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Sindh Festival Promo

01 Feb

Saeen tuo saeen – Saeen ka Festival bhi Saeen 😉

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Sindh Festival Event Calendar

01 Feb

Here is the Sindh festival calendar for you 🙂

Sindh Festival 2014

Opening Ceremony 1st February Mohenjo Daro
Festival City 2nd February onwards Bagh Ibne Qasim
Horse & Cattle Grand Prix 2nd February Hyderabad
Grand Mushaira 3rd February Karachi
Donkey Derby 4th February DHA Phase VIII
Deep Sea Fishing 6th February Mubarak Village
Sufi Night 7th February Bagh Ibne Qasim
Basant 8th – 9th February Sea View
International Film Festival 10th – 11th February TBD
Fashion Festival 11th – 12th February NAPA
Cricket Tournament 13th February Moin Khan Academy
Ghazal Night 14th February Moin Khan Academy
Closing Ceremony 15th February Keenjhar Lake
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Sindh Festival 2014 Started Today!

01 Feb

Sindh Festival 2014 event, being held from 1st February to 15th February, is being organized on a budget of Rs.45 Crore, of which Rs.15 Crore is funded by the sindh government.

You can see the promotional hoardings at various locations in different cities of Sindh including Hyderabad.


This Sindh Festival project initiated by the Pakistan Peoples Party’s chairperson Mr.Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and he aims to promoto the long-lost culture of harmony and peace of the province.

For the next 2 weeks of the festival, fireworks will light up the skies of Hyderabad, Sukkur, Thatta, Larkana and Karachi at 10pm sharp.
The 15 days Sindh Festival starts on 1st February with various events running side by side in different cities – Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Karachi and Thatta.

So lets hope for the best 2014 Sindh


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Over Speed Car Accident Opposite Gymkhana Hyderabad

31 Jan

30th January 2014, Hyderabad

Over Speed (100km+) Car accident opposite Gymkhana Hyderabad – 3 people killed and 1 injured

The deceased were identified as follows:
1. Ghulam Rasool (Anum Shah) – Age 27 – Son of Syed Munir Shah
He was the only son of his parents and nephew of Syed Bashir Shah (Anti Corruption Establishment official)

2. Danish Chandio – Age 26 – Son of Aashiq Chandio
He was also the only son of his parents as well

3. Tariq Malik – Age 27 – Son of Talib Malik
4. Arif Malik – He is an injured victim and was identified as Tariq’s brother

All above were residents of the Doctor Lane, Saddar Hyderabad

The accident happened at 3:00 in the morning just opposite to Gymkhana Hyderabad, and the accident car was Honda Civic 2014, which has been totally crushed (see pics)

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anum shah, danish chandio, tariq malik
Anum Shah(Syed G R Shah), Danish Chandio, & Tariq Malik
We know how their parents / family members would be feeling on the sudden demise of their children. May their souls rest in peace.Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

Pics by Jibran Khuro & Furqan Durvesh

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23 Sep

Well some people might think and say what in the world I am talking about while SINDH Pakistan is worst hit by Super Floods and Hyderabad is hosting more than 90 thousand flood victims being displaced from all over Sindh and many many Relief Camps are set up in Hyderabad Sindh.

Which makes a valid point; Hyderabad has a very central, geographic location in Sindh and we all know about this.

After this Epic Disaster has hit Sindh so many International NGOS, Foreign Dignitaries, and UN officials have been visiting Hyderabad to visit and have ground assessments and establish relief work and they are disappointed to know that 2nd largest city and a great metropolis of Sindh “HYDERABAD” does not have a 5 Star Hotel to accommodate all these guests and their specific requirements and needs. Imagine the commute of these visitors back and forth to Karachi.

Which only makes it impossible to do any kind of work and establish relief operation center. What a LOSS & SHAME !!!

So far INDUS HOTEL the only hotel in our city of International standards is completely overbooked and extremely busy all the times. Then Hotel City Gate and Hotel Faran are left to cater the needs but not enough as they do not have those International Standards and are not capable to handle such kind of guests.

It is a great embarrassment for the citizens as well as for our beloved city to lack such an important facility in such a big Metropolis City of Hyderabad Sindh. It only adds misery to over all image of our city when we cannot accommodate visitors of high caliber in our city. Hyderabad is one of the fastest growing, and expanding city of South Asia.

