Some of you may know that I have been game-fishing for more than 20 years. Besides lots of various catches of different species of different sizes and weights, in 1995 I was also awarded a prize in TKO’95 (The Karachi Offshore’95) Angling Tournament for catching the heaviest King Mackerel (50 lbs).

 

 

During this entire journey, I have caught various species of salt-water fishes from the inshore and off shore waters of the Arabian Sea… and since beginning, I have been dreaming of catching a Marlin or Sailfish.

 

And his dream came true when I created a sort of an unregistered record by catching a huge 111.33 lbs Blue Marlin from the offshore waters of Continental Shelf, Arabian Sea on December 3, 2016.

 

It was a real tough fight but Alhamdulillah, I successfully landed this Blue Marlin. In fact after catching some giant Tunas, while trolling at 10:42 AM, this monster Blue Marlin bit my Zuker blue squirt lure, which was tied with my 80 lbs Daiwa Mono line on the Shimano TLD-50 reel mounted on the Daiwa STP 24Kg heavy trolling Rod.

 

The moment was so thrilling when it got hooked as it immediately jumped off the water and started tail-dancing. Usually, billfish when hooked start jumping and running in order to get unhooked, but luckily with some techniques I learnt from my Guru, I managed to keep the line tight and made her remain hooked until landed.

It was a 15 minutes tough game and after her 2-3 more jumps I landed my dream catch successfully.

 

For the complete video of this fight, check below:

 

 

Along with this Marlin, our teammate, Muhammad Yousuf bhai landed 2 giant Tunas, weighing 48 Kg and 38 Kg each respectively. I also caught a couple of Tunas, which weighed approx 10 and 15 kg respectively. My son Shahzain caught one Tuna of around 5 Kg. Our captain Mr. Adnan Hussain caught 3 Tunas of around 10-15 kg each.

Exact weight of Blue Marlin – 50.4984 Kg / 111.33 Lbs

 

Our boatmen were Dilboth and Qalandari Mama.
To see more pictures, please click on this link: https://goo.gl/qkyQEE

 

Photos & Video By: Khizar Hameed Kath (Son)


(Abdul Hameed Kath is a proud Pakistani. By profession he is a CFO of a Textile Buying House, (Synergies Worldwide). He is a social worker. Member of Strategic Advisory Board - MPF, Ex-President of Memon Professional Forum, Ex President of The Okhai Memon Youth Services. Member WMO)
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Bernie Sander’s Statement on Kashmir

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

India’s action in Kashmir is unacceptable!

Liam Byrne on Kashmir

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

Liam Byrne’s exclusive interview on Kashmir from the huge Free Kashmir Demonstration in Victoria Square, Birmingham

اردو رسم الخط کو فروغُ دیجیئے۔

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

شوشل میڈیا پر اردو رسم الخط کو فروغ و ترجیح دیجئے کیونکہ اب یہ زبان واحد ذریعہ ھے ملت کو جوڑنے کا – اس کے رسم الخط کی حفاظت بھی ہماری ہی ذمہ داری ھے- لکھنے میں املا یا تذکیر و تانیث کی غلطی کی فکر نہ کریں بس لکھتے رہیں – اس عمل سے یہ فائدہ ہوگا کہ گوگل حرف کی شناخت کر لےگا اور آہستہ آہستہ آٹو کریکشن کے وہ وسائل حاصل ہوجائیں گےجو انگریزی اور دوسری زبانوں کو حاصل ہیں- اپنی اردو دوستی کا ثبوت دیجئیے اور جو کچھ لکھنا چاہتے ہیں وہ صرف اردو میں لکھیں – یہ عمل بھی اردو کی ایک خدمت میں شمار کیا جاۓگا۔۔

نوٹ ! اپنے اپنے طریقے سے اپنے دوستوں کو اردو رسم الخط کی طرف راغب کریں !

Pakistan successfully carried out launch of Ghaznavi

Posted: August 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

Pakistan successfully carried out night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, capable of delivering multiple types of warheads upto 290 KMs. CJCSC & Services Chiefs congrat team. President & PM conveyed appreciation to team & congrats to the nation.

https://youtu.be/WOWQio6qlHc

Source: https://twitter.com/officialdgispr/status/1166955085924130816?s=21

ISPR Official – PR-156/2019

Twitter: @OfficialDGISPR

UNIFIED FOR CHANGE – BY HIWT

Posted: August 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

As a nation, owe a lot to this country. We have a huge responsibility on our shoulders to make this place better for our fellow citizens and for the underprivileged. This is why different organisations are converging on one platform to present their aims and ways to make this society a developed one.
UNIFIED FOR CHANGE indicates our unity for Pakistan as we all might be working in different sectors of life, but the sole reason is a better Pakistan.

