamabad. She has had an excellent academic record. She graduated from the University of Punjab with a B. A. Economics degree in 1974. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has an M.Sc. in Economics from the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, an M.A. in Development Economics from the University of Sussex in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the U.K.’s Paisley College of Technology in 1980. She is a post-doctoral fellowship Fulbright Scholar and was a visiting fellow at the Department of Economics, Harvard University in 1987.

Dr. Akhtar has presented numerous papers on economics and finance at international conferences/seminars/symposia. Her research interests are on Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Banking and Capital Market, International Finance Architecture, Regulation and Supervision, and Industrial & Corporate Restructuring.
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Professor Haroon Ahmed - Professor at Cambridge University

Professor Haroon Ahmed was a Fellow of the college for 33 years and he has been Master of the College since August 2000.

He is Professor of Microelectronics and the Head of the Microelectronics Research Centre which is based in the Cavendish Laboratory of the University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and holds the degree of Doctor of Science from Cambridge University. He graduated in Engineering from Imperial College and has worked in the Engineering Department as well as the Physics Department of Cambridge University.

His research interests are in the physics and technology of nanoscale electronic devices, nanotechnology and electron beam lithography. He has published several hundred scientific papers including several papers on single electron devices and their application in future generations of semiconductor chips.

In his capacity as Master of the College he is responsible for the well being of the College as a whole and he lives in the Master’s Lodge within the College with his family.

He is a keen golfer and was President of the Cambridge University Golf club until recently.
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Prof. Noor Mohammed Butt

Prof. Butt obtained his MSc in Physics from Punjab University, Lahore (Pakistan), in 1957, his PhD from Birmingham University (UK) in 1965, and was awarded a DSc from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1993.

Prof. Butt’s last designation was Director General of the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Pakistan. At retirement he became the First “Scientist Emeritus” honoured with this life-title.

Prof. Butt has published more than 100 research papers in the field of Nuclear Solid State Physics. His specific fields of scientific interest are Neutron Diffraction and Scattering, Research Reactor Utilization and Mo�ssbauer Spectroscopy.

In recognition of his outstanding research work, Prof. Butt was awarded the Open Gold Medal in Physical Sciences, of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences in 1990. He was also awarded the “Sitara-i-Imtiaz,” which was awarded to him by the President of Pakistan in 1991. He was the First Joint Winner of 8th Kharazmi Prize, Iran (1995).

Among the previous posts occupied by Prof. Butt was that of Chief Scientist at the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), and Vice-President of Crystallography Society of Pakistan. He is the former President of the Pakistan Nuclear Society (1995-1997), and Treasurer of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1994-1998).

Professor Butt has lectured on his research in more than 25 countries and has been working as an IAEA (UN) expert and consultant in the Nuclear field.

He has worked as visiting scientist at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE), Harwell (UK), Oxford University (UK), ICTP, Trieste (Italy) and Reactor Institute, Stockholm (Sweden).

He has participated in over 125 national and international conferences and presented invited papers in many of them. He has contributed articles to Newspapers, and to contributed Radio and TV programmes for propagation Science and Technology from time to time.
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Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand - Nuclear Scientist and Engineer

Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand, is one of the architects who have made Pakistan the first Muslim country in the world to posses a nuclear bomb. “It was the result of the efforts made by thousands of scientists and engineers” who deserve the entire nation’s gratitude.

Mand belongs to an educated family of Rawalpindi where he was born in 1941 and in the same city matriculated in 1956. Thereafter, did his FSC in 1958 from Government College, Lahore; BSC in 1960 and MSC in 1962 - attaining distinction in all of these with academic roll of honour.

He started his career as a scientist in 1962 in the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. It was during this job that he proceeded to England for higher education and did his PhD in Experimental Physics (Nuclear Physics) from Oxford University. He returned in 1966 to Pakistan and again joined AAEC. He entered into matrimonial life in 1968 and was married to a lady who herself is a scientist and a teacher. In 1974, he joined Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology and worked here on different important posts such as Director, Member Technical and Director General.

