First meeting for the founding of a German Alumni Forum in Pakistan - 21 December 1999 The first meeting to found the German Alumni Forum in Pakistan, was hosted by Khalid Rashid at Islamabad Club, Islamabad on 21st December 1999 from 1530 to 1800h. His Excellency Mr. Hans- Joachim Daerr,the Ambassador, Mr. Helmut Landes, Head, Press and Cultural Section and Mrs. Elke Iqbal Burbach, Cultural section, of the Federal Republic of Germany, and 27 DAAD/Von Humboldt Fellows and Alumni of German universities, attended the meeting. List is attached. The meeting started with the introduction of the participants. Each participant presented his current position in Pakistan and his past and present academic,research and cultural connections with the German Universities where they studied.. In particular they narrated their personal experiences at the German universities and how these contacts have helped in promoting research and teaching in their respective universities and departments in Pakistan. His Excellency, Mr. Hans-Joachim Daerr, the ambassador, addressed the gathering. In his address he recalled his academic times at the universities of Tuebingen, Bonn and Berlin and expressed his keen desire to foster bilateral relations between Pakistan and German universities and to extend all help possible, in spite of the budget constraints, to maintain and strengthen the Pakistan-German academic contacts. He further stated, that the German embassy would welcome from the alumni, any advice and recommendation and support in the cultivation of the Pakistan-German contacts. The alumni agreed to provide whatever support possible. Mr. Helmut Landes, Head, Press and Cultural Section, addressed the gathering on the alumni programs of DAAD and Humboldt. He took reference to the fact that Pakistan was not represented on the German alumni map of the world and that he would want to change this and put Pakistan on this map. The making of the constitution of the German Alumni Forum Pakistan, the election of the president and other office bearers was discussed. All participants agreed that the German Alumni Forum Pakistan, (GAFP) is hereby founded. It will have its core at Islamabad, with chapters in Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta. Dr. N. M Butt, seconded by Prof. Sakhawat Shah proposed the name of Khalid Rashid as the provisional President with immediate effect. Khalid Rashid was unanimously elected as the provisional President by all the alumni present. Khalid Rashid was then asked to take the responsibility to administer the German Alumni Forum Pakistan, to prepare the constitution in consultation with other members and after the approval of the constitution by the majority of the members, to hold elections for the office bearers. Khalid Rashid accepted the provisional presidentís position and greed to administer the German Alumni Forum Pakistan to the best of his capability.All the participants applauded the acceptance. The meeting ended at 1700h with Iftari refreshments and the breaking of the fast.