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 NAZIR SABIR RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT ALPINE CLUB OF PAKISTAN


The annual general meeting  of Alpine Club of Pakistan was held on Oct 26, 2007 at media center Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad and was followed by the re-elections of Office bearers and the Executive Council  of the club for another term of 3 years.

The Secretary, ACP presented the activities report and the audited accounts for the fiscal year 2006-07. The proposed next years budget was also discussed at length and it was unanimously approved by the large gathering of its regular and associate members. 

Mr. Nazir Sabir in his capacity as existing president of the club thanked all the members and the executive Council for their full support and cooperation during his tenure as the President ACP. In his deliberations he emphasized the need to bring the performance of this club at par with other international climbing clubs. Mr. Nazir Sabir who enjoys honorary membership of  The Alpine Club (UK), Polish Mountaineering Federation, Japanese Alpine Club, The Himalayan Club and number of other Alpine clubs world over said it is his long dream to run the affairs and programmes of the ACP in line with world level organizations.  

He was not satisfied with the present financial assistance provided for this healthy activity yet according to him Alpine Club was able to achieve bare minimum targets within limited financial resources. He assured the audience to continue his support for mountaineering sport and to protect mountain wealth and enhance the club’s role by promoting country’s rich natural heritage.  

He further elaborated his aim of achieving the role of the Alpine Club to meet the needs of the youth of Pakistan by encouraging them to get involved into the outdoors and nature related activities in the wilderness. He asked the people and youth in particular to take advantage of the great natural beauty of Pakistan while talking about importance of closer contact with nature by all human beings as it being a major source of calm of soul and within. He assured the gathering to continue efforts to provide opportunities and to arrange the awareness programmes in mountain training for youth  and exclusively for women by foreign women climbers with the support of international sister organizations in this field. Under the directives of Prime Minister of Pakistan more such programmes have been scheduled during the next year to promote adventure tourism activities among our majority population.  

Brig Amir Gulistan Janjua, the former President of Alpine Club of Pakistan who witnessed the proceedings at the AGM headed and the elections process. In his speech he lauded the achievements and efforts of the present Executive body of the club. He further said the club needs to publicize aggressively its programmes and activities through press and electronic media to attract more youth to join in club’s membership from different walks of life. Brig (Retd) Janjua distributed commemorative shields to two Pakistani climbers Hassan Asad and Nisar Hussain for their outstanding performance in the field of mountaineering this year. Hassan Asad became the second Pakistani to have summitted all five 8000m peaks in Pakistan who was present to receive ACP award. More shields were also presented to number of educational institutions and individuals for their contribution in organizing number of club events particularly women training programmes this year.

After AGM proceedings, the elections of new executive council of the club for the tenure 2007-2010 were held under the supervision of an appointed election commissioner. The elections were held in free and fair atmosphere and large number of honorary and full member’s caste their votes. Mr. Nazir Sabir the distinguished mountaineer and sitting president ACP was re-elected President of Alpine Club of Pakistan for another term of three years. This was the first time that the office of the president was contested by another candidate as against a tradition of nomination by the sitting Executive Council. The other elected members of the

Executive Council are: 

Vice Presidents

1.     Mr. Ashraf Aman

2.     Lt. Col. (R) Manzoor Hussain

3.     Col. (R) M. Sher Khan

4.     Brig. Saleem Mehmood

 
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