HTEC Group acquires Mistral Technologies to Expand its Engineering Base in Southeast Europe to Over 2,000 Professionals

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HTEC Group (“HTEC”) (, a global consulting, software engineering and digital product development company based in San Francisco, today announced that it has acquired Sarajevo-based Mistral Technologies. Joining forces with Mistral’s team of 300, HTEC is now the largest technology company in Bosnia and Herzegovina employing close to 600 experts in the country.

Globally, HTEC’s team has grown to over 2,000 employees, with development centers across Southeast Europe — where the company operates in six countries — with creative and consulting offices located in the Silicon Valley, London, New York, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Gothenburg. By combining Silicon Valley-based design thinking with the best of SEE engineering talent in more than 20 locations, HTEC supports global clients with digital product development, from strategy and conceptualization to design and agile engineering on scale.

Mistral, the newest member of HTEC Group, was founded in Sarajevo in 2010, and has positioned itself as the employer of choice for engineering talent in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an impressive client portfolio of Fortune 500 companies.

“Building strong relationships based on trust, delivering excellence and creating additional value for our prized client partnerships has always been at the forefront of our strategy alongside providing a people centric work environment. We are perfectly aligned with HTEC Group in terms of our values and service delivery and I am confident we will soon become the most desired partner of choice globally, for the most complex engineering challenges,” commented Mersed Camdzic, Mistral co-founder and CEO.

“I am happy to say that today we acquired Mistral Technologies, one of the best technology companies in the region, clearly a market leader in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the passion, leadership skills, engineering excellence and company values that match our own. Going forward, we will continue to bring together by far the most talented technical and creative professionals in Southeast Europe and expose them to global market opportunities,” said Aleksandar Cabrilo, HTEC co-founder and CEO.

Demand to freeze loan payment, lift ban on INGOs 

Karachi, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Suggesting the government to temporarily freeze payments of all foreign loans and immediate lifting ban on international NGOs, the civil society leaders here Friday demanded urgent import of edibles from all sources including India to avert a famine and massive starvation approaching fast after unprecedented monsoon rains in the country.

According to details, civil society and trade union leaders arranged a press conference which was conducted by Zehra Khan of Home Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) here Friday to discuss the post-rains situation in the country, especially in Sindh. It was addressed by Faisal Edhi of Edhi Foundation, Zulfikar Ali Junior, the grandson of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, noted legal expert Rashid A Razvi, Nasir Mansoor of National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), Karamat Ali of PILER, noted economist Dr Kaiser Bengali, Khizar Qazi of HRCP, Dr Mirza Ali Azhar of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and others.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Junior thanked the Edhi Foundation for its relief work in the flooded areas. He said he fully supports Edhi Foundation, adding his father Shaheed Mir Murtaza Bhutto also used to support Edhi. He said the Edhi Foundation is the most active emergency relief organization in Pakistan. He said it is catastrophic situation in Sindh which demands massive rescue and relief work. He appealed to all stakeholders to take steps on war footing basis to save the flood hit people.

Faisal Edhi said that despite all efforts of all relief organizations and agencies including the Edhi Foundation hardly ten percent people could be approached so far, while remaining ninety percent flood hit people are still to be reached out to. He said losses are colossal. The present figures of the losses of life and property are just the tip of the iceberg while the actual losses are very high. He said whole Pakistan is hardly hit by the rains and floods and not a single province is spared from destruction. He said the public response is not so warm that was seen in previous flood and earthquake.

He said the situation would likely to take a worse turn. He said we appeal to all international organizations to respond positively and urgently to help Pakistan; otherwise, a new episode of international migration from Pakistan may begin like Syria as a severe humanitarian crisis is brewing in Pakistan following this human tragedy. He said as per initial estimates up to five Crore people have been affected. He said he personally has spent past nine days and the flooded areas of Sindh and he would only like to say that the situation is nightmarish.

He said ninety percept affected people are still away from the reach of relief and rescue organizations. He said a lot of people are hungry for many days. He said starvation and diseases have started to emerge. He said edibles are not available in many areas and if they are available, they are being sold on 600 to 700 percent more prices. He said the government should punish the traders involved in black-marketing and hoarding.

Edhi said the same situation prevails in the southern Punjab and Balochistan; however, the situation is much better in the KPK province. He said during previous floods and earthquakes international NGOs have played a huge role in assisting people. He demanded lifting ban on all INGOs temporarily for one year. He asked to withdraw the Charites Act so that the local NGOs can also play their due role. He said import of edibles from India should be opened as imports from India would be cheaper due to low transportation costs.

