Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Facebook acquired fb.com

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
Facebook has paid $ 8.5 million to acquire www.fb.com
Now users need not to type 'facebook.com' rather it can be poped up by simply typing 'fb.com'.
This is the way to make facebook unique and make it alive for ling time. This stratgey will work for organisation like social media for long time.
Best of FACEBOOK!
The King Is Dead

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pakistan Army Charged $1.4 billion for illegal use of public land

about $1.4 billion by the Auditor General of Pakistan after an audit report showed that the army had been using government land for commercial purpose illegally for decades.
Auditor-General of Pakistan, Tanveer Agha, has charged the Pakistan Army a mind-blowing sum of 120 billion rupees based on an audit report that reveals illegal, commercial use of public land by the army for decades.
According to the country's famous English daily The Express Tribune, the audit report was brought up before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a meeting held on Thursday, January 20, 2011, in Islamabad. It showed illegal commercial use of Lahore’s Fortress Stadium by the army for decades without paying anything to the government. The Auditor General told the committee that the army should pay the government 120 billion rupees (about $1.4 billion), the amount they have generated over the years by the unfair use of public land in question.
Retired Lieutenant General Athar Ali, Pakistan’s Defense Secretary, defended the army in the meeting, regarding the report as nothing else but the auditor’s attempt to malign the army. He called the report’s figures “laughable”. The committee’s chairman, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, commented that some people were trying to malign the army, though he didn’t name anyone.
The discussion is said to have got so heated that one member, named Zafar Padhiar, warned he’d quit the committee since a friend of his had advised to write his will for putting army officers to question.

In this connection, masses of Pakistan generally and Political figures particularly raised voice to make army accountable in the court of law. People who are talking about this accountability also give example of recently alleged Indian Army General who is suspended.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pakistan: More than 3,000 companies registered in 2010

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) registered 3,151 companies during the outgoing year – a 12 per cent increase from the 2,762 registered in 2009.
According to figures released by the SECP on Friday, new registrations included 2,881 private companies, 142 single-member companies, 46 public unlisted companies and 42 foreign companies among others.
The country’s total corporate portfolio as of December 31 stood at 57,689 registered entities.
The total authorised capital and paid-up capital of the companies registered during last year was Rs43.5 billion and Rs16.9 billion, respectively.
During the same period, 910 companies increased their authorised capital with an aggregate increment of Rs163.16 billion, while 171 companies raised their paid-up capital with the total increment amounting to Rs38.67 billion.
The number of new registrations has gone up from the preceding year because of SECP’s online registration facilitation mechanism – eServices, which has made the registration process simpler and encouraged companies to abide by SECP regulations.
Almost 40 per cent of the companies were registered online, indicating the growing acceptability of the platform.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A new Wave of Target Killing in Karachi, Pakistan

A new target killing wave is on surge in Karachi, which claimed the life of 22 people in 24 hours including one of Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Baber.
Pehlwan Goth and Orangi are the main areas, which have been affected since the target killing has been started.
In addition, Police and Rangers is seraching for the agitators in Pehalwan Goth.

This is main the game of Political Parties, which for their interest boost members of its party to achieve theri hidden agenda, says on fo government official.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reviving the Memories of Ashfaq Ahmed

Ashfaq Ahmed, (August 22, 1925 – September 7, 2004) was a distinguished

writer, playwright, broadcaster, intellectual and spiritualist from Pakistan. His prime qualities of heart and hand earned appreciations across the borders. He was regarded by many as the best Urdu Afsana (short-story) writer after Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai and Krishan Chander following the publication of his famous short-story "Gaddarya" [The Shepherd] in 1955.


