Archive for April, 2013

Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui New Commissioner of KarachiShoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has been appointed Karachi Commissioner and a notification in this regard was issued here on Tuesday.

Shoaib Siddiqui, an officer of grade 21, was earlier performing duties as additional secretary at Aiwan-e-Saddar.

Earlier, Karachi Administrator Hashim Raza Zaidi was holding the additional charge of commissioner.

Profile of Mr Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui

Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, having joined the civil service in 1984, has been hailed as one of the most proactive and efficient government officer. To his credit, he has been successful in making his presence felt in a big way while carrying out every single assignment.

One of his greatest attributes has been the liaison with the media. A firm believer in promoting the soft image by letting the positive word spread to all corners, he has remained instrumental in earning goodwill and recognition for the government.

He had graduated as Civil Engineer before qualifying for the civil service where he has allocated to the District Management Group. He did Masters in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham in England.

He served as Assistant Commissioner and Registrar Cooperative Societies, Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation and Karachi Development Authority. He is believed to be the only officer to serve as Deputy Commissioner in three districts of Karachi. He has also served as Director of Protocol, Government of Sindh. Upon the launching of the Devolution Plan in 2001, he was posted as Executive District Officer, Finance and Planning in the City District Government, Karachi.

He served as Additional Secretary to the Government of Sindh in the Education and Literacy Department. He has also worked as Executive District Officer, Works & Services, City District Government, Karachi and was greatly involved in the development of city infrastructure. He then worked as Additional Secretary, Excise & Taxation Department.

On promotion he was posted as Special Secretary Home Department and then Special Secretary Finance Department. Mr. Siddiqui was then assigned the responsibility of Member Land Utilization from where he was posted as Project Director, Karachi Mega City Programme which was executed with the support of the Asian Development Bank. He also served as Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Department and Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh.

Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, having joined the civil service in 1984, has been hailed as one of the most proactive and efficient government officer. To his credit, he has been successful in making his presence felt in a big way while carrying out every single assignment.

One of his greatest attributes has been the liaison with the media. A firm believer in promoting the soft image by letting the positive word spread to all corners, he has remained instrumental in earning goodwill and recognition for the government.

He had graduated as Civil Engineer before qualifying for the civil service where he has allocated to the District Management Group. He did Masters in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham in England.

He served as Assistant Commissioner and Registrar Cooperative Societies, Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation and Karachi Development Authority. He is believed to be the only officer to serve as Deputy Commissioner in three districts of Karachi. He has also served as Director of Protocol, Government of Sindh. Upon the launching of the Devolution Plan in 2001, he was posted as Executive District Officer, Finance and Planning in the City District Government, Karachi.

He served as Additional Secretary to the Government of Sindh in the Education and Literacy Department. He has also worked as Executive District Officer, Works & Services, City District Government, Karachi and was greatly involved in the development of city infrastructure. He then worked as Additional Secretary, Excise & Taxation Department.

On promotion he was posted as Special Secretary Home Department and then Special Secretary Finance Department. Mr. Siddiqui was then assigned the responsibility of Member Land Utilization from where he was posted as Project Director, Karachi Mega City Programme which was executed with the support of the Asian Development Bank. He also served as Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Department and Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh.

 

Shiraz was gunned down by armed terrorists near Payala HotelFormer organizer of APMSO Sector B Syed Shiraz Azfar was laid to rest today in Shuhada Graveyard in Yasinabad. He was gunned down by armed terrorist near Payala Hotel. The funeral prayer was offered in Jama Masjid Gulberg FB Area Block 12 after the Friday prayer. Members of the MQM Co-ordination Committee Waseem Aftab, Wasay Jalil, Tauseef Khanzada and Saif Yar Khan, office-bearers of the Karachi Tanzeemi Committee, APMSO and various wings of the MQM working at Nine Zero, former MNAs, MPAs and a large number of workers belonging to the FB Area Sector attended the funeral.
The funeral prayer of the personnel of the City Warden Naseerullah was offered in Adil Jafri Shaheed Ground. He was also buried in the Shuhada Graveyard. Members of the Co-ordination Committee and office-bearers of the Karachi Tanzeemi Committee of the MQM attended the funeral of Naseerullah.

 

Russia is a great potential market for the Pakistani product which is hitherto unexplored to the desired level; this was stated by Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry in a meeting with Mr. Yury Kozlov, Trade Representative of Russian Federation who paid courtesy call on President FPCCI along with his four member team.

