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Shaukat Ali Jawaid

Well Done SIUT -
keep the Hope & Spirit Alive


At a time when we have too many pseudo intellectuals, print and electronic media and a few anchor persons on the TV in particular promoting all sorts of depression and frustration, there are some visionary people in the society who are trying their best to keep the Hope and Spirit of the Pakistani Nation alive. Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) and its leader the legendary figure in his life time Prof. Syed Adeebul Hassan Rizvi is one such personality.

Millions of Pakistanis must have noted an advertisement released by SIUT on the Independence Day wherein a famous TV Actor Qazi Wajid is listening to the National Anthem on Radio and suddenly the electricity goes off due to load shedding. At this time, some one comes and says few words which means that Lo Sun Lo Quami Tarana. Electricity Chali Gai and Aab Yeh Naheen Ayegee. Qazi Wajid playing the role of an elderly man stands up with some discomfort and then looks outside from the Window. What he sees is a fascinating scene. There are many young boys and girls singing the National Anthem at the SIUT Campus. He is delighted and starts singing the National Anthem with the students.
One would like to commend the man or woman who conceived this idea and the actor, producer for such an excellent production of this advertisement. But above all credit must go to Prof. Syed Adeebul Hasan Rizvi and his team at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation who have kept the Hope of thousands of renal failure patients alive for the last many years. Having performed the largest number of Kidney Transplants, Prof. Rizvi has also selected a team of dedicated individuals, healthcare professionals, medical, nursing staff and the technical staff, who man the various departments in this institution. Thousands of patients get facilities of dialysis, examination in the Out Patients Department as well as hospitalization and all this is absolutely free ensuring dignity and self respect of the patients.
While Medicine may be his First love but Prof. Adeebul Hasan Rizvi is also a great Patriotic Pakistani who always encourages his colleagues and all others whosoever comes in contact with him to do whatever they can for their country Pakistan. He and his institution SIUT has not lost Hope and Spirit and that is the message which he is trying to convey through this advertisement. He has become a legend in his own life time and it won’t be an exaggeration to say that he belongs to a different class of people of which the entire Nation should be proud of. Thank You Prof. Adeebul Hasan Rizvi for the message in this advertisement encouraging all of us to keep our Hope and Spirits Alive.
Coming to the media and the working of electronic media in particular, it seems to have crossed all limits. It is high time that it realizes that independence has to be supplemented with some responsibilities as well. There are many positive aspects of our society which needs to be highlighted and while showing live coverage of events; it must keep the national interests supreme. It must desist from making criminals Heroes by showing their interviews and giving them undue coverage. More recently, there was no need to show live when a gunman along with his wife and two children was surrounded by the law enforcing agencies in Islamabad and they were trying to convince him to surrender. Had the police killed the man immediately and it might have also killed his wife and innocent children, the same media would have been crying that the innocent children could have been saved. The list of electronic media failing is now becoming bigger and bigger. At the same time it is heartening to note that some anchor persons in the electronic media have also realized this and they have expressed their resentment on showing live such events. Let the Media personnel themselves formulate a Code of Ethics for themselves and start implementing it voluntarily instead of the government or any other agency monitoring it.{jcomments on}

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