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Mareea Khalid
Mareea Khalid
Mareea is an Islamabad based journalist. She can be reached at

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Kazim Hasan | the man behind interiors

When Atrio Café and Grill opened at the end of 2012, its rooftop was all the rage, making the tensile structure on the rooftop a landmark of Jinnah Super Market. The inspiration came from the Sahara Mall in Dubai, says Kazim Hassan, the brain behind its interior. “The one in Dubai is a huge structure with multiple cones. Atrio rooftop structure is a miniature of that concept. The rooftop floor design of Atrio is inspired by grapevine” His inventory includes projects with massive budgets ranging from commercial projects to interior and set designing for dramas, movies and morning shows. However he terms Atrio Café and Grill his favorite until now. He hints about an upcoming restaurant in F-7 with another rooftop and a project, salon an...

January 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm | Mareea Khalid

INTERVIEW: Saeed’s call to politics

As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf youth mantra enticed the youth to PTI like the positively phototactic moth is drawn to light, PTI held its end of the deal by opening doors to 40pc young candidates. One of these young candidates nominated by PTI, Murad Saeed, won his seat from NA-29 Swat, after defeating his senior political rivals. Saeed hails from Kabal of district Swat. During Operation Rah-e-Rast, the second battle of Swat in 2009 between Pakistan Army and the militants, a stray mortar shell had destroyed his house critically injuring his mother and brother. It served as Saeed’s call to politics as he was now determined to serve his people. So even at that crucial time, Saeed went from town to town forming ISF (Insaf Student Federation) ...

August 13, 2014 at 3:55 am | Mareea Khalid

Pakistan’s future depends upon variables – Peter Heyward

Mr Heyward is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was until recently Assistant Secretary Africa Branch, a position he held from June 2011. Prior to this, he was Assistant Secretary, Consular Operations Branch. He has previously served overseas as Australia's Ambassador to East Timor; Ambassador to Brazil, also accredited to Colombia and Venezuela; Deputy Permanent Representative, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Argentina. Mr Heyward holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduation Certificate in Management from Monash University. He is married and has two daughters. “There are many vari...

July 13, 2014 at 12:42 am | Mareea Khalid

When your résumé has HUAWEI in it

Ahmed Bilal Masud, an electrical engineer by profession is at the forefront of a leading telecom company, Huawei Pakistan as the Deputy CEO. After completing his degree from NUST (National University of Science and Technology), he set off for work in the telecom industry in 1997 when Pakistan had only two telecom operators. The launch of pre-paid service brought revolution in country’s telecom industry. Bilal was among those favoring the introduction of pre-paid to extend the mobile-reach to common people. However, some telecom marketers were against the move.  “They believed that the prepaid service wouldn’t be up-and-coming”, Bilal told Economic Affairs in an exclusive interview in Islamabad. The reason was that people like to...

June 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Mareea Khalid


Dr. Miftah Ismail is a prominent industrialist and economist who is currently serving as the Chairman, Board of Investment. He holds a PhD degree in Public Finance and Political Economy from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and worked at International Monetary Fund as a professional economist.For the year 2014, oil and gas sector could be investors’ heaven. Some of major projects such as Thar coal mining, Sindh wind power and Gadani power project have been inaugurated while a number of projects are in the pipeline. The Government is providing an investment friendly environment but bringing substantial investment to finance these projects is a Hercules task as security is the foremost challenge being faced by investor...

March 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Mareea Khalid