Besides his official assignments, he remained active in contributing to higher level research and published a number of research articles in journals of international repute.

He led the team of scientists who took up the nuclear task of explosion on May 28, 1998.

The credit of Shaheen Missile also goes to Dr. Mand and his enthusiastic team of scientists. In lieu of his meritorious services to the country, Dr. Mand was conferred with Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.
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Asad Jamal - Founder and Co-Chairman, ePlanet Ventures

Asad Jamal is Co-Chairman and Managing Director of ePlanet Ventures, a Silicon Valley headquartered technology venture capital firm, with US$ 650 million under management. Mr. Jamal Co-Founded ePlanet Ventures in 1999 along with leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson to focus on global venture capital opportunities. He has built ePlanet's team and office presence in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Jamal serves on the board of directors of technology companies Baidu, Intrapace, Inc., IXI Mobile, Inc., and Visto Corporation. He has previously worked in a senior executive capacity with Hong Kong merchant bank Peregrine Investment Holdings, and as head of interest-rate derivatives trading with Chase Manhattan Bank in London. Mr. Jamal graduated with a B.Sc.(Honors) from the London School of Economics, and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He is a charter member of entrepreneurship organizations TIE Silicon Valley and OPEN Silicon Valley.
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Dr. Shaghil Ahmed
Dr. Shaghil Ahmed is Deputy Managing Director and currently also Acting Managing Director of the SPDC. He received his B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester, U.S.A. He has nearly 20 years of experience in research, teaching, and policy-oriented work in the fields of macroeconomics, econometrics, international development and finance, and monetary economics. He is currently on leave from the International Finance Division of the Board of Governors of the Federal System in Washington D.C., where he has worked on the problems of emerging-market economies for the past 8 years. In the past, Dr. Ahmed has held also held teaching appointments at the Pennsylvania State University, Brown University, and UCLA. He has several publications in reputable economics journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking.
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Aaref Hilaly - President & CEO, Clearwell Systems

Aaref is the President and CEO of Clearwell Systems, a pioneer in Email Intelligence funded by Sequoia Capital and Redpoint Ventures. Prior to Clearwell, he was Co-Founder, President and CEO of CenterRun, which he led from inception in 2000 to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems in August 2003. CenterRun was a leading provider of application provisioning software and today forms the basis of Sun's data center automation product suite.

Prior to CenterRun, he worked in corporate and business development at Excite@Home Networks, which at that time was one of the largest internet companies. He joined Excite@Home from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting company. At BCG, Aaref led projects advising Fortune 500 companies on a variety of sales, marketing and product development issues, with particular focus in the software and telecommunications industries.

Aaref earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar. He holds a BA Honor's degree from Oxford University, and a Master's degree from McGill University, where he was awarded the Arthur Tagge Fellowship.
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Mohammed Khaishgi - Chief Operating Officer (The Resource Group)

Prior to co-founding The Resource Group, Mr. Khaishgi was Senior Director for Customer Relationship Management for Align Technology, where he was responsible for the establishment and operations of Align�s offshore call center operations. Prior to Align, he spent five years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank, where as Senior Investment Officer, he was responsible for IFC�s technology and telecom investments in Asia. While at IFC, he also evaluated investments in several Asian offshore information technology companies, particularly in India and the Philippines. Prior to IFC, he was a consultant for Arthur D. Little in its Middle East practice, where he assisted several Fortune 500 companies in developing a market-entry strategy for the region.

Mr. Khaishgi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore.
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Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz Ahmed is the Founder of Freeserve, the UK's largest ISP now known as Wanadoo. His eureka moment came when he bought a PC at PC World in Leeds and nobody in the store could tell him how to get onto the Internet. After much persuasion by him, Dixons launched Freeserve in September 1998 and became the UK's largest ISP in just three short months. It floated just nine months later at a market cap of �1.5bn and entered the FT 100 soon after, in March 2000 it had a market cap of �9bn.

