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“Pakistan army to support all state institutions working for National Security,” says COAS

RAWALPINDI (JAN 10, 2017): Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that army will continue to render full support to all state institutions working for National Security.

He said this while chairing Corps Commanders’ conference at General Head Quarters (GHQ) today.

The meeting was called to review security environment and operational preparedness of the army.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the top military brass expressed satisfaction on the progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and its positive effects on internal security.

“During the meeting, COAS directed that counter-terrorism operations will continue and already cleared areas will be stabilised. He also directed to intensify efforts for the return of TDPs,” said a statement by the military’s media wing.

General Bajwa also congratulated efforts of Strategic Organizations on successful test fire of Babur-3, it added.



We welcome Saudi Envoy H.E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki to Pakistan: Nazir Ahmed, CEO Royal Group

Interview by M. M. ALAM


KARACHI: Nazir Ahmed CEO Royal Group of Companies (that enjoys reputation of being one of the leading tour operators in Pakistan) has appreciated the measures taken by newly arrived Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H. E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki.

H. E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Thanking for the exceptional cooperation extended by the Consul General Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim vis-à-vis Hajj/Umra/Employment visas and other issues, Nazir Ahmed said that right from the beginning Saudi Consulate has been facilitating Pakistani citizens, going out of the way.

KARACHI: H. E. Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim Consul General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia here snapped with Mr, Nazir Ahmed CEO Royal Group of Companies.  


Harboring on the subject Nazir Ahmed quoted the efficient way crisis apropos backlog of 35,000 Umra visas was handled recently. As soon as the visa stickers were received the Consul General, taking personal interest, made sure that 33,000 visas were delivered within 48 hours enabling pilgrims perform Umra during the holy month: “This year (1438/2017) too there was a visa sticker problem. H. E. the Consul General has taken personal interest and got them from Saudi Arabia within 2 days. Saudi and Pakistani staff worked 24/7 on Saturday & Sunday to issue 18000 visas to private tour operators with booked flights”.

Express gratitude to the Consul General Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim [on behalf of Hajj Organizers Association of Pakistan (HOAP) and Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA)] Nazir Ahmed hoped that the cherished partnership will grow further. Nazir Ahmed further informed that the Consulate and Embassy had entertained all the new licenses issued regarding their registration. 

Answering to a query apropos the instigation of Royal Group of Companies, CEO Nazir Ahmed told that he, along with his brother Usman Ahmed had commenced a joint venture as ticketing agent and travel/tour (including Umra) operators some three decades ago. Later they obtained Overseas Employment Promoters License and also undertook Hajj operations.

Some seventeen years ago Nazir Ahmed started his own business under the banner of Royal Air Travels and Tours. He further told that today his overseas employment business Airview Associates ( was amongst one of the top manpower exporters in Pakistan, particularly for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

When private hajj operation started in 2005, Nazir Ahmed got his company registered with Ministry of Religious Affairs. And the business grew to the extent that now they are considered as country’s one of the leading Hajj Operators offering economy as well as 5-star VVIP packages.

Nazir Ahmed lauded the efficiency and teamwork of staff that contributed towards enterprise’s success. His four sons [Shehzad Nazir (MD), Ejaz Nazir (Director Admin & HR), Sajjad Nazir (Director Sales & Marketing), Imtiaz Nazir (CFO)] are also involved in the business. Sajjad, who is permanently based in Saudi Arabia, looks after the Hajj/Umra-related arrangements. 

Head office of Royal Group of Companies is located in Karachi at Khayabaan-e-Ittehad (Jami Commercial). Being GSA of PIA, Shaheen Air, SereneAir and Air Blue, their main office also offers round the clock ticketing service. Then there are other offices too in various locales of the country.

Nazir Ahmed, while suggesting abolishment of government Hajj Schemes, noted that 107,000 Hajjis availing this service, get into trouble. Further elaborating he said that private tour operator makes sure that atleast four of his staff members accompany each batch of 100 Hajjis. This way all the problems are handled efficiently. Hence the Saudi Government as well its Ministry of Religious Affairs are content with the private arrangement that distinguishes itself as one of the top three best such services in the world.

On the contrary, Nazir Ahmed told, Government lacked personnel making it impossible to assign adequate escorts with each batch of hundred Hajjis.  Moreover, the exchequer is overburdened due to staff’s travel, board and lodging: “Performing Hajj is a hard task. In search of cost-cutting, Hajj pilgrims end-up suffering from hardships (including going astray while voyaging between sacred places) instead of concentrating on worship itself”, Nazir Ahmed concluded.


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72 prisoners transferred from Karachi jail to interior Sindh, Punjab

KARACHI: In order to control overcrowding in the jail, the Karachi jail administration transferred as many as 72 prisoners to other jails in interior Sindh and Punjab.

The majority was shifted to Sukkur and Larkana central jails, while two of the 72 prisoners were moved to Punjab.

The move comes after the escape of two under-trial hardcore prisoners, Sheikh Muhammad alias Firon and Ahmed Khan alias Manako in June this year.

Sind Prisons Inspector-General Nusrat Mangan said that the prisoners shifted to other jails were ordinary prisoners and the decision was taken due to overcrowding.

“Only ordinary prisoners were transferred,” he said, claiming that no terrorist was being transferred with those prisoners.

On the other hand, Ziaul Hassan Lanjar claimed that these prisoners have been acquitted or bailed out in Karachi’s courts and now their cases are on trial in other jails.

“[That’s why] we shifted them to areas near the respective courts,” he said.

Central Jail Karachi is housing around 6,000 inmates – twice more than its capacity. Moreover, there are 380 staffers, including officials and guards, who are also temporarily supported by three platoons of the Frontier Constabulary, each having around 40 to 45 personnel, as well as 50 Rangers personnel.

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Offshore assets: ‘Bailable’ arrest warrants issued against Dar

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court has issued bailable arrest warrants against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for avoiding the summons issued to him to appear before the court.

The warrants were issued against a surety of Rs1 million and one surety to the satisfaction of the executing officer.

The minister has been ordered to appear before the court on September 25.

During the hearing today, Dar counsel informed the court that summons had been received and the finance minister was aware of the case.

“He was in London on a private visit. That’s why he was unable to appear before the court,” the counsel said.

Dar was summoned by the accountability court for allegedly possessing assets beyond his known sources of income in one reference filed against him in line with the Supreme Court’s April 28 judgment.

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