Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani becomes President of APNS.

The Annual Meeting of the APNS General Council held at APNS House, Karachi, unanimously elected Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani as  President, Sarmad Ali as Secretary General, Imtinan Shahid as Senior Vice President, Muhammad Aslam Kazi as Vice President, Syed Muhammad Munir Jilani as Joint Secretary and Shahab Zuberi as Finance Secretary of the Society. The AGM was held under the chairmanship of Mrs. Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani, President of the Society. The Council unanimously approved the report of the Executive Committee for the year 2023-2024 as well as the Annual Accounts of the Society for the year 2023. 

The General Council, attended by 116 members from across the country, formed an Election Commission headed by Dr Waqar Yousuf Azeemi with Syed Irfan Shah and Zahid Hafeez as members. The Election Commission conducted the election of the Executive Committee for the year 2024-25. 

Following dailies and magazines were elected unopposed to the Executive Committee of the APNS for the next tenure: 

Daily Times, Daily Duniya, Daily Jang, Daily Khabrain, Daily Pakistan, Daily Tijarat, Daily Ausaf, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Daily Awam (Quetta), Daily Mashriq (Quetta), Daily Wahdat, Daily Mashriq (Peshawar), Daily Kaleem, Daily Kawish, Daily Aftab Multan, Daily Business Report, Daily Paigham, Daily City42, Daily Pakistan Observer, Daily Halchal, Daily Sayadat on daily seats and Weekly Azm, Monthly Dastak, Monthly Naey Ufaq, Monthly Naya Rukh, Monthly Centre Line, Fortnightly Ibrat and Weekly Nikhar elected on periodical seats. 

There being 07 candidates on 06 Karachi daily Seats, the Election Commission conducted the election. The following were elected by secret ballot: 

Daily Aghaz, Daily Business Recorder, Daily Dawn, Daily Deyanat, Daily Jasarat and Daily Jiddat. 

The new Executive Committee elected Mrs Zahida Abbasi of Daily Nau Sijj, Karachi, on a woman – the publisher’s seat. 

The newly elected Executive Committee appreciated the performance of the Election Commission for conducting fair and transparent elections. 

In a resolution, the AGM expressed its profound concern about the state of print media due to the present economic situation, which has caused a severe financial crisis for newspapers, many of which are on the verge of collapse. In this situation, the media expected support from the government to brave the financial crunch. The AGM urged the new federal government to implement Mian Shahbaz Sharif’s decision, approved in his last tenure, to increase government advertisement rates. The AGM members requested that the federal and provincial governments pay the long-standing dues of the newspaper industry, increase the quantum of advertisements, and allocate a separate share of print media in the advertising budget so that the newspaper industry could survive in the present situation. 

In a resolution, the AGM expressed its profound concern about the arbitrary decision of the PID to remove 17 publications from the Combined Media List, of which 11 publications are members of the APNS. The APNS condemned the above decision and requested the Ministry of Information to restore the publications on the media list.

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