Ajaz was one of the three founding executives to launch the business, seeing it through flotation and the sale to Wanadoo. Ajaz held the position of Business Development Director until April 2001 when he left the company to pursue a variety of business interests. He now sits a number of boards and has a number of investments which he is actively involved in.

Ajaz Ahmed - News & Features - KnowledgeRICH - Business Innovation Development


http://www.ariadnecapital.com/journa...ajaz_ahmed.htm

I think Wanadoo bought his company for like 3 billion pounds or something.
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ATTA-UR-RAHMAN
DIRECTOR / PROFESSOR
Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz
Ph.D. (Cantab), Sc.D. (Cantab)

Professor Atta-ur-Rahman has been involved in the isolation, structure, elucidation and synthesis of bioactive natural product from terrestrial and marine organisms. Synthetic studies directed at some of the bioactive molecules have leyt to the total synthesis of a number of indole alkloids such as ibogamine, carnoridine, dihydrocatharanthine, cleavamine, dihydrocleavamines, the binary anti tumour alkloids vinblastine and their analogous 16-ep idemethoxycarbonyl-deoxy-vinblastine etc. Researchers on the chemical constituents of Pakistani Medicinal Plants have resulted in the isolation of over 400 new natural products and the publication of 279 research papers in international journals which have led to the award of SC.D degree in 1987 by Cambridge University, the first scientist in Pakistan to have this distinction.

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman is the author of Pakistan's first book in chemistry to be published abroad and marketed internationally ("Biosynthesis of Indole Alkloids", Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 1983), his book entitled "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy" was published by Springer-Verlag, U.S.A. in 1986 and it is being used in courses in U.S. universities. It has been translated into Japanese language for courses in Japanese universities by Prof. Motoo Toori of Tokushima Bunri University and Prof. Hiroshi Hirota of University of Tokyo and marketed in Japan in 1988. A new series of books has been initiated by Elsiever in Holland entitled "Studies on Natural Products Chemistry" under the editorship of Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman fourteen volumes of which have been published during the last five years. A series on 13C-NMR of natural products is being published by Planum, USA and two volumes have so far been published under the editorship of Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman and Prof. Viqqar Uddin Ahmad. These are among the 35 books written and edited by Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman most of which have been published by leading presses in Europe/USA. He has also contributed 45 chapters in various books.

Work on the chemical constituents of Catharanthus Rosesus, Alstonia Macrophylla, Rhazyastricta and Vinca Major, Berberissp has resulted in the isolation and structure elucidation of a number of structurally novel indole, bisindole and bisbenzylisoquinoline alkloids. Many steroidal bases have been isolated from Buxus, Veratrum, Fritillaria and Solanum species. New terpenes, furanoid diterpenes, saponins, flavanoids, lignans, alkaloids, withanolides etc. were also obtained from medicinal plants of Pakistan, some of which have shown interesting biological activities in in-vivo and in-vitro tests. Work on marine plants and animals of the Arabian Ocean have resulted in the isolation of several interesting secondary metabolities having novel skeletal systems. Zoanthaminone, a rearranged terpenoidal alkaloid isolated from the marine Zoanthid may be involved in the animals chemical defense. Aplysia Juliana (sea hare) has also afforded several halogenated terpenses. A new method based on in-situcomplexion has been developed for determining absolute configurations of compounds with weakly absorbing chromophores.

These researchers have led to the award of Ph.D. degrees to 35 students under the supervision of Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman the highest number of Ph.D.s to be awarded under the supervision of any scientist in Pakistan six more students have submitted their Ph.D. thesis.

