Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a Pakistani filmmaker holds her Oscar award trophy as she posses for media after a news conference in Karachi on March 10, 2012.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a Pakistani filmmaker was nominated as SAARC goodwill ambassador for HIV and AIDS - Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has approved the nomination of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Journalist and Pakistan’s first Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker as principal nominee from Pakistan, for appointment of one of them as SAARC goodwill ambassador for HIV and AIDS.

Tennis player Aisam Ul Haq has been named as an alternate nominee. The names of the Pakistani nominees would be conveyed to SAARC Secretariat. The SAARC Council of Ministers confers this honorary title upon leading well-known figures in the region.

The approval was granted by the prime minister on a summary moved by Ministry of Foreign Affars.

The SAARC Secretariat had invited one or two nominations from each member state for appointment as SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV and AIDS.

The practice of honorary appointment of SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV and AIDS has been in place since 2008 as part of the work plan for the SAARC regional strategy on HIV/AIDS.

Shabana Azmi, an Indian actress and social activist, and Sanath Teran Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer, have served as SAARC goodwill Ambassadors for HIV and AIDS for the period 2008-2010.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, is a Journalist and Documentarian and the winner of Oscar Award and SAARC Film Festival 2012 for her documentary “Saving Face”.

Chinoy was mired in controversy when one of the victims whose narrative was recorded in her documentary “Saving Face,” accused Chinoy of not fulfilling her commitment of providing financial compensation.

Aisam Ul Haq, Pakistan's top tennis player is National Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Development Programme and Youth Ambassador of Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

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Raja abdul Qayyum
July 29, 2012 10:27 pm
This is an excelent dicision expected to augur well for the soft ,dynamic and progressive image of pakistan.
Afshan Khan
July 28, 2012 12:21 am
Good decision . waiting for some more documentaries from chinoy but this time want to see the lighter face of Pakistan
July 27, 2012 3:54 pm
A very good decision, Mr Prime Minister.
July 27, 2012 7:12 pm
Following the foot steps of an extremely high achiever (her late great father Mr. S.M.Obaid) Sharmeen will serve the office of SAARC's goodwill ambassador with her usual high energy and positve approach that all of us have come to expect from this wonderful lady - I am sure she will continue to do great work and continue to make us proud- you go girl !! - Good choice Mr. Ashraf.
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