Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moharram Poetry

Hazaar Sajday Zameen-e-haram pe hon lekin..
Haasil Rooh-e-ibaadat nahi tau kuch nahi..
Bata diyaa hai Nabi Pak (PBUH) key Taweel sajday ne..
Hussain Tujhe Mohabbat nahi tau kuch bhi nahi..

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Most Expensive Watch and PM Pakistan

Since Couple of days Pakistani media generally and Political parties in opposition specially have discussing and criticizing the Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan for wearing one of the most expensive wrist watch - Louis Moinet -   in the world.

When I was kid, I used to spend not more than PKR 1,000/ to buy wrist watch but as I grew older my budget increased and I used to insist with my father that I need to buy some good watch so I can stand unique in my Friend's circle. You may call it showing off or anything but that feeling was very different and pleasing one.. Since I'm independent now and earn some good amount, so I don't buy less than what I had to buy with my father's money.

Living standard goes up when income or saving increases.

The plot here is what is wrong in wearing wrist watch of $ 4.6 million or PKR 46 Crore? I see nothing wrong in it when one can earn Billions of Rupees per year. Mr. PM is not a poor person, he is renowned industrialist of the Pakistan who owns scores of companies.

Lets have a look on the watch he worn during National Assembly (NA) session:

Louis Moinet

Finally, I would like to write that May God give him many many days to wear that watch and I pray that God may grant me one such ;)

Disclaimer: I'm not Pro PML (N)...

Reference: Wikipedia

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Profit on PLS Savigns Account

Hurrah! Yet another milestone by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on advising Banks to give profit rate on average monthly balance to its customers maintaining Profit & Loss Sharing (PLS) or Savings account in Pak Rupee. 

Since last decade SBP has been playing the very role of, or atleast trying to, Central Bank in the economy. It has brought many reforms pertaining to the Banking generally and depositors particularly. Before Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, the 14th Governor of State Bank of Pakistan, Banks used to give profit on saving account not more than 2-3 percent. Thanks to her, she gave order to the all Banks in the country to give profit no less then 6% p.a.

If you're not shrewed, you're not supposed to be a Banker - A saying very common. Realizing the jump of 3-4 percent on deposit cost, Bankers found a way to curtail the cost. They decided to adhere with the State Bank policy - Which they're supposed to - and at the same time cut cost by saying, Okay we'll pay 6% p.a. on PLS accounts but on the minimum monthly balance. Saanp Bhi Merr Jaaye aur Laathi Bhi Na Tootay!

So now onward Banks are not supposed to enjoy on the expense of depositors' money. This is very good step, which will motivate masses to save more and consume less.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) launched SMS service

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) launched SMS service for voters list verification. According to officials it is world's largest SMS service for voters list verification.

If someone wants to confirm whether his/her name is in the voters lists of Election 2012, I mean upcoming election, one needs to send a simple SMS. This service is available to all cellular company customers. This is just away at your finger tips, follow the simple Procedure for confirmation.

Just go to write message option of your mobile phone, type your CNIC number and send it to 8300.

Write message -> Type your CNIC number -> 8300
4351875987451  [type your CNIC number without dashes (-)]

ECP will send an SMS confirming your name in the list with the details of vicinity where you would be entitles to cast the vote. The message will be like follows:

CNIC: 4351875987451
Electoral Area: Clifton, Karachi
Block Code: 333030214
Sr. #: 96

This is worth appreciating service which will enable youth to confirm their registry as a voter.

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Aao K DECEMBR Ko Rukhsat Karen..
Kuch Khushiyon Ko Sambhaal Kar,
Kuch Aansu'on Ko Taal Kar..
Jo Lamhy Guzry Chahaton Mein,
Jo Pall Beety Rafakaton Mein..
Kabhi Waqt K Saath Chalty Chalty,
Jo Thak K Ruky Raaston Mein..
Kabhi Khushiyon Ki Umeed Mili,
Kabhi Bichrey Huon Ki Deed Mili..
Kabhi Be'Panah Muskura Diye,
Kabhi Hansty Hansty Ro Diye..
In Saary Lamhon Ko
Ab Mukhtasir Karen,
Aao K DECEMBR Ko Rukhsat Karen....,,,!

