Monday, February 11, 2013

Arts Council of Pakistan: Literary services of Siraj-ul-Haq Memon eulogised


Renowned writers and scholars on Sunday eulogised the services of Siraj-ul-Haq Memon, the famous novelist, author, linguist, journalist, lawyer and story writer of Sindh, in the field of literature, journalism and law, at a literary reference organized in his memory at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
Siraj wrote novels like ‘Paraado Soi Sadd’, many stories reflecting atrocities with Sindh and its people besides writing thought-provoking articles and editorials in various newspapers that got major response from literary and social people of the province,” the speakers said.
Eminent writer of Sindh, Amar Jaleel, paid glowing tribute to Siraj Memon for his innovative works for boosting Sindhi language and safeguarding rights of the province. He said: “Siraj was a big support for me because he was the man who led me to the literature heights. Siraj had a great power to write novels, stories, columns and other write-ups.”
“Siraj was also a bold and daring journalist who highlighted issues of Sindh in real manner and also provided me a chance to write on issues of the province in Hilal Pakistan,” Amar Jaleel said.
Amar Jaleel said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto also liked Siraj for having powerful writing skills and took him along at various occasions. Amar Jaleel called for bringing out two books of Siraj – one on his editorials and other on his stories published during his life time.

He said that since inception of Pakistan, Sindh had faced tremendous downfalls in various sectors of life, while Balochistan and even Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had made significant progress during this era. “It is our own people who have inflicted colossal losses on Sindh, he observed.
He said that many schools in Sindh had been closed due to acts of Pirs, Sardars, feudal lords and other rich class people who got easy access to assemblies soon after the establishment of Pakistan. “These rich people got more freedom than common ones after Pakistan came into being.”
Acting Governor Sindh and Speaker Provincial Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro also hailed the literary services of Siraj Memon. He said that Siraj was a daring writer and he had a great sense of writing on issues.
Khuhro asked bereaved family members to continue literary work like their great writer so as to retain the name of his family.
Nazir Leghari, a noted journalist, said that Siraj Memon worked with dedication and commitment in literature and journalism throughout his whole life. “He had command on linguistic as he was the only writer in Sindh who had such a capability.
“Memon was also rich in the field of journalism who set aspects of news making and elaborated its guts in well manner, besides telling how a story should be written. Siraj was also a great lawyer,” Leghari concluded.
Dr Fahmida Hussain, the sister of Siraj Memon, broke in tears during speech over the shock from her brother’s death.
Fahmida, also a great literary figure of Sindh, said that we had been deprived of our great brother. “Our brother led us to heights but now we have become orphans after his departure from this world.”
Siraj Memon’s son, Azhar Memon, said that his father was a great personality who did lot for us and Sindh. “He was a great lover of Sindh soil and is still alive among us.”
Ghulam Nabi Mughal, a well-known writer, said that Siraj was a great scholar of Sindh. Memon joined Hilal Pakistan newspaper as Editor and gave it a great name. He was a careful, caring and loving person in the literary field.
Noted personalities Dr Suleman Shaikh, Mazhar Jameel, Qasim Bughio and Ex-VC Sindh University Mazharul Siddiqui also spoke on the occasion.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Oath taking ceremony in Governor House Karachi


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Governor Sindh congratulates winning panel

Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has congratulated newly elected president of Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi, Ahmed Shah, and other office-bearers on winning the election. In a felicitation message here on Monday, he hoped that the newly elected office-bearers would come up to the expectation of those having an interest in fine art and culture. The governor said that Karachi is not only the economic hub but also a centre of learning and culture. He assured that he would extend every possible assistance towards the promotion of the activities of the Arts Council.

Ahmed Shah, Ejaz Farooqui panel knock out rivals

Ahmed Shah, along with his panel, once again clean swept the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi (ACPK) elections for the year 2012 with significant distinctions, announced the results, declared by Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Sheikh, here on Monday.

As per the details, Shah got 2,001 votes and became president of the council; while on the other hand his rival Omer Shareef gained 1,068 votes.

Similarly Shah’s panel candidate for vice president Mehmood Khan got 1,700 votes, his rival Rizwan Siddiqui managed to get 1,299 votes. Prof Ejaz Farooqui of Shah’s panel candidate for general secretary got 1,995 votes as compared to his rival Azfar Rizvi who scored 1,010 votes. Amin Yousaf succeeded as joint secretary with 1,903 votes, while his rival Khalid Aaraen scored 1,130 votes. Huma Meer, a candidate for treasurer, scored 1,643 votes, while her rival Najam Uddin Shaikh got 1,418 votes.

All of the candidates for governing body, belonging to Shah’s panel, were also remained successful. Sehar Ansari gained maximum votes 2,059, while Fatima Surayya Bajya got 2,044 votes, Shahnaz Siddiqui 1,890, Farhad Zaidi 1,889, Dr Qaiser Sajjad 1,887, Athar Waqar Azeem 1,867, Qudsia Akbar 1,835, Abid Ali 1,823, and Naqash Kazmi received 1,811 votes.

While expressing his views, winning president of the council thanked Commissioner Karachi, the entire team of his panel and the council’s members who expressed their satisfaction and trust in him. He vowed that he and his panel would continue with their struggle for promotion of arts and betterment of council’s members.(Daily Times)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Aisa Karogey To Aisa Hi Ho Ga

On the occasion of a play "Aisa Karogey To Aisa Hi Ho Ga" presented by Arts Council Theatre and Media Academy shows Cast Director of the play Naheed Waheed, President Arts Council of Pakistan Ahmed Shah and the artistes.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ahmed Shah-Ajaz Farooqui Panel has made a clean sweep in the 54th annual elections of Arts Council of Pakistan

KARACHI: Ahmed Shah-Ajaz Farooqui Panel has made a clean sweep in the 54th annual elections of Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP), Karachi held here last Sunday.

According to the results announced on Monday, the panel has won all the governing body seats including those of president and vice president.

Ahmed Shah secured 2,124 votes leaving behind his rival Manzar Ayubi with 787 votes.

Similarly, Faraz Zaidi received 1,693 votes for the seat of vice president, Ajaz Farooqi, candidate for honorary secretary bagged success with 1,710 votes, Amin Yousaf came out as a successful candidate for joint secretary by obtaining 1,710 votes and Mehmood Ahmed Khan was elected as treasurer with 1,972 votes.

Ahmd Shah has many wins to his credit while his rival Najmuddin Sheikh was also a strong candidate for the position of honorary secretary. But the members of Arts Council expressed their trust in Shah and his panel. As many as 3,074, out of more than 5,000 members of the Arts Council Karachi took part in the polling.

Both of the rival panels carried out their campaign in a peaceful manner.(DT)