LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that the late Agha Shorish Kashmiri was a journalist with ideology who raised voice against cruel rulers and traitors and that Shorish’s journalism serves like a beacon for today’s journalists.
He was addressing the launch ceremony of Associated Press of Pakistan Regional Director Dr Waqar Chaudhry’s book titled Shorish Kashmiri Bahasiat Sahafi at Al-Raazi Hall of the Punjab University (PU) on Wednesday.
PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, senior journalists Maqsood Butt and Salman Ghani, Institute of Communication Studies Director Dr Noshina Salim, Shorish Kashmiri’s son Agha Masood Shorish, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Addressing the ceremony, the governor said that Shorish’s weekly ‘Chittan’ was a practical example of fearless and independent journalism. He said that Shorish was jailed but that such punishments could not defeat his will power and that he continued with his missionary journalism. He said that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was reflected in the writings of Shorish while Attaullah Shah Bokhari was reflected in his speeches.
He said that the history remembered only those people who served the mankind and did not remember those who made properties. He lauded Dr Chaudhry for writing such an excellent book on the life and services of Shorish Kashmiri.
Dr Kamran said that Shorish was a daring, patriotic and ideological journalist. Besides, he said, Shorish was poet and the best speaker of the era. He said that journalists facing certain problems today must take inspiration from the character of Shorish. He said that Shorish faced a great deal of difficulties but that he did not change his ideology and work and that he continued his fight against cruelty. He advised the students of journalism to read the book and also to adopt reading habits.
Journalist Maqsood Butt said that it was our dilemma that our young generation was not aware of our heroes. He said that Maulana Shaukat Ali Khan, Zafar Ali Khan and Shorish Kashmiri were members of the same tribe. He said that today’s politics was just a business and that he was aware of those, who were claiming to be democrats but that the truth was otherwise. He urged the need to bring all of the powerful segments of society to accountability. He said that the people must be aware of truth and Shorish made people aware of the truth.
Journalist Salman Ghani said that keeping in view the problems Pakistani journalism was facing nowadays, there was a need to discuss missionary journalism practised by Shorish. He said that Chittan was really like a rock and that Shorish did not use journalism for personal gains.
He said that the Pakistani media must be a patriotic media and that strengthening of journalism was conditioned with strengthening of Pakistan and democracy. He said that journalism was not limited to ‘anchor-cracy’ and that thousands of reporters and editors were the true face of journalism.
Later, Mian Saeed, a PU staff member, announced the distribution of 2,000 copies of the book among PU teachers, students and politicians. Dr Chaudhry thanked the guests for their participation.
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