By Syed Mussarat Khalil.
Riyadh – Pakistan Writers Club and Ladies Chapter (PWC-LC) Riyadh held a farewell Zoom meeting in honour of senior founder member and general secretary Ashiq Hussain recently.
As we know the general secretary of PWC Ashiq Hussain left the Kingdom of Saudi Arab (KSA) to the home town Lahore-Pakistan for good after serving more than 3 decays in Riyadh.
The ceremony was presided over by the president of the club Naveed-ur-Rehman.
Zubair Ahmad Bhatti, finance secretary (FS) started the preceding with the recitation of a few verses from the Holy Qur’an. Naat was delivered by Ashiq Hussain. Dr. Farah Nadia, Convener of the Ladies Chapter, welcomed all the participants and presented a brief introduction of chief guest Ashiq Hussain. She also conducted the ceremony.
The Chief Patron of the Pakistan writer club, Engineer Faiz Ahmad Al-Najdi, while addressing Madinah Al-Munawwarah through Zoom, said that PWC did not have a general secretary like Ashiq Hussain so far. Present general secretary Yusuf Bhai is also very talented but not like Ashiq Hussain.
Alnajdi said that I was very much impressed with Ashiq Hussain from the very beginning as he was very good at managing the programs, planning, management of club affairs, issues, challenges, public relations, and sponsorship. He performed his responsibilities properly. He further said that it was an honour for Ashiq Hussain to hold the post of general secretary to the largest organization of Riyadh city, the Pakistan Writers Club which was established in 1989. He extended best wishes to all the officials and members of the club and wished them success in the future.
General Secretary Ashiq Hussain said in his speech that during his stay in Saudi Arabia for 32 years, he felt that the role of Saudi Arabia is very important in our lives as well as in the Pakistani community and workers. We are very grateful to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for giving us the best opportunities and facilities that we send the foreign exchange to our country. Which is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. I urge all the old and new members of the Pakistani community in Riyadh and especially the Pakistan writers Club to work together on the solution to the problems. Play your part in highlighting the positive face of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia and promote Pakistan’s position on some important issues. He thanked the Pakistan Writers Club for organizing the farewell function and for their full cooperation.
At the end of the ceremony, General Secretary Ashiq Hussain and Senior Member Zubair Ahmed Bhatti were presented the Shield of Honor by President Naveed-ur-Rehman and Convener Dr. Farah Nadia on behalf of the Pakistan Writers Club.
President Naveed-ur-Rehman, Dr. Farah Nadia, Tanveer M Mian, Fatima Ashiq Hussain, Zubair Ahmed Bhatti and Senior Journalist Bureau Chief Jasrat Syed Mussarat Khalil from Jeddah also addressed the function and paid tributes to Ashiq Hussain.