Event: On Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM.



KARACHI – Aug 26, 2019: All of us aspire to be mentored by the leaders of the industry and work amongst bright minds that are driven by a vision to bring about social empowerment through innovation in technology. Telenor Microfinance Bank (TMB), the leading microfinance institution of Pakistan, recently brought an opportunity for young, dynamic, and highly motivated individuals from across Pakistan to join its team as Management Trainees and prepare to contribute significantly to the country’s ongoing fin-tech revolution. The ‘Future Leaders Program’ – as the management trainee program is called – is designed to create a digital ecosystem that explores, integrates, and sustains technology across Pakistan’s financial services landscape.

The ‘Future Leaders Program’ provides an unrivalled platform to fresh graduates to hone their skills while working in Telenor Microfinance Bank’s technology-centric environment which has a repute of enabling creation of breakthrough financial solutions that change lives for the better. The Bank’s conducive working environment is a powerful mix of supporting infrastructure and a continuously evolving HR culture, helping teams at Telenor Microfinance Bank to outperform their industry peers and create products and services that truly matter for society. The Management Trainees under the ‘Future Leaders’ Program’ are enjoying a chance to collaborate with these highly progressive and motivated teams to learn from the industry’s best and co-create amazing digital finance products.

Introduced for the first time in February 2019, the ‘Future Leaders Program’ is a much anticipated leap into a bigger, brighter future as it aims to actively contribute towards the business landscape in Pakistan with extensive recruitment from the top 9 universities in the country, including LUMS, IBA, CBM, LSE, GIK, and KSBL. The program attracted thousands of applications out of which only 23 Management Trainees were selected through a rigorous three-step screening process that included online scenario-based assessments, group discussion, and extensive panel interviews. Coming from cities and towns across the nation and bringing great diversity to the Bank’s offices in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, the chosen Management Trainees were free to carve their own path by choosing any one of the 11 divisions that matched their preferences and skills.

The Management Trainees’ journey has now begun with an exciting rotation planned out over 3 months, before they are moved to the core department for the next 3 months to optimize their experience. These 6 months of exposure to the central workings of the business are meant to prepare them for unparalleled success and their learnings will be evaluated at the end of this period which will determine their future role in the company. To make the platform stronger and Telenor Microfinance Bank’s working environment friendlier to the Management Trainees, a unique Buddy System has been introduced where a Buddy, or a TMB employee, is assigned to each Management Trainee to help the new recruits all though their training.

Telenor Microfinance Bank is one of Pakistan’s top employers in the fin-tech sector with over 3000 employees. Leading from the front in the microfinance sector, the Bank is working with a mission of reducing the financial services gaps through technology that can be accessed by all segments of the population, especially the underprivileged one. With such groundbreaking products as Easypaisa, nano loans, and blockchain based international remittance service, Telenor Microfinance Bank has built a sustainable digital finance ecosystem in the country and is leading the fin-tech revolution here. In its journey to a more financially included Pakistan, the Bank is continuously looking to build a team of high-performing individuals who can carry forward its mission and the ‘Future Leaders Program’ is a part of that effort.

~ENDS~

Press Contact

Subul Naqvi

Corporate Communications, Telenor Microfinance Bank

Email: press.center@telenorbank.pk

About Telenor Microfinance Bank Limited

Motivated by its vision of ‘transforming the financial landscape of the country’, Telenor Microfinance Bank, the leading microfinance bank of Pakistan is on a mission to provide ‘instant access to convenient digital financial services’ that benefits the people of Pakistan. With Easypaisa, the country’s largest branchless banking service, and a range of innovative digital banking solutions, the bank is committed to catering to the ever-growing needs of the people it serves.

Easypaisa, Pakistan’s first mobile financial services platform launched in 2009, is also the first and only GSMA Mobile Money Certified service. Easypaisa since then has evolved into a digital lifestyle enabler, which empowers people across Pakistan to truly adopt the digital way of life.

