Trust formed for journalists’ well-being
MULTAN, February 21 2006: The South Punjab Newsmen Association on Sunday February 19 organised a memorial ceremony to recall the glorious memories of late veteran journalists whose impeccable record of professionalism and devotion helped Multan emerge as a growing media centre.
Punjab Minister for Agriculture and Marketing Rana Qasim Noon was the chief guest on the occasion. ARD’s Central Vice President Nawabzada Mansoor Ahmed Khan, PPPP’s Deputy Secretary General Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Syed Athar Bukhari, President, District Bar, Tahir Khan Malazai, Provincial Parliamentary Secretary, Jabbar Mufti, Nazar Baloch, Shaikh Tahir Rashid, Moulvi Sultan Alam, Nafees Ansari, Dr Javed Siddiqui, Rao Shamim Asghar, Masihullah Khan Jampuri, Zafarullah Khan, Rashid Arshad Salimi and Baba Bashir Asghar paid rich tributes to late media persons.
They eulogised professional role of veteran journalists, including Wali Muhammad Wajid, Hashmat Wafa of Imroze, Khan Rizwani of Jang, Qasim Jafari, Shams Malik, Najibullah, photographer of Nawa-i-Waqt, Eisar Rai of Mashriq, Qamar-ul-Haq Qamar (Khabrain), Jalal-Rabbani (Kohistan), Rana Mehmood-ul-Hassan (Aftab), Fakharuddin Balley, Farooq Qureshi, Makhdoom Iqbal Owaisi, Salim Chishti, Anwar Ali Annu Bhai, Karamat Ali and Kausar Mirza (Hurriyet) and said that they had set traditions for new generation.
The memorial ceremony was arranged to acknowledge the services of the renowned journalists and photographers, who died during the last few decades.
The minister said that Punjab chief minister had sanctioned Rs 10 million for the construction of a new building of Multan Press Club and ensured to develop a Journalist Colony like Lahore.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi called upon journalists to use their pens for truth and should not show any irresponsibility like a Danish cartoonist, who put the entire world into trouble.
He said that journalists should report the incident/event same day otherwise they would be called historian not the journalists.
He also announced to donate Rs 25,000 for the Journalists’ trust.
The setting up of SPNA Welfare Trust was also announced on the occasion for the welfare of the journalists community.
Source: Business Recorder