Wazir Mansion

Wazir Mansion or official Quaid-i-Azam Birthplace Museum[1] was a family home in Karachi, Pakistan which is considered the birthplace of the count

Birthplace

Wazir Mansion may be the birthplace of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Once, it was misunderstood to be Jhirk which was later revealed to be untrue. The reality is disclosed in a book “My brother” written in 1960s by Muhammed Ali Jinnah’s sister Fatima Jinnah upon his biography wherein she has described the salient features about her brother’s life. She has mentioned their ancestral village Paneli, in the state of Gondal, Kathiawar located in the province of Gujrat, present day India. Their father Mr. Jinnah had settled in Karachi because of business partnership with an English Merchant company named “Grams Trading Company, whose office was then located in Karachi.[2] Jinnah’s ancestral family and their progenies including M. A. Jinnah’s daughter, son in law and grand children have been residents, to this day, of the province of Gujrat and Bombay. Muhammed Ali Jinnah’s father got the house for rent in 1874 and settled here for sometimes. By 1900, he again returned to his native state.[3]

Museum

The house now serves as a museum and national archive.

Protect monument

The house has been declared a protected national monument by the Government of Pakistan.[4]ry’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
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Teen Talwar Karachi

Adnan Asim's Karachi City. 3 Talwar ( Swords )...
 
The Teen Talwar (Three Swords) monument is located in Clifton, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The three marble swords are inscribed with Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah‘s creeds Unity, Faith and Discipline. It was commissioned by Pakistan’s former President and Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Background

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto approved this monument to depict the Pakistan Peoples Party’s electoral symbol of a sword. The initial concept was for the three swords to be shown in the PPP‘s electoral colors (black, green and red). Later, the idea was changed to white marble.
Designed by Architect Minoo Mistri and constructed during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s period, it depicts Quaid-e-Azam’s three pillars of strength: Unity, Faith & Discipline.

Current status and problematic issues

Inexplicably, the monument has become a target for unscrupulous and misguided sentiments. In 2000, the white marble was adorned with Arabic text that reads “Praise be to Allah” and “Glory to Allah,” defacing its pristine surface and subverting the message of the original “Unity, Faith and Discipline” motto, which places equal weight on all three qualities.
The structure stands on a small roundabout in the middle of the road. This asphalt island is the remnant of a much larger, grassy roundabout that controlled traffic at the intersection of Chartered Accountants Avenue, Bath Island Road and main Khayaban-e-Iqbal Road. As the original roundabout has been replaced with traffic signals, the remaining circular island tends to cause traffic tie-ups. Despite a clean up and restoration of the monument in 2008 (which also reduced the size of the roundabout), another problem has been the persistence of advertising, political banners and flyers that are continually placed on the structure, as the monument rests in a highly visible place in the city.
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Muhammad Yousaf

Muhammad Yousaf (Urdu: محمد یوسف‎), also spelled as Mohammed Yousuf, is a Pakistani snooker player. He is the winner of the 1994 IBSF World Snooker Championship, 2006 IBSF World Masters Championship,[1] and 1998 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship.

Biography

He was born in 1952 at in Mumbai, India and later migrated to Karachi, Pakistan. Currently, he is resident in Rawalpindi and coaches young snooker players in one of the largest snooker clubs of Pakistan, Dolphin Snooker Club, situated in Chandni Chowk, Rawalpindi.

Career

In 1994, at the IBSF World Snooker Championship at Johannesburg, he defeated Iceland’s Johannes R. Johannesson 11-9 to become the IBSF World Snooker Champion. In 2006, he beat Glen Wilkinson of Australia in Amman 5-4 to win the IBSF World Masters Championship in Jordan.[2] He also competed at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.[3]

Achievements

  • 2006 IBSF World Masters Champion
  • 2002 Asian Champion
  • 2000 IBSF World Championship Quarter Final
  • 1998 ACBS Asian Snooker Champion
  • 1994 IBSF World Snooker Champion
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Fatima Surayya Bajia

Fatima Surayya Bajia (Urdu: فاطمہ ثُڑیا باجیا‎), (Born on 1 September 1930) is a renowned Urdu novelist, playwright and drama writer of Pakistan. She has been awarded various awards at home and abroad including Japan‘s highest civil award in recognition of her works. She also remained Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh province in Pakistan.[1]
She is a well-known personality in social welfare, literary Radio, TV and Stage. She has been writing for PTV Centres Islamabad and Lahore since beginning of the channel. She wrote her first long play Mehman. She contributed for the literary programmes like Auraaq, and beauty care programmes under the title Aaraish-e-Khaam-e-Kakal and she also produced some children progra

