Heer Ranjha

Heer Ranjha is one of the most well-known love stories of the Punjab. It’s a story of two ill-fated lovers from two warring villages who fall in love. Ranjha disguises himself as a cow-heard to remain near his beloved Heer and to also keep it as a secret too. Soon their love is discovered and they are separated. Heer’s evil uncle plans to keep the lovers apart forever, even when the two families are willing to let them marry.

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This production is a contemporary re-telling of a story based on script by Kaifi Azmi, The script has been adapted for stage and some changes have been made to the music to suit the version of tragic tale.

Directed by Zain Ahmed who is now turning out to be an established director at the theatre scene and his skills can be gauged by the fact that some very senior actors like Arshad Mahmood, Samina Ahmed and Sanam Saeed act in his play.

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Sanam Saeed probably the best theatre actor in Pakistan carries the play on her shoulders with her superb acting and singing. She simply outshone everyone including senior actors like Arshad Mahmood and Samina Ahmed. Flawless and outstanding performance to put it simply. Other main lead Hassan Raza also did justice to his role as Ranjha and Heer’s parents were equally good with their roles too. Other worth mentioning roles were of Meesam Naqvi and Nazar-ul-Hasan. Meesam’s dialogue deliveries were blurred at time and Nazar ul Hassan impressed with his acting here on theatre as previously we had only seen him as Mumbai Don in Na Maloom Afraad 2.

As for very senior and veteran actress Samina Ahmed, it must have been a very strange and a very unique experience of working under the direction of her own son. She must have enjoyed that a lot. Arshad Mahmood as always was perfect and spot on.

 

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Fashion Pakistan Week 2017 Winter / Festive – Day 01

After a very impressive start a-day before at the House of Shamaeel Anasri, expectation were quite high for the main event of FPW17 Winter / Festive. With new management, new public relations firm, new media partner, new set of sponsors and a new venue, expectations were higher than anticipated, but all turned sour before leaving the venue.

Red carpet was to start at 06:30pm, but hardly any guests arrived by 07:30pm and very few celebrities were spotted on the red carpet, which crowded by photographers, cameramen etc. Not many celebrities besides fashion fraternity chose to come.

main event was to start at 07:30pm, but started a bit after 09:00 pm and it seems as FPW is losing it charm, instead of progressing further and mastering the craft of managing events of this magnitude, the management of FPW failed miserably. After being in business for ten years they could have improved, but they chose not to.

Inside the main event hall, air-conditioning didn’t seemed to be working efficiently. Ramp was designed in T-shape and seating arrangements were such that they gave a very hollow looking feel to the show. Throughout the show there were just too many vacant seats here and there. Overall it was a stark contrast between this show and the ones held previously.

Among few positives points of the show was the flow of the show, which was at par with previous ones, choreography was spot-on, designers showed some very brilliant looking dresses and most of models walked the ramp perfectly, whereas show-stoppers should learn to walk the ramp too.

First to hit the show was Misha Lakhani who showcased her creations which were a mixture of mughal styled fused into modern Indian eastern styled. Looked very elegant and very sophisticated.

Next in-line to showcase her creations gorgeous and beautiful Aamna Aqeel whose creations titled ‘Palace Wonderland’ had a royal feel to it. Bridal dress worn by Mehreen Raheel was one the best creation of Amna Aqeel closely followed by sari wore by Nadia Hussain. On the final note Amna Aqeel being a head taller than most of the models, walked the ramp with such ease and confidence that she literally outshone almost all the models with her stark beauty and her elegant walk.

Erum Khan was next to showcase her talent as a dress designer, her creation titled as Bridal Odyssey’ had too much to them but even then was the best show of the evening. Sunita Marshall was first with a very elegant and royal looking dress which made her look like a princess Raja’s darbar from twentieth century. Rabya Chaudary also adorned one the best dress from Erum Khan’s collection.

