Sharjeel administers oath to new PAPP office-bearers

KARACHI:Sindh Minister for Information and Transport Sharjeel Inam Memon on Tuesday administered oath to the newly elected office bearers of Pakistan Association of Press Photographers (PAPP) and Pakistan Press Photographers Trust for the year 2022-23, at a simple ceremony at Karachi Press Club.

The provincial minister took oath from President Syed Abbas Mehdi, Vice President Noman Nizami, General Secretary Muhammad Jamil, Joint Secretary Athar Khan, Treasurer Syed Imran Ali, Governing Body members Ashraf Memon, Rizwan Tabassum, Masroor Abidi, Matin Khan, Rasheed Ahmed, Member Trust Jalal Qureshi, Sohail Rafique, Syed Shariq Hussain, Sultan Chaki and Mohammad Raheel.

In his welcome address, General Secretary PAPP M Jameel welcomed Director Press Information Saleem Khan Karachi Press Club President Fazil Jamili, Secretary Rizwan Bhatti and others.

Muhammad Jamil also highlighted the problems being faced by the photographers and also requested Sharjeel Inam Memon for fund of Rs 5 million for restoration of Pakistan Press Photographers Trust as well as presented him a written reminder in this regard.

Memon, in his address congratulated the newly elected body of PAPP and Trust officials and said that the photographers take risk of their life while performing their duties. The hard work of photographers and cameramen is unparalleled in any field, he said.

The provincial minister appealed to the owners of media houses to provide adequate salaries and benefits to media workers. Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the Sindh government has increased annual grant of PAPP from one million to two million.

He said that the government is going to introduce a new policy for journalists and all certified journalists will be given life and health insurance which will also include photographers. He said that all the schemes for the welfare of journalists have been given by the PPP. Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari are very much concerned for the media and their vision is to give priority to the welfare of journalists, he added.

He said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto also gave policies for the betterment of media men in her governments. He said that the Sindh Information Department has provided all possible help to the journalists in their difficult times and would continue to do so.

Memon was also presented Sindhi Ajrak and Sindhi Topi by President PAPP Syed Abbas Mehdi and General Secretary Muhammad Jamil. At the end of the ceremony, PAPP President Syed Abbas Mehdi thanked Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and other guests.

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