Pakistani journalists in Ajmer
By Syed Afzal Ali Shah
Ajmer: A pakistani delegation consisting of several journalists, visited Ajmer, to pay their respect at the mausoleum of the sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. Speaking to the press after they paid their respect at the Dargah, they said that journalists can play an important role in improving the strained relation between the two nations. The media and the press should set aside the media warfare and try to project the correct feelings of the general masses, so that there is a fresh outlook in the minds of the people of both the countries.
Asma Shirazi, a TV correspondent of the JUNG Group, who was a part of the delegation, on her first ever visit to Ajmer said that if the media on both the sides play their roles constructively and honestly, then issues like Kashmir and other related matters can be solved amicably and in the right manner. She further added that the general masses have started putting their views forward and that this the media should bring to the notice of their respective governments. She then said matters of such crucial importance are not the domain of the politicians only but that people should equally participate, which is the need of the hour. On important issues like Kashmir and Kargil, she expressed her serious concern at the manner in which it was projected by the media of both the countries and further added that media was the best medium to bring about cordial relations between both the countries. If relations between the media of the two countries are cordial then the people of both countries will know the reality.
Mr.Rauf Kayasra of The News Group, said that the media in India got a lot of support from their govt., which was true in the case of their country. Media does write with freedom and the govt. cannot put any pressure. Referring to his interaction with the press in New Delhi, Mr Kayasra said that peace is the most important feature which is common to the media of both the countries.
Mr. Rashid Channa, of Mid Dawn Group eveninger, said that the political leaders of both the countries have realised that they cannot play with the feelings of the people anymore, on contentious issues.
Correspondent Naved Akbar, emphasised that talks on important issues like distribution of river water, should be started afresh. Mr Tariq Ahmad said that the govt. of both countries should try to solve basic issues of the general public of both the countries.
The delegation said that both nations have a common language, culture, lifestyle, which made them realize that they are not in a different country and the time is ripe for peace talks to progress further and in the right direction.
The delegation was accorded a warm welcome, by the Anjuman Syedzadgan committee led by its President Mr Ghulam Kibriya and secretary Syed Sarwar Chishty.
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