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Chinese army in Pakistan Day Parade

This is the first time in the history of China that its troops are appearing in any other country’s power show. Chinese leaders from the time of creation of their country call Pakistan their Iron brother. Appearance of Chinese army, navy and air force contingent along with that of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South African army is a clear massage to enemies of Pakistan that Pakistan is a respectable member of the community of nations with one of the strongest armies and deepest of friends who are ready to stand in any time of need.

Chinese army marching in parade grounds Islamabad



Hussain Haqqani Admits civilian goverment support to catch Osama


Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani has admitted that he helped the United States to station a large number of CIA operatives in Pakistan with the authorization of the then civilian government.

hussain haqqani

Haqqani, who had served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US from Apr 2008 to Nov 2011 before being ousted in the purview of memogate scandal, made the disclosure in his piece published in The Washington Post on Friday.

‘Among the security establishment’s grievances against me was the charge that I had facilitated the presence of large numbers of CIA operatives who helped track down bin Laden without the knowledge of Pakistan’s army — even though I had acted under the authorization of Pakistan’s elected civilian leaders’ he wrote in his article.

‘The relationships I forged with members of Obama’s campaign team led to closer cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in fighting terrorism over the 31/2 years I served as ambassador’ said Haqqani.

He expressed that these connections eventually enabled the United States to discover and eliminate bin Laden without depending on Pakistan’s intelligence service or military, which were suspected of sympathy toward Islamist militants.

“Friends I made from the Obama campaign were able to ask, three years later, as National Security Council officials, for help in stationing U.S. Special Operations and intelligence personnel on the ground in Pakistan. I brought the request directly to Pakistan’s civilian leaders, who approved,” he added.

Haqqani expressed that from Obama’s public positions and from his meetings with his aides, it was clear that a democratic, civilian government in Pakistan could join with him to help attain his objectives in Afghanistan in exchange for support of consolidation of democracy with greater U.S. economic assistance.

‘I sent this message to my bosses in Islamabad and told Obama’s campaign team that we would be willing to play ball. Once Obama took office, this is exactly what happened: Civilian aid to Pakistan was enhanced to record levels in an effort to secure greater cooperation in defeating the Taliban’ he stated in his article.

The former ambassador claimed that Pakistan was not apprised of the operation ‘Neptune Spear’ which led to the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

‘Although the United States kept us officially out of the loop about the operation, these locally stationed Americans proved invaluable when Obama decided to send in Navy SEAL Team 6 without notifying Pakistan,’ he said.

Haqqani, who is labeled as a controversial personality in Pakistan went on and expressed that unfortunately, the United States did not attain victory in Afghanistan, and the Pakistani government’s behavior toward militant Islamists did not change on a permanent basis but for the period he was in office, the two nations worked jointly toward their common goals — the essence of diplomacy.

The former Pakistani envoy said that he was forced to resign as ambassador after Pakistan’s military-intelligence apparatus gained the upper hand in the country’s perennial power struggle.


Pakistan Television Corporation

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ptv logo

Pakistan Television Corporation is a public and commercial broadcasting television network, as well as a mass-media state-owned megacorporation, headquarters at Islamabad,Pakistan.

Founded on 26 November 1964, by an international-sector organization NEC, under license from the Government of Pakistan, PTV was the first major televised media broadcasting network in Pakistan and currently operates under the government-ownership management of the government of Pakistan. Although it was originally under private-ownership management, the PTV was integrated under government-ownership in a nationalization programme in 1970, after failing to produce targeted revenue. The PTV is one of the well-expanded broadcasting network infrastructure and media broadcasting divisions in cities of Pakistan and abroad. For the most of the 20th century, the PTV enjoyed a dominant position in media outlets until the start of the 21st century and was one of the two major television networks in the country.

