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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Central Prison Karachi

Central Prison Karachi is a prison in the city of Karachi in Sindh, Pakistan. It houses more than 6,000 prisoners including convicted terrorists[2] that include militants who attempted to assassinate President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.[3]

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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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