KARACHI: English Speaking Union of Pakistan (ESUP) launched the “ESUP Book” on its 60th anniversary and the ceremony was attended by a good number of people representing different sections of the society besides diplomats of many countries.
The book reflected the journey of ESU in Pakistan and the extraordinary contribution made by many people over six decades making it a prestigious organization recognized in the world. It also included messages from the office bearers of ESUP’s parent organization English Speaking Union which was established in the United Kingdom on June 28, 1918. Besides, there are messages of President Dr. Arif Alvi and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Law and Administrator of the City, Barrister Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui was the chief guest and other prominent personalities were ESUP President Aziz Memon, Secretary-General Majyed Aziz, Senior Vice President Kaleem Farooqui, former federal information minister, and senior journalist Kazi Assad Abid, ESUP former president Kader Jaffar and Consul Generals of Japan, Korea, Germany, Indonesia, Vitnam and other countries.
President ESUP Aziz Memon, Secretary-General Majyed Aziz, and Senior Vice President Kaleem Farooqui highlighted the role of ESU in fostering cultural links among the people of different countries.
Aziz Memon said ESU’s Pakistan Chapter (ESUP) was formed in 1961 by a group of well-known personalities who included Ahmed Jaffer and Dinshaw Avari. The recent past presidents included Kader Jaffer, Byram Avari, Mrs. Shahida Jameel, and Hussain Haroon. He pointed out that former commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahlwani had approved to provide space in Ferere Hall for ESUP’s office but could not materialize so
far. He expressed a desire that ESUP’s Executive Committee members wanted to call on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to discuss the issues facing ESUP. He described the publishing of the book on the 60th anniversary of ESUP as a very successful effort by the office bears. ESUP’s Secretary-General Majyed Aziz said English Speaking Union was an independent, non-political body operating with the support of many distinguished figures from both the public and private sectors. Corporate members support ESU’s activities through sponsorship of individual awards and events.
SVP Kaleem Farooqui spoke of ESUP’s role in promoting the English language and disseminating information on important subjects including the economy of the country by arranging lectures by very distinguished personalities from different fields.
While speaking on the occasion, City Administrator Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui pledged to come to the expectations of Karachiites with the best use of the available resources for the uplift of the city. He identified that the collection and disposal of solid waste and provision of clean drinking water were the main challenges for the city administration. He sought the people’s cooperation and partnership in the collection of garbage as the civic agencies and the provincial government could not deliver much without their support. He spoke of the initiatives so far taken and those in the pipeline for strengthening the infrastructure of the city and resolve the civic issues.