IFA Pakistan – Conquering New Horizons

downloadSince its inception, the profession of accountancy has been one of the highly venerated and significant career not only in Pakistan rather all over the world. Under patronage of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global accounting standard-setter and regulator, various accountancy bodies all over the globe have been working for a disciplined mechanism of the profession and smooth handling of business transactions. Keeping in view the highly demanding prospects of the profession in Pakistan, various accountancy bodies have started offering its certifications and memberships to students and professionals so that they may strengthen their professional knowledge and serve the organization in their best capacities. IFA_Logo_Master_HREstablished in 1916, Institute of Financial Accountants UK (IFA), a full member of IFAC, recently organized its first series of quarterly branch meetings here in Pakistan. A series of two conferences commenced here in Lahore and concluded in Karachi.
Consisting of thematic discussions about “Work Life Balance”, “Block-chain Process” and “Contemporary Finance and the need of Research”, the Lahore and Karachi conferences were graced by a large number of business professionals employed in public practice, industry, and the public and private sectors. Where the conferences conferred an opportunity to young accountants and business professionals to meet and get benefited from a unique blend of thought provoking leaders, innovators, chartered accountants, business and economic analysts there at the same time the officials of the body conferred 1.2membership certificates to its newly qualified members in Pakistan.
Talking about “block-chair process”, Mr. Anayat ullah, ACA said, “The new business world is going to witness a dramatic transformation through block-chain process – a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly. This would ease up swift settlement of transactions in no time.” Endorsing significance of research in contemporary finance, Mr. Rakesh Parakash, MBA Finance, Ph.D Financial Distress said, “In today’s fast pacing modern business world, meaningful research and to the point interpretation of it, has been of paramount significance. I am glad that in Pakistan, we are not only realizing significance of financial research but at the same time are being successful in its meaningful practical implementation.”
Apart from numbers and business talks, the conference also had something easy on mind yet extremely important discussion for accounts in modern world i.e. work life balance. Talking about work life balance, Mr. Amer Shakeel, ACA, ACMA was of the view, “In order to live a peaceful and energetic life in real sense, we ought to get rid of this 1.2 edrobotic life and realize the significance of work life balance. Spending entire day just for earning bucks of dollars and taking no care of health and family life, takes us away from nature and makes us live a living of machines.”
In the end, certificates were distributed among newly qualified members of IFA. Mr. Abdul Shakoor, regional director IFA Pakistan cast light upon upcoming branch activities and prospects for students in IFA. The two days’ conference concluded in Karachi with a vote of thanks by Mr. Jawad, country head finance in a private multinational organization. He congratulated newly qualified IFAs and wished them best of luck in their upcoming professional journey.


This article of mine was originally published in The News International – 11 May, 2018

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Uncategorized


Freedom Has a Cost

PSL-2018-Match-Schedule-Timing-PDF-DownloadWell, I was literally exasperated. The distance that, in normal routine, took not more than twenty minutes was not being covered even in three hours’ time. It was all jammed. A single motor bike was unable to move and adding fuel to fire the noise of horns, bikes and car engines was getting on to nerves. Traffic police also seemed helpless. And what was this all owing to? Thanks to Pakistan Super League – PSL, the long awaited couple of days that cost the flow of daily traffic in Lahore gravely.
Finally, after three and a half hours’ hassle, I reached home nitpicking PCB and the management of the big event. Peshawar Zalmi was on fire. Kamran Akmal was smashing fours and sixes like politicians bashing their opponents. Gradually, the exasperation and frustration started melting with the warmth of the overall aura in the TV lounge of my home. Wearing their favorite team’s t-shirt my nephews and other family members were relishing eliminating round of PSL. In no time I also joined in; as like all other Pakistanis, I am also a diehard fan of cricket. The innings concluded and we also got off to dining 303555_4342952_magazinetable chit chatting about semifinal, who-will-win-the-game predictions, and the upcoming matches of PSL. No doubt, apart from discussions about prevailing political scenarios in the country and other frustrating news that are the defining trait of news channels these days; discussion of PSL was really a pleasant change. We had something to cherish about, something light and composing to talk about.
The next day of the match, I got to see mix responses in office regarding PSL. Some were lamenting about traffic jam and improper provision of alternate routes for traffic and some were recollecting the joy of watching a cricket match live in the stadium. Whereas on social media situation was not much different either. A friend’s uncle who has happened to be an asthmatic patient was furious as, owing to blocked roads, he couldn’t attend his doctor. Another colleague who is a nutritionist missed her live appearance in a TV show owing to the same reason. But she was not agitated at all. According to her the level of joy of return of cricket in the Land of Pure is much more than the suffering of missing a live appearance. Similarly, there were many other posts in favor and against of 303555_5916783_magazineholding PSL in Pakistan under such a strict monitoring. Nevertheless, being an accountant I personally feel everything on this globe carries an “opportunity cost” that we must have to bear in order to avail it. Back in 1947 when we got independence from British and Indian rule, our elders had to bear its opportunity cost i.e. they left their businesses, properties to migrate Pakistan and above all they were not reluctant even in sacrificing their lives. Similarly, in today’s era where we are surrounded by terrorism and undesired tags internationally, holding such kind of joyful events successfully is, undoubtedly, defeat of ill forces working against Pakistan. Ultimately, this will set us free from terrorism and ill aims of opponents. And in order to get freedom from terrorism we’ll have to pay some cost as they rightly say, “Freedom has a cost”. Waiting for hours in traffic to reach home is nothing as compare to sacrifice of lives that was offered by our elders when they got their independence back in 1947. Long live Pakistan!