He said our top priority should be to save the lives of people and other things should be not considered at present trying time. He said to punish the NGO of Dr Afridi INGOs were banned in Pakistan; however, there is a dire need to revisit the decision temporarily to cope with the situation. He said there should be no discrimination with the minorities in supply of relief goods.

Dr Mirza Azhar of PMA said that we had already warned the government of floods and destruction but no heeds were paid to our cries. He said diseases and deaths have started to emerge from the flooded areas. He said the situation is quite worrisome. He appealed to the pharma companies to donate basic medicines as they are needed on emergency basis. He said some vested interests are also exploiting the situation and the government should stop them and allow only the genuine NGOs to collect donations from public. He said government silos of wheat have been damaged in affected districts and millions of tons of wheat have been washed away. He said a severe food crisis is looming large over the country.

He demanded to establish residential colonies in big cities for the affected masses who have lost everything including houses in the floods. Qazi Khizar of HRCP said that as per early figures women and children are the major victims of diseases in the flooded areas. He said special focus is needed towards this vulnerable group. He condemned the incidents of sexual harassment of the flood affected women in the name of relief. He asked the government to reduce fifty percent of non-development expenses and spend these funds or relief and rehabilitation of the flood hit people. He asked the government to put mortarium on repayment of loan instalments.

Karamat Ali of PILE R said that the state land available should be given free of cost to the land less Haris. He said universal facilities of healthcare and social security including joblessness allowance should be announced by the government. He said ten percent of the GDP should be tagged for this purpose.

Zehra Akbar general secretary of HBWWF said that all utility bills of electricity and gas should be waived off in the flood hit areas. She said agriculture is devastated and all major crops of cotton, paddy, chilies and vegetables have already been washed away. She demanded immediate relief for the affected masses.

Nasir Mansoor of NTUF said that National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) should be run by pro-people elements and not by the establishment. He said the country should be made a welfare state and not a security state. He said all illegal structures on waterways should be removed. He said all projects that are anti-environment should be abolished. He said at Glasgow conference the industrialist countries had pledged funding the countries hit by climate change but this promise was not fulfilled. He said Pakistan’s ratio in carbon emission is about one percent but it is paying heavy price of global climate change and hence it should be adequately compensated.

Rashid A Razvi said the Charities Act should be withdrawn to allow the local NGOs to work with a free hand for rescue and relief of the flood hit population. He said the political parties have volunteers to arrange rallies but they do not have volunteers to go for rescue and relief work. He said that local and international NGOs should be given a free hand to help the affected population in this time of crisis.

Dr Kaiser Bengali said that they had given proper engineering plans to the government about how to cope with the natural calamities but these plans were not fully implemented. He said pressure should be mounted on the government to implement these plans. He demanded using all-out resources for the urgent rescue, relief and rehabilitation of all the flood affected people.

For more information, contact:
Home Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF)
726, Mashrique Centre, Block 14, Gulshan-e-Iqbal,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-37075324

Food Relief Camp inaugurated at Sir Syed University 

Karachi, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has set up a flood relief camp at the campus to collect for relief items for the flood victims. Clothes, blankets, water bottles, tents and other relief material may be deposited there. Assistant Commissioner, District East, Abdul Sattar Hakro accompanied by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin and Registrar Syed Sarfraz Ali inaugurated the camp.

A large number of students and faculty members including Dean, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Muhammad Aamir, Dean Faculty of Computing and Applied Science, Dr. Aqeel ur Rehman, Dean Faculty of Civil and Architecture Dr. Mir Shabbar Ali, Director Sports Mubashir Mukhtar were present on the occasion. Organizer Sr. Lecturer Yasir Zaheen gave a brief summary of the efforts of his team for the collection and distribution of flood relief items.

Speaking on the occasion, Assistant Commissioner, District East, Abdul Sattar Hakro, said that the heavy rains has caused disasters in the different areas of the province resulting in the collapse of thousands of houses and left countless people homeless. There is no proper planning for drainage of water, nor do we have the system to store.

Expressing grief and sorrow over the widespread devastation, including the loss of precious lives and damage to livestock, and infrastructure, Vice Chancellor SSUET, Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin said that the worst spells of downpour in the country’s history has badly affected the country especially Sindh and Baluchistan.

He appealed to the benefactors the philanthropists to come forward and help the rain and flood affected people. He said that if the provision of aid and rehabilitation process is not timely started, there might be a risk of human tragedy. Registrar Cdre. (r) Engr. Syed Sarfraz Ali, said that SSUET faculty members and students are working hard to collect the essential items for the flood victims. He thanked the Assistant Commissioner for his support.