November aur December

November guzr chuka hai,
December guzr raha hai,
Aj (31) ho chuki hai,
Umeed kho chuki hai,
Tak tak k tera rasta
Har dharkan thum chuki hai,
Ratein hain boht stati
Kuch aur din hain baqi,
Phir naya Saal ho ga
Phir wohi haal ho ga,
Dhondon gi tujhe din ko
Har lamha har sa'at ko,
Ik bar tu ayega
Keh de k tu ayega
Is Saal nahin lakin!
Aglay bars ayega
Ye dil behl jayega,
Jhotey tery wadon par
Qasmon par iradon par,
Behla hai ye pehly b,
Ye phir behl jayega
Novembr guzr chuka hai
December guzr raha hay .

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saving Habit in minor

When I was below the age majority - 18 years (Pakistan) - my parents used to say Beta don't spend all of your money rather you must save some of Rupees from your pocket money. They used to buy ceramic/clay pot (اردو: غلّہ)  for me, so I can put some of my pocket money in the pot for future use. This was the move of my parents to inculcate saving habits in me.

Today - in the technological era; strong financial system; Banking institutions - the use of those ceramic/clay pots is almost dying perhaps died. Many banks offer account services for the age group of new born upto the age of majority to motivate young generation to save for their future needs. In Pakistan following bank offers following accounts with different benefits and features:

Bank Al Habib, one of the growing bank in the metropolitan city Karachi, with over 350 branches countrywide icluding more than 100 branhces alone in Krachi offers account for young generation with the name of Bank Al Habib Young Savers Account with following features:

Start Early, save Wisely!
  1. It can be opened for youngsters up to the age of 18 years.
  2. One can open an account with Minimum of Rs. 5.
  3. Rate of return is expected to be above return on normal saving accounts, which is usually 5% p.a. Currently indicative rate of return on balance up to Rs. 500,000 is 10% p.a. 
  4. Internet banking facility and ATM/Debit card is available for the parent/guardian of the young saver
  5. Young savers of 16 years and above eligible for ATM/Debit Card if authorized by their parents/guardians. 
  6. Account will be operated by the parents/guardian of young saver.
  7. Bank Officers also visit schools to collect deposits. 
Profit would be subject to Zakat. withholding tax, and other Government levies unless exempted.

The Bank of Punjab was established in 1989, having network of 279 branches countrywide. It is one of the Bank wiht so many scams, scandals, emezzlement, fraud, etc. Recently the Bank of Punjab has moved in the line of offering to the minors with the name of Young Lions. The features are as follow:
  1. The product is available for the youngsters below the age of 18 years. 
  2. The account will be opened with parents/guardian
  3. The rate of return on account is 6% p.a. on all balances, the minimum or maximum balance limit is removed from here.
  4. The profit will be calculated on daily product basis.
  5. Withholding tax at 10% will levied on the profit at source, it means when profit will be paid on account, tax of 10% will be deducted at the same time
  6. Zakat will be deducted as per applicable law. 

United Bank Ltd. (UBL), one of the leading bank of Pakistan, with more than 1220 branches nationwide and some branches is other countries, was founded in 1959 by Agha Hasan Abedi.  It is one of the top five bank in Pakistan deposit wise, profit wise, assets wise, and share wise. 

UBL offers account for youg generation in the name of UBL First Minor Savings Account, popularly pronounced as UBL 1st. UBL promotes this account aggressively in schools all over the country, which inludes giving presentations, gifts, souvenir, etc. UBL 1st has following features: 

Pehli bachat, Pehla Account
  1. UBL 1st account is opened in the name of father/mother or guardian. The name of account is follows the pattern i.e. Arfeen (M) / Aleen (G). 
  2. UBL 1st is available to the age group of 1 day baby up to 18 years of age. 
  3. Two accounts are opened at the opening of minor account; one is principal account in which money is deposited, other will be the account in which profit on principal to be credited. 
  4. On the opening of account a Welcome Pack is sent.
  5. Two Visa ATM/Debit cards are provided;one is specially designed UBL First Pocket-Money (complimentary) for the withdrawal of profit from linked account and other is standard UBL Wallet Visa Debit card to withdraw money from the principal account.
  6. Account opening anniversary, birthday wishes, surprises, and gifts are sent to 1st holder. 
  7. Free E-Statement
  8. Free E-Banking
  9. No minimum balance penalty is levied on this account.
  10. Free accedintal death & disability insurance coverage up to Rs. 2.5 million.
These are the some prominent banks that offer saving accounts for the youngsters below the age of 18 years. In my opinion, this is the great move by banks to cater the needs of minor and to inculcate the saving habit in the minor, which is very crucial for the country like Pakistan. 

