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 20th founding anniversary of Azad Kashmir Radio  Mirpur coupled with 13th anniversary of FM-101.04 celebrated with fabulous zest

Altaf Hamid Rao

MIRPUR (AJK), (Parliament Times):  The 20th founding anniversary of the state-run Azad Kashmir Radio Mirpur coupled with the 13th anniversary of its sister channel Radio FM-101.04,  was celebrated  here on Friday with the renewal of the pledge by the participants – including the management and the artists of utilizing all possible talent for turning both the radios the most attractive and quick source of infotainment besides to achieve their prime objective of projecting the Kashmir cause both at national and international horizon in maximum possible effective manner.

Azad Kashmir Radio Mirpur had started its regular  transmissions after then Minister for Information and Media Development Nisar A. Memon  switched on  the newly-constructed state of the art Broadcasting House 20 years ago on September 30, 2002.

AK Radio Mirpur is the third major public-sector radio station in AJK  next to Azad Kashmir Radio Muzaffarabad and Radio Tararkheil. Similarly its second channel the FM-101.04  emerged in the same building this day three years back in 2009 to provide the programs of infotainment besides to project the Kashmir cause depicting the importance of 75 years old Kashmiris indigenous struggle for their globally-acknowledged right to self determination through their programs of human interest for the people of Jammu & Kashmir dwelling either side of the line of control besides in the adjoining areas.

A colorful simple but impressive ceremony was hosted jointly by the local management of the two radios containing 03 separate channels including the most significant ‘Sout ul Quran’ channel and the artists  at the Broadcasting house of AK Radio Mirpur here Friday with the newly-inducted Station Director Hafiz Hifiz- ur-Rehman in the Chair.

Retired Station Director Muhammad Shakeel and Retired Chief  Librarian Mian Muhammad Buksh Library Prof. Qazi Zubair graced the occasion as the Chief guest.

Guests including artists-on-Air cut the cake in the Studios marking the 20th and 13th anniversaries of the AK Radio Mirpur and FM-101.04 Radio respectively on this occasion.

Airing their views through the simultaneous live transmission of the two radios seasoned broadcasters, anchors, RJs and the pioneer artists highlighted the importance of effective role of Radio being the quick and  fastest mean of infotainment in this era of swift progress.

Praising the role of AK Radio Mirpur from the very first day of its emergence being the strong source of information and entertainment, speakers resolved to turn it more effective and meaningful mean of infotainment harmonious to the need of the modern age.

Speakers observed  that since Mirpur radio  has successfully completed 20 years of its emergence, it was proving to be an affective source of information, knowledge and entertainment besides projecting the Kashmir cause through highlighting the importance of Kashmiris indigenous struggle for freedom.

Speaking on this occasion Station Director   Hafiz Hifiz- ur-Rehman, outgoing Station Director Muhammad Shakeel, chief guest Prof. Qazi Zubair, Sr. Producer Mrs. Khushbakht Jameel, Head of News Division Ali Akhter Saleem,  Senior Kashmiri journalist and pioneer news artist Altaf Hamid Rao, news anchors Aliya Sayed and Zubair ul Hassan Jiraal,  Sr. Kashmiri program anchor Aziz Mughal, IT expert Muhammad Usman, Sr. Broadcasting Enginner Adnan Shafique and other program anchors including Humayoon Mirza, Ibrar Aslam and others said while highlighting  the role of radio in the modern age that both Medium Wave AK Radio and FM-101.04 of  Mirpur Radio were projecting and promoting the social and cultural activities besides being the quick source of information for the general public. They  lauded  both of  the radios for  performing their  fullest role in all circumstances to provide quality, entertainment, education and information-based programs to the listeners.

“Various due steps would be taken to further improve the quality of programs and news and current affairs programs, said Station Director Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman stated that the staff and artists of AK radio Mirpur deserve applause for their extra ordinary and outstanding performance. He lauded the  staff members and artists for showing extra ordinary professional skills.

Besides daily 03  news bulletins in Urdu as well as local languages of Pahari and Gojri including 03  ‘updated’ news bulletins, various Mirpur Radio’s daily knowledgeable programmes of infotainment  in local and national languages  including “Mangla Kanarey”, “Deis Piyara”, “Thaari Passand”, “Rang-e-Taghazil”, “Sein Kasheer”, “Sohno Wattan”, “Kumahai Sadqey”, weekly program of “Honahaar” program for children, “ Yaad Bagh” programme depicting old songs and  “Science Kee Duniya” program for youth have  captured exceptional popularity in a short span of time since the emergence of Mirpur Radio station.

Mirpur Radio according to the Station Director disclosed,   has also planned to produce various new special programmes focusing youth and sports for the interest of  the young generation besides the live programs from the city streets raising the social problems confronted by the common man besides for the immediate suggestions for their solution, he concluded.

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