Kind Attention Editors, Bureau Chiefs and Reporters.
A three-day expo is being organised at Alyz Botique Hall, Near Lasania Restaurant, 
Masco Plaza,Blue Area, Islamabad on 24, 25 and 26 of February.
You are cordially invited to participate/cover this event.
Feel free to contact me for any information.
Pictures of expos organised by me are also attached.

Thanks and Regards.

Designer & Decorator
Lubna Shahbaz

FBR Performance Reviewed – Revenue efforts are on track, Advisor.
                A meeting on FBR's performance was held on 20th February 2011 under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Chairman FBR, Secretary Finance, Secretary Planning and officials of the Finance Ministry and FBR. 
            The meeting concluded that the revenue efforts are on track with the expectation of meeting the budgetary target of Rs. 1952 Bn for FY11-12. Analysis of month to month performance figures for the first seven months and for the remaining months of the year were reviewed. Chairman FBR apprised the meeting that FBR's net collection for the first 7 months was around Rs. 975 Bn which is a growth of more than 26 percent over same period last year.
Administrative revenue efforts of FBR were also thoroughly scrutinized. In the first seven months these administrative measures generated about Rs. 40 Bn. Advisor on Finance and Revenue outlined additional administrative efforts of Rs. 50 Bn which will be needed in the remaining four months of FY12. These efforts would focus on audits, broadening of tax base, and collection from demands created, stuck-up arrears and recovery of illegal sales tax adjustments.
            A detailed presentation on progress on broadening of direct tax base was made. The Advisor on Finance and Revenue instructed FBR to accelerate the pace of registration of new taxpayers. The Advisor reviewed the performance of each tax region laying out a plan for the Chairman FBR to further strengthen the performance of the concerned Chief Commissioners to ensure fulfillment of their targets.
Advisor on Finance and Revenue while commending FBR's efforts further emphasized the need to continue focus on broadening of tax base, tax compliance and enforcement of tax returns.
The Advisor also laid out the principles for the forthcoming budget. He directed that the tax system should be simple, transparent, consistent and predictable.
(Riffat Shaheen Qazi)
Member FATE / Official Spokesperson, FBR




For Immediate Release

                Mehreen Saeed, Head of Communications, UNDP, mobile +92 300 535 8225,
                Stacey Winston, UN Office of Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator and OCHA, mobile +923008502397,
                Dan Teng'o, Reporting and Public Information Officer, OCHA, mobile +923468563615,


Who:             Key note address, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Planning and Development

Where:          Marriott Hotel, Islamabad, Marquee Hall

When:            Tuesday, 21 February 2012, 4:00 p.m.
(Please arrive by 3:30 p.m. for security checks and bring press credentials)

The Government and the UN will jointly launch the Floods 2011 Early Recovery Framework for the restoration of livelihoods, support for food security, basic social services, shelter, community infrastructure, health, nutrition, water and sanitation.

The Pakistan Floods 2011 Early Recovery Framework outlines, based on needs, how the Government, the United Nations and its partners will support communities by engaging in planning and exploring solutions to reduce the devastating impact of the 2011 floods, and helping communities to rapidly recover and to be better prepared for future disasters.

The Pakistan Floods 2011 Early Recovery Framework and the event will be hosted jointly by the Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Timo Pakkala, and the Government of Pakistan.

NB: Media are requested to arrive in advance to avoid any disruption while organizing their equipment. Once the launch has begun, it will be difficult to enter the hall. Journalists are requested to hold their questions to allow donors and the diplomatic community to ask questions during the Question and Answer period. There will be an opportunity for the press to ask questions. Tea and coffee will be served.

The real face and the bright and dark sides of the NGOs are critically exposed in Fasihuddin's coloumn "Violence against children and women in Five0-Star Hotel", published in Daily Aaj on Monday, February 20th, 2012. These foreign-funded NGOs have little to say their own. They are the captives of their agenda and project documents. Never these NGOs-owners have entertained or educated a girl or child in their own houses, rather hold only conferences and seminars on the agonies of these weak segments of the society in a 5-Star hotel! They have become business tycoons also. They are worst than the national bureaucracy in many respect. Most of them are working on a delicate secrete agenda as no one sells his religion, conscience and soul to the donors! May be you disagree but this is a fact. You may find it online
All Coloumn of Fasihuddin:

with best regards.
Fasihuddin | Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) | President | Pakistan Society of Criminology & 
Pakistan Journal of Crimnology (PJC).
Office Address: H#3, New Warsak Colony, Warsak Road, PESHAWAR, KPK (NWFP), Pakistan. | Tel: +92 91 5200 806 | Fax: +92 91 5200 806 

EGM approves renaming NMBL
Authorised capital to be boosted by 200 pc
SME sector can minimise inequality: Mian Shahid

Lahore: Feb 20:
Board of Directors of Network Microfinance Bank Limited (NMBL) has
approved renaming the institution as Apna Microfinance Bank Limited.

The authorised capital of the Bank will be increased from Rs 500 million
to Rs 1.5 billion, it was decided.

According to the details, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) was held
in which decisions were taken to rename the bank, spread it on the
national level, boost paid up capital to Rs 1.5 billion and paid up
capital to Rs 1 billion.

The meeting was attended by Mian Shahid, Chairman United Insurance Group,
Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, Chairman Auriga Group of Companies, Muhammad Azam
Cheema, Sajida Bilquis, Ejaz Ahmed Khan and Shoaib Ahmad Butt.

Speaking on the occasion, Mian Shahid said that low-income groups should
not remain deprived of proper financial services.

He said that 56 per cent of the population has no access to formal
financial services while only 10 per cent of SMEs are served by banks.

Traditionally, banks would ignore providing loans to poor therefore
microfinance banks should come forward to bridge the financial divide, he

Mian Shahid said that SME sector is backbone of the economy which can
minimise inequality only if strengthened.

Country needs a strong banking system based on mutual trust,
participation, and community involvement, he observed.

He informed said that Bangladesh, Kenya, India, South Africa, and Sri
Lanka have been performing well in the micro finance sector.

Mian Shahid said that we will focus on providing financial services to
farmers, agriculture market, small sized businesses and individuals.

Ali Asad,
Cell: 0321-2047618. Ph: 0213-581-0441/2
Address: 212 Clifton Centre, Clifton, Karachi.

About United International Group:
UIG Member Companies include United Insurance Co, Saudi Pak Insurance Co,
Apna Microfinance Bank, Tawasul Insurance LLC, Abu Dhabi, United Track
System (Pvt.) Ltd., United International Agro Services, United Software &
Technologies International (Pvt.) Ltd. & United International Farms. The
Group is in process of expansion…