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A group of Valley-based media persons including editors, journalists, photographers and videographers have formed an adhoc body of “Kashmir Press Club/Aiwan-e-Sahafat.”

M Saleem Pandit of The Times of India will head the body as its president. Shuja-ul-Haq of India Today TV has been nominated as Vice President; Shamim Mehraj of The Kashmir Monitor as General Secretary; Asif Qureshi of ABP as Secretary Administration; and Mehraj-ud-din of AP as Secretary Finance.

Besides the office bearers, seven members nominated by different media associations would be part of the adhoc managing body.

The managing committee members are: Haroon Rashid (Kashmir Editors Guild); Zahoor Ahmad Shoora (Kashmir Press Association); Habib Naqash (Kashmir Press Photographers Association); Ehsan Fazili (Kashmir Correspondents Club); Shahnawaz Khan (Kashmir Working Journalists Association); Mir Farhat (Young Journalists Association).

The adhoc body will coordinate with the government for establishment of first press club at Srinagar. Once the club is established, the adhoc body would ensure elections for the formation of a permanent body, a statement here said. GKNN