Early life and family

Native of Hyderabad, India, she was born near “Panj Bibi Mountain”, in Karnatak. She migrated to Pakistan soon after independence, along with her family. She never attended a formal school, all her education took place at home, but instead she is ranked an eminent intellectual, reader and writer.[3]
Talking about her childhood, she said that
“I never attended a formal school. The elders of the family decided that all my education should take place at home. The teacher lived in our home where we were taught discipline along with our education. My family was settled in Hyderabad Deccan, which was then a paramount cultural center in undivided India. Although there were a few prominent schools e.g. Saint Josephs School, although my grandfather could afford the fee (which was Rs. 20), he still preferred to educate us at home. These schools were primarily attended by pampered girls from the elite families of nawabs and jagirdars. From the beginning we were taught self-sufficiency, although we employed 60 to 70 servants, we were not allowed to ask anyone of them for water. There was a huge difference between girls of the elite families and us. My grandfather felt that if we attended such schools, we would suffer from an inferiority complex, but since proper upbringing is not possible without coaching, he decided to carry out our education at home. Nevertheless, we were taught all the subjects that were taught in the formal Hyderabad schools with separate teachers for every subject e.g. calligraphy and maths.” [4]
One of ten children, her other siblings include: Anwar Maqsood, Zehra Nigah, Zubaida Tariq (cooking expert) and Mrs Kazmi, a famous dress designer.

Career

Bajia first got involved with PTV in 1960’s when her flight to Karachi had been delayed and she came to PTV Islamabad station for a visit. Director Agha Nasir hired her and Bajia made her debut in 1966 by acting in one of his plays. She began writing afterwards. Nasir said about her that
“During Ziaul Haq’s time when the ‘dupatta policy’ was implemented and women were forced to behave a certain way, Bajia wrote about characters from Baghdad and Granada. This was brilliant because these places were supposedly Islamic societies and no one could say anything about them.”
He further added that when writing a play, Bajia would literally move with her belongings to the TV station and then become an authority by default.
“Anyone who had a problem would go to Bajia, not to the chief of the organisation.” [5]
Most of her dramas like Shama, Afshan, Aroosa, Ana had large ensemble casts and her dramas portrayed huge families and their problems.
She produced great number of Women programmes, especially she is founder of Khwateen key Meilaad. Nowadays, she is retired from writing.

Awards, honours and recognitions 

Bajia has won numerous awards, including the Pride of Performance Award for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan it is one of the highest civil awards conferred by the Pakistan Government and abroad including Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works. She also remained Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh province in Pakistan. Most recently she appeared in The Big Show on CNBC alongside another legendary writer Haseena Moin. In 2012, she was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan.[6]
On 22 May 2012, the biography of Bajia titled Apki Bajia (Your’s Bajia) written by Syeda Iffat Hasan Rizvi after six years of research was released.[7]

Plays

Some of her popular drama serials:
  • Shama 1974 (adopted from A.R. Khatoon’s novel)
  • Afshaan (adopted from A.R. Khatoon’s novel)
  • Aroosa(adopted from Zubaida Khatoon’s novel)
  • Zeenat (adopted from Mirza Quleech Baig’s Sindhi novel)
  • Ana
  • Aagahi
  • Aabgeenay
  • Babar [8]
  • Tareekh-o-Tamseel
  • Ghar aik Nagar
  • Faraz Aik Karz
  • Phool Rahi Sarsoon
  • Tasveer-e-Kainaat
  • Asaavari
  • Tasweer
  • Sassi Punno
  • Aabgeenay
  • Anarkali
  • Auraqmmes.[2]
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Jamiluddin Aali

Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan (Urdu: مرزا جمیل الدین احمد خان) better known as Jamiluddin Aali (Urdu: جمیل الدین عالی), PP, HI, (born 20 January 1926 in Delhi) is a noted Urdu poet, critic, playwright, essayist, columnist, and scholar of Pakistan.

Biography

Aali hails from a literary family of Delhi. His grandfather, Nawab Allauddin Ahmed Khan, was a friend and student of Ghalib. His father Sir Ameeruddin Ahmed Khan was also a poet, and his mother Syeda Jamila Baigum belonged to the family of Mir Dard. Aali earned a BA in Economics from Anglo Arabic College, Delhi. On 30 September 1944, Jamil married Tayaba Bano. They have five children (three sons and two daughters). His son, Raju Jamil, is a Television actor, while his second son Murad Jamil is a famous architect in Pakistan. In 1947, after the partition of India, his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. He joined the Civil Services of Pakistan in 1951. In 1971 he obtained an FEL and LLB from Karachi University.