Works

Aik hi boli
Aik Mohabbat 100 Dramey
Aik Muhabbat So Afsaney
Arz-e-musannif
Aur Dramey
Band Gali
Baba Sahiba
Dhandoraa - Talqeen Shah
Gadaria - Ujlay Phool
Gulldan
Hairat Kaadah
Hasart-e-Tameer
Jung Ba Jung
Khail Tamasha
Khatiya Watiyaa - Poetry
Man Chaley Ka Soda
MehmaansaraeyNangey Paoon
Safar Dar Safar
Safar e Maina
Shahla Kot
Shehre Aarzoo
Shora Shori - Talqeen Shah
Subhaey Ifsaney
Talism Hosh Afza
Tota Kahani
Uchay Buraj Lahore Dey
Waday e Jang
Zaviya - 1
Zaviya - 2
Zaviya - 3
Zaviya - 4
Zaviya - 5
Zaviya - 6

He used to say 'Allah aap ko aasaniyan ata farmaye aur aasaniyan taqseem karni ki toufeeq ata farmaye.' These words were from his hearts that nobody cab forget.

Monday, January 10, 2011

FACEBOOK WILL END ON MARCH 15th!

PALO ALTO, CA –Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March. Managing the site has become too stressful.
“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”
Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts.
“After March 15th the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business.”
Zuckerberg said that the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.
“I personally don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said in a private phone interview. “And to be honest, I think it’s for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”
Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.
“What am I going to do without Facebook?” said Denise Bradshaw, a high school student from Indiana. “My life revolves around it. I’m on Facebook at least 10 hours a day. Now what am I going to do with all that free time?”
However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief.
“I’m glad the Facebook nightmare is over,” said Jon Guttari, a single parent from Detroit. “Now my teenager’s face won’t be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her.”
Those in the financial circuit are criticizing Zuckerberg for walking away from a multibillion dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the wealthiest businesses in the world, with economists estimating its value at around 7.9 billion.
But Zuckerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He says he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the axe.
“I don’t care about the money,” said Zuckerberg. “I just want my old life back.”
The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased.

Well, my analysis is that its a rumor becuase Facebook has recently signed an agreement to issue IPO of $50 billion. Its almost impossible to believe that an organsiation which is enjoying the rule on social websites world is about to finish its operations.
Moreover, sources suggest that Facebook earns $2 billion a year, which is a handosme amount, which no body is going to forgo!

Cheers Buddies, there will be no end of Facebook in coming 2 years atleast!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Facebook's Initial Private Offering

As investors enjoy their second straight January with positive brokerage statements in the mail, there's more than a whiff of optimism in the air. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is on course for its biggest two-year bull run since 1932, and individual investors are finally showing signs of getting back into stocks. The period Dec. 1 to Dec. 29 saw a total of $14.90 billion move out of bond funds and $5.51 billion into stock funds.
The appetite for risk is back. For better or worse, people are ready to get in on the next hot play. America, after all, has always been a place where investors could ride the good fortunes of its most innovative companies. Hasn't it?
In 1995 the locus of innovation was Web pioneer Netscape Communications, whose initial public offering ignited five of the most lucrative years in market history. In 2004 it was Google (GOOG), whose "Dutch auction" IPO invited anyone to bid on a share price; those who bid over $85—small and large investors alike—got in on what has turned out to be a 618 percent return.
Today, the It company is Facebook, the seven-year-old social network that last summer bagged its 500 millionth active user and whose founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, was named Time's Person of the Year for 2010. When a privately held company displays this level of innovation and enjoys this level of success—when it captures the public imagination to such a remarkable degree—it's only natural that investors want to own a piece of it. Secondary exchanges such as SharesPost have been trading insiders' shares of Facebook at a level that values the enterprise at $42 billion. A Facebook IPO would benefit insiders and investors alike; all the 26-year-old Zuckerberg needs to do is reserve the ticker symbol—FACB? FRND?—and say the word, and the wealth-creating magic of democratic capitalism would unfold.
It isn't unfolding, however—at least for now. In what feels like a profoundly unfriendly move for a company with 500 million friends, Facebook has struck a private deal with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies (which is full of Goldman veterans) to sell them a $450 million and $50 million stake, respectively, in the company. A preferred and limited roster of Goldman clients would also buy in to the tune of about $1.5 billion. The deal, which values the social network at $50 billion, or more than two Yahoo! (YHOO)s, is expected to be structured by Goldman to allow Facebook to remain below the 500-investor threshold that would force it to make an array of Securities and Exchange Commission disclosures. A special Goldman fund with numerous client investors, the legal thinking goes, could be counted as a single investor.
Some funds within the wealth management division, such as the hedge fund Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, are also likely to get some of the private Facebook stock, according to two people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the deal. Clients are being offered the opportunity to invest as much as $2 million apiece with Goldman taking a 4 percent placement fee and 5 percent of any investment profits plus an annual servicing fee, according to two clients who were offered shares. "If you're an underwriter, you love this kind of discretion," says Jay R. Ritter, a University of Florida professor who studies public offerings. "It gets you the maximum pay-to-play benefit."
The structure of the deal is also novel. While Goldman Sachs routinely distributes offerings to its institutional and high-net-worth brokerage clients (minimum account size: $10 million), interested buyers this time would have to agree to hold on to their shares until 2013 and keep a lid on material nonpublic information. Stephen Cohen, a Goldman Sachs spokesman, declined to comment.