The end of PTV’s monopoly in 2000 led to a boom in electronic media, which gained greater political influence in country’s political spectrum. As of today, the PTV competes with the private television channels and remains a important asset of Government of Pakistan.
The idea of establishing a media and television industry was conceived in late 1956 and created by the privately set up national education commission, with the support of President Ayub Khan. In 1961, the private sector media mogul and industrialist Syed Wajid Ali launched a television industrial development project, bringing the role of an electrical engineer Ubaidur Rahman of Wajid Ali’s Engineering Division as the project director of the first television station in Lahore. Ali reached a milestone in 1961 after establishing a private television broadcasting company with the cooperation of Nipon Electric Company (NEC) of Japan and Thomas Television International of United Kingdom.

In 1963, a public meeting was chaired by President Ayub Khan; therefore the government decided the television station and media industry in the country. Since 1963, its headquarters are in Islamabad, near the Cabinet Secretariat. From 1961 to ’62, a television headquarters was established in Lahore and several pilot transmission tests were taken by Rahman’s team. Subsequently many television divisions were established throughout Pakistan by this team, including East-Pakistan.
On 26 November 1962, after an introduction by Wajid Ali, the first news were broadcast which beamed black and white transmission by the PTV. The first programme, formatted by Thomas Television International, telecast amateur programmes with foreign films; the television division in the Punjab Province was established with the help of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Colombo Plan, and the Government of Japan. Private industries commercials were permitted with no fee; initially all the commercials of industrial conglomerates were tax-free with no additional charges.

The PTV remained under the private sector management with more than half of the shares were sold to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a fear that all shares would fall into the hands of government in the name of greater interest of the country. President Ayub Khan appointed Ubaidur Rahman in the Ministry of Information to continue with the NEC joint venture collaboration in launching the PTV.

The project began with a tent on the back lot of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation by Ubaidur Rahman where a transmission tower and a studio were constructed by his team. On 26 November 1964, President Ayub Khan inaugurated the first official television station commencing transmission broadcasts from Lahore, followed by Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1965 (then the capital of East Pakistan), a third centre was established in Rawalpindi and Islamabad in 1965 and the fourth in Karachi in 1966. On 29 May 1967, the private company established as “Pakistan Television Corporation” under the Company Act, 1913, with private sector remains charged with broadcasting the television.
In 1971, the PTV was brought completely under the government ownership management under a nationalization programme and expanded its network infrastructure in all over the country. Later centres in Peshawar and Quetta were established by 1974. Originally broadcast in black and white, PTV began colour transmission in 1976. With this new upgrade in techniques and equipment, the Pakistan Television Academy was founded and opened in 1987 to teach students who wished to work in the medium. As with the other agreement, the government financed most of the funds while the private venture capitalists offered to fund the remainder. PTV launched a full-scale satellite broadcasting service in 1991–92; Digital TV satellite broadcasting was launched in 1999.
During the decades of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, PTV dramas and teleplays were considered as the best in the Indian subcontinent.[citation needed] These includedKhuda Ki Basti, Unkahi, Tanhaiyaan, Aangan Terha, Fifty Fifty, Studio Dhai (2-1/2), Studio Ponay Teen (2-3/4), Andehra Ujala, Sona Chandi, Uncle Urfi, Taleem-e-Baalighan, Alif Noon, Waaris, Dhoop Kinare, Sunehray Din,Guest House Alpha Bravo Charlie, Ana, Akhri Chatan, Zair, Zabar, Pesh and block buster serials likeDhuwan, Kath Putli, Wafa Ham Nibhaein Gai, Bandhan, Kaghaz Kay Phool, Muqqdas, Bint-e-Adam, Malangi, Sawan, Sheela Bagh, Tinkay, Aisa Bhi Hota Hai, rasta de zindgi, Chuban, Kuch Lamhay, khuwahesho kay sarab, and many others

Unlike other state-run corporations, the television company was allowed by the Government of Pakistan to raise a sizable amount of private capital to finance the stations. This includes a Rs.35 per month TV fee charge to all consumers of electricity.
The broader perspective to start electronic media in the country was to inform and educate the people through wholesome entertainment and to inculcate in them a greater awareness of their own history, heritage, current problems and development as well as knowledge of the world at large.

