APNS elects Sarmad Ali as President, Umer Mujib Shami Secretary General

Dawood Rehman 02:22 PM | 31 Mar, 2016
APNS elects Sarmad Ali as President, Umer Mujib Shami Secretary General
KARACHI (Staff Report) - The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has elected Executive Committee for the year 2016-17 which unanimously elected Sarmad Ali (Daily Jang) as President, Umer Mujib Shami (Daily Pakistan) as Secretary General, Rameeza Majid Nizami (Daily Nawa-i-Waqt) as Senior Vice President, Mumtaz A. Tahir (Daily Aftab) as Vice President, and S M Munir Jilani (Joint Secretary) as Joint Secretary.

The annual General Council of APNS, that met yesterday at the APNS House in Karachi, under the Chairmanship of Hameed Haroon, unanimously approved the report of the Executive Committee for the preceding year  as well as the Annual Accounts of the Society.


The General Council discussed the conditions prevailing in the newspaper industry and take decisions to address the problems faced by the member publications.

The meeting was attended by full members only and finalised its recommendations on the issues pertaining to the Government–Press relations, press laws and the future of the industry.

The General Council, in a special resolution, noted with concern that the federal as well as provincial governments were denying government advertising to majority of genuine publications, and the major part of advertising budget has been diverted to electronic media.

The members, who gathered from across the country, stressed that the governments must allocate fixed share in advertisement budgets for print media. They urged transparency in the release of ads by the governments and reiterated that data should be released on website of the PID and provincial information departments.

In another resolution, the Council reiterated that the regional quota be strictly implemented and no publications other than regional, be allocated government advertisements from this quota.

The members also directed the Executive Committee to take up the demand of minimum quota for APNS members with the concerned authorities.

The members based in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan have also reported to the Council that the Information Departments of the provinces have adopted discriminatory approach while releasing government advertisements which are being distributed to irregular publications, while the senior and genuine publications were being completely ignored. This has resulted in the acute financial crunch to the newspaper industry in the province.

The APNS Council also noted that the print share in the campaigns launched by the federal government was consistently decreasing which has considerably slashed advertising in newspapers, causing survival issues for smaller and regional publications.

The Council expressed its concern that the notification of approved rate increase is pending for over 03 years and urged upon the Ministry of Information to honor its commitments and issue the notification without any further delay.

The General Council attended by 150 members from across the country, formed an Election Commission headed by Younus Riaz, Syed Hamid Hussain Abedi and Aleem Ahmed as members. The Election Commission conducted the election of the Executive Committee for the year 2016-17. Following were elected un-opposed:

Rawalpindi/Islamabad Daily Seats: Daily Ausaf, Islamabad and Daily Sahafat, Islamabad.

Balochistan Daily Seats: Daily Awam, Quetta and Daily Mashriq, Quetta.

Sindh excluding Daily Karachi: Daily Kaleem, Sukkur and Daily Kawish, Hyderabad.

Periodicals Seats: Monthly Kiran Digest Karachi, Monthly Naey Ufaq Karachi, Monthly Naya Rukh Karachi and Monthly Roohani Digest, Karachi.

News & News Comments Periodical (Sindh / Balochistan): Fortnightly Ibrat, Hyderabad

The Election Commission conducted the election to the Executive Committee for the year 2014-15. Following were elected by secret ballot:

Karachi Daily Seats: Daily Aghaz, Daily Business Recorder, Daily Dawn, Daily Deyanat, Daily Jurat and Daily Qaumi Akhbar.

Lahore Daily Seats: Daily Dunya, Daily Jang, Daily Khabrain, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Daily Pakistan and Daily Tijarat.

KP Daily Seats: Daily Mashriq and Daily Wahdat.

Punjab (excluding Lahore/Rawalpindi/Islamabad): Daily Aftab Multan, Daily Business Report Faisalabad and Daily Paigham, Faisalabad.

General Seats (Metropolitan Dailies): Daily City 42, Lahore and Daily Pakistan Observer, Islamabad.

General Seats (Regional Dailies): Daily Sayadat, Bahawalpur and Daily Tijarati Rahbar, Faisalabad

News & News Comments Periodical (Punjab/KPK): Weekly Azm / Daily Taaqat, Lahore.

News & News Comments Periodicals (General): Monthly Cricketer, Karachi

The Council elected Javed Ahmad of Daily Atemad, Quetta as member emeritus in recognition of his services for the newspaper industry. The President - elect nominated Monthly Dastak, Karachi on woman publishers seat.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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