Dr. Firdous urges overseas Pakistani journalists to improve country's soft image -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Dr. Firdous urges overseas Pakistani journalists to improve country’s soft image

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday urged the overseas Pakistani journalists’ community to play their active and vibrant role in improving country’s soft image abroad.

She said this while talking to UK based Pakistani Journalists who called on her here. The Minister lauded services of UK based journalists and their efforts in highlighting important role in war against terrorism and said the power of pen “is major power of the time.”

Pakistan Peoples’ Party led government believes in right to freedom and freedom of expression and wants to strengthen media as a marketing tool to build positive image of the country.

She said that UK based journalists are playing key role in promoting people to people contact between the two countries.

She stressed them to dispel the distorted image of the country mentioning recent conspiracies by different foreign newspapers about the Pakistani agencies.

The minister informed the delegation that the Information Ministry has appointed people in eight different embassies to promote soft image of Pakistan and bridge the trust deficit.

She said that international conspiracies want to destabilize the country and role of agencies is proverbial and “we have to strengthen them.”

The democratic government of Pakistan has converted economical challenges into achievements.

She appraised the delegation that last year’s floods affected around 20 million people and the government worked day and night for the rehabilitation.

She said the government will not compromise on national interests.

The Minister said the PPP led government is taking along all political parties on national issues as no single party could steer the country out of crisis. She expressed the confidence that the government will take the country out of the prevailing problems.

The visiting delegation appreciated transmissions of PTV global being also haired in UK saying that people like the programmes on social issues.
Source: Associated Press of Pakistan (APP)
Date:4/27/2011