After playing a long innings of about 40 years at the BBC, Shafi Naqi Jamie, one of the most popular broadcasters of BBC Hindi and Urdu languages, retired in April 2019. In conversation with Pervaiz ALam, he shares some of the most interesting and intimate details of his career as a broadcaster.

In his inimitable style, tongue-in-cheek, he narrates what happened when he interviewed the former military ruler of Pakistan, Parvez Musharraf, but refused to shake hands with him. How come, once, he ended up interviewing Gen Musharraf’s father, who revealed too many personal details, much to the embarrassment of General’s family. And, of course, his interactions with Asif Zardari, former President of Pakistan, who was his contemporary during the Karachi days as a student, also feature during the course of the conversation.

“Media is not independent in Pakistan. It’s fully controlled,” Shafi Jamie says while discussing freedom of speech in Pakistan. He says “CCC controls media in Pakistan – Colonel Control Committee.”

बीबीसी उर्दू और हिंदी सर्विस के सुप्रसिद्ध प्रसारक शफ़ी नक़ी जामई के साथ परवेज़ आलम की एक लम्बी बातचीत जिस में शफ़ी साहब ना केवल अपने बारे में कई नई बातों को साझा करते हैं बल्कि अपने रेडियो के दिनों के कुछ पुराने रोचक क़िस्से भी सुनाते हैं। वह इस बात से भी पर्दा उठाते हैं कि जब उन्हें हिंदी लिपि लिखनी नहीं आती थी तो फिर वह किस तरह हिंदी में प्रसारण किया करते थे।

بی بی سی اردو اور ہندی سروس کے معروف براڈکاسٹر شفیع نقی جامعئ کے ساتھ پرویز عالم کی ایک تفصیلی گفتگو جس کے دوران شفیع صاحب خود سے متعلق کئی باتوں کا انکشاف کرتے ہیں مثلاً کس سیاست اور ذاتی پرخاش کے تحت انھیں بی بی سی اردو سروس سے کئی سال باہر رکھا گیا۔ پاکستان میں میڈیا کی صورت حالُ پر انکا کہنا ہے “پاکستان میں میڈیا آذاد نہیں ہے بلکہ یہ CCC کے تحت ہے۔ CCC یعنی کرنل کنٹرول کمیٹی۔”


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