-Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety in­vited to man­age Pak­istan Ma­rine Academy -Up­lift­ing Your Ser­vice

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Babar Ghauri, Min­is­ter of Ports and Ship­ping, has said that his min­istry em­pha­sized on public-pri­vate part­ner­ship and un­der this pol­icy had de­cided to hand over the Pak­istan Ma­rine Academy to the Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety of Pak­istan to run its af­fairs.

He has ad­vised the MMSP Pres­i­dent Capt. Haleem Sid­diqui and other of­fice bear­ers to form a com­mit­tee to take over the PMA. He, how­ever, said that ad­mis­sions to the PMA should be purely on merit ba­sis and no in­flu­ence would be ac­cepted by his min­istry.

Babar Ghauri has ap­pre­ci­ated the role played by Mas­ter Mariners and has wel­comed the young gen­er­a­tion to join the KPT, Port Qasim, PNSC, etc

He was speak­ing at the Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety of Pak­istan Life Time Achieve­ment Award Cer­e­mony and An­nual Din­ner on April 15, in Karachi, where he was the Chief Guest.

Capt. Haleem Sid­diqui, Pres­i­dent, Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety of Pak­istan, in his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, de­lib­er­ated on the role of em­i­nent mariners be­fore and af­ter 1947. He lauded the role of Mas­ter Mariners, who not only con­trib­uted to the es­tab­lish­ment of the Mer­chant Ma­rine sec­tor in Pak­istan, but their ex­per­tise was also uti­lized by Sin­ga­pore, Saudi Ara­bia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the build­ing of their fleets and ports.

Capt. Haleem Sid­dqui while nar­rat­ing the his­tory of those life achiev­ers who brought lau­rels for Pak­istan through their pro­fes­sional ser­vices as mas­ter mariners, es­pe­cially men­tioned Capt. M K Sayieed who had de­vel­oped the Sin­ga­pore Port and had also es­tab­lished Sin­ga­pore’s na­tional ship­ping com­pany.

Haleem Sid­diqui said Pak­istani sailors who sailed around the world in all weather con­di­tions and served many coun­tries were now fac­ing real prob­lems as they were de­nied jobs by for­eign ship­ping com­pa­nies de­spite the fact that there was a short­age of about 30,000 sailors in the ship­ping in­dus­try all over the world. He said that de­spite all odds, ship­ping was the only sec­tor in Pak­istan that was at­tract­ing for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment.

Sid­diqui re­quested the Min­is­ter of Ports and Ship­ping to in­duct Mer­chant Mariners on merit in the or­ga­ni­za­tions un­der his con­trol, so that Mas­ter Mariners could share their pro­fes­sional acu­men as a value ad­di­tion in the growth of these or­ga­ni­za­tions. Muhammad As­lam Hayat, Chair­man, KPT and M. A. Maeenai, Chair­man, Na­tional Ship­ping Cor­po­ra­tion, also spoke on the oc­ca­sion.

Awards were pre­sented to Capt. Nasimul Haque, Capt. So­hail Sul­tan, Capt. Ab­dul Jab­bar, Capt. Asad Ali Khan, Hasan Ab­bas and Badar ul Has­san for their valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­fes­sion as Mer­chant Mariners.

The event was at­tended by MMSP mem­bers based in Pak­istan and also Mas­ter Mariners serv­ing in Sin­ga­pore, the Gulf States and Malaysia and other dis­tin­guished guests.

Capt. Haleem A. Sid­dique, Pres­i­dent, Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety of Pak­istan, pre­sent­ing a me­mento to Sene­tor Babar Khan Ghauri, Fed­eral Min­is­ter of Ports and Ship­ping, at the An­nual Din­ner and Life Time Achieve­ment Award Cer­e­mony of the

Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety of Pak­istan.

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