Husan Ara by Obaid Sheikh was due next which had a pure eastern feel to it, Areeba Habib and Maha displayed some of creative work of Obaid Sheikh, while his other work had feel good effect to it too. His show stopper Ghana Ali could have walked better on the ramp, but she sure did adorn one best creation of Obaid Sheikh.

Saira Rizwan’s collection Glitterati had its highs and lows with Sunita Marshall again stealing the limelight with best creation from Saira Rizwan closely followed by Fouzia Aman who wore something of a new type of creation, a new type of sari. On Saira Rizwan’s show, finally got to see a zero sized model in Pakistan for the first time. A zero sized model seemed too good as here we get to see too many plus size models. Showstopper Sumbul Ibqal wasn’t even recognizable to most of the crowd as they didn’t even budge at her entry nor did she impress with her shabby walk.

Last to showcase on day one was Suffuse with Jaipur & CO, with collection called Asteria and first dress looked more like a very fashionable and expensive sleeping gown, followed by some Cinderella type dresses. Mehreen Raheel displayed the best dress created by the team at Suffuse. Jewellery for this show was by Jaipur & Co.

On the concluding note, not a very promising first day of Fashion Pakistan Week 2017, let see what comes up on day two.

Pepsi Battle of the Bands, Season Two – Elimination Round

Elimination round of Pepsi Battle of the Bands 2017 was full of surprises, ill-fated and bad-decisions from the judges. It seemed strange why all three judges were agreeing and dis-agreeing together on every performance. A certain disliked by one judge was disliked by others too and vice versa.   

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21 bands were short listed for elimination round out of which initially only 06 were to proceed further, but due to immense amount of talent available judges requested for addition 04 bands to proceed further totalling to 10 bands proceeding. Finally all agreed on 08 bands moving forward and 13 bands facing elimination.  

Decision to choose Badnaam over Naksh and V-Sell was decent one, whereas preferring Roots over E-Sharp and OB Positive wasn’t easily digestible.

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Eliminating Khamaaj was the worst the judges could do, lead vocalist of Khamaaj was by far the best find of this year’s Pepsi Battle of the Bands and I am sure that his vocal chords are more powerful than both male judges Farooq and Fawad and his vocal tone and signing style is also extra ordinary. Don’t know if both male judges were afraid to choose someone better themselves. Kashmir was a decent selection.   

Disqualification of Positive was another blunder by judges, even Pindi Boys didn’t show up with all band members but they weren’t asked a single question then why did they ask a very silly question ending up in dis-qualification.  

Choosing Madlock over Sikandar ka mandar and The Grovers; The Quetta Boys was very okay as Madlock had that flare to go ahead, but choosing very mediocre band Aura and highly over-rated Jasim & The Pindi Boys left a bad taste

Choosing Shajr over Ehl-e-Rock was another pathetic decision, whereas Darvesh deserved to proceed.

Overall after watching this elimination round I have serious doubts about the abilities of judges to choose better outfits.

This round ended by a performance by Aaroh with Farooq on vocals who is only good giving recording performance and his live performance is a bit below average and I am sure bands like Khamaaj and Kashmir can perform better than Aaroh.

Pepsi Battle of the Bands, Season Two – Episode 02

Pepsi Battle of the Bands is back with episode 02 with Ayesha Omer as host and same judges Fawad Khan, Farooq Ahmed and Meesha Shafi.

Ehl-e-Rock was the first act of Episode 02 and according to them Ehl-e-Rock is not just a name but it’s an ideology and brother hood fraternity for rock lovers and rock followers. Band was formed in 2009 and they have working together since then with hard rock being their main genre. They did change coupe of vocalist from time to time with currently Waqar Younus as their frontman. They have already released an English album “words of mass destruction”. They performed their original number named as “Junoon”, Waqar’s vocals were fully energetic and are here to stay and his vocals jelled well with the music. Music arrangement was also up there. Felt like a complete performance and one of the judge Farooq called them a power house.