In fulfillment of its broad and main objectives, PTV’s telecast policy concerning matters of national and international interests has always been motivated and guided by the cardinal principles of educating viewers about the values that are vitally important in building a united, integrated and disciplined society. These objectives have successfully been achieved through programs on religion, education, entertainment and culture.

The projection of new, emerging social order is highlighted in PTV’s general programming focusing directly and indirectly on themes like morality, civic or national responsibilities, drive against narcotics, environmental pollution, agricultural reforms in discussions, shows, and through anchorpersons in the transmission.

PTV channels are family oriented and the salient features of its policy are as follows:

PTV Corporation’s broadcasts are family oriented; they carters the need of local audience by showing eastern family programs.
It acts on social development theory of media: That’s why it shows informative programs about health and social issues.
It censors commercials and holds a conservative standard as compared to other channels.
It supports government policies on national and international matters.
PTV can be received via satellite in South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East, Africa, Europe. North America. Selected programming can be seen on Prime TV (with a partnership) in the United Kingdom and Europe.

PTV operates following channels:

PTV Home – (The original PTV) 24-hour entertainment channel, the transmission is broadcast across Pakistan on terrestrial network and worldwide through satellite. The content of the terrestrial and satellite channel is different, for example, terrestrial programming includes live telecast of Pakistan’s cricket matches but satellite channel cannot broadcast these matches.
PTV News – 24-hour news channel which can be viewed in many parts of the globe.
PTV National – An emphasis on broadcasting programmes in different languages to represent the whole of Pakistan.
AJK TV – For the residents of Azad Kashmir.
PTV Bolan – For speakers of Balochi Pashto and Brahvi.
PTV Global – Offered exclusively for the Pakistani diaspora in the United States on Dish Network, and recently launched in Europe.
PTV Sports – a 24-hour sports channel that started from January 2012
PTV World – started as PTV-2 in 1992 as first satellite channel of Pakistan was given a new name of PTV World in 1998 and went off air in 2007, it was re-launched as a 24-hour English channel in January 2013.
PTV Prime (Now Prime TV), Prime TV had been a part of PTV Family from 1998 till 2005 as an exclusive broadcast of PTV for Europe and North America.
Channel-3, a 24 hour channel. a joint venture of PTV and STN (Shalimar Television Network), launched in 1999/2001 and went off air in 2005
Administrative divisions of Ptv:
News division
Pakistan Television News informs its viewers across the country on the latest newsworthy happenings on the national and international levels. During the past few years, there has been rapid expansion in the area and scope of news coverage.

Following the Pakistani private news channels, PTV News gives on-camera reporting and special news reports.
PTV news broadcasts stretch over from early morning till midnight. There are news bulletins in Urdu, English, Arabic and Kashmiri languages. All the news bulletins after 6.00 p.m. are being aired on the national network which are beamed through satellite to more than 38 countries.
Regional language bulletins include Punjabi from Lahore Centre, Sindhi from Karachi Centre, Pushto and Hindko from Peshawar, and Baluchi, Pushto and Bravi from Quetta Centre are telecast.
To bring home maximum coverage of international events, PTV news has made arrangements with Reuters TV, London, to satellite news items to PTV Islamabad round the clock. PTV news covers all visits abroad of VVIPs, international conferences and important other events through its own camera teams and makes possible to air them same night.
Like international networks, PTV news sent its camera team to Afghanistan to cover the fighting and plight of the common man there.

Current affairs programmes have been a regular features of PTV Transmission, ever since its inception. A separate PTV Current Affairs Directorate was established in 1982.

Current affairs programmes, including regional languages, produced by each of the TV Centre are accommodated in regular PTV transmission. The themes of regional language programs mainly revolve around local and provincial matters of current affairs nature. The Current Affairs Division produces programs on special occasions such as live telecast of Armed Forces Parade on Pakistan Day, live telecast of flag hoisting ceremony on Independence Day, Head of State’s Address to the Nation, documentaries on important national projects, live telecast of certain sessions of Senate and National Assembly. In the program Open Forum, Federal Ministers/Minister of States are invited to answer the questions through e-mail, on Telephone and by Media/Experts sitting in the various studios of Ptv. This program is live and is very popular amongst viewers.