We also have heard a million times same complaint from ICC (International Cricket Council), Sports Board and other major organizations due to lack of 5 Star Hotel in the city no major international sports event can be held here.

And Now This Epic Flood Disaster once again highlighted this great need of the city one more time.

I just don’t understand the BLOCKAGES OF RED-TAPE when it comes to any thing attached to Modernize Hyderabad Sindh. We all know that process of building a 5 star Hotel in Hyderabad Sindh got started.

Location was finalized (Next to Niaz Stadium), Land was approved, Bidding and Tender process was announced in Feb,2010.

And then a DEEP FREEZE, COMPLETE SILENCE !!! And i am sure this project file must be eating dust on some dark shelf !!

I also noticed in the news that one French Hotel Company was very much interested in building a 5 Star Hotel in Hyderabad Sindh.

I kindly urge the Private Sector to come forward and please Build, Own, and Operate a 5 Star Hotel in Hyderabad Sindh.

It is Urgently needed in our city. Building of such Hotel will help every one from Poor to Rich of our city.

It will not just enhance our International Image, But will provide new employment and development opportunities to my fellow citizens of Hyderabad Sindh.

Thanks for taking your time,

Jawed Akhter

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Ideas and Suggestions for BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) For Hyderabad Sindh

29 Aug

In my blogs I have been strongly advocating for LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT for Hyderabad Sindh and many critics have criticized me due to their narrow mindedness and lack of understanding future needs, vision and global trends.

I highly respect my critics and every one has a right to have an opinion but to move forward and modernize we have to think outside the box otherwise cities like Dubai and Abudhabi will still be un-known tiny fishing villages in the desert in the middle of nowhere !! But their think outside the box attitude transformed them great metropolis on the world map as we know it today. WE need the same attitude for our beloved city Hyderabad Sindh, 2nd largest city of Sindh and Cultural capital of Sindh,Pakistan. Untill we achieve Light Rail Transit for our city let us implement BRT for our city.

  • Govt: of Sindh has announced delivery of modern CNG buses for various cities of Sindh and Karachi has already received CNG Buses being the first as usual.
  • Taking advantage of this benefit Hyderabad Government must act fast to plan,and implement BRT (BUS RAPID TRANSIT) for Hyderabad Sindh.
  • BRT is successfully functioning in various cities of the world like Ottawa (Capital city of Canada), Winnipeg Canada, Markham Canada, Halifax Canada,
  • Jakarta Indonesia, Bucharest Romania, London England etc.


BRT system should Distinctive,Frequent,State of the Art, and On time Limited Bus Stop Service similar to Light Rail Transit. BRT system should be installed in advance of Future LRT lines. BRT will operate on regular roads of Hyderabad Sindh (City+Qasimabasd+Latifabad) with TRANSIT PRIORITY at Traffic Signals and other enhanced features such as Modern and Improved Bus waiting stops and at some major connecting points LARGER SHELTERS called as STATIONS. BRT will run on all major streets and wider roads and highways BRT will run on DEDICATED BUS LANES called as RAPID WAYS where it is possible. Modern sate of the art Buses should be centrally air-conditioned in summer and fully heated in winter with automated stop announcements and display in Urdu and Sindhi languages. Buses will ONLY stop at designated stops with STOP REQUEST PUSH BUTTONS. No more Yelling, cursing. BRT STAFF will be Educated and Uniformed people. In this regard Jobless youth ppl can be trained and recruited. Best Customer Service and Service Excellence should be the priority of the BRT staff.

BRT FARE STRUCTURE: EXACT FARE must be implemented strictly with no change. Fare must be collected at the entrance of the bus into a automated machine. Day Pass, Weekly Pass, and Monthly Pass should also be sold for public. BRT TRANSFERS will be provided after payment of fare for easy transfer to other BRT Lines VALID ONLY at Connecting Stations.

SPECIAL BRT AIRPORT EXPRESS AND RAILWAY STATION EXPRESS Routes connecting with City+Qasimabad+Latifabad should also operate.

In Phase One 3 lines for City, 2 lines for Qasimabad and 2 lines for Latifabad should be launched. In phase two additional lines can be launched.

