LAHORE - Nawa-i-Waqt Group Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami said late Shabbir Hussain Shah was honest and pious journalist who had set a precedent for journalists.

He was addressing a ceremony telephonically organised in the memory of father of PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and veteran journalist late Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah on Tuesday.

Senior journalist Mujeeub-ur-Rehman Shami, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, late Shah’s brother Syed Ghulam Sarwar, Dr Mujahid Mansoori, Chaudhry Muhammad Akram, Atta-ur-Rehman, Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain, Dr Nasim Riaz Butt, Mian Masood Aslam, Bushra Rehman and others besides senior faculty members and were present on the occasion.

Majid Nizami said Shah also wanted the Muslims to be ready for a war. He said Shah played important role as journalist in Afghan Jihad and Kashmir issue. He said he did political reporting in a professional manner and also remained in contact with late Hameed Nizami. He said Dr Mujahid Kamran is a son of a brave journalist.

Majeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said that Shah was aware of secrets of history, future and politics and his observations and experiences were exceptional. He said he always spoke truth without any fear or favour. He said he used to meet Shah in Islamabad and Lahore to benefit from his thoughts. He said Shah enjoyed good relations with General Ayub Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and General Zia-ul-Haq but later, because of his independent way of thinking, his good relations with Bhutto got estranged and Shah had to face problems. He said Shah had the personality that could influence happenings through his writings and thoughts.

Dr Mujahid Mansoori said fortunately he got the chance to work with Shabbir Shah as reporter and know him closely. He said there were big names on huge salaries in National Press Trust but Shah was the most devoted professional among all and performed his duties with dedication in daily Pakistan Times.

Syed Ghulam Sarwar said his brother was very intelligent. He said after his graduation, he joined various government departments and was appointed excise inspector but he was not satisfied with his job. He said later he joined journalism, a profession which was according to his frame of mind and temperament.

Atta-ur-Rehman, Ghulam Hussain, Bushra Rehman, Dr Saeed Elahi, Mian Masood, Dr Mujahid Kamran also lauded the services of Shabbir Shah in the field of journalism. Later, Dr Zahoor Ahmed Azhar offered prayer for the departed soul.