NED69ers Reunion in Karachi

23 February 2015 | 7 comments | Pakistan | by

NED69ers Group of Mechanical

The most members of NED69ers are out of the country. When anyone comes to Karachi for a visit then it is about time for all NED69ers who are in Karachi to reunite and meet at any place in Karachi. Earlier most of the get together held at Engr. Omar Vowda place but this time Engr. Ghulam Shabbir Chishtey from Canada came arranged a venue then invited all NED69ers who are available in Karachi. It was not good that a guest hosts the party but Chishtey insisted and the party was arranged at the Food Centre – Nihari & Sheermal House in Clifton. As the time was very short and was difficult to get all the class mates together at one place. With the help of Engr. Sharif Ur Rehman Malik we arranged at least thirteen NED69ers to come at Food Centre on Friday at 2030 Hours. Out of the thirteen there were three who we were not aware of were also in the town from Canada and Saudi Arabia. The attendees were as follows:

  1. Engr. Ghulam Shabbir Chishtey-Electrical-Canada-The Host
  2. Engr. Sharif Ur Rehman Malik-Electrical
  3. Engr. Mohammad Mahtab Alam Khan-Electrical-Saudi Arabia
  4. Engr. Abul Hasan Jafri-Electrical
  5. Engr. Aftab Ahmad Khan-Mechanical-Canada
  6. Engr. Khalil Allawal-Mechanical-Canada
  7. Engr. Muhammad Hamid-Mechanical
  8. Engr. Omar Vowda-Mechanical
  9. Engr. Iqbal Hameed-Mechanical
  10. Engr. Kersi  Edulji-Mechanical
  11. Engr. Mohammad Akber Ismail-Civil
  12. Engr. Nazir Ahmed Qidwai-Civil
  13. Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan-Mechanical
All NED69ers are reviving their sweet old Memories of Burns Road KarachiAll NED69ers are reviving their sweet old Memories of Burns Road Karachi

Before we start any discussion all the friends prayed for the Magfarat of Engr. Pervez Randhawa and Engr. Syed Abrar Ali’s mother who passed away recently one in San Francisco USA and the other in Karachi. May ALMIGHTY rest their soul in rest and peace and shower His Blessing on them and forgive all their sins and accept the good deeds and grant them good place in Jannah, Ameen.

Engr. Syed Abrar Ali-Electrical, Engr. Tariq Said Bukhari-Electrical, Engr. Shahid Hafiz Mirza-Electrical and Engr. Wizarat Ali Khan-Mechanical could not attend as Abrar was very busy and Tariq and Wizarat were suddenly got sick and could not come while Shahid promised but could not come due to some family commitment.

During the discussion it was mentioned that there are three NED69ers who were meeting each other after forty five years. It was a great pleasure meeting old buddies after such a long time. We all enjoyed reviving the sweet old memories of NED Government Engineering College at Burns Road Karachi and Sewakunj and Metha Ram Hostels. We all missed the Waheed Kabab House and Dil Bahar Lasi and all the Chats of Burns Road. When so many old buddies meet after such a long time it is so much of fun that very difficult to explain.

During the discussion all the friends living in Karachi insisted that we do not have to wait for friends to come from abroad so that we meet, we should make it a point that we meet either every month or every other month at any decided place without fail. Life is very short and as most of us are retired so we must meet so that we know each other welfare and on meeting discuss about the life we spend after leaving the college.

All the friends complained to Ghulam Shabbir Chishtey about becoming the host, he explained that I came to Karachi and I have to visit Hyderabad to see my brother so there was not much time to meet so many friend at one time. So instead of calling and the party to be arranged it would have taken much time and I do not have that with me. So I decided to arrange everything and invite you all so that you do not have any excuse and you have to come. Anyway it was real fun meeting and greeting each other at one pace and time.

Engr. Sharif Ur Rehman Malik was the organizer and selected the menu. The food was very delicious and the service was great. The hot “nans”, “Nihari” and Sekh Kabas were the hits of the menu. The most important thing was that there was not much rush like some place where you cannot enjoy the food and cannot even talk. We all thank Engr. Ghulam Shabbir Chishtey for the dinner and wish him a safe journey back home.

