Lack of inspiring entertainment, education cause of depression in society: Irfan Siddiqui

RAWALPINDI: Advisor to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage, Irfan Siddiqui has said that lack of inspiring entertainment and proper education is the cause of tension, depression, and bitterness in society.

Addressing a ceremony at Radio Pakistan Rawalpindi on Thursday after inaugurating renovation and refurbishing work of the building, Irfan Siddiqui said that Radio Pakistan has an important role to play in countering challenges of terrorism, extremism, militancy and other ailments in society.

He said Radio remains the most effective medium in spite of introduction of social media and television. It will never be irrelevant but efforts are needed to meet contemporary demands.

The Advisor to PM said Radio people will have to work like a team to ensure creativity and innovation in their programmes to keep the listeners glued to this medium. He asked the professionals to put their heart and soul into their work to make their message strong, attractive and captivating.

He lauded the commitment of Secretary Information and Broadcasting Syed Imran Gardezi for his services as Director General Radio Pakistan, particularly in replacement of transmitters, and improving contents of programmes. He said new Director General Sabah Mohsin Raza is competent and committed officer who will use her capabilities for betterment of Radio Pakistan and its workers.

While assuring government’s full cooperation for the organization, Irfan Siddiqui said daily wager workers should either be regularized or their remunerations increased because only well-off workers give the best output.

Secretary Information and Broadcasting, Syed Muhammad Irfan Gardezi said role of Radio Pakistan has increased manifold as there is need to launch ideological Zarb-e Azb for promotion of tolerance, harmony, and patience in society. He said Radio has tremendous potential and it should be fully harnessed.

Syed Imran Gardezi said due to hard work by team of professions, all channels of Radio Pakistan will be available on mobile sets. There is need to improve quality with creativity to attract the listeners. He said no radio network in country can compete Radio Pakistan which has reach to 96 percent population of the country. He said a plan has also been devised to replace transmitters to ensure quality broadcast. Besides, measures have also been taken to increase income of the organization.


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