PPP’s democratic revenge – Latif Khosa and Abidi insult, shout at IT executives

Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Khosa rejects charges
By Ansar Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the PM on Information Technology Sardar Latif Khosa faces a mutiny-like situation in his ministry and from the Board of Directors of the two extremely wealthy telecom-specific private sector companies, which the minister heads, but wants to run them in his own style.

There are apprehensions about the fate of a huge fund of more than Rs 20 billion available with these companies. However, what is really a serious matter for Khosa is the opposition that he is facing from his own secretary as well as member telecom of the IT Ministry over the question of key appointments in these companies, which were created for research and development and for spreading modern telecom services in under-served areas of Pakistan. Already Khosa had a confrontation with his secretary in a recent Senate Committee meeting where yet another PPP Senator Syed Faisal Raza Abidi joined Khosa and shouted at the top officials of the ministry and these companies. The adviser is alleged to have violated the SECP rules as he ignored the Board of Directors of these companies to impose his own will to get his choice men appointed as Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of these companies — the Universal Service Fund (USF) and National Information Communication Technologies Research and Development Fund ICTRDF.

Neither have these companies nor has their fund anything to do with the government as they are registered under companies act with the SECP and generate fund from the telecom operators to support their corporate objectives. The minister in-charge of the IT is the ex-officio chairman of these companies. Some directors are now seriously contemplating to remove Khosa as the chairman of their companies. Khosa, when contacted, insisted that he was strictly going by the book and wanted that the appointments of the CEOs of these companies should be made on merit and through a transparent procedure. He rejected the allegations that he wanted his choice men, including his brother-in-law, to be appointed as CEOs of these companies but said that he was really serious to scrutinize the projects of these companies. Continue reading

Interview with Professor Dr Abdus Salam

What a great man he was. His services to PAKISTAN will be remembered for ever. Thanks to ALLAH for giving PAK great minds like him.

Zong Bijli Offer – Cashing Misery or Innovative Marketing?

My post might look strange to you but try to see the whole picture. I hate to say this but since last few decades’ corporate economy and politics have formed a strange composition. Capitalism is growing strong. Decades back, war was an evil thing, until recently when it became a profitable BUSINESS. Pakistan’s Dollar-centric WOT proves this point. Imagine, if all extremists (Taliban/Al-Qaeda) are killed, how we gonna get Dollars? Got the point? While corporate GIANTs are wasting billions in marketing, their REAL contribution to Society is shameful. Our corporate companies are more into Cosmetics for cameras. Telenor recently did this “Karo Mumkin” thing, a complete waste of money purely aimed at self promotion. Telecom companies earn in billions every year and can easily take an initiative to invest in POWER sector but over a decade they didn’t. Don’t know if this ad is cashing on people’s misery or good marketing. Will our corporate sector, which earns in billions from this nation, ever come up with a PURPOSEFUL project like opening 5 world class hospitals all over Pakistan or 5 universities or 50 colleges? Or donate 10 Fire Brigades to Quetta gov (as of now 17 hours have passed but the fire is not in control). Why Edhi has to ask for charity every time when acc. To unofficial figures PAK is one of world’s top philanthropy driven countries with estimated 75 to 80 billion rupees given in philanthropy every year. Where the heck all this money go? To madrassaz? To Schools? Hospitals? Talibanz? Or NOG pockets? Corruption ? Why Shaukat Khanum has to work hard to meet its expanses? Why nothing is changing on ground? Except few initiatives like Citizen Foundation which are truly a purposeful project. Is it because all this X-billion amount is being wasted by mismanagement? Is it because that doesn’t give enough “coverage” in papers? Is corporate philanthropy all about promoting brand names? Will we learn from Waren Buffet and Melinda Gates foundation?

HP Bloggers meetup – Karachi Lahore Islamabad

Registration and Details here

Pakistan tops Google’s maps experiment

Being a google fan myself i was so pleased to read this story today. Without much tamheed here is it :

Pakistan tops Google’s maps experiment

By: Afzal Bajwa | Published: May 23, 2009

SILICON VALLEY (California) – Pakistani web users posted localised information and data on Google’s ‘map maker’ more than any of 160 countries’ simultaneously availing global search leader’s experiment that started in June last year.
“The quality and quantity of mapping information provided by the Pakistani users in last 11 months has enabled us to post Pakistan on the Google maps early this week,” said Lalit Katragadda, the founder of Map Maker software told TheNation in an exclusive interview.
Aaron Stein of Google Global Communications and Public Affairs at their main office (that they call campus) here at Mountain View City enabled teleconference with Lalit who is based in Bangalore, India. Continue reading
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