Pakistani American Press Association’s Oath Ceremony for year 2020-21 was held online due to COVID-19 lock-down. Leading Scholar Ambassador Akbar S. Ahmed administered oath to the office bearers with special participation by Republican leader Sajid Tarar and Democrat leader Tahir Javed along with senior journalist Raza Rumi.
The new office bearers for the year 2020-21 are as follows:
President Khurram Shahzad
Voice President Nuzaira Azam
General Secretary Yousuf Chaudhry
Treasurer Aziz Ahmed
Info. Secretary Saqib Ul Islam
Executive Body includes:
Meriam Sabih & Shamim Bano
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed said that the “Pakistani American Press Association is working to highlight and elevate the journalistic accomplishments of Pakistani Americans which are sources of pride for Pakistan and its diaspora community and this organization and its members are playing a major role in the building of bridges between Pakistan and the West, especially as they are Americans living in the US.
Founded in 2017,Pakistani American Press Association is a dynamic organization that seeks to provide an interactive media forum to journalists of Pakistani origin in North America. The association aims to create education and training facilities for Pakistani and Pakistani-American journalists & highlight issues concerning people & governments of Pakistan & United States.
Republican and Democrat leaders appreciated the efforts of PAPA on bringing the journalistic community and Pakistani diaspora together in one of the most important year in the modern history, year 2020 which is an election year in America, where we are fighting with a pandemic & fake news at the same time. They highlighted the importance of such associations in this time. they said It’s a high time for Pakistani American diaspora to engage locally and and we believe that this platform will become the voice of Pakistan & Pakistani American diaspora in Washington and serve as a bridge between public & officials in US Congress
Journalist and scholar Raza Rumi shed light on importance of Pakistani American Press Association in current times and hoped for a productive year ahead.
The recorded session of the ceremony is available on PAPA’s facebook page
-Saqib Ul Islam