As for as, my point of view is concerned, I would Facebook will not sustain for long. The investment in facebook is like a buble, which may vanish anytime. In social websites, there is very short life time, we saw the boom of 'orkut', its no more used by anybody. Likewise, no body is sure that Facebook will remain in the world.

In addtion, the hatered against Facebook in Muslim world is also a concern becuase it has hosted the Cartoon contest of Prophet PBUH.

Best of luck Facebook!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Africa's impressive growth

Africa is now one of the world’s fastest-growing regions
MUCH has been written about the rise of the BRICs and Asia’s impressive economic performance. But an analysis by The Economist finds that over the ten years to 2010, six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa. On IMF forecasts Africa will grab seven of the top ten places over the next five years (our ranking excludes countries with a population of less than 10m as well as Iraq and Afghanistan, which could both rebound strongly in the years ahead). Over the past decade the simple unweighted average of countries’ growth rates was virtually identical in Africa and Asia. Over the next five years Africa is likely to take the lead. In other words, the average African economy will outpace its Asian counterpart.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Motorola unveils tablet computer, the Xoom


LAS VEGAS: US telecom maker Motorola Mobility has jumped into the bustling tablet computer market with a touchscreen device powered by "Honeycomb," the latest version of Google's Android software.

Sanjay Jha, the chief executive of Motorola Mobility, also presented three new Android-powered touchscreen smartphones to reporters on the eve of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Motorola Mobility's hotly awaited tablet computer, the "Xoom," will be available in the first quarter of the year, Jha said.

With a 10.1-inch (25.6-centimeter) screen, the Xoom is about the same size as Apple's iPad, which hit stores in April and has other leading technology companies around the world scrambling to catch up.

More than 100 firms are expected to unveil tablet computers at CES, which officially opens on Thursday and features more than 2,600 exhibitors of the latest gadgets.

Jha said the Xoom will be the first tablet computer to hit stores featuring Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, an operating system developed with tablets in mind instead of smartphones.

"It's been designed ground up for the tablet, the user interface, the whole interaction," Jha said. "It has multi-tasking capability."

"All of these things, I think, deliver an experience which make Android 3.0 on our tablet probably in my opinion the most competitive product in the marketplace," he said.

Jha pointed out several features on the Xoom that the iPad does not have including front- and rear-facing cameras and the ability to play Adobe Flash video software, which is banned from the Apple device.

He said the first Xooms to hit the market will feature 3G connectivity to the Internet through US carrier Verizon Wireless. A 4G Xoom will come out later in the year and 3G versions can be upgraded to 4G.

