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Alamgir appointed the Chairman of PBSA | Instant News

KARACHI: Alamgir Anwar Shaikh, who has worked for the Pakistan Billiards & Association (PBSA) for eight years, has now been appointed Chairman of the country’s regulatory body for sign sports. He has succeeded Ali Asghar Valika, who has now been appointed Chief Protector of PBSA.

The notification issued by PBSA here a few days ago confirmed Alamgir Shaykh’s appointment as the new Chairman of the Board. Previously served as Deputy Chair of the Association since 2016.

He also served as PBSA President in 2008, twice being elected to the coveted post over a four-year term. He was absent from the 2016 election in which candidate Munawwar Hussain Shaikh defeated Sarwar Siddiqui in a fiercely-fought presidential election for the first time in the Association’s history.

There was no such contest in 2016 as neither Munawwar Shaikh did not run again and no one else submitted a nomination letter and Jawed Karim, with his entire team, was elected unopposed for the next four-year term, starting in 2020.

Asghar Valika, thought to have revived the dormant sign sport in Pakistan, served as PBSA President for 20 years, from 1988 to 2008, before a government decision prompted him to vacate the seat.


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The Omani Swiss Friendship Association holds an AGM and elects a new Council | Instant News

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Hani Al Zubair as Chair of the Omani Friendship Association of Switzerland

On Sunday, April 4, 2021, the Omani Friendship Association of Switzerland held its Annual General Meeting online. Shk. Saif bin Hashil Al Maskery chaired the meeting. He thanked the Membership for its ongoing support, and also thanked His Excellency Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al Said and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their guidance and support since the Association’s foundation more than 4 years ago. The meeting discussed the Association’s activities over the past two years and approved audited finances for 2019 and 2020.

The meeting also appointed a new board of directors for the next three-year term. Hani Al Zubair and Luca Decarli were re-elected and followed by Mohammed Abdullah Al Kharusi, Dr. Anka Kaestner (the first woman to join the OSFA Council), Said bin Saif Al Maskery, Lateef Shahdad and Khalid Said Al Wahaibi. After announcing the new Council, Shk. Saif wished them good luck and said, ‘I hope to see a new, younger and more dynamic Council in action’, a sentiment echoed by HE Sayyid Abdulla bin Hamed Al Busaidy, Protector of the Association, who was also present. HE Sayyid Abdulla also took the time to express his gratitude to the Members of the Council who have now resigned, especially Shk. Saif for his hard work and leadership in establishing the Association.

After the meeting, the new board held the first board meeting and appointed Hani Al Zubair as Chairman of the Association. Luca Decarli was appointed Deputy Chairman and Mohammed Al Kharusi as Treasurer.


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Shaukat Tareen will become chairman of the NEC | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Former federal finance minister Shaukat Khan Tareen is likely to be appointed chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) to be formed later this month.

The council will be composed of economic experts from four provinces. A well-placed source told The News here Wednesday evening that the NEC will fulfill a fair distribution of resources for the federation and wealth creation units. Tareen who was replaced by former Minister of Finance Dr. Hafeez Sheikh in the previous PPP government of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in 2010, will become SAPM and use the status of federal minister. He was approached by a government representative who is currently stationed at the grand office in Lahore for accepting the slot, the source said. Tareen, who runs his own bank and continues to move between Islamabad and Karachi, will be based in Islamabad with a liaison office in Karachi. Meanwhile, the incumbent Finance Minister Hammad Azhar has initiated efforts to finalize the budget for next fiscal year which will be submitted in the last week of next month.


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Candidates for Deputy Chair of the PTI Senate are wealthy businessmen | Instant News

PESHAWAR: Mirza Mohammad Afridi, Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan candidate for the office of Deputy Chairman of the Senate, is a businessman from the Khyber tribal district who was elected Senator as an independent candidate but later joined the ruling party.

Afridi, 42, belongs to a well-known businessman family who owns textile and steel factories and other businesses not only in Pakistan, but also in Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea.

He has contested the Upper House Parliament elections in March 2018 in the seats reserved for the Federally Regulated Tribal Territory (Fata). He was elected as an individual candidate, but joined PTI after forming a government winning the July 2018 general election. His term as a member of the Senate will end in March 2024.

After that, former Fata, known as the district that only joined after the merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in May 2018, will not have eight seats reserved in the Senate.

Afridi, who is a member of a number of Senate committees, is from Bara in the Khyber district.

One of his uncles, Mohammad Shah Afridi, has remained a member of parliament in the past. His eldest uncle, the late Haji Nawab Khan, has competed several times and lost the elections for the National Assembly to Khyber.

Mirza Mohammad Afridi is a cousin of Javed Afridi, owner of the Peshawar Zalmi cricket franchise.

He is optimistic about his chances of winning the Senate Deputy Chair election against Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the JUI-F leader from Balochistan and the joint candidate of the 11-party opposition alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM),[ even though the latter has four more members than the PTI if one were to exclude the lone Jamaat-i-Islami Senator who may abstain from the poll. “I want to give glad tidings to the people of ex-Fata that we will win this election,” he was quoted as saying.

Afridi termed his nomination by the PTI to contest for the post of Deputy Chairman Senate as the fulfillment of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s commitment to the people of erstwhile Fata.

If he wins, Afridi will become the first person from the former tribal areas to hold such a high elected office.


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PML-N senators were told not to vote for the PDM, said Maryam Nawaz | Instant News

PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz spoke to the media. Photo: Files

PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz on Thursday claimed that her party Senators were summoned and told not to vote for the PDM, as the government and the Opposition are both preparing for the election of Senate chairman and vice chairman.

The Government and the Opposition will vote on Friday when the upper house of Parliament votes to elect the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate.

Taking to Twitter, Maryam Nawaz alleged that Senator PML-N had recorded evidence of the call.

“Our senators were summoned and asked not to vote for PDM candidates. Some of them have recorded the evidence,” he tweeted.

While former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani is a joint PDM candidate for parliament, the government supports current Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. Tensions rose between the two sides after Gillani grabbed a surprise victory over Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in Senate elections, with PM Imran Khan accusing the Opposition of using unfair practices to win.

PM Imran Khan accused the Opposition of using unfair means to win a seat in the Islamabad Senate

Senate elections, which take place on March 3, have raised tensions between the government and the Opposition after Gillani defeated Shaikh by gathering 169 votes against his opponent’s 164 votes. Six votes were rejected while one was not surveyed.

Following these developments, PM Imran Khan has spoken to the nation, accusing the Opposition of spending money to influence the elections.

“What kind of democracy is this? So I started a campaign for open voting,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his speech.

The prime minister said in the 2018 Senate elections, the party found that 20 lawmakers “sold themselves”.

“But it wasn’t just me who started it. PML-N and PPP signed the Democracy Charter which supports the open voting method because of the money rules in the Senate election,” he said.

“We submitted a bill in parliament for an open vote in the Senate elections. When other parties that previously supported open voting did not support our request, we went to the Supreme Court.

“Even a video appeared in which KP MPA took bribes in exchange for the Senate vote,” said PM Imran Khan.


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