Pakistani journalists in Gulf form PFJ
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani journalists working in the print and electronic media in the Gulf have formed an association under the name Pakistan Journalists Forum (PJF). At the inaugural ceremony, held in Dubai, Pakistani Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira administered the oath, says a press release.
Minister Kaira, in his speech, said that terrorism and extremism are the greatest threats being faced by Pakistan and the nation should unite against these menaces.
“This forum should remain above politics as involvement of journalists in politics was not in the interest of the country.
They should also remain focused in projecting the country’s interest and positive image,” Kaira said.
The minister also announced that the Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University for Media Studies has been instituted for capacity building of journalists.
The inaugural ceremony was held at Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) and was also addressed by Pakistan Ambassador to the UAE Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, consul general Amjad Ali Sher, Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash, and PAD president Riaz Farooq Sahi.
PJF chairman is Mohamed Abdul Qudoos (deputy bureau chief, Khaleej Times), president Ashfaq Ahmad (chief reporter Gulf News), senior vice-president Sohail Khawar (senior correspondent Daily Jang), vice-president Rana Arshad (editor monthly Emirates News), vice-president Aamir Malik (bureau chief Din Daily), general secretary Manzoor Bhatti (chief editor Arabian Post), finance secretary Salman Jazib (editor Online Urdu International), information secretary Qaiser Khan Usufzai (chief editor Haqaeq News).
PJF’s membership is open to Pakistani journalists, photographers, cameramen, visiting media professionals and journalism and communication students across the Gulf.
However the aim of the association is to strengthen the bonds of brotherly relations between the Gulf countries and Pakistan, and hold events to improve the professional capabilities of the journalists.
Source: Business Recorder