Khamaaj is a though and Khamaaj is a raag too and they named it Khamaaj due to the reason that their no was no other band with this name and this band with nine members is been together for two years now. From their original ‘Bezubaan’ which is sufi rock song with tabla and Junooni type guitar tone, its seems that their guitarist is inspired by Salman Ahmed (Junoon). Khamaaj should try to create their own style of music. Their vocalist stood out and is by the best I have heard in first two episodes of Pepsi Battle of the Bands 2017. His vocal chords and vocal tone sets him apart from the rest and I predict him to be the next ‘Atif Aslam’. Sound of Tabla felt good after quite a while. This band needs to jam a lot more and if they improve their music arrangements and music style a bit they are sure winners of this Pepsi Battle of the Bands.

Nafs is a three piece band and they performed “main shah” by Manjhi Faqeer and apart from impressive vocal tone of vocalist there is not to mention about their performance. Music arrangements need improvement a lot and they need to add some more members to perform better on-stage.

Badnaam another three piece band and they are into sufi rock music with sufiana kalaam, their vocalist Ahmed Jillani said he was a big fan of Farooq and that was the real destroying part of their performance. They performed their original number ‘Alif Allah’ and Ahmed Jillani was trying too hard to copy Farooq’s style of vocals. I have feeling that Ali Azmat’s style of vocals suit your type of music a lot more then Farooq’s, so if you feel like copying go for Ali Azmat not Farooq. Rest all stuff like music arrangements, composition and lyrics were good enough.

E-Sharp started off in 2005 as band and they have also released their album by name of ‘bahadur yarr jung’ during 2015 which was success on social media. They have also released their second album during this year. They performed their original number ‘chaahay sau saal’ with pretty oridinary performance, nothing seemed very special just a normal type of band and their music was arranged well and had a feeling like “‘heard it before” feel to it.

Yoon is a band from Swat where music has too folk in it and Yoon is trying to infuse western elements into folk music of Swat. They are first band with a Rubab player and they also have a tabla player with them too and according to them they have introduced a new style of music which is getting appreciated very well. They performed ‘chaap tilak by Amir Khusru’, vocalist lacked accents and tone for this type of song was missing too. Tabla and Rubab gave a good feel to it but overall very hollow, empty and disappointing performance.

Darvesh is someone who deeply lost in love of lord as said by the band Darvesh and naming band Darvesh was due to their deep love with music. They have been together for two years and are like family. They are started off with three members and are now 10 members. They are here to introduce a genre qawwali rock and their original number ‘Sawali’ written by grand-mother of Saad Ali Khan had a feel good factor to it. Music arrangements and composition were very pretty ordinary and overall a very ordinary type of performance.

On the concluding note, best act of the episode 02 was definitely Khamaaj, closely followed by Ehl-e-Rock, Badnaam and Darvesh. I see Khamaaj as a clear winner here.

Four reasons why you should write everyday.

You should be writing at least 250 words every day, come what may and here are four (04) reasons why should be writing every day.

  1. Knowledge: If you write consistently, it will be on a topic that you know, typically your work or passion. But writing will force you to research ideas, concepts and information about your subject that you may not have bothered with before. You will notice that your original level of knowledge of your subject before writing was sub 2% and consistently writing will scale it 5 to 50 times.
  2. Clarity: Most authors write for themselves or maybe they realise that after years. Writing is a meditation. It brings the writer more clarity than the reader. It’s the best way to help yourself .
  3. Connectivity: If you write bite sized, snacks content, you will begin to attract zillions of readers, most of whom you will have never met otherwise. To make more and more “contacts”, write. No social events like parties, games, conferences come near.
  4. Contribution: As you age, your ability to go out of your way to help people will diminish but your some skills will not diminish. Your gift of knowledge is the most sacred element you have within yourself and that why you remember most of your school teachers so fondly today. Your pen or your keyboard or maybe your smartphone can make you immortal, if you have write every day.