This article of mine was originally published in The News International –  13 Aprii, 2018

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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Uncategorized


The Joy of Giving…

Nadeem Caterers Qaddaffi Stadium LahoreWhen I used to hear the word “disabled”, I visualized a human being who is unable to talk, hear or walk like other healthy individuals. But after participating in the gathering of special children, arranged by Catering and Restaurant Association, my perceptions towards children and adults with disabilities have changed significantly. When differently-abled individuals are brought up and trained properly, they can live a healthy life and contribute to society.
The first monthly gathering of this initiative was arranged by Nadeem Caterers at Qaddafi Stadium Lahore Restaurant. At the gathering, special children were accompanied by several renowned personalities: Qasim Ali Shah, a motivational speaker, writer and trainer, Shahid Qadir, a social worker and Director Complaint Cell Chief Minister Punjab, and Abdul Ghori, Branch Head of a private bank joined the cheerful audience.289886_1213879_magazine
Qasim Ali Shah appreciated the initiative, “In today’s materialistic society, events like this should be encouraged. We need to eliminate selfishness from the society.
“People brag about their achievements and qualifications, but I feel more proud after spending a full day with these children who are smarter and more intelligent than many of us,” he stated.
For Mian Nadeem, the organizer of the event, the gathering was more than just a CSR activity. He shared, “For me, this experience is spiritually reviving. Just spend some time 289886_5431428_magazinewith these children and encourage them for their achievements and see how motivated they feel. I can’t express it in words how satisfying it is to see them smiling. Everybody should take part in such activities and experience the joy of giving.”
Besides motivational speeches and discussions, special children were given flowers and gifts for representing Pakistan at various international forums. Shahid Qadir, Director Complaint Cell Chief Minister Punjab, shared Ishfaq Ahmed’s quote to convey his message: “You give to the creature of Almighty not from your own earnings but from what is given to you by your Creator.”
In today’s fast-paced life, we have become so occupied with our own affairs that we hardly pay attention to others and think of helping them. As a part of this society, we need to build up a support system for differently-abled children so that they could also live a healthy and productive life.

It is estimated that, overall, between 500 and 650 million people worldwide live with a significant impairment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 10 percent of the world’s children and young people, some 200 million, have a sensory, intellectual or mental health impairment. Around 80 percent of them live in developing countries.



The article of mine was originally published in The News International – 9 Mar 2018 (


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!اللہ اور اس کے رسول کے نام

Allah or us k Rasool (SAW) k nam

In the name of Humanity...

اپنے روزمرہ کے مصروف معاملات میں سے کچھ وقت ہمیں اپنے اللہ، اس کے نبی کے نام کرنا چاہیئے”جلوس سے خطاب کرتے ہو ئے مولانا نے فرمایا۔ مولا نا کے اس خطاب سے پہلے بھی مجھے ایک بات کاخیال اکثر آتا تھا اور خطاب کے بعداس کی شدت میں مزید اضافہ ہوا کہ ہم دین کو اکثر اپنے روز مرہ کے معاملا ت سے الگ کیوں کر دیتے ہیں۔ اب یہ لازم تھوڑی ہے کہ میں کوئی خصوصی اہتمام کروں کہ میں فلاں فلاں عمل اللہ اور اس کے رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے لیے کرنے لگا ہوں اور میرا فلاں فلاں دن اللہ اور اس کے رسول کے نام ہے اگر میں آپ سے اچھے اخلاق سے با ت کر لوں تو میرا یہ عمل بھی اللہ اور اس کےرسول کے نا م ہوا، اگر صبح اٹھ کے ماں کو مسکرا کے دیکھ لوں، یہ عمل بھی…

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Young World’s Independence Day! =)

In the name of Humanity...