Sports division
Division was created in 1983 to provide healthy entertainment to viewers. It has emerged as an extremely productive and earning division for the PTV.
The chief objectives of this division are to arrange healthy sports entertainment through the coverage of exciting moments and happening in the field of sports and to keep the viewers abreast with the National and International sports event.
Sports Division is producing 200 minutes regular weekly transmission on PTV apart from occasional international/national sports coverage. PTV televises live national and international sports around the world, keeping in view the interest of Pakistani viewers.
International relations
I R Division of participates in the international television festivals/competitions sending best the PTV programs. PTV has won distinguished prizes and commendations.

A large number of programs have been sold for telecast in counties which resulted from the strength of the financial condition of PTV. M/s Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company and M/s Sports Star International are the major distributors of PTV programmes.

A lot of PTV plays and documentaries have been provided to foreign countries through ministries and missions abroad on gratis basis for the projection of Pakistan and its people.

Dubbing and editing is carrying out by I.R. Division. Some selected programs are subtitled in English and Arabic languages for overseas projection especially for Muslim countries. Documentaries from National Geographic are being televised with Urdu dubbing. A series of animated imported programme “Treasure Island” is being dubbed in Urdu language for telecast. PTV has recently provided the satellite facilities to foreign agencies with regard to nuclear tests and earned approximately US$04/- LAC.

PTV has procured foreign canned programs on hire/rental basis. PTV procures foreign programs including feature films, cartoons, science fiction, comedy, adventure, classic drama serials/series and general programs.

PTV Film Censor Board
PTV Censor Board was formed in 1968 headed by Director Programs Administration. It was separately instituted within PTV on the approval of Secretary Ministry of I&MD in December 1980 to clear and certify bulk of imported and locally acquired programs with speed and efficiency. Consultant News/Current Affairs/Presentation presently heads the Board.

The Engineering Division takes care of the day-to-day operations and maintenance of PTV Centres and Rebroadcast Stations, new projects, Planning & Procurement, as well as research and Development activities.

An engineering feat at the time Pakistan began television transmissions in 1964 at Lahore long before its neighbors Iran in [1967] and India in [1971]. Over the years the system has grown into a Countrywide network offering two programming channels.

1961 Phillips Conceptual B&W Test at Expo Fair in Karachi, Pakistan.
1962 Private Test Transmissions in Lahore, Pakistan.
1964 Television service (PTV) in monochrome started at Lahore with Nippon Electric Company (NEC) Collaboration.
1965 Television service starts in Dhaka, East Pakistan (presently Bangladesh).
1965 Transmission begins in Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
1966 Transmission begins in Karachi.
1973 National Microwave Network commissioned linking TV centres..
1974 Quetta/Peshawar centres commissioned.
1976 Colour transmission started.
1987 Federal TV centre at Islamabad commissioned.
1992 Second TV Channel (PTV 2) for education commissioned. (One TV station at Islamabad & 16 rebroadcast stations).
1996 Local area transmission from four (4) stations started and extended to 3 more stations.
1998 Transmission of PTV World programmes started.
1998 Up to six production centres (Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad-I & Islamabad-II). 35 rebroadcast stations in operation for PTV-1. 16 rebroadcast stations in operation for PTV-2.
PTV-1 – Area covered: 38%; Population covered: 86.48%
PTV-2 – Area covered: 24.19%; Population covered: 55.83%
Training academy[edit]
Main article: PTV Academy
Established in 1987, Pakistan Television Academy is an apex TV institution in Pakistan, which imparts professional training in disciplines of television broadcast technology. It is headed by a full-time director and assisted by a team of television professionals who are members of the academic faculty.

Till June 1998, over 3100 persons have attended training programmes conducted by PTV Academy. These participants attended training courses in Engineering, Computer, Finance, Administration, News, Current Affairs and Programmes Production. They include visiting participants from other countries including SAARCmembers.

Year 2012
Year 2012 saw a rapid popularity in PTV programs. PTV gathered huge viewership and TRP ratings by covering 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and top rated drama serial on PTV Talafi.

