100,000 members to be enrolled in 2016; Pak-China University to be revived
Islamabad—Addressing the first formal meeting of the Islamabad-based Senior Members of the Supreme Central Committee of the mega strategic think tank, 101 Friends of China, its founder Chairman Mr. Zahid Malik announced that the Secretariat of the Think Tank was all set to make a beginning of opening its Chapters in all cities and towns of Pakistan.
“Even small villages in distant areas will have the chapters,” he said. He also announced to launch enrolment of its Members and a target of membership for the year 2016 has been set as 100,000.
He urged the Senior Members, some of whom are the founder members of the Think Tank, to start the programme of identifying like-minded prominent individuals for appointing them Head of 101 circles in their respective areas.
He announced the establishment of the two circles in Abbotabad and Haripur and the Presidents of the Circles, Mr. Wahid Siraj and Mr. Salim Khan prominent educationists, who were present on the occasion, which was applauded by the Senior Members. Mr. Malik on his policy statement explained that unlike other Pak-China forums which mostly arrange just periodic paper-reading sessions on Pak-China relations, the 101 FoC was the first initiative of its kind in Pakistan aiming at bringing the people of Pakistan at the back of Pak-China relations. “We will be building a countrywide support group for CPEC and other joint initiatives of Pakistan and China,” he said.
Further clarifying, Mr. Malik, hinted that 101 FoC would be a multi-purpose platform and it was keen to revive Pak-China University which was a part of the then Government plan in early 2000 to establish nine top class universities with collaboration of some foreign countries including China, and which was later shelved by the PPP Government.