Dr. Masuma Hasan, former Cabinet Secretary and Ambassador of Pakistan has been named Goodwill Ambassador of the World NGO Day Initiative.
This invitation was extended to her in recognition of her leadership and experience as Chairperson of The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs and her commitment to the cause of women’s empowerment as President of the Board of Governors of Aurat Foundation.
The World NGO Day Initiative is a new designated international calendar day dedicated to all NGOs worldwide and the people behind them.
Its purpose is to raise positive awareness of the work being done in the non-governmental sector in different communities and countries throughout the world, especially in caring for humanity, promoting education and protecting the environment.
Empowering NGOs is a crucial part of the post 2015 Millennium Goals.
They looked quite impressive in their dark grey uniforms, those women police officers, whose appointment and career Aurat Foundation celebrated in an event on 3 July 2014. They included the first woman district police officer (DPO) in Pakistan, Naseem Ara Panhwer, who is credited with countering dacoits on her beat, and finding her way well into criminal gangs, Shehla Qureshi, assistant superintendent of police in the Frere area of Karachi, resplendent in her slightly different uniform as she came into the police force through the government’s competitive examination, Azra Memon assistant deputy inspector general of traffic in Karachi, Masuma Changezi who is superintendent of police traffic also in Karachi and Hajra Sabiha, who is the station house officer (SHO) of the Artillery Maidan women’s police station in the heart of Karachi.
Although some of the officers mentioned above are senior, the most significant appointments are those of two station house officers in charge of all-male police stations in Karachi, Ghazala Siddiqui who holds charge of the Clifton police station and Inspector Zaibun Nisa, chief of Bahadurabad police station. The station house officer is the lynchpin of the policing system and the original power lies with her or him because the police station is the very place where the community interacts with the police. In Urdu and local languages, the police station is called a “thana”, a word which evokes fear and apprehension. Continue reading
Address by Mr. Mamnoon Hussain
President Islamic Republic of Pakistan
At The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs
(Karachi, 29 April 2014)
Dr. Masuma Hassan, Chairperson Pakistan Institute of International Affairs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am truly delighted to be amongst you and have this opportunity of speaking to the distinguished members of the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs.
I thank Dr. Masuma Hasan for her kind invitation and her gracious introductory remarks.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for the meritorious services that PIIA has rendered to the nation over the last 67 years. Continue reading
Address of Welcome
Dr. Masuma Hasan
Chairperson, The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Honourable Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan
Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh
Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister of Sindh
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is indeed a great privilege and honour for me to welcome you, on behalf of the members of The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs and on my own behalf, to this session which the President of Pakistan has graced with his illustrious presence. I am truly grateful to the President for having found the time to be with us today in spite of his numerous other engagements.
Those who are even vaguely familiar with our national politics know how committed the President has been to strengthening our democratic system and how strong is his grasp on international politics. Since the present government came to power, he has led many delegations to countries abroad. Continue reading
It is my belief that even if we get over ethnic violence and terrorism, Karachi will continue to have strife and conflict. At best, it will be like Rio de Janeiro, separated into rich and poor areas. At worst, it will be like Mexico City.
These were Arif Hasan’s opening remarks at the beginning of his presentation at The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on Karachi’s Changing Demographics and Urban Strife on 12 March 2014. Mr. Hasan is a renowned architect, urban planner, social activist, researcher, widely-published author and recipient of the Hilal-e-Imtiaz. He is the founder and Chairman of the Urban Resource Centre Karachi and Chairperson of the Orangi Pilot Project-Research & Training Institute, Karachi. Arif Hasan, in his comprehensive presentation, outlined the changing trends in Karachi’s demographic shift since Partition and presented an analysis of the societal repercussions of uneven densification of the metropolitan city. Continue reading
Honourable Mr Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Ministers and Parliamentarians
Colleagues and Friends
Today, as we commemorate International Women’s Day, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations and deepest appreciation on behalf of Aurat Foundation and AAWAZ Voice and Accountability Programme to all those who have contributed to promote the human rights of women in their personal or institutional capacities, and to all those courageous women and men who continue to work for the empowerment and well-being of the women of Pakistan.
International Women’s Day has a long and heroic history, both at the international level and at many national levels. While its roots lie in the movement for women’s economic and political rights at the turn of the 20th century, it has since then been observed, both as a celebration of the achievements made in the arena of women’s rights, and as a rallying point for the work remaining in other areas of social concern.
“Indian society is king and queen minded”
Few people could be blessed with a pedigree like that of Rajmohan Gandhi which, since childhood, drew him close to political ideas and events of unsurpassed significance. His grandfather was the great Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and he is descended from his mother’s side from Chakravarty. Rajagopalachari, the Indian political leader who became the last governor-general of India after independence. He has done both his grandparents proud and written their biographies. Mohandas: A True Story of the Man, His People and the Empire is a tome spanning more than 700 pages and slightly more modest is the biography Rajaji, A Life, as Rajagopalachari was often referred to.
This pedigree does not detract or add to Rajmohan Gandhi’s own stature as a scholar, although wherever he goes, he must be introduced as the descendant of these eminent political figures. That is not, however, as we introduced him to our members when he came to The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on 8 February 2014 to have an informal conversation on The state of India’s democracy. His biographies of Gandhi, Rajagopalachari, Sardar Patel and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan apart, he has written on South Asian history and is credited with being, through his works, a reconciler of ideas, perceptions and conflicts. Reference is made here to only two of these works: Understanding the Muslim Mind and Revenge and Reconciliation. Rajmohan Gandhi gave balanced and restrained replies to the questions thrown at him – he was speaking to a Pakistani audience. Continue reading