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Mr. Zubair Ahmed MAlik, President FPCCI is presenting FPCCI Crest to Mr. Yuri M. Kozlov Trade Representative of Russian Federation. Mr. Naveed Jan Balouch, Vice President FPCCI, Mr. Farooq Afzal, Chairman Pak-Russia Business Council, Mr. Waheed Ahmed and Mr. Fareed Ahmed Directors, Pakistan Russia Business Council, Mr. Maher Alam Khan Acting Secretary General and Mir Nasir Abbas Director General FPCCI and others are also seen in picture.

During the course of the meeting, both the side exchanged views on the existing bilateral trade and economic relations. They expressed their dissatisfaction on the present volume of trade which doesn’t reflect the true picture of the fifty years friendship between the two countries. Mr. Zubair A Malik re-affirmed that the Russia will be our potential market during the current year and FPCCI will use all its resources to penetrate the Russian market. He emphasized that the national Chambers of both countries should intensify their interaction and activate the Pakistan-Russia Joint Business Council formed by both National Chambers for exploring the market potentials. He also suggested to Russian Representative to play an instrumental role in organizing the Joint Business Council meeting between the two countries at the earliest, so that the private sector of both countries could formulate necessary recommendations for promotion of bilateral trade and same could be presented in Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC).

Mr. Zubair A. Malik further stated that FPCCI is keen to organize single country exhibition in Moscow and will also send a high level trade delegation to Moscow to provide opportunities to Pakistani exporters to expand the volume of Pakistan’s export to Russia. He further informed that current volume of bilateral trade between two countries is US$ 542 million which is in favor of Pakistan, but doesn’t match anyway with the potentials of both countries. Mr. Zubair Ali Malik also emphasized on the need of joint venture investment in various field particularly in the field of power sector projects, exploration of coal and other mineral resources, hydroelectric power, ship-building, high-tech machinery, infrastructure, transport, iron and steel, railways, construction etc. He suggested that both countries should join hand in economic activities without any external pressure. He added that Pakistan Steel Mills is symbol of friendship between two countries but after its establishment no mega project has been undertaken by Russia in Pakistan. He further discussed the stuck up of funds of Pakistani businessmen in Russia due to non-availability of banks branches. He further highlighted various impediments faced by Pakistani businessmen in Russia in getting visa, market access, obligation of standardization and custom requirements. He also advised that Russia should sign currency swap agreement with Pakistan for the promotion of bilateral trade. Moreover, the opening of bank branches and frequent direct flights can help the both countries in improving the bilateral relationships.

Mr. Yuri M. Kozlov Trade Representative of Russia informed that Russia gives 25 percent concession to Pakistani exporters on their products, but Pakistan has not utilized this concession in efficient manners. He stressed on the need for strengthening bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia and to explore trade opportunities for improving the joint venture investment climate and expanding direct contacts between the two countries’ business communities. He said that there is a great scope of Pakistani textile and textile made ups, agro-based products, fruit particularly kinoos and mangoes, food processing and packaging, livestock and dairy farming, leather and leather products, surgical equipments and sports goods etc in Russian markets. Mr. Farooq Afzal Chairman Pak-Russia Business Council of FPCCI emphasized on the need of exchange of technology, aggressive marketing of Pakistani product in Russia and opening of bank branches in each other countries to facilitate the private sector.

The meeting was also attended by prominent businessmen including Mr. Naveed Jan Balouch, Vice President FPCCI, Mr. Farooq Afzal, Chairman Pak-Russia Business Council, Mr. Waheed Ahmed and Mr. Fareed Ahmed Directors, Pakistan Russia Business Council.

 

 

Sindh PoliceIG Sindh police Shahid Nadeem Baloch on Thursday presided over a meeting at Central Police Office in the city and reviewed progress of investigation conducted by police officers in registered cases. Additional IG Karachi Gulam Shabbir Shiakh, Additional IG CID along with DIG headquarters Sindh, DIG CID, DIG Training, DIG Establishment, DIG Finance, DIGs of Ranges and Zones, SSPs CID, SSP ACLC, AIG operations Sindh and other police officers attended the meeting. It was decided in the meeting that special teams would be formed for investigating and cooperating investigating parties of police stations in target killing and other high profile cases at zones and ranges level. IG Sindh directed DIG training to start refresher courses for those investigating police officers who would be nominated by Additional IG Karachi. He said training should be given to those police officers in groups. IG Sindh said training of investigation should be upgraded.