DUBAI: Munir Mahmood, Chairman of Pakistan Professionals Wing (PPW) recently announced that a scholarship would be set up in the name of the prominent Pakistani journalist, Muhammad Abdul Qudoos (MAQ) who died recently after spending a long career of 33-years in UAE.
The scholarship will support one student from the community who wishes to pursue his/her career in journalism and will cover the entire year’s tuition fee until the obtaining of a higher degree.
This was announced while addressing a condolence meeting held at the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) on Monday evening. The meeting was organised by Pakistan Journalist Forum (PJF) and attended by dignitaries from different segments of the community.
He also suggested that the PJF should take initiatives to support journalists working in different types of media — English and Urdu newspapers and private TV channels — as part of recognising their services to the community and the highlighting a soft image of the country besides further strengthening Pak-UAE relationships.
“The scholarship from PPW will be a token of appreciation and acknowledging the services of MAQ who was cherished by all the Pakistani’s who were engaged in activities for their community because of his work towards the strengthening of Pak-UAE relationships,” he said
Chaudhry Noorul Hassan Tanvir, an office bearer of the Pakistan Muslim League highlighted how MAQ had survived many ups and downs in his life but had always managed to maintain his style and a balance in reporting whether he was covering the Pakistani community in the UAE or visits of political leaders from Pakistan.
“As a true Pakistani, he always believed in projecting a soft image of the country and for this we will not forget him. We should set up a committee, where new journalists could engage in activities that would carry on his legacy to a new breed of journalists working in the UAE,” he suggested.
Riaz Farooq Sahi, former president PAD said that they were associates for a long time and he always found that he did not need to separate his professional life from his personal life. “The current administration will support the journalistic community in the adopting of any initiative to remember their former colleague,” he added.
Earlier, Zahida Perveen, Press Counselor in Pakistan Consulate in Dubai lauded the services of MAQ on behalf of the embassy and the consulate and assured its support for the community’s journalists in the UAE from Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan and Consul General Tariq I. Soomro.