ISLAMABAD: Veteran journalist, senior analyst and Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami has been elected as the president of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE).
Awami Awaz Editor Dr Abdul Jabbar Khattak has been elected as the secretary general while Khabrain Editor Imtinan Shahid has been elected as the senior vice president and Express Group Editor Ayaz Khan as the Punjab vice president.
The names of the new council members were announced during a meeting of the CPNE standing committee which was held under the chairmanship of outgoing president Zia Shahid.
Paying tribute to the outgoing CPNE council, Arif Nizami said that they had contributed immensely to the fraternity of journalists during their tenure.
Talking about the challenges that the media is facing in Pakistan, he said that the new council will have to work hard to ensure the freedom of media in the country.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi congratulated Arif Nizami on his election as the CPNE president. He also congratulated other members on their successful election to the council.
PM Abbasi said that the election of Arif Nizami as the CPNE president is a good omen for journalism in the country.
State Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb and chief ministers of all provinces also congratulated Arif Nizami on his election as the CPNE president.