PPF Seminar Promoting Quaid’s values
September 11, 2003
Pakistan press Foundation (PPF) at its Vicky Zeitlin Media Library organised a seminar for journalists The media’s role in promoting Quaid’s Values on September 11, to mark the death anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The speakers’ consensus was that despite facing constrains, and impediments print media in Pakistan can be credited for playing vital role inhighlighting values and visions of founder of Pakistan Quaid e Azam
Mohammad Ali Jinnah encompassing all spheres of life, like the role of media, responsibilities of the government, combating corruption and nepotism, direction of education, the nature of the polity, and treatment with the weaker segments of the society like minorities, women and poor.
Prominent among those who spoke included Prof. Mohamamd Ali Sheikh, Principal, Sindh Madressatul Islam and Quaid’s Biographer’s, Athar Hashmi, Chief Editor Jasarat, Nusrat Nasrullah, Freelance journalist, Prof. Sharif ul Mujahid, Former Director Quaid e Azam University and former Chairman, Mass Communication Department, Karachi University and Fazl Qureshi, Vice Chairman Pakistan Press International (PPI).
Prof. Mohamamd Ali Sheikh, Principal of Sindh Madressatul Islam, articulating his point of view over the issue said Quaid e Azam had specific vision and ideology about a new state viz Pakistan which he expressed from time to time in his different speeches he delivered during Pakistan Movement days.
He said if media is classified according to the contents, we may have two broad based groups, the government controlled media and the relatively independent media, however inview of little credibility of the state run media, the expression of the term would denote the independent media.
“It played its due role effectively towards informing masses, specially young generation, about visions and ideologies of Quaid e Azam as state run media is generally perceived as highlighting only those sayings of Quaid which suits its requirements”.
Referring to his different speeches relating to safeguarding rights of minorities, women and the poor, he said that the great Quaid was of the view that they must be fully protected and safeguarded to the fullest extent and any civilized government is bound to pursue the same objective.
About his vision with re gards to democracy and the constitution,Prof. Mohammad Ali Sheikh said he sincerely believed that democracy is in the blood and marrow of the nation.
“Similarly the constitution of the Pakistan can only be framed by the Millat and the people as they must prepare themselves towards framing a constitution which would be ultimate source of their guidance to run a new homeland for muslims”.
Highlighting his ideas about education, he claimed that Quaid e Azam stressed the need that importance of education and specially right type of education can not be overemphasized as teher is no doubt that future of the new state would depend upon the type of education and the way in which we would bring up our children a sthe future servants of Pakistan.
“We should train people in the scientific and technical vocational education inorder to build and develop country’s future economic life”.
“We should also see that our people undertake scientific commerce and trade particularly well planned industries remembering we have to compete with the fast changing world” Nusrat Nasrullah, prominent free lance journalist, said that media is Pakistan stand in a dismal shape as they are denied their basic rights and under the prevailing circumstances how come they can be expected to highlight and promote founder of Pakistan’s values and visions.
He claimed that media is not clear what Quaid e Azam wanted for the bewly established state as interpretations of his different speeches vary from province to province as each is interpreting the same in its own way.
He said it is ironic, that while we are observing Quaid’ death anniversary today and talking about his visions and ideologies, major portion of his mausoleum stand in darkness while round about of Teen Talwar, located in a posh area of the port city, is fully illuminated which reflects what significance we accord to him.
Athar Hashmi, Chief Editor Jasarat, in his presentation on the subject, said that his insight was not different from his personality which was before public.
He pointed out that after the death of Quaid e Azam, most of the rulers had not taken part during Pakistan movement and for the same reason they lacked sincerity with the cause of new homeland secured for the muslims of sub-continent.
He said that as a nation we remained oblivion to our rights since people belonging to most of the areas where Pakistan was established, did not take part in Pakistan movement as a result they lacked spirit which should have been their hall mark.
He lamented as a nation we are involved in irrelevant discussions whether Quaid e Azam was seeking to establish a secular Pakistan or a Muslim Pakistan.
According to him media’ s role is inconclusive about promoting Quaid’s values as they did not discharge their responsibilities in this connection expected from them.
Prof. Sharif ul Mujahid, former Chairman, Mass Communications Department, Karachi University emphasized the new generation to dream about progress and prosperity of the country and ensure measures to transform them into reality as done by Quaid e Azam and Allama Iqbal who fulfilled their visions by means of their sheer valiant struggle.
Fazl Qureshi, Vice Chairman PPI urged writers and intellectuals of the country to utilize media tool to highlight visions and values of great Quaid which helped carving out a separate homeland for Muslims of the sub-continent.