PTI chief Imran Khan at IBA
PTI chief tells IBA students he wants an Islamic welfare state
Karachi, Dec 24: Inside a jam-packed auditorium where students teemed out of the door like boiling water from a
cauldron, and occupied every possible free space, from the aisle to the empty
floor, Imran Khan addressed a young audience of the Institute of Business
Administration, on Friday afternoon.
The success of his party lies in the
fact that he has been able to mobilise the largely apolitical youth of
private-sector universities, who before now considered politics a dirty street
game. "But there is a difference between urban politics and rural politics,
rightwing and leftwing politics. You do popular politics and dwindle in the
middle," said one student.
"Right and leftwing politics are a thing of
the 60s; the PTI will work for an Islamic welfare state, like the one which
existed in Madina at the time of the Prophet [PBUH]," said Khan as he shared
that his model region was Scandinavia where the state took care of employment,
health and education of the public.
"My model is not the United States.
It is not Britain which is failing to provide its public welfare," he said. He
promised to bring forward a "unique manifesto" which would focus on human
development and a uniform education system. "There will be no parallel education
system" and "the lowest 50 percent of social stratum will be benefited the
most", he said.
"How will rich politicians like Kasuri and Shah Mehmood
Qureshi let you implement policies which will not benefit their class?" quipped
another student from the audience. At this, Qureshi, who till now was a silent
spectator, took the microphone.
"I will stand in a queue like a common
man and declare all of my assets, and if the party is not satisfied with my
asset declaration, I will resign," said Qureshi.
When a student accused
him of being "an establishment's man", the cricketer-cum-politician quoted
researches from You-Gov Cambridge, a UK-based pollster which called the PTI the
most popular political party in urban Pakistan, and another one by PEW, which,
he claimed, quoted similar results. "When old diehard fans of the PPP join the
PTI, is that the establishment's doing, or when 250,000 people gather at a PTI
rally, is it the establishment changing hearts? It can only be the establishment
in the skies above who could be doing that," he said.
Khan claimed that
he would make endeavours to increase GDP by 20 percent, and use natural
resources of the country to rid the country of its debts. He also promised to
give the "economically aware" students research papers describing his policies
in detail - policies which had been made by "think tanks of the party in Lahore
But the politician who was so successful in generating the
right 'oooos' and 'aaaas' from the audience because of his eloquence could at
best misfield when a question about the next leadership of his party was asked.
"What happens if you die?" "Why be scared of death; when I die we'll
see," came the reply after much coaxing and cajoling from the
Jubilant PTI supporters trying to scale a gate
of Quaid's Mazar after their party was granted permission to hold its rally at
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KU Pharm-D admissions
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) announced on Friday the upgraded Pharm-D list and extended the date for
admission fees for the academic session 2012. The director admissions announced
the upgraded Pharm-D list for both the morning and evening
The successful candidates of the upgraded Pharm-D (Morning
Programme) and successful candidates of the recently held aptitude test and
Pharm-D (Morning Programme) who could not submit their admission fees for some
reason may now deposit their fees at the Silver Jubilee Gate, University of
Karachi, from December 23 to 26 between 9am to 1pm, he said.
the successful candidates of the upgraded Pharm-D (Evening Programme) may also
deposit their admission fees from December 23 to 30 at the directorate of the
Evening Programme, KU, he said. The candidates were directed to bring their
required documents to complete the admission formalities, he added. The news
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Karachi varsity's BCom annual examinations began
Karachi: The BCom Annual Examinations 2011 for the regular
candidates will commence from Dec 24 (today). Spokesman of the University of
Karachi (KU) stated this on Friday. He said that more than 40,000 candidates
including over 14,000 females would appear in these examinations. The KU has
established more than 58 examination centres for the purpose. app
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473 DIHE students conferred degrees
Karachi: As many as 473 graduating
students were conferred higher education degrees and four gold medals were
awarded in various disciplines at the fourth convocation of the Dadabhoy
Institute of Higher Education (DIHE) held at the Karachi Golf Club on
Six MPhil degrees were awarded to graduates from the Faculty of
Business Administration, 145 to MBA graduates, seven to Executive MBA students,
25 to BBA graduates, and 13 to BCom 13 graduates. Also awarded were 11 MCS
degrees in the Faculty of Science, 11 MIT degrees, 22 BSCS, six BSFE, 28 BTech
(Hons), 59 BTech (Pass), six LLB degrees in the Faculty of Law.
who received gold medals included Tauseef Hussain and Muhammad Abdullah Taqi
from the Faculty of Management Media and Social Sciences, Warda Akbar from the
Faculty of Science and Umair Ahmed from the Faculty of Science. However, the
total number of absentia stood at 135 out of 473. Sindh Senior Minister for
Education Pir Mazhar ul Haq was the chief guest on the occasion.