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SAUDI ARAMCO and KFUPM to Develop New Petroleum Engineering Program

23 February 2015 | 0 comments | Saudi Aramco News | by

Saudi Aramco News

Saudi Aramco and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) recently signed a framework agreement in support of a new Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences college program.

Members of the International Advisory Board (IAB) witnessed the official signing conducted by HE Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan, rector of KFUPM, and Saudi Aramco president and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih.

Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC ARC (Advanced Research Center) and KFUPM have been jointly working together to develop the college framework and key features. The proposed program will consolidate the existing departments of Petroleum Engineering, Earth Sciences and the Research Institute Center of Petroleum and Minerals at KFUPM into one unified college.

The goal is to deliver a world-class educational and research program that strengthens the connection between the university and the petroleum industry.

The new program aims to move beyond simply delivering a university level education in Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences and move toward a new educational model that brings faculty, students and industry closer together to address business and technical solutions to the oil and gas industry, nationally and globally in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary manner.

The framework agreement calls for the college to become recognized among the top five colleges in Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences worldwide within 5 to 10 years.

And at maturity, it will have about 90 faculty members and research scientists and engineers, including globally recognized faculty from Saudi Arabia and respected educational institutions worldwide. The student population is expected to reach about 400, of which 240 will be graduate students.

Time-Tested Saudi-US Ties

23 February 2015 | 1 comment | Opinions & Editorials | by

Abdulateef Al‐MulhimAbdulateef Al‐Mulhim, Commodore, Royal Saudi Navy (Retired)

In Saudi Arabia, we always jokingly say that American diplomats stationed in the Kingdom are so patriotic that they celebrate their country’s Independence Day four times each year — thrice in Saudi Arabia early during the year and once with everybody else in the United States on 4th of July.

On Feb. 16, I was one of the many people invited to a reception held at the US Consulate in Dhahran to celebrate US’ 239th Independence Day. The US Embassy in Riyadh and US Consulate in Jeddah had also organized similar events. For the information of readers, the celebration is held few months before July 4 for various reasons such as Saudi social and family engagements during the summer and due to the hot and sultry weather during the month of July in the Kingdom.

This year’s celebration was held in February to mark not only US’ independence but it also marked the 70th anniversary of a meeting between two giants in the histories of their respective nations, King Abdul Aziz, the founder of modern day Saudi Arabia and US President Franklin Roosevelt aboard US Navy cruiser USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake along the Suez Canal.

At the reception, I really enjoyed the brief speeches by US Ambassador to the Kingdom Joseph W. Westphal and Consul General in Dhahran Mike Hankey. They shed light on the historical meeting between the two great leaders. But it is important to many people to note the importance of the meeting that took place 70 years ago. The world was witnessing the end of WWII and the Saudis were suffering from global economic recession. During the war many of the Saudi oil wells were capped for protection and the Haj season was very slow at a time when many relied on the income from the Haj season. At the time of the meeting, the world was concentrating on Europe after the war but it was clear to many that Saudi Arabia was to become the next regional power.

As time passed, Saudi and American relations went to new levels of strategic importance. The diplomatic representation between the two countries was taken to higher levels and more diplomats were assigned to both countries’ diplomatic missions. And as time passed Saudi Arabia and the US became very close trade partners. The Saudi-American relations became one of the longest standing relations between any two countries. As time passed Saudi Arabia became a very important economic and political player in the area that helped in implementing post-war stability.

After the 1945 meeting, the end of WWII and the establishment of the United Nations, Saudi Arabia became more open to the world and major mega projects transformed Saudi Arabia into a modern state. After the death of Roosevelt short time after the meeting and the death of King Abdul Aziz in 1953, the relations between the two countries expanded and more meetings took place between the Saudi and American leaders with transparent discussions. And most important, both Saudis and Americans have learned how to work and manage any issue with each other in spite of the many differences between the two countries. And it is true that many differences would be seen now and then, but, as we know it, there are different interests among countries around the world. But the Saudi-American relations are not only confined to government and official levels. Many Americans came and worked in the Kingdom and developed life-long relations with many Saudis and the land. And there are hundreds of thousands of Saudis who visited or studied in the US. The relations between the two countries were able to ride any political turbulence due to difference of opinion over different issues in the area but leaderships of both countries had been able to navigate through turbulent waters.