DATE NIGHT, a musical comedy

The duo of Shaan Lashari and Dawar Lashari returns to stage, with another knee slapping, rib cracking act “Date Night”. The script penned by Derek Benfield has been adapted for the Pakistani audience in the form of a musical. This hilarious rendition comes from creative acumen of the director Dawar Lashari and Shaan Lashari, who already have established themselves as renowned names in theatre scene in Lahore.

Due already has hugely successful plays such as “Boeing Boeing (2009), Bird-Cage (2010) and Date Night Lahore (2017) under their belt, and they have proven that they have the talent and experience to put up quality productions that do not compromise on the aesthetics of theatre.

Director of the show Dawar Lashari said that “Date Night is a farce which takes you through the story at a very swift pace and when I was going through the script, I decided to cut out every scene that does not move the story forward or builds towards the climax. So every scene has an important story to tell.  The movements of the characters have choreographed in such a way that they have aesthetic value as well as functionality. Three dance routines, one in first act, another in second act and one at the end, will add a quirky fun element to this play”.

All the scenes have been kept to last maximum 4 minutes and you will see multiple entries and exits a rhythm that will surprise you. The set is designed in a symmetry to three level, the lowest one being the lobby of a hotel, next level are rooms of that hotel and third level is the balcony. Rest is for you to imagine and I hope that you enjoy the show”.

Date Night has a decent story by Derek Benfield adapted well to suit our Pakistani audiences, has excellent music, is well directed, has decent dance routines with equally good choreography and has some of the best actors in Pakistani theatre.

Shaan Lashari as Ferris and Sheherzade Noor Peerzada (Vidya Balan look alike) as Helen were almost perfect on stage with not a single missing/lacking element is their performance, their acting, facial expressions (especially Sheherzade Noor Peerzada), dialogue deliveries, body language and accent were up-to the mark, although their dances could have been a bit better, but overall a very scintillating performance from these two rising stars.

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Waleed Zaidi as Roger aka Mr. Smith, Shah Fahad as Geoff aka Mr. Smith and Mahnoor Khan as Sally were also good enough with theirs roles and but their performance could have been much better with with-out some over-acting, flat & expression-less faces and lousy body language at many instances.

Date Night is a musical comedy drama not be missed and is highly recommended for theatre enthusiasts. Date Night will performed every day at Karachi Arts Council at-least once (maybe more) till 27th August 2017.

Pepsi Battle of the Bands, Season Two – Episode 01

Pepsi Battle of the Bands is back with a bang and this time with Ayesha Omer as host and on judges panel Fawad Khan frontman of ‘Entity Paradigm’ who stood runners-up of first edition of Pepsi Battle of the Band. Farooq Ahmed frontman and lead vocalist of ‘Aaroh’ winners of first edition of Pepsi Battle of the Band is also on judges’ seat. Third judge is Meesha Shafi whose credentials to be a judge aren’t enough and she be selecting new talented bands when she isn’t that established herself.

Again Pepsi Battle of the Band comes at a time just like late 90’s when many band were fading out. Junaid Jamshed from Vital Signs had started a solo flight, Awaz also disintegrated was also fading, Junoon was facing wrath of government after their ‘ehtisaab’ song and when Ali Azmat shouted ‘lota, lota’ during a concert in Lahore, Junoon were banned to perform in Punjab by Manzoor Ahmed Watto’s government. This trend gave rise to solo acts and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Junaid Jamshed, Ali Haidar, Sajjad Ali, Abrar-ul-Haq, Hadiqa Kiani, Saleem Javaid, Ahmed Jahanzeb and many more started to rule the music stage.

This time around Pepsi Battle of the Bands got an over-whelming response from budding musicians and bands as approximately 100+ bands poured in from all over Pakistan to prove their mettle and only 06 to proceed to main round competition was expected to be intense too. Winner of main round aka grand finale will get an album deal which includes producing + recording + editing + mixing at any leading studio, concert and tours throughout Pakistan and royalty album throughout.

