Media is considered the fourth pillar of the state. Unhappily, our media is not playing a constructive role. Its role is more exclusive than inclusive. They are there to raise the adrenaline level of their viewers.

One can notice that the focus is on non-serious issues, at least for a common man. All private TV channel are pandering to useless issues such as General Musharraf case, the peace talks between the government and the militants (which no one believes will bear fruit) or about cricket failure. If they focus more on socio-economic issues of common man such as how to overcome poverty, education, health and how to do away with torturing women and many other issues they can certainly become effective tools of change.

BILAWAL IBRAHIM BANGULZAI,

Jaffarabad, April 15.