Sonu was a naive, polite, quiet boy but he was extremely observant. His routine was quite different from other youngsters of his age. He used to return from his school in the afternoon and after lunch he would simply head towards the rooftop of his house. This was not to fly kites like many other lads of his neighbourhood, but to gaze at the sky.

He loved sky gazing. He loved to look at the bright yet serene sky of summer evenings. Chirping birds, soaring high above the clouds always brought a broad smile on his face, almost as if he could comprehend their sweet tweets. And now it was his favourite time of the year, Independence Day. So he remained on the roof of his house till late in the evening and besides sky watching, he corded little flags in a string to decorate the house with.

One day…

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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn

Happy Independence Day Pakistan =)

In the name of Humanity...

Tera her ik zara hum ko apni jan sy payara, Teray dam say shan hamaree, Tujh say Nam Hamara”… “Chand mere zameen phool mera watan”… “Tujh pay Dil qurban, Tujh pay Jan bhe qurban ha”… “Tere wadi wadi ghomoon, tera kona kona chomoon”…“Mera Dil ha Pakistan, Mere Jan ha Pakistan”. Sky is bracing, zephyr is bopping, and heart is crooning. And why not! After all, it is time for celebrations, revels and exhilarations.

The day that is one of the most blessed and momentous ones in our history, is not far away. The Land of Pure would be of 63 tomorrow. Though I have not been able to mark all of the birth days of my beloved homeland but yet those which I have celebrated, especially during my childhood, unquestionably were full of enthusiasm and lofty spirits. I still can recollect those unforgettable days when I used to string…

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Coke Studio Season 9 First Episode gets aired! =)

So, the much awaited start of Coke Studio’s Season 9 has been made with the airing of the First Episode on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The Episode featured 4 songs, including ‘Aaqa’ by Abida Parveen and Ali Sethi, ‘Sasu Mangey’ by Naseebo Lal and Umair Jaswal, “Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan” by Zeb Bangash, and ‘Jane Na Tu’ by Ali Khan. The songs have been produced by Shuja Haider, Jaffer Zaidi, Shiraz Uppal andNoori respectively, following the multiple producer format introduced into Coke Studio for the first time this Season. The Season was launched last week with the classic song, ‘Aye Rah-e-Haq Kay Shaheedo’, originally sung by Naseem Begum, to pay tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows.

For the launch of Season 9, this song was sung by all the artists who will be featuring in this season. The launch of the song received huge response from the public, with over 8.5 million views and over 370,000 shares on Facebook, over 1.2 views on Youtube and similar response on other platforms. “We have promised that Season 9 will be the biggest and the boldest yet, and Coke Studio fans have already seen this from the launch song,” said Ali Akbar, Director Marketing, Coca-Cola Pakistan, adding “Now the tempo will increase further with Episode 1 to be revealed both on digital and television the same day, and from then on its going to be increasing high excitement throughout the season, featuring as it does over 30 artists and 6 music directors for the first time, working under Strings as executive producers.”

The complete line up of artists for Season 9, in alphabetical order includes Abida Parveen, Ahmed Jehanzeb, Ali Azmat, Ali Khan, Ali Sethi, Amjad Sabri, Asim Azhar, Basit Ali, Bina Raza, Damia Farooq, Faakhir Mehmood, Haroon Shahid, Jabbar Abbas, Javed Bashir, Junaid Khan, Kashif Ali, Masooma Anwar, Meesha Shafi, Mehwish Hayat, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Momina Mustehsen, NaeemAbbas, Naseebo Lal, Natasha Khan, Nirmal, Noori, Quratullain Baloch, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rizwan Butt, Saieen Zahoor, Sanam Marvi, Sara Haider, Shahzad Nawaz, Shani, Shilpa Rao, Shiraz Uppal, Shuja Haider , Umair Jaswal and , Zeb Bangash.

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