The annual General Council of the Sports Journalists Association of Sindh (SJAS) for year 2019-20 was held at the Karachi Hockey Academy, under the President, Muhammad Asif Khan.
SJAS’ patrons Dr. Farhan Essa, Khwaja Ahmed Mustaqeem along with office bearers, executive committee members, and a large number of members attended the General Council meeting.
The SJAS Secretary General, Muhammad Asghar Azeem presented the comprehensive annual performance report, which was highly appreciated by the members. The secretary informed the colleagues that despite the challenges, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, SJAS fulfilled 90% of its annual calendar. The General Council approved the annual budget 2019-20, presented by Treasurer, Irshad Ali.
The Joint Secretary, Shahid Usman Saati presented the resolution to reduce the election tenure from four to two years, which was unanimously endorsed by the members in attendance.
Another important matter was of those who left SJAS for a new organization. The General Council canceled the basic membership of those individuals however approved their conditional return to SJAS by rendering a formal apology to the General Council.
During the important meeting, the chief executive of Virtual Axes, Khwaja Ahmed Mustaqeem was introduced as the third patron of SJAS along with Dr. Farhan Essa and Dr. Junaid Ali Shah which was warmly received by attendees.
Khwaja Ahmed Mustaqeem, on the occasion, recalled his six years old association with SJAS. He appreciated SJAS’ activities for the welfare and betterment of the journalist community and added that no other journalists’ body, in the entire country, performs with this zeal.
Patron SJAS, Dr. Farhan Essa appreciated the decision to curtail the election tenure to two years and said that this move is unprecedented because mostly officials look to extend their reign but SJAS set a bright example to provide more members a chance to come forward and perform for the betterment of the organization.