Kupwara, Nov 08: In First-Ever Election, Journalists in North Kashmir’s Kupwara District elect the “Journalist Fraternity Kupwara” body.
News18 Urdu’s senior reporter Yahya Sultan becomes “Journalist Fraternity Kupwara’s” President. Until now, the body’s leadership was chosen by consensus.
With this election, the Journalist Fraternity has its first-ever elected president. Javid Ahmad Zargar was unanimously nominated as Chairman of the fraternity and Kabir Geelani as General Secretary.
Pirzada Shakir has been appointed as the Fraternity’s Chief Spokesperson. Sahil Shameen and Shameen Abdullah have been nominated as treasurer and Vice-Chairman respectively.
The election for the Constitution of the body was held on Saturday.
The enthusiasm during the entire voting process remained upbeat. To mention, during the hectic campaigning of the election for JFK during the last few weeks, prospective candidates have been making several promises such as working towards implementation of welfare measures for Kupwara-based journalists and establishment of Press Club in District Kupwara.
Until this election, members including President were chosen by consensus. Before the election, the fraternity was headed by a “nominated President”, who resigned some weeks ago.
Of the 35 members, 29 members voted in the election.
An hour-long meeting was held at the office of the Fraternity to constitute the rest of the body.
Rahee Mushtaq has been selected as the Fraternity’s Convenor and Mudasir Rashid as Vice President.
Wasim Majnoon Mir, Sharafat Manzoor, Aijaz Ahmad Khan have been nominated Spokesperson, Coordinator, and Manager respectively.
Tarique Raheem and Jahangir Lolabi have been nominated as the Coordinator Print Media. Adil Akbar has been nominated as Secretary and Suhail Yousuf Shah as Vice Secretary of the Fraternity.
Peerzada Zubair and Shameem Bhat have been selected as Coordinator Electronic Media. Atif Qayoom has been nominated as an organizer.
Raja Akbar will work as Press Secretary of the organization and Murtaza Ahmad as Publicity Secretary.
The other members of the fraternity include Dr. Ab Qayoom, Tahir Sultan, Khan Ayoub, Aasif Malik, Mutabir Rasool, Dar Manzoor, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Amjid Khan, Raja Ishaq, Irshad Ahmad Khan, and Farooq Ahmad.
The oath ceremony will be held in the coming days.