Katju praises Pakistani media



New Delhi: Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju on Sunday praised the Pakistani media for playing a "historical role" and making sacrifices in the fight against "bigoted and fanatical elements" there bent upon dragging their society into the "dark ages".

Katju has conveyed his views to the Press Council of Pakistan and the media there through an Indian press delegation leaving from Mumbai for Karachi.

Conveying his best wishes to the print and electronic media in Pakistan, Katju lauded it for playing a "historical role".

"Despite all its difficulties, the Pakistan media by and large is honourably discharging its duty to society. The Pakistan media has made great sacrifices in the face of the bigoted and fanatical elements who want to drag society back into the dark middle ages," Katju said in his message.

He maintained that the Indian sub-continent has "partially emerged" from the feudal age with great difficulties and sacrifices of our people.

"There are reactionary elements in both India and Pakistan who want our society to be thrown back into the dark, feudal age. It is the duty of all persons who want our people to prosper and get a life of dignity to oppose this reactionary trend," Katju said.

The former Supreme Court judge appreciated the "historical and signal role" of the Pakistan media.

"I hope and trust that the Pakistan media will continue to serve the people honourably, as it has till now, in their struggle for a better life," he said.

PTI