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First-ever young sports reporters training program begins in Pakistan

by Muhammad Usama, PSWF

Karachi, November 6, 2018 - A five day Young Sports Reporters Training program commenced on Monday in Karachi, Pakistan, to hone and develop the skills of aspiring journalists in the region.

The event is organised by Sports Journalists Association of Sindh (SJAS), a provincial unit of the Pakistan Sports Writers Federation. For the first time in Pakistani history young sports journalists from Afghanistan, Iran and Nepal are participating. Reporter from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia may soon soon. Young sports reporters from Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and FATA are also attending the event.

Former Minister for Sports and patron of SJAS , Dr Syed Junaid Ali Shah welcomed all the participants and said that sports are a main part of our society and that sports journalists can play a positive role to establish Pakistan as a safe country for sports lovers as well as sportsmen. He also praised Pakistan Sports Writers Federation for arranging the workshop and hailed their services.

Amjad Aziz Malik, Secretary General AIPS ASIA and President of the Pakistan Sports Writers Federation warmly welcomed all the participants. He said that it was a historic day for Pakistani sports journalism - ‘these kinds of workshops would help young reporters to polish their skills.’

He told the participants that he could have arranged the workshop in Peshawar in his home town, but that he enjoyed working with the provincial unit. SJAS played a vital role in the field of sports. He said: “I think no other association can beat the Sindh Sports Journalists Association. The youngsters gathered here for nourishment of their journalistic skills.”

Chief Guest, Senior Provincial Minister Nasir Hussain Shah said on the occasion that

this is a great event in the history of Pakistan. He said: “I congratulate SJAS and Amjad Aziz Malik for their efforts.Nasir Hussain Shah assured the media persons present that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will provide all kind of support to journalists community.

“We are always available for journalists financially and trying to solve their problems,” added Nasir Hussain Shah. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister hailed the Pakistan Sports Writers Federation services and appreciated the entire association for organizing this event.

Sindh Minister, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah lauded the services of Amjad Aziz Malik in the field of sports and organizing various events outlined, making their country proud. Senior journalists, Iqbal Jamil, Mehmood Sham, Anisuddin Khan, Zubair Nazeer Khan, Kamal Siddique, Atiq-ur-Rehman and SJAS paron Dr Farhan Essa addressed highlighted that the new generation from this field may benefit from such seminars and trainings. They shared their experience of making news and how to compose headlines.

Later, Minister Nasir Hussain Shah presented a souvenir to senior journalists Mehmood Sham, Anisuddin Khan, Iqbal Jamil, Amjad Aziz Malik, Atiq-ur-Rehman, Secretary Sports Sindh, Haroon Ahmed Khan, Patrons SJAS Farhan Essa and Junaid Ali Shah. Dr Junaid Ali Shah and Farhan Essa presented souvenir to Minister, Nasir Hussain Shah. The visiting journalists were taken to the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam, the DHA Golf Club Marina club for a boat trip and a dinner, and the National Stadium by SJAS organizing committee.

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