ISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed Chairman Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Ata-ul Haq Qasmi said here Thursday that he would strive to revive old glory of national television in the field of drama and programming section.
Talking to journalists informally during his first visit to the National Press Club (NPC) after assuming charge of his new assignment, he said that in the past when classic plays were telecast, curfew like situation was witnessed on the roads and streets as the viewers were glued to the Tv sets. He said that he would work for welfare of deserving artists and journalists.
He said that he requested the President of Pakistan to include journalists in a fund created for welfare of the poor.
He said tens of millions of rupees have been disbursed among the deserving people and deserving journalists would also be included in the beneficiaries.
About his personal life, he said he joined journalism as sub-editor in an Urdu newspaper, and has long affiliation with PTV as playwright.
Managing Director PTV Muhammad Malick said that it was an honour to work with an experienced and versatile person like Ata-ul Haq Qasmi.
He said that he has worked hard to improve the PTV and change was visible now.
He announced that soon a second sports channel would be launched and a world class international channel would be launched soon.
Moreover, he said that PTV Gold would be launched which would telecast classic teleplays of the PTV.
President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Afzal Butt expressed the hope that PTV drama section would be revived after Qasmi taking charge, as Muhammad Malick improved news section.
He said that qasmi himself had penned classic dramas include Khawaja And Son, Shab Daig and Sheeda Tali.
Butt said Qasmi has been affiliated to journalism for over 50 year and it was an honour for local journalists to learn from his experience.