Journalist must work for prestige of Press: Nizami -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalist must work for prestige of Press: Nizami

LAHORE- Prominent journalist and Chairman Nazria Pakistan Foundation Majid Nizami has said that journalists should work together to find out means to restore the prestige of Press. He supported the suggestion that government should declare the office of newspaper Zamindar as a national monument and set up an institute there for the promotion of journalism.

He was addressing a seminar organized by Tehrik-i-Pakistan Workers Trust in connection with the death anniversary of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan at Aiwan-i-Karkunan Tehrik-i- Pakistan. Majid Nizami said Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was the father of Urdu journalism in South Asia. He said he had suggested that Raja Mansoor Ali Khan, his son, should restart Zamindar. Maulana Zafar Ali Khan and his newspaper played an important role in the creation of Pakistan, he maintained. Mujeebur Rehman Shami said Maulana Zafar was the greatest journalist of South Asia. He was a great poet and writer as well, he added.

Jamil Ather said that had Maulana lived in this age of turmoil, the situation of journalism would have been different. He said unfortunately after the creation of Pakistan Maulana Zafar Ali Khan could not take part in politics because of poor health. He praised the role of Nawa-i-Waqt as a torchbearer of truth.

I.H. Rashid said life of Maulana was a struggle against oppression. He suggested that Wazirabad should be named after Maulana Zafar Ah Khan. He said Maulana Zafar translated the Pakistan Resolution into Urdu and for the first time introduced poetry in journalism. Mustafa Sadiq gave an account of some speeches of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. Zahid Ali Khan recited a poem to pay tribute to the Maulana.

Shafiq Jalandhari said Press of today has deviated a little from the path and standards set by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan.

The function was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life including some very important personalities like Chaudhry Sardar Muhammad, a former Inspector General of Police (IGP), and Raja Asad Ali Khan, a close relative of Zafar Ali Khan.

Source: The Nation
Date:11/28/2001