Jha also unveiled three new smartphones, the Atrix 4G, available through US telecom giant AT&T in the first quarter of the year, the Cliq 2 and the Droid Bionic.

A laptop dock for the Atrix 4G allows a user to connect the phone to a computer monitor and surf the Web using a full Firefox desktop browser.

The Cliq 2, available through Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile in the United States from January 19, features a slide-out keyboard and was described as a device offering "business-ready features and robust entertainment options."

The Bionic Droid, which will be available in the second quarter of the year, is designed specifically for Verizon's 4G network, which was launched in December and currently covers about one-third of the US population.

It offers mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G and will, for example, allow high-quality streaming of television shows.

Chief executive Jha rolled out the new products here a day after the Illinois-based Motorola split into two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Mobility will focus on mobility, the Internet and computing markets while Motorola Solutions will target next-generation communications solutions to government, public safety and enterprise customers.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pakistan: Governor Punjab has been killed

ISLAMABAD: Governor Punjab Salman Taseer was dead after one of his guards, named Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, opened fire on him when he was going towards his car in Kohsar Market here today.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik confirmed to the media that the guard has been arrested. He has confessed that he opened fire on the governor because of his support to Asia Bibi, he added. Asia Bibi was convicted on blasphemy.

A policeman of elite force opened burst on the governor. He received bullets on his chest and neck. He was rushed to Poly Clinic but succumbed to the injuries.

The police have also arrested six suspected people from the spot.

Salman Taseer, 66, appointed governor of Punjab in 2008, was killed by one of his bodyguards opposed to his public criticism of controversial blasphemy laws.

"He was a very good friend, a politician and a businessman. He was a national hero we have lost him," said interior minister and PPP stalwart Rehman Malik.

He named the assassin as Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, a guard assigned to the governor from the garrison city of Rawalpindi on at least five or six previous occasions.

"He confessed that he killed the governor because he had called the blasphemy law a black law," Malik said.

Police and anti-terror forces surrounded the area and closed the market after the attack. A silver Toyota car with a flat wheel was parked on one side.

Blood was smeared on the road in two places, said a reporter.

The body of deceased has been shifted to PIMS hospital where autopsy is underway. According to initial post-mortem report there were 27 bullet wound on the body of Salman Taseer, adding that 22 bullets have been removed from the body.

Meanwhile, PPP Punjab senior leader Raja Riaz while talking to media said that the body of deceased would be brought back to Lahore tonight. The funeral prayer of Salman Taseer would be held at governor house tomorrow.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Musharraf to return homeland before elections

Former president and head of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML)has announced that his party members are preparing ground for his return.
He was very optimistics about the election, according to him people love him and he will surely hit high score in upcoming elections.

On the other hand government led by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that Judiciary is ready to welcome Former President Musharraf who is said to be accused in Benazir Bhutto assassination.

Lets wait for the time to decide :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Weekly review: KSE ends week, year with bang.