Political life

Aali was former member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and also contested the general elections on 7 March 1977 from NA-191, but lost. In 1997, he was elected as member of the Senate for a six-year term with support of Muttahida Qaumi Movement.[1]

Literary work

Ballade’s collection
  • Aye Mere Dasht-e-Sukhan
  • Ghazlain Dohay Geet (Six editions)
  • Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan (Five editions)
  • La Hasil (Three editions)
  • Nai Kiran
Couplet’s collection
  • Dohay (Three editions in Urdu and one in Devnagari)
Travel literature
  • Duniya Mere Aagye
  • Tamasha Mere Aagye
  • Iceland
  • Hurfay (Four books)

Patriotic songs

  • Aye Watan Ke Sajelay Jawanoo (sung by Noor Jehan)[2]
  • Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan (sung by Shahnaz Begum originally in 1968.[3]
  • Hum Mustafavi Mustafavi Hain (official song of 1974 Islamic Conference Summit at Lahore’.[4]
  • Mein Chota Sa Ek Ladka Hoon
  • Mera Paigham Pakistan
  • Ab Yeh Andaz-e-Anjuman Hoga
  • Hum Maain, Hum Behnain, Hum Baitiyan
  • Jo Naam Wahi Pehchan, Pakistan Pakistan[5]
  • Aye Des Ki Hawaon, Kushboo Mein Bas Ke Jao
  • Itne Bade Jewan Sagar Mein, Tu Ne Pakistan Diya
  • Yeh Kavita Pakistani Hai

Awards[edit]

  • Adamjee Literary Award (1960)
  • Dawood Literary Award (1963)
  • United Bank Literary Award (1965)
  • Habib Bank Literary Award (1965)
  • Canadian Urdu Academy Award (1988)
  • Sant Kabeer Award – Urdu Conference Delhi (1989)
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Mirza Iqbal Baig

Mirza Iqbal Baig (Urdu: مرزا اقبال بیگ) is a Pakistani sports journalist and cricket commentator who currently works as a television show host. Baig comes from Karachi and is a notable resident of the Model Colony. He has served in various capacities as a cricket analyst, including being appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board as a media coordinator in 1999 from the National Stadium, Karachi.[1]

Background

Baig holds an M.S.C. in Economics from the University of Karachi. For a short period, he remained a teacher of mathematics and physics, before eventually venturing into the commentating sphere, something he had always been interested in.[2] He started his career by working as a sports reporter for Radio Pakistan, after being introduced there by his friend Tauseef Ahmed (a former test cricketer). He continued to work in similar roles for Jang News, Takbeer (magazine), Ummat as well as the Daily Times and later joined Indus TV as a freelance sports anchor.[2] Mirza Iqbal Baig remained host of Bolain Kya Baat Hai on Geo Super. Mirza Iqbal Baig was in conflict with the management of Geo Super so he left Geo Super and shook hands with PTV Sports.

Personal life

He is married to Saima Shamsi and has three children; Humna, Muneeb, and Bilal.
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Ansar Abbasi

Ansar Abbasi (Urdu: انصار عباسی‎) born Ansar Abbasi on June 12, 1965, is an investigative editor for one of the leading newspapers from Pakistan, The News International. He has published several exclusive reports.

Early life

Abbasi was born in Murree, Pakistan, to a Dhund Abbasi family of that locality. He received his early education in his native village. Abbasi obtained matriculation from Sir Syed School, Rawalpindi. Later he joined Government College Asghar Mall, where he completed his Intermediate and Bachelor of Arts education. He received his Masters degree from Balochistan University, Quetta. He also earned another Masters degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London.[1] His research thesis was on child labor.

Career

After Masters in Mass Communication, Abbasi began his career as a professional journalist in 1991. His first stint was with an English language daily, The Democrat. Later, he worked for two months at Pakistan Times, before eventually joining The News International, of which he is now an editor.

Investigative articles

Chief Justice Choudhray
Abbasi was among the first to bring forth allegations against Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhray for gross misconduct in 2002, accusing him for admitting his son Dr. Arsalan to the Federal Investigation Agency undermining all merits.[2] Primarily based on this allegation the establishment moved a reference to Supreme Judicial Council against Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhry.
President Musharraf
Abbasi has published work critical of the regime of former president Pervez Musharraf accusing him of building a multi-million rupees residence at Chak Shehzad, equipped with utilities at much cheaper rates with differential subsidized by the government.[3]
He was critical of the former general for removing the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhry and submitting his case to the Supreme Judicial Council.[4]
Maulana Fazl ur Rahman
In November 2008, Abbasi published a story on the award of acres of military land worth millions of rupees to the family members of the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Maulana Fazl ur Rahman. Abbasi alleged that the regime of the then president general Pervez Musharraf attempted to buy off Maulana’s opposition to the general Musharraf’s assumption of two public offices at a time.[5] The issue was silenced when Maulana Fazl ur Rahman publicly questioned how the multi-billion empire of Geo/Jang Group grew from a single room.[citation needed]
Justice Dogar
“Our Special Daughters”, an investigative report by Abbasi in Daily News, found out that Justice Dogar‘s daughter Farah Hameed Dogar’s examination paper for F.Sc. were reassessed in violation of a previous Supreme Court ruling.[6] While the results of 201 candidates were revised, only for her were the examination papers re-marked and the numbers increased. In the other 200 cases, only errors in adding the total marks were corrected.[7] The case later went on to the parliamentary committee for education.[8]