The overall strategy of the research efforts is directed at discovering the chemical wonders of nature and to explore their potential uses in medicine and agriculture. Extensive use of reliable bench-top bioassays has recently hbeen initiated in order to focus the isolation and structural studies on bioactive principles. The publication of Journal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan was initiated under the editorship of Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman in September 1979 and it has been published regularly. An international journal "Natural Product Letters" is published under the Chief Editorship of Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman and Prof. Ernest Wenkert. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman is also Editor-in-Chief of "Current Medicinal Chemistry" published from the Netherlands and "Current Drug Designs" which will also be published from the Netherlands. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman has organized six major international conferences on natural product chemistry and spectroscopy during the last ten years. He was chairman of the organizing committee the 19th IUPAC Symposium on Natural Product Chemistry held in Karachi in January 1994.

These contributions have led to the award of numerous international and national honors, including Sc.D. by Cambridge University, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Tamgha-e-Imtaiz by the Government of Pakistan, several gold medals of Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Best Scientist of the Year award and Fellowships of the Third World Academy of Sciences, Islamic Academy of Sciences and Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamic Organisation Prize of the Government of Kuwait and the 1st Kharazmi Prize of the Government of Iran.

Professor Atta-ur-Rahman:

1991 Sitara-e-Imtiaz,

1985 Tamgha-e-Imtiaz,

1985 Fellow of : Third World Academy of Sciences

1988 Islamic Academy of Sciences

1882 and Pakistan Academy of Sciences

1988 Islamic Medicine Organization Prize

1987 Sc.D. Cambridge University

1987 1st Prize in Chemical Sciences by Ministry of Education and 1st Prize on best science book by National Book Council

1985 Open Gold Medal of Pakistan Academy of Sciences

1985 FPCCI Prize for Technological Innovation

1985 Scientist of the Year and Prime Minister's Gold Medal

1977 Under 40 Gold Medal (1977) of Pakistan Academy of Sciences,

1991 President Chemical Society of Pakistan

1993 First Prize in Al-Kharzami Festival from Govt. of Iran

Editor of

"Studies in Natural Product Chemistry", Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam,

"Current Medicinal Chemistry" Bentham Science Publishers, Amsterdam,

"Natural Product Letters" Harwood Academic Publishers, Switzerland,

"Studies in Medicinal Chemistry" Gordon & Breach Publishers, Amsterdam,

Founding Editor of Journal of Chemical Society of Pakistan,

Editor-in-Chief of "Natural Product Letters" Academic Harwood Publishers Ltd., London.
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Pakistani-American elected in Maryland

Saqib Ali, a Pakistani-American, has been elected to the Maryland State legislature, in last week’s elections.

He is the second Pakistani-American to be elected to a state legislature. Saghir Tahir, popularly known as Saggy, has been re-elected for the third time to the New Hampshire State House. Mr Tahir belongs to the Republican Party. Saqib Ali, a Democrat, had defeated the incumbent member Joan F. Stern in the District 39 primary race in last September that assured his success in the Nov 7 election.

During the election campaign, he was endorsed by the Washington Post. The influential paper wrote: “Political newcomer Saqib Ali has shown good command of issues and would bring new vigour to this district’s delegation.”

Born in Chicago, to Pakistani parents, Ali has lived in Montgomery County since 1991. He holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He is currently working with a Virginia firm on classified national security projects.
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Tariq Ismail Sagar


His first book named "Main aik Jasoos Tha" has more than25editions.

The editor in chief of “Naya Jahan International” and “Sagar Digest” is a name which needs no introduction. One of the most famous contemporary Urdu fiction writer, Tariq Ismaeel Sagar.

The man who takes his responsibility as novelist, journalist, dramatist and current affairs specialist with iron hands. The icon of both electronic and paper media.

The man with an asset of sixty plus books, twenty three drama serials and thousands of articles. He is the one who has given Pakistan film industry the breakthrough script of the movie “Salakhein”.

The man who has the firm command over the workings and the networks of world wide intelligence services. The man who is ranked among the best selling novelist of South Asia. His books are sold like hot cakes. People all around the globe wait for his writings. As a matter of fact, many of his books are translated into English for non-Urdu speakers. Hundreds of thesis has been written on his writings and services.