Ubaidur Rahman the first GM and originator of PTV commissioned Pakistan’s supremo artist A. R. Chughtai to design a conceptual logo for PTV, this logo was later redesigned with minor modifications by another leading artist Shahzad Nawaz Khan for a more up to date look.

The early team of Ptv

Ubaidur Rahman, First GM, (Founder and Chief Executive of PTV), by appointment of President Ayub Khan
Nisar Hussain (First program producer of PTV)
Zubair Chaudry
Mustafa Kamal Mandokhail
Aslam Azhar, Producer
Mumtaz Hamid Rao
Zafar Samdani
Tariq Aziz
PTV personalities
Agha Nasir
Kunwar Aftab Ahmed
Anwar Hussain
Akhtar Waqar Azeem
Ashfaq Ahmed
Ashraf Azeem
Firdous Jamal
Qavi Khan
Kashif Mehmood
Irfan Khoosat
Ayesha Sana
Moeen Akhtar
Sohail Ahmed
Tariq Aziz
Shoaib Mansoor
ashan qadir hashmi
Iqbal Ansari
Amjad Islam Amjad
Ghayyur Akhtar
Muhammad Ghayas Uddin
Masood Akhtar
Aurangzaib Laghari
Munnu Bhai
Rashid Mehmood
Farrukh Sohail Goindi[4]
Obaidullah Baig
Zahid Iqbal Mirza –
Murtaza Baig
Siddiq Ismail
Qari Abdul Majid Noor
Dildar Pervaiz Bhatti
Muhammad Farooq
Fatima Surayya Bajia
Ishrat Ansari
Mehreen Jabbar
Mohammed Ehteshamuddin
Jan Muhammad Baloch
Sadia Imam
Rauf Khalid
Saadia Afzaal
faiz ahmed meeran
Muhammad, Umar
Tariq Mairaj
Iqbal Hasan Khan
Zafar Mairaj
Tauseeq Haider
Kanwal Masood
Amjad Bukhari
Kanwal Naseer
Mustansar Hussain Tarar
Manzoor Qureshi
Zafar Malik, Executive Producer News
Asmatullah Niazi
Alam Lohar
Khalid Mahmood Khan (to be confirmed)
Engineer Intazar Baloch
Engineer Muhammad Azhar Murtaza
Farooq Waiter


National University of Modern Languages

The National University of Modern Languages was established as an institute in 1970 to help people communicate and understand each other in different oriental and occidental languages, to assimilate different cultures and to act as springboard for emerging disciplines. Initially, the institute provided language training facilities to personnel of armed forces and other government services of Pakistan. It was upgraded to University on May 29, 2000. In achieving this benchmark of a fully autonomous University, it has crossed many barriers and achieved a status of a seat of learning contributing new knowledge in local and global perspective and now teaches 27 oriental and occidental languages in addition to a number of emerging disciplines. Now, the University has a vibrant and well-grounded research program, offering MS/MPhil and PhD research degrees in various disciplines.

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numl islamabad

The University is open to all classes and creeds, persons of sex, religion, race, color or persons with physical disabilities without any discrimination.
Located in the South West of the stunning capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, in the backdrop of Margalla Hills, it is spread over an area of 25 acres. It can accommodate over 10,000 students for on campus education. There are more than 35 teaching departments. There is a unique composition of student body in the University which comprises of foreign students from Saudi Arabia, China, Korea, Iran, Middle East, Central Asia and other countries, a large number of Pakistani students, armed forces personnel and government officers of Pakistan and foreign countries. The University has more than 500 well qualified faculty members to manage the teaching and research activities in various disciplines. The University campus consists of five multi story academic blocks and an IT block. It has four hostels for students’ accommodation. More development /construction plans are in the offering to provide maximum facilities.  The library of the university has over 150,000 books with facilities of information communication technology. With a large fleet of buses, it comfortably meets the commuting requirements of both students and faculty members. The University has seven regional campuses in all four provinces of Pakistan. These campuses are fully functional and offering programs in various disciplines.