LAHORE - Editor-in-Chief The Nation Majid Nizami has said that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was a great journalist, unique writer and a fiery orator. He was addressing a function held in connection with 136th birth anniversary of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan here at the Punjab Universitys Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) on Monday. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over while President All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Trust Chairman Khalid Mahmood, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Mugheesud Din Sheikh, ICS Director, Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, TV One Director Sajjad Mir, Masood Butt and Dr Nadeemul Hassan Gillani also addressed the ceremony. Majid Nizami said that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan never compromised on upholding the principles of truth and freedom of expression, even at the cost of closure of daily Zamindar, and forfeiture of guarantee regarding his newspaper. No one made such supreme sacrifices for journalism as Maulana Zafar Ali Khan rendered, he added and said the Punjab government had obliged the nation by establishing the Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Trust. He described the compilation of Maulana Zafar Ali Khans poetry in a book form as a great accomplishment. He said no journalist could be termed as second to Maulana Zafar Ali Khan in view of the unprecedented independent nature of his journalism. He said that Mujeebur Rehman Shami had always promoted the glorious traditions set by late Zafar Ali Khan. Nizami said that despite his advanced age, he had never considered himself to be a senior citizen, however, on an invitation by the Turkish government in February last, he had to chair the World Senior Citizens Conference in Turkey. VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran approved the setting up of 'Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Chair at the ICS in principle and also announced that PU should undertake the printing work of the Maulanas editorials published in the daily Zamindar in a book form. He directed the authorities concerned to prepare cost estimates of constructing a seminar hall consisting of 250seats adjacent to the ICS. He said the celebration of birth anniversary of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan had rekindled the passion of freedom movement in us. He impressed upon the students and journalists to follow the journalistic style of Zafar Ali Khan. He said that Majid Nizami and Mujeebur Rehman Shami were the custodians of the glorious traditions in the journalistic profession set by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. Mujeebur Rehman Shami while paying glowing tributes to Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, said that he had never flinched in his commitment to principled journalism. No matter what the cost is involved, I always stood by my viewpoint, he added. The late Maulana had equal command on English, Urdu and Arabic languages. Once the Quaid remarked that if only he had a dozen persons of the caliber of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, he could bring about revolution in every segment of society, he said. Masood Butt said that no journalist could equal the high journalistic standard set by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. He said the need for patriotic leaders like the late Maulana was never so great, as it was today. Sajjad Mir said that Maulana Zafar Ali Khan used his journalistic profession for the purpose of awakening the Muslims of the Subcontinent to free them from the yoke of the British and the Hindus. Contrary to this, today our journalism had become an industry and was replete with commercial interests, he concluded. Khalid Mahmood observed that the nations, who forget their freedom heroes and benefactors, cause irreparable damage to their independence. He regretted that today the looters and plunderers of the national wealth and film world celebrities had become the heroes of our younger generation. Dr Mughees stated that the ICS would soon be holding a function to award gold medals to the prominent journalists in recognition and acknowledgement of their services in the journalism profession. Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz in his welcome address said that the British had not presented the freedom in a platter to us rather it was snatched by the patriotic leaders like Maulana Zafar Ali Khan who used their pen as a sword for this purpose. Later, the PU Vice-Chancellor inaugurated the newly established canteen for the students and teachers on the ICS premise.