Following are the BRT LINES STRUCTURE in my opinion. Transport & TRAFFIC Experts in Hyderabad Government can modify ; These are just my innovative ideas and suggestions to get started.

CITY : PINK LINE: Hala Naka-Isra University-Saima Plaza-New Bus Terminal-Hotel City Gate-Hirabad-Market Chowk-Civil Hospital-American Centre-Tilak Charri-St.Bounaventure-Chotki Ghitti/Lajpat Road-Habib Bank-Kohinoor Chock/Resham Galli-Tulsidaas Road-Tope Chowrangi-Railway Station.

CITY: PURPLE LINE: Kalhora Colony-Eye Hospital-Zubaida College-Hotel City Gate-Hirabad-Market Chowk-Civil Hospital-American Centre-Chotki Ghitti/Lajpat Road-Hyder Chowck-Sindh University Old Campus-Press Club/GPO/Radio Pakistan-Gol Building-Saddar-Al-Raheem Plaza-Hotel City Gate-Zubiada College-Eye Hospital-Kalhora Colony.

CITY: YELLOW LINE: Hotel City Gate-Pathan Colony-Qasim Chowck-Military Hospital-Doctors Market-Saddar Jamia Masjid/Bohry Bazaar-Hotel Faran-Bombay Bakery-Gul Centre-Court-Press Club-New Majestic Cinema/Eid Gah Canntt-Pathan Colony-Hotel City Gate.

QASIMABAD: GREEN LINE: Qasimabad Hospital-Neeron Kot-Nasim Nagar-Ali Palace-Pakora Stop-Eid Gah/Sui Gas-Sindh Museum-Wahdat Colony-Thandi Sarak-Niaz Stadium/KFC-Ranni Bagh-Shahbaz Building/PIA Office-Gul Centre-Court-Hyder Chock-Gol Building-Press Club/GPO-Chandni Centre-Bombay Bakery-Gul Centre and BACK TO QASIMABAD.

QASIMABAD: ORANGE LINE: Shahrash Nagar-City School-Ali Palace-Nasim Nagar-HDA Complex-Chandia Goth-Marvi Town-Hyd Bypass-Bhitai Nagar-Rajputana Hospital-Citizen Colony-City Park/Qasim Chocwk-City Gate-Hirabad-Market Chowk-Civil Hospital.

LATIFABAD: RED LINE: Unit 12-Unit 10-Unit 8-Pone Saat-Hilltop-Gul Centre-OLd Campus-Hyder Chowck-Gol Building-Al-Raheem Plaza-Civil Hospital.

LATIFABAD: BROWN LINE: Unit 11-Bhitai Hospital-Unit 5-Unit 7-Auto Bhan Road-Giddu Chowck-Hussainabad-Thandi Sarak-Raani Bagh-Shahbaz Building- Gul Centre-Old Campus-Hyder Chowk.

Thanks for taking your time,

Jawed Akhter
Toronto, Canada.

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06 Aug

On behalf of myself, Apna Hyderabad Team and Citizens of Hyderabad Sindh and admirers of Hyderabad Sindh.

Let us give a BIG HAND to HYDERABAD GOVERNMENT and ZILA NAZIM for standing up for our beloved city and making us all proud and making our beloved city shine, tall and ultra modern. Recent landmark achievement is beautification of Entrance and Surroundings of Hyderabad Railway Station. I highly appreciate this thoughtful ad wishfull thinking and practical planning and implementation. I hope soon Airport Road, Airport Surroundings and Entrance of Airport would also go through a rapid plan of beautification and modernization.

I also kindly request Hyderabad Government to look keenly into progress and beautification of “QASIMABAD” as well. Qasimabad is also integral part of Hyderabad Sindh and it should be and must be treated equally as City and Latifabad areas are treated. Just now Qasimabad is standing way behind in progress, modernization and beautification compared to development of City and Latifabad.