Review on some of the bands that performed;

Naksh means impression and they are here to inspire, according to Naksh they had been performing together for last 15, 16 years. Three brothers and a school friend had been jamming together since then their lead vocalist Mehak joined them recently. Mehak feels that there is a good chemistry between them while producing music. They performed Bolo Bolo by Sajjad Ali with nicely arrange music, played well and sung by Mehak’s powerful, bassy yet flat vocals.

Positive had a very positive feel to them, they were also part of Pepsi Battle of the Band’s first season and did make it top ten even at that time, Positive said that thinking should be optimistic and with a positive attitude. Positive sang a very soulful song Kalab by Allan Fakeer, which was sung exceptinaly well by the lead vocalist Yousuf and tabla & flute added soulful flavour to its full content.

Pindi Boys led by Jasim Ahmed were a very disappointing, although they have released some of their music on social media but even that couldn’t help them to grasp the in-demand music. Lyrics and compositions are done by Jasim and then music is arranged with all members while jamming. They neither sounded any different nor were they any near to Pakistaniayat as claimed. They sang their original track titled ‘Pindi Boys’, which failed to impress at any stage.

Kashmir was the first real rock band of the evening with real rock attitude and music also, they started off during 2012, first had a difficult name to their band now are called as Kashmir, according to their lead vocalist Bilal; their basic genre alternative rock but they also mix and fuse music of other genres. They performed Hamesha by EP and their performance was 30% of what EP sang at first season of Pepsi Battle of the Bands.  Vocalist could have added a little more fire but failed to do so. Wes Khan lead guitarist was highly praised by Fawad Khan for his excellent playing style and referred him to Slash.

Bari the Band two piece band, sang Yaara by Aaroh and surely they sang much much better then Farooq. Music could have been a bit better.

Madlock from Lahore is a three piece band into alternative rock music as claimed, but when you get to hear them on stage they were too soft to start off with and followed very flat kind of high pitched vocals, music arrangement was also very mediocre type but end scream was scintillating.

Shajr sang ya Ali by Mekaal Hasan, sung exceptionally well but was missing the kind of vocal tone required for this kind of song, it seemed that they had jammed very hard for this performance, and their overall performance was okay, with only vocal tone not matching the mood of the song.

Soul Anesthetics performed their original song and from very outset of their performance they seemed to be out sorts, very dull sounding music with equally disappointing vocal performance.

Aura was another disappointing performance by with too much inspiration ColdPlay, they failed to produce anything unique.

OB Positive, another three piece band and they have doing music together for almost ten years now, for them music is passion. They performed aeitebaar by Vital Signs and although they sang it well but vocals of both didn’t synchronize which effected their performance to some extent. If both vocalist go their ways, they may end up well.

Mehrunisa V Lub U

From the moment I heard from a friend that Saqib Sameer is responsible the story and content of movie “Mehrunisa V Lub U” my heart sank and I wasn’t expecting much & then trailer came out and my doubts doubled for something miserable.

I have been to theatre plays of Saqib Sameer and these theatre plays were the only reason why I wasn’t expecting much from a movie written by Saqib Sameer. His style of acting, directing, producing and writing suits Lahori audience more as Karachi’s theatre scene has evolved a lot as compared to Lahore. I don’t remember any theatre play from Saqib Sameer with-out eunuchs, I guess he seems to be too fond of them. Saqib is also fond of Indian actors, names of many of them were splattered all around the movie.

Hugging is also not that common or it’s like almost non-existent in our society and this movie had too much of it, which gave a feeling of an Indian movie with Pakistani cast. I wonder why we never ever copy better stuff from India why always pathetic kind of stuff.

Story revolves around a girl named Mehrunia (Sana Jawaid), who has hardly been given a role of substance and besides that she is hardly a good actor but her on-screen beauty covers well for her. Director has done well to focus on her beautiful face, as she is just a pretty face nothing else.

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Danish Taimoor and seasoned actors like Nayyer Ijaz & Jawaid Sheikh have done their best to avert a complete disaster, but third class content / dialogues were damaging enough.

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Story had too much predictably, vulgar-ness & cheap dialogues but despite all this, the way some important social issues were discussed / highlighted is commendable. Topics like post-marriage issues for girls and then cleanliness were highlighted very positively.

