LAHORE  - Criticism is vital for a progressive country and society sans positive criticism lacks chances of growth.

Speakers expressed these views at a seminar on ‘Basic Imperatives of Criticism on Government Literature and Media’ at Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan Auditorium Tuesday.

Secretary Archives Punjab Oriya Maqbool Jan presided over while senior analysts Farrukh Sohail Goindi, Iftikhar Majaz and and Dr Arifa Subh Khan were speakers. HNPIP Director Absar Abdul Ali was the moderator.

Oriya Maqbool Jan said that the media houses lack ideologies that deprived the readers of selective outlets. He said that today only three major media moguls own 98 per cent business and control on expression. He said that tilted truth was being promoted and opinionated journalism was one form of it.

He criticised the societies that build media houses for promoting uniformity of culture to sell its commodity. He said these things sketch freedom of expression, a famous slogan today. Concluding his views, he held that the media outlets could make or mar the personality of any figure whether political or social. He criticised the West for having dual policies.

Farrukh Sohail Gowindi said that the evolution was constant and all the civilisations took origin from the same place. He said that the critics instead of criticising politicians who were minor players in power corridors should criticise the bureaucrats the mighty elite. He criticized the so-called ruling establishment that misused the kitty and authority.

Arifa Subh Khan read her thesis and said that societies failed that did not promote criticism. She said that this country had become hub for many ideologies but it was directionless on education. She criticised the government for not providing employment opportunities for the highly qualified people. “Why Rs 10,000 is given only to the public sector PhD degree holders only and why the private degree holders are deprived of such money,” she criticised the discriminatory policy.

Iftikhar Majaz also spoke on the occasion. He was of the opinion that the critic must be well prepared otherwise criticism would be a blunt tool to improve the society.