Telenor Microfinance Bank is partly owned by Telenor Group, the leading telecommunications company across Scandinavia and Asia with 174 million customers, and Ant Financial, one of the leading fintech companies in the world and an affiliate company of Alibaba Group. Together with the new shareholders and strategic partner, and the Bank’s local market presence and knowledge, Telenor Microfinance Bank aims to digitally enable and empower the underserved segments of the Pakistani society.

For more information, please visit: http://www.telenorbank.pk/

NIC Karachi, Novartis and PDHI join hands to celebrate Pakistan Digital Health Day

Karachi (August 26, 2019): Novartis Pharmaceutical, in collaboration with Pakistan Digital Health Initiative (PDHI) and National Incubation Center (NIC) Karachi, organized Pakistan Digital Health Day here in Karachi at the National Incubation Center Karachi . The event was organized in an effort to leverage digital initiatives that can extend people’s lives and change the healthcare ecosystem of Pakistan.

The event comprised of talks by featured speakers and panel discussions with personalities belonging to pharmaceutical, healthcare and digital backgrounds. The highlight of the event was presentations by health based tech startups who were featured at the event and got an opportunity to share their business vision. Number of country’s top startups were identified who are partnering and adding value towards future of Pakistan’s digital health patient and out-patient care segments.

In his welcome note, Sufyan Usmani, Head of Commercial & Communication, Novartis, shared the objectives of the digital initiatives and the collaboration with health based tech startups and companies. He also highlighted the contribution of Novartis as one of the top healthcare organizations in Pakistan.

Dr. Imran Rasheed, CEO, Novartis, while sharing his views said, “Digitalization is the future of Novartis and in that journey we believe that we cannot do everything alone. That is why we believe that we need to work with the right minded people, vendors and especially the new breed of startups that can help us not only to achieve our vision by taking bold steps and partnerships, but also make the environment we work in a better place to live in. Novartis being a digitally forward company promotes such initiatives as it’s completely in line with our global commitment of providing advanced patient care.” He further added, “We will also be launching the Pakistan Digital Health Initiative (PDHI) today which is a for-profit entity helping the government to form policies and solutions for digital health.”

While sharing his views on digital health ecosystem in Pakistan, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed, said, “Studies have shown that around the world healthcare technology will exceed the market size of $600 billion by 2021. Global healthcare systems are embracing new technologies and undergoing massive transformation, however, Pakistan has yet to catch up. Digital technology enables access of healthcare easier in developing economies such as Pakistan, where a major chunk of population resides in far-flung areas. Therefore, it is essential that we make the most of digital healthcare technologies to address key medical needs of the populace.”

Dr. Kamran Iqbal, Head of Initiatives, PDHI, said, “We are pleased to launch Pakistan Digital Health Initiative today as we strongly believe that academia, industry and gGovernment coalition for digital health innovation and enterprise is extremely important. We should all come together to formulate and practice collective action approach where all the stakeholders are playing their part in enhancing healthcare ecosystem through digital means. He further added, “” Pakistan Digital Health Initiative (PDHI), as a completely independent entity acts as a convening platform to will bring government, private sector academia to form policies and solutions for digital health.”

Shahjahan Chaudhary, Director, NIC Karachi, while talking about digital healthcare innovation at NIC Karachi, said, “Entrepreneurship has always been the core of NIC Karachi , and bringing healthcare in this area is a step ahead. We are committed to improving the healthcare and technological content of life in Pakistan. It is only when we have synchronized our efforts, will we be able to combat the rising health crisis in the country. These startups are playing a major role in this regard, and NIC Karachi being a framework which brings them all together, is fully committed and onboard to promote this digital health initiative.”

Dr. Asad Mian, Director, Critical Creative Innovative Thinking (CCIT) at the Aga Khan University was also present at the occasion and shared his views from a hospital’s perspective on how innovation is working towards enhancing provision of digital healthcare and improve patient care. “We believe that it’s a step into the future where we will bring healthcare and technology under one umbrella and perhaps in the near future it will change the way we look at the two areas” he said.

Members from the public policy, government officials, corporate sector, health and academia attended the event to discuss challenges being faced by Pakistan in healthcare sector and how technology can be utilized to overcome those challenges.

About Novartis

Novartis International AG is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel, Switzerland. Novartis purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible. We also aim to reward those who invest their money, time and ideas in our company.