Music seems okay and cinematography varied from excellent to mediocre and below par, whereas most of the dances apart from Amna Ilyas were very ugly; one serious advice for all the directors / producers / choreographers; Please stop showing dance scenes as this current generation of Pakistani actors really don’t know how to dance. If you are adamant on showing dance then either bring-back dancing queens of yesteryears or bring someone from India. Same can be said about fight scenes, there are many good karate clubs in Karachi and in Lahore from where you can easily get a good fight choreographer.

Yasir Nawaz with his direction has done well in bit and pieces, whereas acting skills of Danish Taimoor, Jawaid Shieikh and Nayyar Ijaz did brilliant mostly. Senior actors like Qavi Khan should opt for better roles instead of these filler type roles

Movie ends with a nice and crisp message from Yasir Nawaz whic is worth mentioning here; keep your neighborhood clean, keep your city clean and keep your country clean.

Here comes “Mehrunisa V Lub u”

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Release dates of “Mehrunisa V Lub U” were announced yesterday at the press meet held in Karachi which is going to be Eid-ul-Fittar of 2017.

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Press meet hosted by Madiha Imam was well attended by large number media personals from social media & print media, celebrities, socialites etc.    

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Expectedly this movie “Mehrunisa V Lub U” may do commercially well and can come out as a first Pakistani hit movie of 2017 as I am not expecting much from other Pakistani movies. 

Leading guy Danish Taimoor was asked why he chose “Mehrunisa V Lub U”?, he said: Yasir Nawaz was the main reason and then script from Saqib Sameer was also hard to resist, he further said that he finds himself lucky to be working with Yasir Nawaz, who know his craft very well.

Debutant Sana Javed said that: overall experience was great, it was an excellent team effort and Yasir Nawaz knows what he is doing and that helps a lot and according to Sana Javed she always wanted to act in a film and when she saw the script she instantly said yes. She further said that she considers herself to be lucky to offered form such a big platform on Pakistan film industry in a leading role.

Nida Yasir one of the co-producer also spoke in length about her role in the movie; she mostly focused on dresses mostly collaborated with designers and she made sure that all the actors and actresses looked their best.

Script was written by veteran stage actor Saqib Sameer, who informed that story was from Yasir Nawaz and penned the script accordingly to suit the mood of Pakistani audience. He learned a lot from this project and for him it was like a dream come true and now it’s upto the audience to decide the fate of the movie.

Other co-producer Hasan Zia thanked everyone, especially Gulzaar for writing lyrics for first time for any movie, he also thanked Nigah Hussain for choreography and his old friend Seemab Hussain for composing the music for the movie.

Amna Ilyas said; I wasn’t expecting much from myself but have given my best and let see how masses react to it.

“Mehrunisa V Lub U” will be released in Pakistan and in Middle East during this Eid-ul-Fittar as stated by Nina Kashif from Urdu1 and she said later on it will be released all over the world. Target audience for this movie is from age of 05 onwards till 80 years.

Music didn’t impress me that much even though lyrics are by legendary Gulzaar & music is composed by Seemab Hussain and Choreography by Nigah Hussain.

In the end Yasir Nawaz Director and co-producer of this “Mehrunisa V Lub U” said that he has put his heart and soul in this movie and has tried his best not to repeat the mistakes and errors that occurred during his previous movie “wrong number”, according to him all have worked very hard and was hopeful for same result as of his previous movie. 

HYUNDAI COMES BACK TO PAKISTAN WITH AL-HAJ GROUP.

Hyundai a famous automotive pioneer recognized all over the world, has now joined hands with Pakistan’s very progressive business group ‘Al-Haj Group’ with the purpose of introducing top-of-the-line heavy commercial vehicles through a technology transfer contract (TTC).

For this purpose Al-Haj has specifically launched their ‘Al-Haj Hyundai (Pvt.) Limited’, which will aim to upgrade the standards of high quality commercial vehicles with Hyundai’s excellent quality and product support and Al-Haj Group’s dedication and name in the Pakistan market since 1960.

