Auckland, March 14, 2019
Punctuality, transparency, accountability and quality events are among the promises of the new team at the Pakistan Association of New Zealand (PANZ).
Naveed Hameed, an avid Indian Newslink reader and former office-bearer of PANZ, pledged allegiance to the Constitution of PANZ “and undertake programmes and activities that will promote the literary, cultural and social interests of the members of the Pakistani community in New Zealand.”
Along with Mr Hameed, General Secretary Asim Mukhtar, Joint Secretary Ajaz Nusrat also took oath of office, promising to work as a team and strengthen the Association.
Mr Hameed said that Vice-President Dr Asif Saeed Khan and Treasurer Atif Aslam will take oath of their respective offices on return from overseas.
Among those who witnessed the swearing-in ceremony held at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall in Mt Eden were outgoing Members of the Executive Committee, the Election Commission of PANZ and community leaders.
As reported on February 21, 2019, there were two main groups that contested in the PANZ elections this year. They were the ‘Pasban Panel’ (meaning ‘Guardian’ or ‘Gatekeeper’) led by Mr Hameed and the ‘Dosti Panel’ (‘Friendship’ led by Khalid Baloch).
It was a good augury that the Dosti Panel members were present at the swearing-in ceremony to express their solidarity and cooperation.
“This is a tremendous moment in the history of PANZ. With the assurance of cooperation and the combined strength of the Dosti Panel with its President Mr Baloch, we are confident of working together to serve our community.
Dosti Panel Members were also present during the ceremony to support the new General Body members and assured their full cooperation. President PANZ Naveed Hameed applauded and appreciate the support and cooperation from Dosti Panel’s President Khalid Baloch and assured that they will work together for the betterment of the community.
“Together, we will work hard with our own community and others in New Zealand. We will soon announce details of our first programme,” he said.
Naveed Hameed (Centre) with Asim Mukhtar (left) and Ajaz Nusrat (right) (Picture Supplied)