The benefit is that on savings minor will be entitled some profit. If minor puts some portion of of his/her pocket money regularly in the account, this will pile up his/her wealth. At the end he/she will be having huge sum of money to use at the age of majority. 

Hurry Up! give your child the account as Gift....

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

HBL moves into branchless banking

HBL signing ceremony of branchless banking

Habib Bank Ltd. (HBL), the largest branch network with more than 1450 branches nationawide and presence in more than 25 countries around the globe, ready to move into the branchless banking in Pakistan with the collaboration of Ufone, Sybase 365, and AbacusConsulting by 2012. 

HBL sources suggests that they have invested millions of rupees in the pipeline to step into branchless banking in Pakistan, which will create healthy competition among the other existing operators of branchless banking in Pakistan. Currently EasyPaisa, joint venture of Telenor Pakistan and Tameer Bank; UBL Omni, a venture of United Bank Ltd. (UBL); NADRA's E-Sahaulat, a joint venture of Mobilink and NADRA are working in the industry. Moreover, MCB Bank Ltd. with the collaboration of Nokia and Bank Al-Falah with collaboration of Warid got the liscence of branchless banking from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), which will further make market more tougher. 

Ufone, one of the leading cellular operator of the country, will facilitate HBL by providing the SMS service and other mobile related services pertaining to the branchlike banking at initial stage. HBL will take other mobile operators of the country i.e. Mobilink, Telenor, Warid, Zong, Vfone, Wordcall, etc. on board by the passage of time. 

According to the SBP reports branchless banking enjoyed the impressive growth of more than 51% in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2012 as compared to the first of quarter of fiscal year of 2011.  

HBL claims that its branchless banking will provide much more than what current players are offering. HBL through its distinguished service will cover the service of paying taxi fare, gas station charges, airline fare charges and other related services with the mobile banking. 

Account opening, cash deposit, cash withdrawals, bill payments, mobile payment vouchers are the services provided by the current player of the industry namely EasyPaisa and UBL Omni. 

In last, we can safely say HBL's move into the branch banking will set new benchmarks in the branchless banking, which will ultimately lead to the healthy competition among the players. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Moharram Poetry

Keh Do Gham-E-Hussain Manane Walon Ko,
Momin Kabhi Shohada Ka Matam Ni Karte,

Hai Ishq Apni Jan Se Zyada Aal-E-Rasool Se,
Yun Sar-E-Aam Hum Unka Tamasha Ni Karte,

Royen Woh Jo Munkir Hain Shahadat-E-HUSSAIN K,
Hum Zinda-O-Javaid Ka Matam Ni Karte..!

(Allama Iqbal)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

LGBT movement in Pakistan

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) is movement, which has been loudly voiced since long. It advocates the freedom of sex orientation to be decided by one self rather than by his/her religion, social class, community, or any other body.

In Pakistan - an Islamic Republic, governed by Constitution of 1973, which is based on Shariah (Islamic laws) - LGBT term was not much common until few years back, but today, almost everyone living in the big cities - Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar (A notion that People living there are gay, I don't wish to use that term but it's perception of Pakistani people) knows what LGBT means and what they praise about.

What motivated me to write on this issue is articles in Express Tribune since long. One might think why I'm writing on this topic, don't you? Huh? Let me clear, I'm not adovcate of LGBT movement. Numerous writers had and have been using ink to write about this topic e. g.: Let’s get one thing straight...I’m not, Nuwas Manto (An 18 years olg youth activist of LGBT movement in Pakistan), Because I'm a lesbian, but fortunate enough they are not gaining support of minds except by few tot like minds.

On June 26, 2011 US embassy have organized some event about the gays in Pakistan, which instigated masses of Pakistan to that surged the hater for US and other organizations working for LGBT movement.

Who says there is no gay/lesbian in Pakistan, huh? There may be thousands, if not thousands, hundreds of people having LGBT sex orientation, it is acceptable only if it is observed in bedroom, but when it comes to publicize in the streets, not body going to accept. A sin committed alone in privacy  isn't worth to be discussed, but when it comes to the interest of large population, it should be disgraced.
Following is the discussion of LGBT on media in Pakistan:

According to my opinion, if religion has prohibited the sexual relationship with same gender, there must be some dark side pertaining matter. So allowing LGBT would be harmful for the society in terms of values, ehtics and taboos.

Have your say?