Written by Abdulateef Al‐Mulhim. Time-Tested Saudi-US Ties reprinted with permission of Arab News and Abdulateef Al‐Mulhim.

Saleha Kamal weds Naveed Shaukat in Karachi

20 February 2015 | 6 comments | Pakistan | by

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Saleha Kamal, daughter of Kamal Ahmed Farooqi got married to Naveed Shaukat.

Saleha is the daughter of Kamal Ahmed Farooqi Ex-Employee of Saudi Aramco Badge No-74823 and President of Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association (SAEEA), worked at Juaymah Gas Plant and Yanbu Refinery from 1979 thru 2000.

Saleha Kamal all education is from Karachi and she completed Masters in Islamic History from University of Karachi.

Naveed has done his Bachelors in Commerce from University of Karachi. Presently he is doing Real Estate Business as well as involved in doing a job in a private company in Karachi.

The Nikah Ceremony was held at Tayyaba Mosque in Zaman Town on Thursday February 12, 2015 and the Rukhsati Reception was also held the same evening at Ameena Marriage Lawn at Zaman Town Karachi.

In the reception relatives and lots of friends including few ex-Aramsons attended the function. The Ex-Aramcons who attended the reception are as follows:

  • Mr.Mrs. Ghulam Qutubuddin Khan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mohammad Abdul Matin
  • Mr. & Mrs. Muhammad Salim Hamid
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shafiq Ahmed Khan
  • Mr.& Mrs. Anwar Mirza
  • Mr. & Mrs. Syed Shahid Ali
  • Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan

The reception ceremony was very graceful and the food was delicious. We all enjoyed the food as well as company of all the friends. SAEEA wish Saleha and Naveed a very happy married life and bright future.

Forum To Be Catalyst for Investment Opportunities in Jazan Economic City

19 February 2015 | 0 comments | Saudi Aramco News | by

Saudi Aramco News
  • Jazan Economic Forum will showcase the Jazan Economic City vision, strategy and value proposition.
  • JEF will be attended by high-level government, business and community leaders.
  • JEF will present Jazan Economic City and its investment opportunities for businesses and the people of Jazan.
  • JEF will highlight Kingdom’s effort promoting economic diversification and job creation.

Jazan City, in the south-western Province of Jazan in Saudi Arabia, will host the Jazan Economic Forum on February 25-26, 2015 to discuss the investment opportunities and development potential of the Jazan Economic City, a multi-billion dollar investment project aligned to the Kingdom’s national balanced economic development objectives.

Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Muhammad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Emir of Jazan Province, the two-day Jazan Economic Forum will be a catalyst to stimulate growth by highlighting the compelling vision for the future of Jazan Economic City and giving investors a clear understanding of the city’s value proposition. Distinguished experts will describe in detail the investments being made in a new industrial base and world-class infrastructure. Ministers and other dignitaries will address the industrial and workforce initiatives that are being mobilized and the innovative regulatory environment that will add to the appeal of the city.

Covering an area of 106 square kilometers, the Jazan Economic City occupies a strategic coastal location approximately 70 kilometers from Jazan City in a region known for its abundant natural resources. The project represents a multibillion-dollar investment by the Government of Saudi Arabia and the private sector to fast-track the growth of Jazan, a region that is well positioned as a strategic gateway to the Kingdom.

The current investment in JEC, scheduled for completion in 2017, focuses on smart infrastructure to meet the energy, utilities and transportation requirements of a diverse industrial base. Among its features are a new sea port and terminal, a 400,000 barrels per day multibillion-dollar refinery, and a new 2,400 MW power generation plant to meet the substantial increase in energy supply requirements to the national grid. A new airport and a 660 km Jazan-Jeddah coastal highway will complement these developments.

The Jazan Economic Forum is sponsored by the Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources and the Emirate of Jazan Province, and organized by Saudi Aramco.

The Forum’s official website is