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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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Uncategorized


!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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DigimarkDigital arena has transformed all around the globe during the last decade. Majority of companies are now spending more on their digital marketing campaigns as compared to conventional marketing tools. The change is a result of increased use of social media and conversion of the desktops into hand-held devices.
TEC (Training, Events, Consultancy) is organizing the 4th iteration of International Digital Marketing Conference, DIGIMARK was held today, on 24th November at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club, Lahore with the support of Jang Media Group, GEO TV, Mobilink, Brighto Paints, DIC Pakistan. The theme chosen for this year is “Digital Transformation”. The conference has been specifically designed to help Pakistani companies to develop their audience and build traffic, create brand awareness, increase sales, improve customer service, drive greater consumer engagement and develop better use of digital tools internally to drive more productive business outcomes. As many as 450 industry professionals from Pakistan attended the conference.

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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Uncategorized


Bakra Eid – The stage sets in!

The stage sets in!

In the name of Humanity...

hile strolling in the avenue of your town, if you perceive a sound like “Ma’aa… Maaa’a’aa…” from every second house, affirm it that you are on the way to Bakra Eid. Second in the series of Eid festivals, Eid-ul-Azha is marked by Muslim world on 10th of Zul-Hajj every year. It is the memorial of compliance of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismael (AS) for Almighty Allah.

The arrangements for this religious carnival set in motion ten to fifteen days earlier than the event. After fostering their livestock throughout the year, the Bakray walas (the merchants of cattle) march towards the big markets of the cities to sell their animals and earn the income of the entire year.

The expedition of purchasing a healthy Bakra (or any other animal you desire to purchase) at economical rate is not less than a ‘work of genius’. This…

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