GUJRAT-A renowned Urdu playwright and novelist has lambasted rampant vulgarism in tv shows in the name of entertainment.

“The effect of this virulent form of entertainment, a by-product of commercialism, is detrimental to the societal norms, values and public morals,” Dr Younus Javed said while speaking at a ceremony held in his honour at the University of Gujrat (UoG). The ceremony was organised by UoG Readers’ Club and Student Services Centre (SSC) at Hafiz Hayat Campus the other day.

“There were times when our drama serials like ‘Waris’, Tanhayian, Andhera Ujala, etc. would render the streets deserted and markets closed. People would scurry back home from work so that they would not miss a scene,” he recalled.

“Our society is beset with so many contradictions and misconceptions that it has become duty of the writers and scholars to come forward and lay bare the truths. They need to promote the virtues of tolerance and co-existence through their works,” Dr Younus emphasised, who is best known for his popular PTV drama serials, Andhera Ujala and Kanch Ka Pul.

Dean Faculty of Arts Dr Farishullah Yousufzai, Director Media Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Consultant Haider Meraj were the guests of honour at the ceremony.

In his opening remarks, Dr Farishullah said that Dr Younus built characters in his plays which were full of life and very popular with the audience.

Sheikh Rashid said that Dr Younus depicts a true picture of society, with all its perils and comforts. Haider Meraj and Readers’ Club Coordinator Rukhsana Riaz also spoke on the occasion.

UOG LITERARY GENIUS WINS

ACCOLADES

A University of Gujrat (UoG) English literature student brought home accolades by winning the first position in an all-Pakistan inter-varsity creative writing contest.

Namra Khalid, a BS English student, got the first position in English short story and poem writing in the 5th All-Pakistan Inter-University Literature Fiesta held at UET Lahore.

The contest was organised by the UET Literary Society and a large number of students from various universities across the country participated in the competition.

UoG VC Dr Ziaul Qayyum congratulated Namra on her brilliant achievement. He said that students like Namra are valuable assets to the university.