APNS delegation calls on Punjab CM
LAHORE: PR – Members of All Pakistan Newspapers Society delegation met Shahbaz Sharif and expressed satisfaction over the policy of transparent distribution of advertisements, terming it a commendable step of the chief minister. The delegation members said that advertisements are given to the newspapers from the office of DGPR under corruption free culture while timely payments are also being ensured.
The delegation was led by its President Sarmad Ali, while Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Parliamentary Secretary on Information Rana Muhammad Arshad, Secretary Information, Press Secretary to Chief Minister Shoaib Bin Aziz and DGPR were also present on the occasion. The chief minister directed to constitute a joint committee of APNS and Punjab government to resolve issues being faced by media.
On the occasion, the CM also discussed the problems of the newspapers industry and challenges being faced by the country in a pleasant atmosphere. He said that situation of the country has gradually improved during the 9-month tenure of the present government. He said that no financial scandal surfaced during this period which is a big change from the near past and a credit to the present leadership.
Shahbaz said that he always accepted criticism of media with an open heart and gave importance to the press reports. He said that due to strenuous efforts of the government the economic situation is improving and the friendly countries are ready to make investment and support in national economy. He said that China has offered historic investment package of 32 billion dollars for the next seven years which is a big gift of Pak-China friendship. He said that it is responsibility of the Pakistani government to benefit from this package and all out efforts would be made for this purpose.
He said that the government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made sincere and serious efforts for elimination of extremism and terrorism through dialogue. He said that government has initiated dialogue process with complete responsibility for the maintenance of law and order in the country. He said that anti Pakistan forces do not want stability in the country; however the PM made it clear that talks will be held under the constitution of Pakistan and there should be no doubt about it. The CM prayed for success of the negotiations. He further said that there is need for reforms and taking tough decisions for bringing a change in the society and elite of the country should perceive the existing situation in its proper perspective.
He said that it is time to reduce the burden on the deprived segments of the society; otherwise, no progress would be made. He said that it is time for change.
Shahbaz said that inequitable distribution of the resources has caused many problems in the society. He said that when the tariff was increased and action was taken against power and gas thieves, it was the elite who raised hue and cry. He said that extravagant expenditures will have to be stopped to achieve a dignified status in the comity of nations. He said that more resources than the ratio of population were allocated for the progress and prosperity of the South Punjab. He said that government is working with regard to new water reservoirs and work on Diamir Bhasha Dam has been started. He said that no country can make progress without achieving economic independence. He said that war is no solution to any problem and Pakistan desires good neighbourly relations with India.