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to facilitate 4% of the global trade volumes to pass through Pakistan by the year 2020. It will accelerate the economic growth of Pakistan and several other countries in the surrounding region, through the development of a 21st century Maritime Silk Road, encompassing a modern trade and infrastructure network.

With the demand of heavy duty vehicles on a sharp rise, Al-Haj Hyundai (Pvt.) Limited will initially introduce;

  1. ‘XCIENT’ a heavy duty truck with different variants,
  2. ‘UNIVERSE’ luxury buses for intercity travel,
  3. ‘MIGHTY’ medium and light duty trucks

Al-Haj Hyundai (Pvt.) Limited also plans to introduce various other products of HYUNDAI in cargo and passenger handling segments in near future.

Chief Executive Officer of Al-Haj Hyundai (Pvt.) Limited, Mr. Bilal Khan Afridi thanked Mr. Muhammad Zubair Umar, Governor of Sindh for his patronage and gracing the event and further thanked Mr. Bae Kyungsik, Chairman of Hyundai Global Motors Co., Limited for attending this event.

He stated that: “This joint venture with Hyundai Motors is a wonderful business opportunity for both the companies, and will not only provide employment opportunities, but will also upgrade the standards of local commercial product segments with advance Technology and High Quality products.” He further said that: “initially Al-Haj Group plans to invest Pk Rs 1.5 billion without any financial assistance from any financial institute or from their foreign partner.” As of today Al-Haj Group stands 04th on the list of passenger vehicles and 02nd on the list of commercial vehicles.

Al-Haj Hyundai (Pvt.) Limited also plans to construct a state-of-the-art manufacturing cum assembling plant, for HYUNDAI-HCV vehicles. For the plant, the company has already purchased 30 acres of land on the main National Highway, near Pakistan Steel. The first phase of the plant will be operational by May 2018.

Mr. Bae Kyungsik, Chairman of Hyundai Global Motors Co., Limited, greeted everyone present at the opening ceremony and paid heartiest congratulations to Al-Haj Hyundai (Pvt.) Limited from Korea for becoming a partner and family of Hyundai. We at Hyundai are convinced that Al-Haj Group has strong leadership, is well organized and well equipped automobile company.

Mr. Bae Kyungsik said; “Pakistan is a big country with large population, well developed industry, hard-working people and we at Hyundai are confident that Pakistan will continue to grow economically, keeping in mind how well Pakistan overcame the difficulties during recent past. All these has proven the superiority and excellence of Pakistan worldwide. I have no doubt that Pakistan will continue to grow and prosper”.

Hyundai operates the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea, which has an annual production capacity of 1.6 million units, covering 193 countries.

Mr. Kim Dong-Gi, Consul General of Republic of Korea also thanked Mr. Muhammad Zubair Umar, Governor of Sindh and all high officials from Hyundai Global Motors Co., Limited including Chairman Mr. Bae Kyungsik and President Mr. Hyeong Rae, Lee and hoped for a prosperous Al-Haj Hyundai (Pvt.) Limited.

Mr. Muhammad Zubair Umar, Governor of Sindh congratulated top management of Al-Haj Group at the launch of Hyundai plant and thanked diplomats from Republic of Korea, high official from Hyundai Global Motors Co., Limited and all the participants of the event. He said that Hyundai’s presence is a proof that Karachi is now a place to be. All the stake holders are on-board and worrying time is far and over.

Governor Sindh, stressed that; we are business friendly people and we welcome foreigners with open hearts. He said that the reason why more and more motorways are being built is that we know that more and vehicles would be coming to our country sooner. Pakistan has a very bright and better future.

Later-on Governor Sindh, distributed keys to key customers of Al-Haj Group and then formally unveiled vehicles on display UNIVERSE, ‘XCIENT’ and ‘MIGHTY’ and then was the first person see these vehicles thoroughly.