ISLAMABAD: Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been nominated as the Saarc Goodwill Ambassador for HIV and AIDS from Pakistan, while Tennis player Aisamul Haq has been approved as an alternate nominee.
The approval of the nominations was granted by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on a summary moved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Saarc Secretariat has invited one or two nominations from each member state for the appointment of Saarc Goodwill Ambassador for HIV and AIDS.
The practice of honorary appointment of a 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. The Saarc Council of Ministers confers this honorary title to leading well-known figures in the region.
Indian actress and social activist Shabana Azmi and Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Teran Jayasuriya have served as Saarc Goodwill Ambassadors for HIV and AIDS for the period 2008-2010.
Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary Saving Face, featuring acid attack victims in Pakistan. The film won an Oscar award as well as the Saarc Film Festival 2012 Award.
Tennis player Haq is a National Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Development Programme as well as a Youth Ambassador of Pakistan Red Crescent Society.