PRESS RELEASE July 3 : PBC to Air Comprehensive Programmes to Mark Black Day
ISLAMABAD‚ July 3: Radio Pakistan will air special programmes on the occasion of the black day being observed on Thursday against overthrowing of democratic government of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhuto by military dictator on this day in 1977.
The speeches of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto‚ interviews‚ and special songs will be aired by FM-101 network throughout the day. The National Broadcasting Service‚ dedicated current affairs channel of Radio Pakistan‚ will air special programs from 07:10 a.m. to 11 p.m. while the English Channel of Radio Pakistan‚ Planet FM-94 will present English speeches and interviews of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
Community channel FM-93 and medium wave stations will air special messages of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister‚ Raja Pervez Ashraf as well as the interviews and impressions of political leaders and federal ministers. Excerpts from the speeches of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on negation of despotic rule‚ uplifting of country and people‚ and rule by the people will also be presented.
Special interview of prominent broadcaster and intellectual‚ Aslam Azhar will also be broadcast. Director General Radio Pakistan‚ Murtaza Solangi will be the host of the programme. Special programmes comprising interviews of leading political and social figures‚ intellectuals‚ and leading journalists will be the part of programmes being aired on the occasion of black day. A special seminar on imposition of marital law in country on July 5 and beginning of dark era‚ is being organized by PBC Peshawar.
Special songs and impressions of the people will be aired to mark the black day. Discussion programmes on democracy and dictatorship‚ human rights‚ trampling down of constitution and fundamental rights‚ and telephone call by listeners will be the hallmark of the black day programmes. Prominent poets Aslam Gordaspuri‚ Shahzad Ahmed‚ Zafar Iqbal‚ Abbas Ather‚ Najeeb Ahmed‚ Amjad Islam Amjad‚ Nasir Zaidi‚ Asghar Nadim Syed‚ Neelma Sarwar. Naheed Ishtiaq‚ Ahmed Aqil Rubi‚ and Rabia Rehman will pay homage to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in a Mushaira being organized by PBC Lahore.
Excerpt of former military dictator‚ General Ziaul Haq will also be included in 'Naiy Ufaq' program to be aired at 08:05 p.m. along with comments by leading intellectuals‚ journalists‚ and analysts.