Newly-elected PUJ office-bearers take oath

Our Correspondent
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

LAHORE: The swearing-in ceremony of the Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) was held at Lahore Press Club Tuesday which was presided over by PFUJ Secretary General Nasir Zaidi while President Lahore Press Club Arshad Ansari was the chief guest. Nasir Zaidi took an oath from the elected leadership of the PUJ.

PUJ President Qamar Zaman Bhatti, Senior Vice President Mohsin Ali, Vice President Muhammad Babar, General Secretary Khawaja Aftab Hassan, Senior Joint Secretary Atiya Zaidi, Joint Secretary Tariq Hassan, Treasurer Nadeem Sheikh, Executive Council Member Khawar Baig, Javed Hashmi, Qamar Jabbar, Imran Chaudhry, Jawad Hassan Gul, Asad Iqbal, Ahsan Raza and Adnan Butt took the oath.

PFUJ Treasurer Zulfiqar Ali Mehto, Secretary Lahore Press Club Zahid Chaudhry, Joint Secretary Khawaja Naseer, members FEC Zaheer Shehzad, Shabbir Mughal, General Secretary Lahore Photo Journalists Association Pervez Altaf, APNEC leaders Mansoor Malik and Asghar Khan, senior journalists Arshad Yaseen, Ashraf Sohail, Azhar Ghauri, Rafiq Khan, Ashraf Lodhi, Dr Kanwal Feroze, Tamseela Chishti, Farzana Chaudhry, Shahab Ansari, Jamil Ahmad, Rehan Munir Zubair and Jamal Ahmed among others also participated.

Addressing the function, Secretary-General PFUJ Nasir Zaidi said that the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists was not ready to compromise on freedom of the press nor would it allow the employers to usurp the rights of workers. “The government lies about the freedom of the press and the protection of workers’ rights.

The war on freedom of the press and the protection of workers’ rights has been imposed on us. Thousands of workers have lost their jobs and wages have been cut,” said Zaidi. PFUJ’s long march will start from Quetta and protests will continue with a sit-in in Islamabad till the approval of demands, he said.

In his address, PUJ President Qamar Zaman Bhatti vowed to continue the struggle for freedom of the press and the rights of media workers and said that a full workers convention would be held in Lahore on October 21 before the long march.

Problems of working journalists will be discussed. President Lahore Press Club Arshad Ansari said that Lahore Press Club is the base camp of journalists struggle and “we stand shoulder to shoulder with PFUJ to protect the rights of journalists”, he said.

The successful sit-in in Islamabad proved that there is only one PFUJ in this country and the rest are WhatsApp mushrooms. At the end of the ceremony, PFUJ Secretary General Nasir Zaidi, Arshad Ansari and other guests were presented commemorative shields by the PUJ.