The living legend Amjad Aziz Malik the ‘’iron man’’ journalist with golden pen’’ the man from Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtun Khwa,is a role model and the true example for Pakistani media, the self made talented Pakistani sports journalist create a history of success for the Pakistani journalists, who become the first ever Pakistani journalist the general secretary of the Asian Sports Journalists’ Association (AIPS), the only sports body of Asian countries. The Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik is the one and only Pakistani sports journalist who has authored nine books, all related to sports. Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik has commentated in more than 250 hockey matches and was adjudged best commentator of Pakistan for the year 1999-2000.Belonging to Peshawar, he started his career as sports writer with Mr.Muneer Hussain popular cricket magazine “Akhbar Watan” in 1982, when he was a student.
After some time in 1985, he joined a local newspaper ‘Jiddat’ as sports journalist. After that he associated with country prestigious news paper the daily Jang in the capacity of reporter and cover a lot of national and international social, sports and showbiz events for more than 16 years .Later KPK Peshawar-based sports Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik joined Geo television as reporter after its launch in early 2000, and kept working there until became the bureau chief of the popular TV in Khyber Pakhtun Khwa.Talking to this correspondent KPK Peshawar-based sports Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik about his achievements and services for the promotion of sports and journalism in Pakistan and abroad. He stated that it is great honor for me for founded an association of sports writers in KPK Peshawar, at the start We were only four to five sports journalists from different news papers.He said these days a Very little space was given to sports activities held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa then NWFP by the newspapers which published from Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik disclosed that along with other sports journalist he founded the Sarhad Sport Writers Association (SSWA) in 1986. Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik unanimously elected the founder secretary general of SSWA while Mr,Rashid Javed became the president of the sports journalists association. Later the Sarhad Sport Writers Association (SSWA) affiliated with the Pakistan Sports Writers Federation. The Pakistan Sports Writers Federation remained inactive for almost 12 years. Amjad Aziz Malik reactivated the federation in Italian city of Milan in 2012; Amjad Aziz Malik won the World Sports Journalists Body elections in Sochi city of Russia. He became the first Pakistani journalist to become a member of the executive council of the world body. The Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik disclosed that after that he decided to contest for the post of general secretary of Asian Sports Writers Association and finely unanimously unopposed elected the AIPS general secretary in the history of Pakistani journalism with the diplomatic supports of the government. It is very interesting that the government did not well aware about this great honor and achievement by Khyber Khyber Pakhtun Khwa, Peshawar-based sports Pakistani journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik is the first ever Pakistani who become the general secretary of the Asian Sports Journalists’ Association (AIPS).After winning the elections, Amjad Aziz Malik got felicitation through telephone from the president of Kazakhstan, the Sri Lankan prime minister, leaders of Chinese Communist Party and other international leaders. Unfortunately, the Pakistani government did not well aware what Mr, Amjad Aziz has achieved on world level .The culture of appreciation in our country is not so good in our society, but the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sports writers association ,the Federal Minister for IPC, Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada and DG PSB, Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera and some prominent sports lover organization arranged reception in the honor of newly elected AIPS secretary Amjad Aziz Malik .He said that being the secretary of Asian sports journalists association, it is my prime responsibility to work for the sports journalists of the whole Asian continent , particularly for the journalists of Pakistan. Newly elected AIPS secretary Amjad Aziz Malik said that the federation has planned to organize 16 events in as many different countries during the next 10 months. These events include seminars, training workshops etc. Young sports journalists from across the Asia including Pakistan will be invited to these events where they will get opportunities to interact with sports journalists from other countries and exchange their experiences and views. Mr,Amjad Aziz Malik stated that ‘’when I was contesting for the executive committee seat during the World sports journalists’ body elections back in 2012 in Sochi, Russia, I did not have proper experience how to convince people to get their favor’’. He disclosed that he has some pamphlets with him which he distributes among participant’s journalists from other countries request them for a vote. Amjad Aziz Malik disclosed that the many Sports journalists from participant’s countries think negative about our country, but I am busy to change their mind in this regards, we will succeed to bring back the international sports golden days in Pakistan through sports activities.
He said that now many countries acknowledge the sacrifices the people of Pakistan in the war against terror. They know about our services and sacrifices of Pakistan in the war against terror, ‘we have lost more than 55000 people including general public, police and military personal. Our economy has suffered huge losses, he added. The Khyber Pakhtun Khwa, Peshawar-based sports journalist, Amjad Aziz Malik said that everybody in Pakistan has suffered due to terrorism and extremism. In fact, it is the victory of the people of Pakistan. I promoted the soft image of Pakistan at the international level. I think what I did on that occasion; our diplomatic missions in other countries should have done quite early.
Mr. Amjad Aziz Malik stated that the in 2005, I told the then Chief Capital City Police (CCPO) Malik Saad that there is lot of talent in sports in Fata and the province but due to lack of interest from the government, this talent is being wasted. I suggested him to establish a trust with the name of Frontier Fata Sports. The then governor Commander Khalil also appreciated the idea. After two years when Malik Saad was martyred in a suicide attack in 2007, the trust established in his name. The trust became functional in 2010 after it was registered. Mr, Amjad Aziz Malik stated that so far, the trust have established more than 150 sports academies in 20 districts of the Khyber Pakhtun Khwa and four tribal agencies. Besides, we have distributed sports kits worth Rs.15 million among the local players. The Malik Saad Trust annually arranges competitions among these academies and gives awards to players on outstanding performances. Apart from this, the trust also works in field of education and health. The basic purpose of Malik Saad Trust is to serve the humanity .We have sent our football team to Bahrain where it won a three-match series against a local football club. Out tribal areas have the most talented players in our country. But unfortunately, the talent is being wasted due to unavailability of resources and opportunities.Mr, Amjad Aziz Malik disclosed that recently, a young sportsman from Bajuar ‘’Hayatullah’’ visited the Sri Lanka along with Pakistan junior cricket team. Hayatullah, is an associated with Malik Saad Sports Trust. The provincial government is nowadays planning to arrange inter-district games and it has allocated Rs75 million for the purpose. We have repeatedly offered our services to the provincial government .We will arrange all the events and games in only Rs20 million.Mr, Amjad Aziz Malik stated that KPK government is constructing grounds in the province. Now the question arises who will be responsible for the maintenance of these grounds. Amjad Aziz Malik suggested the government to hand over the sports complex in Hayat Ababd youth talent hunt programme. We develop it into a world class cricket ground. This is not the job of the government to run sports clubs and maintain sports facilities. The government should hand over this to private sector. The associations can better handle it, he said. Mr. Amjad Aziz Malik stated that no doubt PTI chairman Mr, Imran Khan and Chief Minister Mr,Pervez Khattak want to work for the promotion of sports in the province but the lower government machinery is not sincere and effective in this regard, he concludes. Mean while the former founder chairman South Asia Sports Journalist Association (SASJA)Mr. Asghar Ali Mubarak during a meeting suggest the name of Mr.Amjad Aziz Malik the general secretary of the Asian Sports Journalists’ Association (AIPS) and resident editor the express group of news papers, for Pakistan top civil award the pride of performance, Asghar Ali Mubarak the senior Pakistani journalist wrote the letters to the President of Pakistan, Prime minister of Pakistan , Governor KPK, Chief minister KPC,Chaiman PTI Imran Khan for the recommendation of Mr.Amjad Aziz Malik from KPK Province in this regards.
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