I am also suggesting that Hyderabad Sindh Traffic Police should also launch FM Radio Station to keep the citizens of Hyderabad Sindh up todate with ongoing Traffic situation on major streets, highways and all the arteries; connecting to various part of Hyderabad Sindh (City+Qasimabad+Latifabad) and all the traffic entering into Hyderabad Sindh and Exiting from Hyderabad Sindh. It has to be understood that Location of Hyderabad Sindh is very unique and vital due to its central location in SINDH and major connection point between Karachi, Rest of Sindh and Pakistan. Hyderabad Sindh has the same strategic location in Sindh as Lahore has in Punjab. Lahore traffic Police has already launched FM Radio Station of its own. Hyderabad District Government can assist Hyderabad Traffic Police to launch FM Radio Station. This station should relay live traffic related coverage, advisories and updates mixed with music in all three languages Urdu+Sindhi+English simultaniously. It will be a great help and will bring our beloved city in line with other world class cities like Toronto, London, Paris, Kualalumpur, Berlin, Hong kong, Shanghai etc.

Once again A BIG THANK YOU to Hyderabad District Government for a vision,mission and implementation.

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01 May

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) openly discriminates against 2nd largest city of Sindh province, Cultural Capital of Sindh and a major financial, agricultural and industrial city of Pakistan by not launching INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS and NOT EVEN FLIGHTS FOR KARACHI from Hyderabad Sindh.

All we got is weekly flights for Lahore and Islamabad via Nawabshah. As PIA has done great noble deed on citizens of this city… What a joke!!!!

Flights to Lahore and Islamabad are ok but real issue and problem of citizens of this great city Hyderabad Sindh has not resolved as there are no flights for Karachi and still citizens of Hyderabad Sindh are suffering cuz they have to travel to Karachi by road to catch international flights.

THANK YOU PIA for all your help. What a big help you are to our city. PIA has all the silly excuses not to fly for Karachi cuz Karachi is so close and then there is no need to launch International flights from Hyderabad Sindh again because it is so close to Karachi. WHO ARE THEY TRYING TO FOOL?????????

PIA is a “National Airline” and that means it has to treat all cities of Pakistan and all people of Pakistan equally by providing them equal travelling services. But that is not the case. When it comes to other cities and provinces of Pakistan PIA has a totally different, flexibile, and friendly policy.

PIA’ s Double standards are exposed when recently PIA launched INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS from small and sleepy towns of Southern Punjab.

PIA has launched direct flights to Abu Dhabi from Rahimyarkhan. PIA has launched direct flights to Dubai from Dera Ghazi Khan. PIA has already connected Multan with international flights to Dubai.

Now who on earth will deny that HYDERABAD SINDH is 100 times bigger than Rahimyarkhan and Dera Ghazi Khan. YES they can have flights not just domestic but direct international. But 2nd largest city of Sindh and cultural Capital of Sindh HYDERABAD cannot… !!!!!!

What a shameful and discriminatory policy for people of Hyderabad Sindh as Hyderabad Sindh does not belong to Pakistan and it has no importance for PIA.

Such kind of double standards only create more divisions to already polarized and divided society. PIA proudly says as a its motto bringing people together But PIA has proved one more time that its motto, policies and vision does not apply to Hyderabad Sindh.

I highly urge all concerned authorities of Hyderabad Sindh and all well-wishers of our city to stand up for our genuine right to have direct International flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London and Toronto from Hyderabad Sindh immediately. At the same time PIA must start Inter City Flights between Hyderabad ad Karachi as soon as possible.

Thanks for taking your time,

Jawed Akhter

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17 Sep

This is for the kind attention for Hyderabad District Government and all the Well-wishers of Hyderabad Sindh, That the 2nd largest city and Cultural Capital of Sindh is “AGAIN IGNORED”. Government of Pakistan will be getting thousands of dollars from Sweden to set up ultra modern Rescue Centres in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. An agreement has been signed in this regard. Sweden will build and set up these most modern centres to handle big emergencies like fires, earthquakes, break-up of big buildings or any kind of disaster. We are not complaining but we are happy that such kind of centres are being set up in cities of Pakistan. But it becomes problematic when every mega development project is “SUCKED IN” this Triangle of Three as Pakistan starts and ends there. This narrow-minded thinking has already caused so much harm for the peace and progress of Pakistan.

I highly urge that Hyderabad District Government should take notice of this discrimination and take up this issue immediately with concerned authorities and Swedish Government. Hyderabad Sindh also needs this kind of centre and it is a very valid demand which must be fulfilled as soon as possible.
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26 Aug

First of all i am very grateful to Honorable Minister Mr. Syed Naveed Qamar for his kind and personal efforts in Re-Opening of Hyderabad Sindh Airport and i am also grateful to Hyderabad District Government for their non-stop hard work to Re-Open our Airport. It gives a great relief that FINALLY Hyderabad Sindh Airport is open and 2nd largest city of Sindh Province and Cultural Capital of Sindh is again Re-Connected with the globe by air and our city is back on world map.