Tariq Ismail Sagar is a master at work. His tales of espionage are second to none. He is Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum & Alistair Maclean all three in one. The reason why he is the best on this side of the subcontinent when it comes to spy thrillers is that he knows what his talking about because he had gone through it practically. His knowledge of intelligence agencies is second to none. Numerous writers inspired by Sagar’s work have tried to write about these intelligence agencies (often copying hiss work word for word), however, his books are the only books that have successfully withstood both public and government scrutiny. His writings produce a burning desire in the younth about love for the motherland and to do something for the nation. He has an excellent command on Hindi, Gurmukhi, Urdu and English language.He is an authority on South Asian affairs, have well command on Sikhism and Hinduism. He has delivered lectures on relevant topics in USA, UK, and middle east. He is a visiting lecturer in many universities, colleges and think-tanks in Pakistan as well as abroad. No doubt, he is a living legend of Pakistan.

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Abdullah Sadiq

Career in PAEC and legacy

In the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Abdullah Sadiq, with among other Pakistani nuclear physicists, worked in a Nuclear Physics Division (NPD) at PINSTECH Department. Abdullah Sadiq was a keen researcher in the field of isotope technology, laser physics, optical physics, particle physics, and radiophysics. Abdullah Sadiq had also worked at neutron particle accelerator as a chief scientist. After retiring from PAEC, Abdullah Sadiq worked as a professor of high-energy physics in many universities of Pakistan. Due to his work in Pakistan and PAEC. Dr. Abdullah Sadiq is consider one of the prominent nuclear physicist and nuclear scientist in Pakistan. He is also a visiting scientist at the Riazuddin National Center of Physics at the Quaid-i-Azam University.
Dr. Sadiq has contributed to the reputed international physics journals recognized worldwide by the scientists. In 2002, President of Pakistan also conferred on him Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his diverse contributions to education and research.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born on October 13, 1948 in the city of Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was the fifth child and first son of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal. Khan's family, which included his four older sisters and his younger brother, Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan grew up in central Lyallpur. In 1979, Khan married his first cousin, Naheed (the daughter of Fateh Ali Khan's brother, Salamat Ali Khan); they had one daughter, Nida.[2]

Khan began by learning to play tabla alongside his father before progressing to learn Raag Vidya and Bolbandish. He then went on to learn to sing within the classical framework of khayal. Khan's training with his father was cut short when his father died in 1964, leaving Khan's paternal uncles, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, to complete his training.

His first performance was at a traditional graveside ceremony for his father, known as chehlum, which took place forty days after his father's death.

In 1971, after the death of Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, Khan, became the official leader of the family Qawwali party and the party became known as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan & Party.

Khan's first public performance as the leader of the Qawwali party was at a studio recording broadcast as part of an annual music festival organised by Radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan. Khan sang mainly in Urdu and Punjabi and occasionally in Persian, Brajbhasha and Hindi. His first major hit in Pakistan was the song Haq Ali Ali, which was performed in a traditional style and with traditional instrumentation. The song featured restrained use of Nusrat's sargam improvisations.

Early in his career, Khan was signed up by Oriental Star Agencies [OSA] of Birmingham UK to their Star Cassette Label. OSA sponsored regular concert tours by Nusrat to the U.K. from the early '80s onwards, and released much of this live material on cassette, CD, videotape and DVD.
[edit] Later career

Khan teamed with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ in 1985, with Canadian musician Michael Brook (on the albums Mustt Mustt (1990) and Night Song (1996))[3],[unreliable source?] and with Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder in 1995 on two songs for the soundtrack to Dead Man Walking. He also contributed to the soundtrack of Natural Born Killers.

Peter Gabriel's Real World label later released five albums of Nusrat's traditional Qawwali, together with some of his experimental work which included the albums Mustt Mustt and Star Rise. Nusrat provided vocals for The Prayer Cycle, which was put together by Jonathan Elias, but died before the vocals could be completed. Alanis Morissette was brought in to sing with his unfinished vocals. He also performed traditional Qawwali before international audiences at several WOMAD world music festivals and the single Dam Mast Qalandar was remixed by electronic trip hop group Massive Attack in 1998.