For more information, contact:
Deputy Director Information,
Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET)
University Road, Karachi-75300, Pakistan
Mobile: 0333-2197581
Tel: +92-21-4988000-2, 4982393-474583
Fax: +92-21-4982393

My Heartening visit to Habib University – “An Island of Learning”

Karachi, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):During my recent visit to Karachi, I was delighted to visit the Habib University campus. The experience of engaging with the faculty and staff was beyond my expectations. Habib University is emerging as an Island of learning, critical thinking, and societal engagement amid the declining standards of higher education in Pakistan.

For the past eight years, I am located within the liberal arts culture in the United States, and I had always wondered as to why such a model could not be created for students in Pakistan.

The late Eqbal Ahmad had articulated the vision of setting up Khaldunia University – a dream that could not be materialized due to bureaucratic hurdles and the inability of the Pakistani state to think beyond the propaganda model of education. Habib University is attempting to fill in this huge void and hopefully will set new directions for learning and instruction in the country.

It was a pleasure to meet with Dr. Muhammad Haris, Dean School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Aamir Hasan, Interim Vice President and Dean of Faculty. It was also a pleasure to engage with Dr. Noman Naqvi, Associate Professor of Humanities and learn from their expertise and reflections on education. I also had the privilege of meeting Mr. Wasif A. Rizvi, the President of Habib University, who was forthcoming and candid about many issues.

Building institutions of higher learning is a slow, painful process that entails intellectual clarity, outstanding faculty, and resources. I hope that Habib will stay the course and evolve into a model university. Pakistan needs a generation of qualified graduates – researchers, administrators, and professionals – and we are already late. This is why Habib University is such an important project.

This story is written by Raza Rumi, Director of Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, Lecturer at Brooks School of Public Policy, Cornell University and Editor of The Friday Times, Naya Daur Media.

For more information, contact:
Habib University
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-34301051-55

PSDF has signed the contract to train 2,400+ trainees under Koh-e-Suleman Improvement Project 

Lahore, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) and Koh-e-Suleman Improvement Project (KSIP) organized a contract ceremony for funding of 2,400+ trainees in 23 specialized trades. PSDF will fund skill trainings for residents of Tehsil Koh-e-Suleman, DG Khan and De-excluded area of Rajanpur. These areas comprise primarily of tribal communities with low literacy levels and until now have had limited opportunities for personal and economic development.

During the first phase of this project, 2,400+ residents will receive 1.5 to 3 months trainings in Adda Work, Amazon Virtual Assistant, Civil Surveyor, Computer Applications, Domestic Electrician, Dozer Operator, Dress Design and Tailoring, Excavator Operator, Hand Embroidery, Heavy Transport Vehicle Driving, Livestock Management, Mason, Mobile Phone Repairing, Motorcycle Mechanic, Plumber and Sanitary Installer, Safety inspector, Solar Technician, Virtual Accounting and Bookkeeping, Welder, Artificial Insemination (Assistant),Village Veterinary Worker, Farm Management and Animal Nutrition Management.

PSDF in these first of kind trainings will use its skill expertise to equip residents with market-relevant professional knowledge to commence their skill development. To mobilize this project, training centres will be established in the tribal areas of Koh-e-Suleman, DG Khan and de-excluded area of Rajanpur Monthly stipend of Rs 3,500 will also be provided to the trainees to facilitate their learning journey.

During the contract signing ceremony Maqbool Ahmed (Project Director, KSIP) remarked, “This is the first step in building a new future for the youth. Government of Punjab and PSDF aims to optimize resources for the progress of our trainees, ensuring them economically sustainable future”.

On this occasion Ali Akbar Bosan, COO PSDF said “PSDF strongly believes that everyone deserves an access to quality skills training. And we are proud to present special skills training under KSIP, focusing on soft skills competencies to develop all necessary skills to make our youth marketable candidates and equipping them with all the new age tools to be successful in all walks of the life”.

Admissions will start from 1st October 2022, for information about the training locations please visit

For more information, contact:
Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF)
21-A, H Block, Dr. Mateen Fatima Road, Gulberg II, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-35752188, +92-42-35752408-10
Fax: +92-42-35752190

TTA trains faculty members on research designs 

Lahore, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):The Training Academy (TTA) at the University of Lahore (UOL) arranged a training session titled “Research Designs for Social Sciences”. Dr. Naveed Anwer (Assistant Professor from Lahore Business School, UOL) was the facilitator of the session.

He shared his thoughts on the importance of skills embroiled in designing, conducting and writing empirical studies in the social sciences. Furthermore, the role of ‘good’ research questions (i.e., important, interesting, novel, and answerable) was discussed with the help of hands-on activities from an array of fields and methodological traditions.

For more information, contact:
The University of Lahore
1 – KM Defence Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-865-865, +92-42-35322501 +92-42-35321761