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SSUET's technical sessions
Karachi: A number of technical sessions were held on Friday during the ongoing three-day 14th International
Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering's (IEEE) International Multiple
The conference was attended by delegates from home and abroad
at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET).
the inauguration on Thursday the conference schedule included two lectures and
two tutorials on the first day. On Friday, the morning and afternoon sessions
included three lectures and three tutorials. On the concluding day of the
conference on Saturday, the day-long deliberations would include eight lectures
and two tutorials.
The ICT Research and Development Fund will also give
five demonstrations of various projects being financed by it. The scholarly
lectures are being delivered by Ahmed E Kamal from Lowa State University on the
topic of advances in the network coding-based self-healing in autonomic
networks, Dr Faraz Zaidi from KIET Karachi on "Fuzzy sets and visual analysis",
Qamarul Wahab from Linkoping University NEDUET on "Graphene, the Noble Prize for
2010", Dr Zia Amavul from SUNY Fredonia, NY, on "Block-sorting transformations
with Pseudo-distance technique for lossless compression of colour-mapped
images", Dr Syed Khaliqur Rehman from KIET Karachi on "WBAN Protocols",
Professor B.S. Chowdhry from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology,
Jamshoro on smart structural health monitoring WSN-based bridged monitoring as a
example", Dr Junaid Zuberi from SUNy Fredonia, NY on "sensor network programming
and applications", Dr Muhammed Moinuddin from Iqra University on "collaborative
spectrum sensing for cognitive radio networks", Dr Jawwad Shamsi from SUNY
Fredonia, NY on "understanding cyber security", Dr Rehan Qureshi from Iqra
University on "ad hoc interconnected mobile networks", Dr Haroon Rasheed from
Telecom Department SSUET Karachi on "next generation wireless technologies
beyond 4 G.
Among the seven tutorials to be held during the course of
conference deliberations, one tutorial of importance and interest would be given
by Dr Raziq Yakub from the University of Tennessee on the topic of "applications
of communication technologies and controls in the existing power grid in
Pakistan for energy efficiencies".
Other tutorials will be given by Dr
Kashif M Rajput from NUST, by Dr Jawwad Shamsi from FAST, by Dr Shoaib Zia
Khan/Dr Khawaja Bilal Mahmood from NUST, Prof Dr Quratul Ain Tariq from NEDUET
Karachi, Dr Syed Faraz Hasan from NED University.
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DUHS to establish dedicated research centre
Karachi: Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) is planning on establishing a research centre in the National
Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology – Ojha campus, to carry out research
and gather epidemiological data of communicable and non-communicable diseases
that are prevalent in the country.
It will be the first dedicated
medical research centre in the country and will provide information that will
shape the public health problems that afflict the country. These statements were
made by the Vice Chancellor of DUHS, Dr. Masood Hameed, while he was presenting
recommendations from the recent International Diabetes Conference at the Dow
Medical College campus. Prof. Dr. Samad Shera and Dr. Zaman Shaikh were also
present on the occasion.
Dr Masood Hameed said the country urgently
required such a research centre as the epidemiological data that it will provide
will be used by the administration to create future public health
The objective of the research centre is to reduce the risk and
mortality rates of illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and
obesity through effective and result based research.
Chancellor also stated that the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council has
approved 50 seats for the Dow International Dental College.
On the topic
of diabetes, he said that there is an increasing prevalence of the disease in
the country and that complications stemming from diabetes include blindness,
kidney failure, gangrene, stroke and heart attacks, all of which are potentially
fatal. Diabetes is also a huge and ever-increasing burden on public
Keeping in light the conference's recommendations Prof. Dr.
Samad Shera said that their current goal is to drive change at the local and
global level, to prevent diabetes by increasing general access to essential
medicines and to develop and encourage the best practices in diabetes policy,
management and education.
He stressed the need to develop tools for the
dissemination of relevant information on diabetes treatment, management and
The conference also called for adopting measures that would
increase awareness of the knowledge and skills needed for doctors and health
care professionals who provide diabetes care. These measures included the
creation of new district based diabetic centres and the establishment of
specialized professional teams for management of Type 1 diabetes within existing
Furthermore, it also called for the provision of insulin
and the means for its administration to those whose lives depend on it.
Officials plan to achieve these goals by creating a cadre of specialist diabetes
nurses and using a modern information system to document the prevalence of
The Diabetes conference further recommended for
reduction of heart attacks and angina by 25%, reducing of entry in to the end
stage renal failure by 25%, reduction of new diabetic blindness by 50%,
reduction of lower limb amputation by 50%, improvement of pregnancy outcome in
diabetic mothers to approach the normal experience.
vice-chancellor said that DUHS has undertaken a mobilization of all available
resources in pursuit of the objectives and recommendations of the
conference. The news
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