Metro Matters 11-03-2019

Book on ZAB launched

The book ‘Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: The Psychodynamic of his Rise and Fall’ written by Shamim Ahmed, was launched at the Karachi Gymkhana during the reported week. The launch ceremony attracted many well-known personalities of the city as well as renowned literati including Javed Jabbar, Dr. Jaffer Ahmed, Sirajuddin Aziz, Ghazi Salahuddin, Dr. Nafis Qureshi and Iqbal Saleh Muhammad.
The book is an appraisal of the reasons behind the rise and fall of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the speakers at the launch ceremony took the opportunity to delve into the reasons of the rise and fall of Bhutto in light of the psychodynamics of the times as well as the personality traits of Bhutto.
On the occasion, Javed Jabbar said that there was a need for such a book. He said that the writer had been objective in gathering facts and analyzing them and the book did not reflect a biased view.
Sirajuddin Aziz said that Bhutto’s intellect served Pakistan well as he managed to present the country’s case on the international forum effectively. He said that Bhutto was an expert at winning over the audience, of which the Islamic Summit of 1974 was a good example.
Dr. Jaffer Ahmed said that after Jinnah, Bhutto had been the centre of discussion among political analysts and historians and many books were written on him. He said that though many books on Bhutto had been written earlier, Shamim Ahmed has provided a psychological analysis of the rise and fall of Z.A Bhutto.
Author of book, Shamim Ahmed speaking on the occasion said, “He had tried to search for an answer to explain how a man of Bhutto’s caliber and stature could not avert his fall despite his tremendous rise. He said Bhutto had admirable attributes and he succeeded in raising the morale of the Pakistan Army by signing the Simla Agreement and arranging the repatriation of Pakistani PoWs from India.

The Begum – A biography of Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan

Marking the celebration of Women’s Day with great dignity, the book launch of “The Begum” organized and hosted by APWA (Youth) and WCCI (South) was held during the reported week. President WCCI South, Shaiyanne Malikgave in her welcome address said, “We look forward to see a society where women follow the footsteps of Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan and take on pivotal roles to help our nation on the path of progress. This biography on the great lady, who was one of the leading women in the Pakistan Movement will, I am sure, be an inspiration to all of us.”
To the delight of all present, the daughter-in-law of Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan then read out excerpts from the book. This was followed by a panel discussion. The eminent panelists included Laila Haroon Sarfaraz, the author Poonam Ayub, Yasmin Dastur, and Pat Ashraf Liaquat Ali Khan. The session was moderated by Shaiyanne Malik.

Japanese grant to IAWS for girls school

The Government of Japan extended a grant of US$86, 612 during the week at a ceremony held at the residence of CG Japan, to Idara Al-Khair Welfare Society for “The Project of the Construction of Girl Schools at Wangi Goth Village in Karachi” under the scheme of Grant Assistance of Grassroots Human Security Projects.
The Project was signed between the Consul-General of Japan Toshikazu Isomura and the President of Idara Al-Khair Welfare Society, Muhammad Mazahir.
This specific grant shall be utilized for the construction of a girls’ school in Manghopir area, which includes 8 classrooms, a teachers’ room and a water tank.
Speaking at the occasion, Japanese Consul General at Karachi Toshikazu Isomura said that providing Basic Human Needs of Primary Education, was one of the top priority areas of the Japanese Government in the developing world, as far as GGP grant is concerned, besides the focus to educate young girls is the need of the hour, in this day and age.

Dolmen Mall celebrates Women’s Day

Dolmen Malls Karachi celebrated International Women’s Day from 06th to 10th March. The five-day event was designed to felicitate women from various walks of life featuring prominent women including accomplished entrepreneurs, Media luminaries and fashion celebrities. Power talks of women leaders and entrepreneurs were also organized for breaking stereotype and overcoming challenges faced by women in personal and professional lives.
The Panel included Dr. Urooj Mumtaz Khan, Azra Maqsood leading Advocate of education and health, Mahin Khan, Founder and President, Women Chamber of Commerce, Zareen Qureshi, Social Activist, Charter for Compassion and Asma Mustafa Khan, Corporate Trainer and Coach.

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