Lahore 5 February, 2013: Today a Board meeting of Avant Hotels (Pvt.) Ltd., a Joint Venture Company of the PCB and the Pakistan International Airlines Investments Limited (PIAIL), was held at NCA Lahore. From the Pakistan Cricket Board, Chairman Ch. Zaka Ashraf, COO PCB Subhan Ahmad, Director General Javed Miandad, Director International Cricket Intikhab Alam, Director Domestic Cricket Zakir Khan, Director Coordination Brig. (R) Sajid Hameed, Legal Advisor Taffazul Rizvi, CFO Badar M Khan and GM Estates Abdul Ghafoor Bhatti attended the meeting. While PIAIL was represented by Secretary Defense Government of Pakistan and Chairman PIAIL Lt. Gen. (R) Asif Yasin Malik., MD PIA Capt. Muhammad Junaid Younas and MD PIAIL Dr. Najeeb Sami and GM Fianance PIAIL Mr. Akbar Ali.
Avant Hotels (Pvt.) Ltd. was incorporated in 1980s by both PCB and PIAIL with the object to construct an international standard five star hotel adjacent to National Stadium Karachi. In the board meeting today directors were updated and Chairman PCB Ch, Zaka Ashraf, COO PCB Mr. Subhan Ahmad and Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Bhatti (GM Estates PCB) were appointed as directors. The board unanimously elected Secretary Defense Lt. Gen. (R) Asif Yasin Malik as Chairman of the company while Mr. Akbar Ali was appointed as company secretary.
It was decided that the planning for the construction of the hotel should be started on urgent basis in order to start the construction.
The project, which remained dormant for years, has been revived with the efforts of Chairman PCB and Secretary Defense and will result in establishing an international standard facility within the vicinity of National Stadium Karachi.