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Balancing Idealism and Realism in Pakistani Journalism

Karachi-based Mazhar Abbas is one of the most prominent print/broadcast journalists in Pakistan.

He’s the son of noted intellectual and educationist the late Mirza Abid Abbas whose other children include the former head of Pakistan Army’s media wing (ISPR) Major-General Athar Abbas (retd), Dawn Editor Zafar Abbas and Geo TV channel CEO Azhar Abbas.

A recipient of a global Press Freedom award from New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists Mazhar has a long career in trade union activities as well. He’s also known for his penchant for often attracting criticism because of his seemingly ambitious approach to the cause of freedom of expression and journalists’ working conditions but he has always successfully dealt with the ebb and flow of his relationship with his peers or community, which appears to be one or principal determining factor of that relationship’s enviable longevity.

That Mazhar has a very astute sense of politics is a fact; he’s also eloquent, charming, skilled and confident.

Although a good communicator Mazhar is said to be a believer in the theory of idealism (no commonly accepted meaning of the word “idealism” exists) since his days as a student activist at the Karachi University from where he did his masters in journalism, his conduct is seen to have been guided more by practical considerations than by ideals; in other words, he’s often found struggling to strike a delicate balance between principles and pragmatism.

PakVibe.pk wishes Mazhar sound health, happiness and prosperity. _Editors

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