Life threats

Abbasi is alleged to have received death threats for which he blamed different groups, including those associated with the ruling coalition. His claims first appeared in The News on December 25, 2008.[full citation needed].
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Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman

Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman was the founder and editor of the Jang Group of Newspapers which has currently grown to be the most popular Urdu and English newspapers in Pakistan. As a founder of the hugely circulated Jang Group of newspapers, he is a legend in Pakistan. A self-made newspaper magnate he ranks among the most successful newspaper entrepreneurs in Asia

Early life

Mir Khalil ur Rahman was born in 1927 to a middle-class family in the town of Gujranwala, Punjab, where he received his schooling and college education. Having finished his basic education, he graduated in Accountancy from the Punjab University. During the Second World War, his parents moved to New Delhi, capital of the British Indian Empire. It was here that he discovered his love for journalism. The newspaper world attracted him far more than the dull books of accountancy. He had a passion for reading and writing and a fondness for newspapers and magazines. He sat glued to his radio set, listening to the latest war news.[2]
In 1940, when he was still a student, he started a newspaper for Muslims in pre-partition Hindustan fighting in World War II in Delhi. He called it the Jang, or War. This was not an exaggerated name as some believed, but a statement against war, and so Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman made it clear that he was doing this for the soldiers and not to encourage the Second World War.

Career

When the creation of the Muslim-majority State of Pakistan was established on August 14, 1947, Mir Saheb moved to Karachi, capital of the new Muslim State, and started publishing the Daily Jang from there which was funded by a loan of 5000 rupees from Abdul Ghani Barq of Ferozsons Printers. Pakistan’s Governor General, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was delighted due to this move and offered the government’s help in running it. Mir Saheb however, declined the offer saying that freedom of the press was his motto and the goal for the Fourth pillar of State in Pakistan. Mir Saheb galvanised the press in Pakistan and helped in founding the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE). He opposed tooth and nail any Government measure or action which curbed the freedom of the press in Pakistan.[3]

His legacy

Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman’s legacy in Pakistan is the well established Jang Group of newspapers which are published from all the major cities of Pakistan. His newspaper empire is managed by his two sons, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and Mir Javed-ur-Rahman. Mir saheb personally trained them in the science of newspaper management. As a result, besides expanding the Jang newspaper group, they have added to it a powerful GEO television channel which has shaped into Pakistan’s most popular television channel[4] and its programmes can also be watched in the US and the UK and many parts of the Islamic world.[5]
Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman continued to work at the newspaper till his death in 1992. MKRF is a foundation based on his great activities..[1]
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Islahuddin

Islahuddin Siddique is a field hockey player from Pakistan. He was born on January 10, 1948 in Meerut, India.
A right winger from Pakistan, he led Pakistan to Hockey World Cup glory in 1978. Not only did Pakistan win the World Cup in 1978 under his leadership but it completed a grand slam by winning the Champions Trophy and an Asian Games Gold medal as well.
Islahuddin Siddiqui played between 1967 and 1978, he was capped 130 times and scored 117 goals. He won Silver in the 1972 Olympics and Bronze in the 1976 Olympics.[1] Islahuddin won the 1971 World Cup. When he was Captain, Isahuddin was runner-up in the 1975 and 1978 World Cups.
After his retirement from the sport he has been associated with hockey as a coach and manager of the National team along with commentator and member of the FIH rules board.And FIH awarded biggest award in hockey services, the diploma of merit in recignition of international hockey services. He was also the captain of the Pakistan hockey team in 45 test matches.(43 matches were won and 2 matches ended in a draw.)Islahuddin Siddique was capped 130 times and scored 137 goals He was a gold medalist in the 1970 Asian games(Bangkok) Islahuddin siddique won a gold medal in the first world cup in Barcelona(1971)

Career

Islahuddin Siddique was capped 130 times and scored 137 goals He was a gold medalist in the 1970 Asian games<(Bangkok) Islahuddin siddique won a gold medal in the first world cup in Barcelona(1971)President of Pakistan(Zia ul haq) gave him pride of performance and sitara e imtiaz in the services of hockey.(sitara e imtiaz in 2007).He was also the manager and chief coach of Asian 11 in 1990 and Asian 11 won 5 continents tournament.
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