CPNE elects new office-bearers
LAHORE- Editor-in-Chief Jang Group of Publications Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman was elected as President Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) at the annual meeting of CPNE.
Editor Awami Awaz Daily Dr Jabbar Khatak was elected as Secretary-General and Altaf Hassan Qureshi from Urdu Digest was elected Senior Vice-President. Editor Daily Sahafat Islamabad Khushnood Ali Khan, Editor Wahdat Daily Peshawar Pir Sufaid Shah, Editor Pictorial News Review Karachi Mahmood-ul-Aziz and Editor Daily Awam Quetta Waseem Amjad were elected as vice-presidents.
Editor Daily Business Report Faisalabad Abdur-ur-Rasheed Ghazi was elected as Joint Secretary and Editor Ausaf Daily Islamabad Mehtab Abbasi were elected Finance Secretary.
Earlier, a 35-member Standing Committee was also elected. Daily Jang, Dawn, Business Recorder, Awami Awaz, Din and Agaz were elected on the six seats for Karachi. Nawai-e-Waqt, Pakistan, Masawat, Tajarat, Express, Wafaq were elected on six reserved seats for Lahore, Daily Nashistian, Sahafat, Ausaf were elected from Islamabad. Daily Awam, Daly Zamana from Balochistan and Daily Wahdat and Daily Sarhad were elected from NWFP. Daily Kawish Hyderabad and Daily Kaleem (Sukkur) from Sindh were elected. Besides Lahore and Rawalpindi, Daily from Multan, Business Report Faisalabad, and Saadat Faisalabad were elected from the Punjab.
On general seats, Daily Ibrat from Hyderabad, Jasarat Karachi, Mushraq Quetta, Al-Akhbar Islamabad and News Agency PPI were elected. In the list of magazines, monthly Rohani Digest, Kiran, Nai Ufaq, Moon Digest, Shah Rag Pakistan, Urdu Digest and Pictorial New Review were elected.
The election commission of the CPNE was consisted of Shaheen Qureshi from the Pakistan Times (Chairman), Ghulam Nabi from Daily Pak Karachi (Member) and Qutubuddin from Asian Medical News (Member).
An extra-ordinary meeting of the CPNE General Body was also held prior to its annual meeting, in which the constitutional reforms forwarded by some members were reviewed. The house approved some amendments, including increase in standing committee seats and posts.
The CPNE members also discussed relationship between the government and the press. The secretary-general presented the annual report. The meeting approved the annual report and annual accounts. The meeting also lauded the meritorious services of outgoing CPNE president Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami and other representatives.
After the election of the CPNE, its newly-elected President Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman said that the freedom of press was facing new and complicated challenges not only at the local level but also at the international level, including the West. He said that a comprehensive strategy, comprising modern trends was required to meet these challenges effectively. He thanked the members of standing committee and other representatives for electing him as president.
Source: The News