His album Intoxicated Spirit was nominated for a Grammy award in 1997 for best traditional folk album.

Khan contributed songs to, and performed in, several Pakistani films. Shortly before his death, he recorded a song each for two Bollywood films, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (in which he also appeared) and Kachche Dhaage. He also sang the title song of the film, Dhadkan.

Khan contributed the song 'Gurus of Peace' to the album 'Vande Mataram', composed by A.R. Rahman, and released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of India's independence.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist—a total of 125 albums as of 2001.[citation needed]

Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on August 11, 1997 in London, England while on the way to Los Angeles in order to receive a kidney transplant. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest at Cromwell Hospital, London, on Saturday, August 16, 1997, aged 48. [4].[unreliable source?] His body was returned to Faisalabad, Pakistan and his funeral was attended by the public.

After his death, the song "Solemn Prayer", on which Nusrat provided vocals, was used by Peter Gabriel on his album Up and in the soundtrack to the film Blood Diamond.
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DR. Adeeb Rizvi

Adeeb Rizvi has unarguably done more for health care for the poor and advancement of urology and transplantation in Pakistan than any other individual.Adeeb went on to establish the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation largely with his personal effort and dedication.
Adeeb could have amassed wealth but he decided to live a life of modest comfort.

Contributions: Founder and driving force behind the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), he has saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives since his remarkable Institute came into being in 1971 as an 8-bed unit. Now it boasts 450 beds, some of the most modern medical equipment in the world, and a team of around 350 doctors.

Recently, SIUT launched its School of Technology and its Nursing School and College. SIUT also runs the country’s only centre for biomedical ethics and culture.

For years now, Dr Rizvi has been campaigning for legislation that would make it illegal to buy and sell organs, while legalizing donations of kidneys, hearts and other vital body parts. But what is truly remarkable is that all services are provided entirely free of charge. One reason for the success he has had in raising funds is that people find it hard to say ‘No’ to him. His passion for his work and his enthusiasm are so quickly transmitted that even the most cynical person can’t help being impressed. Specialists from around the world come to visit his Institute.

The motto at the top of the opening page is: “At SIUT, we don’t let them die because they can’t afford to live.”

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Rana Bhagwan Das

Rana Bhagwandas

Honourable Mr. Justice (R) Rana Bhagwandas (Urdu: رانا بھگوان داس) (b. December 20, 1942), a highly respected name of the Pakistani judiciary was a senior judge and former acting chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He remained the acting CJP during the 2007 judicial crisis in Pakistan and also briefly became the acting Chief Justice of Pakistan when the incumbent Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry went on foreign tours in 2005 and 2006[1], and thus became the first Hindu and the third non-Muslim[2] to serve as chief of the highest court in Pakistan. Rana Bhagwandas was born on December 20, 1942 into a Hindu Sindhi Rajput family in Naseerabad, Larkana District (now Qamber Shahdadkot District) in Sindh. He studied law and received a Masters degree in Islamic studies. [2] He joined the bar in 1965 and after two years of practising law, joined the Pakistani Judicial System in 1967. [3]
Later, he became a sessions judge, and subsequently, a judge of the Sindh High Court.


On September 28, 2007, in a 6-3 vote the court, Judge Rana Bhagwandas presiding, ruled: "These petitions are held to be non-maintainable but he was among the three dissenting judges who thought that Gen. Musharraf should relinquish army chief's post." The judgment removed obstacles to Pervez Musharraf's election bid but gave Bhagwandas more honour and respect in the country. [11]
Justice Bhagwandas refused to take oath under the PCO which was issued by then President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf and was among the 60 judges sacked on Nov 3, 2007. He retired in December 2007 and was reinstated in retired status.

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