In connection with the 140th birth anniversary of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, the Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab in collaboration with Maulana Zafar Ali Khan trust, arranged a seminar on January 17, 2013. Director of the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), Professor Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz hosted the seminar. Khalid Mehmmod (Chairman Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Trust), Sajjad Mir (T.V anchorperson), Jamil Ather (President of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors), Asif Balli, Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami and other members of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Trust also attended the seminar. Unfortunately, the Vice Chancellor of University of the Punjab couldn’t attend the seminar due to a busy schedule and the Chief guest for the seminar Majeed Nizami wasn’t in good health to make his presence certain.
Before the seminar commenced, Adil Barki mesmerized the audience by singing praise of the Holy Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that was composed by the poetic verses Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. The praises were selected from a CD that contained a collection of the praises of Holy Prophet (PBUH) written by Maulana and it was released in India and Pakistan simultaneously. While addressing the audience, Prof Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz mentioned the success stories of his Institute. He challenged those who blindly called the ICS, a futile Institute that was producing good-for-nothing students. “This Institute adds to the glory of Punjab University, students of the ICS outweigh others in co-curricular activities,” said the Director. He advised the students to follow the journalistic standards of Maulna Zafar Ali Khan that were based on explicit truth. He recalled that how his teacher, Dr Miskeen Ali Hijazi taught him about Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. “Late Dr Miskeen always urged the students to perform in an outstanding way,” said Prof Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz.
The Director’s senior batch fellow and a former student of the ICS, Asif Balli also shared his views. He informed the students that they were way ahead and it is a matter of pride that they are winning international accolades for Pakistan. Balli suggested that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan should be taught as a subject instead of a chapter in the press history of the sub-continent.
President CPNE, Jamil Ather informed the audience that he witnessed the creation of Pakistan and journalists like Maulana Zafar Ali Khan delivered Quaid’s message from door-to-door. Sajjad Mir appreciated the tradition of holding seminars for highlighting the achievements of worthwhile personalities. He mentioned that during Maulana’s time, Muslims faced threat from anglo-saxon imperialism by the British and the second threat was from the Hindus. Sajjad was of the view that today the situation is same, only the United States has replaced the British.
Khalid Mehmood opined that duty without responsibility doesn’t hold weight. He told the students that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was a man of actions. Khalid lamented that our leaders, politicians and literary figure pay homage to Maulana, but do not implement what he used to. “Not following his actions and prostrating before foreign powers, denegrates the personality of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. The seminar was concluded by Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami who said that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan remained a part of the Muslim League since its establishment and always remained aligned with the cause of the Muslims. He advised the students to bring maturity to their thoughts and build opinions with wisdom. The seminar was followed by a cake cutting ceremony.