Parvez Iftikhar tells ITLoW about the USF

March 13, 2009 at 7:49 am 6 comments

Parvez Iftikhar on the set of ITLoWI must admit I had never heard about the Universal Service Fund (USF) until I met Parvez Iftikhar at Kuala Lumpur airport. We were both headed for the World Congress of IT where Parvez was going to be presenting the USF success story (sharing the stage with none other than Craig Barrett, the CEO of Intel Corporation).

I don’t know if he was excited at the prospect. He seems to be someone who has his feet firmly on the ground. I, on the other hand, always have my feet a few inches in the air at least so I was totally excited that Pakistan was being used as a successful case study. Parvez did a terrific job of showcasing the project in front of the thousands of WCIT delegates. I was so proud.

When Parvez came to Karachi a few weeks ago to sign a deal with Wateen for WiMax to be made available throughout Sindh, I could not miss the opportunity of dragging him onto the set of “In the Line of Wire” and firing all sorts of questions at him. In this conversation, Parvez demystifies the Universal Service Fund for us, tells us why it was set up, what it is doing and what the plans are for the future. Do watch the whole episode because there are certain projects that the USF is planning to launch that could be of interest to some of you youngsters out there, or to women.

rabia-giving-parvez-the-mags In this picture, you see Rabia loading Parvez down with all the magazines that CIO Pakistan publishes.

rabia-and-parvez1And in this other picture, she seems to be horrified that he has never seen a copy of CMO. I am sure she will get get back at him by doing a cover story on him in that particular magazine. Poor Parvez – caught in the evil web!

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  • 3. Qurrat-ul-Ann  |  March 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Hello, Ms.Jehanara . I don’t have your official email address, so i am contacting you thruogh this platform. I wanted to ask you that sometime back I don’t remember eactly how long ago , but I saw your interview, in which you mentioned about home based jobs for women. I have been searching a lot about it but most of them are scam. I was hoping if you could guide me in this matter. I have done Masters in IT and have been working as DBA but now I want to work with flexible timing. Thanks in advance.

  • 4. Vic  |  March 15, 2009 at 7:54 am

    This is in reference to the comments posted in response to the video interview.

    Iftikhar Sb talks about the successful public-private model used by the USF, and I have commented there that, while the initial results of such expenditure are quickly visible, the long term benefits of more inclusive alternate approaches are higher.

  • 5. Babar Bhatti  |  March 22, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I’m glad that USF is getting more coverage. I did an interview with Iftikhar Sb in October and was impressed by the extent of planning and work by USF.

  • 6. anonymous  |  June 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Why is no one speaking up about this here?

    Someone who is actually doing good work for the country is being treated like this!


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