I have very important suggestions to improve flight services and make Hyderabad Sindh Airport a profitable and successful airport.

1. Please Upgrade and name this airport as “SHAH ABDUL LATIF BHITAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT”.

2. Please provide permanent Re-Fuelling installations and services at the airport so that Direct Flights can be resumed from Hyderabad Sindh. CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has mentioned that they are ready to provide the services immediately if the Honorable Minister Syed Naveed Qamar issues the orders. So this important and life saving requirement for our airport is just a phone call away. I urge Mr. Syed Naveed Qamar to take personal interest and please issue the directive. Lord Mayor of Hyderabad District Government can please Follow-Up on this important issue.

3. Hyderabad District Government, Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce jointly with help of industrialists and agriculturalists of Hyderabad Sindh can invest and operate Hyderabad Sindh International Airport the way Sialkot International Airport is functioning. In this regard a delegation must be formed and sent to Sialkot to learn from their successful experience.

4. To make our Airport a success DIRECT FLIGHTS must be launched immediately. Without DIRECT access to Karachi the purpose of having an Airport in Hyderabad Sindh will not be successful. To make our airport a success Immediate DIRECT flights to Karachi must be resumed ASAP on Daily basis. There is a huge volume of Traffic From Hyderabad to Jinnah International Airport Karachi to connect. Thousands of People from all over Sindh and Hyderabad Sindh daily commute to Jinnah International Airport. Connecting Hyderabad Airport with Karachi DIRECTLY would solve this problem and Hyderabad Airport would become one of the busiest airports of Pakistan.

5. I highly recommend that initially 2 Direct flights Daily between Hyderabad and Karachi must resume. One flight should depart for Karachi from Hyderabad in Morning and 2nd flight should depart for Karachi in the early evening from Hyderabad so that People of Hyderabad Sindh can connect with International flights easily and smoothly. Later on a Commuter Shuttle service of 6 to 8 flights between Hyderabad and Karachi should resume in phase One. While in phase 2 10-15 flights daily between Hyderabad and Karachi should be commenced. Location and Air Distance of Hyderabad Sindh and Karachi is in the same bracket like: Toronto-New York, Toronto-Chicago, Toronto-Ottawa, Toronto-Montreal, New York-Chicago, Kualalumpur-Singapore, Dubai-Abu Dhabi, Sydney-Melbourne etc. All these cities i have mentioned have fast commuter shuttle flight services and generate great amount of revenues. Hyderabad Sindh and Karachi sector must be looked through the same prism and vision.

6. DIRECT flights for Dubai and Abu Dhabi must be launched from Hyderabad Sindh airport immediately for fast and convenient connections for International Travel at initial level.

7. PIA should resume International flights for Hyderabad Sindh for following destinations as soon as Possible:
a. Dubai
b. Abu Dhabi
c. Toronto
d. London
e. New York
f. Bangkok
g. Beijing
h. Jeddah.

For Example a flight will be Karachi-Hyderabad-Toronto, and Toronto-Hyderabad-Karachi. It is nothing new the way PIA connects Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Sialkot the same way we are asking Hyderabad Sindh should be connected.

8. Hyderabad District Government and Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce should initiate a dialogue with private airlines both domestic and international like Air Blue, Shaheen, ETIHAD Airways, EMIRATES, GULF AIR, SRILANKAN Airlines Etc… start flights from our city and sell them how important and profitable it is for them. WE have to Market aggressively our City and our Airport.

9. Hyderabad Government and Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce have to continue their pressure building for rapid modernization and expansion of Hyderabad Sindh Airport so that Big Jumbo Jets, Boeing and Air Bus planes can land and take off from our city. We need to build hangers and modern runways and aprons for International Aircrafts movements. A push for a new and most modern terminal building must be moved forward at the same time.

10.Cargo Flights must resume from our Airport ASAP to facilitate the fast functioning of industrial and agricultural sector which is a back bone for our city’s rapid development. FEDEX and DHL can also be included as they also do a great business in Hyderabad Sindh.

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