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  Oath Talking Ceremony of New Executive Body of Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PATO)


Oath taking ceremony was held at Marriott Hotel, Islamabad on Feb 20, 2009 at 0730 pm. Mr. Atta ur Rahman - Federal Ministry for Tourism was the chief guest on this occasion. Among other guests were Secretary Tourism, Managing Director PTDC and other high officials of the Ministry of Tourism. Large number of the Tour Operators from all over the country also participated in the event. The ceremony started with Tilawat of holy Quran by Mr. Kaiser Khan one of the Executive member and followed by Fateha for the victims of D.I Khan Blast. After the Fateha the Chief guest was invited to take oath from the newly elected Executive Body of Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PATO). Following took oath as office bearers.
 
  1. Amjad Ayub                            Pearl Tours                                           President                                     Islamabad Region
  2. Mr. Khawaja Jehan Zeb,         Zeb Travels                                           Senior V-President                       Karachi /Sindh
  3. Mr. Maqsood ul Mulk               Hindukush Trails                                    V-President                                 Chitral /NWFP
  4. Mr. Zahoor Durrani                   Sehrai Travels                                       V-President                                 Peshawar / NWFP
  5. Mr. Ghulam Ahmad                Mountain Travel Pakistan                    V-President                                  Baltistan
  6. Mr. Najeeb Ahmad Khan        Himalayan Holidays                             V-President                                  Chilas / Gilgit
  7. Mr. Naiknam Karim                  Adventure Tours Pakistan                   General Secretary/Treasurer         Hunza / Gilgit
  8. Mr. Ali Asghar Porik                  Jasmine Tours                                      Joint Secretary                             Baltistan
  9. Mr. Kaiser Khan                        Pakistan Guides                                   Executive Member                      Rawalpindi/Islamabad
  10. Mr. Tyyab                                  Karvan Leaders                                   Executive Member                      Lahore / Punjab
  11. Mr. Javed Akhtar Awan          Oriental Links                                       Executive Member                       Islamabad
  12. Mr. Liver Khan                          Nanga Parbat Adventures                  Executive Member                      Chilas / Gilgit
After this President PATO was invited to speak on the occasion. While addressing the gathering Amjad Ayub - President PATO thanked minister for his valuable time out his busy schedule. He also welcomed him to Ministry of Tourism as Federal Minister and assured him of the full support and professional input on behalf of PATO. He also praised his efforts in the government to bring peace in militancy-ridden areas such Swat and Tribal Areas. Mr. Amjad also highlighted the importance of Tourism for the soft image of the country, which is the need of the hour. He also spoke on wide range of issues and made suggestions to promote tourism for the country
 
The chief Guest speaking on the occasion showed his full support for the development of tourism in Pakistan. In brief chief guest also pointed out the on going situation in Peshawar and Swat which effected both inbound and outbound tourism badly. He highlighted many tourism attractions and asked the newly elcted-body to work closely with state machinery to bring the tourist back to the country. He also promised of his full support to Association. He praised the role of private sector for the promotion of the tourism sector.
 
In the end a dinner was hosted by Pearl Tours - Hashoo Group.
Asghar Ali Porik
Joint Secretary

 

 

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