KARACHI: The Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) witnessed the traditional year-end rally to give a cheerful farewell to 2010. Despite late selling on the last trading day of the year, KSE-100 index registered an increase of 1.4 per cent to end the outgoing year at 12,022 points – its highest since July 2008.
Overall, the benchmark index provided returns of about 28 per cent year-on-year.
Foreign inflows for the week clocked in at higher levels with the net amount standing at $12.2 million, compared with just $5.5 million in the preceding week. The net inflow of foreign investments for the year tallied at an impressive $526 million.
United Bank Limited (UBL) and Fauji Fertiliser Company (FFC) dominated discussions at the bourse during the week. Bestway Group’s acquisition of an additional 20 per cent stake in the bank encouraged positivity amongst investors, as did the disbursement of $633 million to the country as part of the Coalition Support Fund from the United States.
FFC’s stock ticker continued to rise despite an explanation call issued by the government to fertiliser companies over the increase in the price of fertiliser.
Although the market did not immediately respond positively to the International Monetary Fund’s nine-month extension for meeting conditions attached to the standby arrangement, the decision eased uncertainty on the political front to some extent.
Market activity during the week was heavily concentrated in blue-chip stocks, particularly from the energy sector as investors took cue from rising international oil prices. “Despite political noise, the oil and gas sector along with the banking sector stole the show at the bourse during the week,” read a KASB research report.
While the index ended the year at its highest level since July 2008, market volumes told a different tale. Average daily volumes were down 30 per cent compared with 2009, standing at a meagre average of 121 million shares.
What to expect this year?
InvestCap analyst Imran Safdar termed the immediate outlook for equity prices ‘neutral’, citing the tug of war on the political front, coupled with the silver lining of earnings growth and economic recovery.
“With the election of new directors at the exchange, a new round of negotiations on the leverage product may start and any positive outcomes should drive the index up,” stressed analyst Imtiaz Gadar in a research report. The report also termed the commencement of trial operations at Engro’s new urea plant positive for future trade sessions at the bourse.
After a difficult year, analysts maintain a positive view on the market on the back of foreign inflows, strong growth in earnings, potential introduction of a leverage product and post-flood reconstruction activities.
Nonetheless, it is important to note that higher-than-anticipated commodity prices and discontinuation of the IMF programme remain key risks.
Monday, December 27
The stock market opened the week with a bang as the bourse surged 52 points to close at a 30-month high while volumes remained at a month low.
The Karachi Stock Exchange benchmark 100-share index ended 0.43 per cent or 51.56 points higher at 11,909.73.
Tuesday, December 28
The conflict between the government and coalition partners caused jitters among investors who trimmed their positions especially in oil and fertiliser stocks, according to analysts.
The 100-share index ended 0.52 per cent or 61.68 points lower at 11,848.05.
Wednesday, December 29
Renewed local buying interest in banking stocks helped the index rise 38 points on Wednesday, in line with regional markets.
The benchmark index ended 0.32 per cent higher at 11,886.02 points.
Thursday, December 30
Investors welcomed the newly elected board members at the KSE as the benchmark index at the bourse closed at a 30-month high on Thursday.
The 100-share index rose 145.44 points, or 1.22 per cent, to end the day’s trade at 12,031.46 points.
Friday, December 31
Mixed performance was witnessed on the last trading session of the year and the index managed to close flat at 12,022.46 points after a decline of nine points, or 0.07 per cent.

Sourcse: Tribunre

The Real Blasphemers

Express Tribune Reports:

The issue of Aasiya Bibi’s alleged blasphemy became one of the hottest topics for debate in 2010. At a very basic level, the question that everyone sought to answer is this: How are we, as Muslims, meant to deal with blasphemy?
This question has a simple answer: we should ignore people who are accused of blasphemy and tell them that the great man whom they are supposedly targeting in their acts of blasphemy was the one who taught us to ignore their actions and focus on more positive things in life.
There are several passages in the Quran which mention acts of blasphemy committed against the prophet and the message of Islam, three of which are more important than the others. None of these passages contains any indication that those found guilty of blasphemy ought to be killed. If there was a punishment for blasphemy in Islam, it should have been clearly mentioned in the Quran, especially in the passages where occurrences of it during the prophet’s lifetime are mentioned.
In the first passage that refers to blasphemy, the Quran informs us that hypocrites used to attend the Prophet’s (PBUH) gatherings intending to tease him. They used to say “ra‘ina” (please say it again), twisting their tongue to prolong the vowel sound ‘I,’ so it sounded like they were saying a different word which meant “our shepherd”. Instead of condemning the perpetrators to a punishment, however, the Quran said: “Believers, don’t say ra’ina; instead say unzurna and listen carefully (so that you don’t need to ask the Prophet to repeat his statements),” (Quran; 2:104). The word unzurna, like ra’ina, served the same purpose.
Another passage says: “Believers, don’t make such individuals from amongst the people of the book and the disbelievers (of Makkah) your friends, who tease and make fun of your religion. And fear Allah if you are true believers. When you are called for prayers, they make it an object of ridicule. This they do because they are a group of people who don’t know (the truth),” (Quran; 57-58). Had the intent of the divine law been to kill those who made fun of religion, this passage would have been an appropriate occasion to make this fact unambiguously clear. Instead, the believers were asked to ignore ‘blasphemous remarks’ and were told to refrain from befriending these people.
A third passage in the chapter titled “Hypocrites” talks about the designs of the leader of the hypocrites and his followers, who, during one of the expeditions of Muslims beyond Madinah, blasphemed against the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions in the following words: “They (the hypocrites) say ‘When we shall return to Madinah, the honorable shall expel the mean from there’, even though honour is for Allah and His messenger, and believers, but these hypocrites are unaware,”
(63:7-8). Indeed what Abdullah Ibn Ubai’i, the leader of the hypocrites, and his followers said was blasphemy. The message of God, however, only clarified the truth in response to the blasphemy they had uttered. Abdullah Ibn Ubai’i later died a natural death in Madinah. Despite the fact that he was living in the very city that was ruled by the Prophet (PBUH), he wasn’t put to death nor did he suffer any lesser punishments in retribution for the act of blasphemy he and his companions were guilty of committing.
If the Quran does not sanction specific punishment for blasphemy, why then are Muslims bent upon demanding death for blasphemy? The answer is that according to some Hadith, some disbelievers were killed for being guilty of blaspheming against the Prophet (PBUH) during his lifetime.
The reality is that, as has been clarified above, there is no punishment for blasphemy in Islam. The only exception is this: according to divine law, those people who directly received the message of God through His messengers were destined to be killed if they rejected and condemned it. This was a law that was specific to the direct addressees of the prophet only. It has been clarified in the Quran that such people were destined to receive the punishment of death, in one form or the other, after a certain God-ordained deadline was reached. That deadline had already arrived for the disbelievers of Makkah thirteen years after the prophetic mission had started, at the time when the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions were forced to migrate from the city to Madinah. The first phase of that punishment took care of the entire leadership of Quraish, the clan that ruled Makkah, two years after the migration in the Battle of Badr. That process continued for different people on different occasions. When the people of the book, the Jews and the Christians, denied the Prophet’s (PBUH) message, they too became eligible for the same punishment. However, in their case the punishment was relaxed: they were forced to live the life of second-rate citizens and pay Jizya, the non-Muslim tax (Quran; 9:29). Only those Jews and Christians who had not only denied the Prophet’s (PBUH) message but had also gone on to tease, insult, and threaten his life, were considered worthy of being killed like their counterpart polytheist disbelievers of Makkah.
Clearly, such punishments were meant to be applicable only to a certain group of people living in a particular era. Their crime and the rationale for their punishment have both been mentioned in the Quran. Their punishment wasn’t based on a Shari’ah law; instead it was based on God’s own direct intervention. For the rest of the people, the general rule mentioned in the Quran states that blasphemers are meant to be ignored- this was meant to continue to remain applicable for all times to come.
According to the Quran, only two types of criminals can be sentenced to capital punishment: those who are guilty of murder, or those who create mischief on earth. Anyone who took the life of another soul for reasons other than these two, according to the Quran, would be as if he killed the entire mankind. (Quran; 5:32) The law stipulating capital punishment for the act of blasphemy therefore is clearly against the Quranic message of the verse referred to above.
Of course, one could say that blasphemy is a form of ‘creating mischief on earth’ — but this argument is not valid because ‘creating mischief on earth’ has been described in the Quran like this: “Those who wage a war against Allah and His messenger and strive to create mischief on earth.” That crime is committed when an individual or a group commit murders, burglaries, or rapes and cause the life, property, and honour of innocent citizens to be harmed. Indeed, making profane remarks about the prophet is a crime, but the one committing it neither declares a war against Allah and His messenger nor does he struggle to create mischief on earth.
Islam’s message is of peace and tolerance. Bigotry, aggression, and extremism have nothing to do with it. Those who promote the latter evils in the name of Islam are the real threat to the propagation of its message.

The author is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Central Punjab.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2011.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The ‘Bestway’ for United Bank Limited?

Despite a restructuring in the shareholding of United Bank Limited (UBL), management control of the bank shall remain unaffected.

A letter sent by the UBL to Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan cited that “the consortium of Bestway Group (BG) and Abu Dhabi Group (ADG) hold 61.37 per cent shares in and control of UBL”. The letter explained that management control of the bank will remain with this consortium.

On the other hand, some analyst believe that Bestway will take over the management of UBL in the mid of 2011.

Welcome January 2011

aey naey saal bata tujh main naya pan kia hai
her taraf khalq nay kiun shor macha rakha hai
roshni din ki wo hi taaron bhari raat wo hi
aaj hum ko nazar aati hai her baat wo hi
aasman badla hay afsos na badli hay zameen
...aik hindsay ka badalna koi jiddat to nahi
aglay barson ki tarha hongay qareenay teray
kisay maaloom nahi bara maheenay teray
janwari,farwari aur march main pare gi sardee
aur aprel ,maee ,joon main hogi garmee
tera san e dehar main kuch khoaey ga kuch paey ga
apni meeaad basar kar k chala jaay ga
be sabab detay hain kiun loag mubarak baadain
ghaliban bhool gay waqt ki karrwee yaadain
teri aamad say ghatti umer jahan main sab ki
faiz ne likhi hai ye nazm niraalay dhab kPoet: Faiz


Janaury
i
Dil behlaane ki nahi koi sabeel
january ki sard raatein hain taveel
daalta hoon apne maazi par nigaah
gaahe-gaahe kheenchta hoon sard aah
kis tarah ab dil ko raah par laoo’n main
kis bahaane se usse bhulaaoo’n main
sab ko mahv-e-khawab raat chhod ke
neend aati hai mere shabistaan mein mere
mujh ko sote dekh kar aata hai koi
mere seene se chimat jaata hai koi
dekhta hoon aa ke aksar hosh mein
koi zaalim hai mere aagosh mein
khud ko magar tanha hi paata hoon main
phir ghadi-bhar baad so jaata hoon main
phir kisi ko dekhta hoon khawaab mein
iss dafa pehchaan leta hoon tumhe
bhaag jaate ho qareeb subha-dam
chhod dete ho raheen ranj-o-gham
mujh ko tum se ishq tha mudaat huee
unn dino tum ko bhi ulfat mujh se thi
kam nigahi iqtasa-e-saal-o-sun
kya huee thi baat jaane ek din
band apna aana jaana hogaya
aur uss par ek zamaana hogaya
tum galat samjhe hawa mein baad-gumaan
baat chhoti thi magar pahonchi kahaan
jald hi main to pashemaan hogaya
tum ko bhi ehsaas kuch aisa hua
nasha pindaar main lekin thhey mast
thi giraa’n dono pe tasleem-e-shiqast
hijr ke sehra ko tay karna pada
mil gaya tha rehnuma ummeed sa
hai meri jurrat ki asal ab bhi yahi
dil ye kehta hai ke dekhein to sahi
jis mein utra tha hamaara kaarvaa’n
ab bhi mumkin hai wo khali ho makaa’n
aaj tak dete rahe dil ko fareb
ab nahi mumkin zara taab-e-shakeb
aao mere deeda-e-tar mein raho
aao,is ujde hue ghar mein raho
hausle se main pehal karta to hoon
dil mein itna soch kar darta bhi hoon
tum na thukra do meri daawat kahee’n
main ye samjhunga agar kehdo nahi
gardish-e-ayaam ko lauta liya
main ne jo kuch kho diya tha paa liya.Poet: Ibn-E-Insha