Government fully believes in freedom of media, Sindh chief minister fetes PFUJ delegates
KARACHI, March 06 2005: Sindh Chief Minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim has said that present government fully believes in the freedom of Press and print and electronic-media enjoy full independence. “It is also their responsibility to carry out correct and impartial reporting and perform duties with honesty”, he said while speaking at dinner hosted by him for the delegates and office-bearers of the Pakistan Federation of Unions of Journalists (PFUJ) at the Chief Minister House on Friday night.
He said it is good that journalists bring correct situation before the people and identifying the facts by them will be welcomed.The chief minister said the present Sindh government has always fully supported the struggle by journalists, and this is also true with their struggle for 7th Wage Board Award, adding: “We all are with them in this struggle.”
He pointed out that in support of their demands, the Sindh Cabinet and Sindh Assembly, during their respective proceedings, passed resolutions in journalists favour.Dr Arbab said the Sindh government, while supporting the problems of journalists, has sent a letter to the federal government.
The dinner was largely attended, among others, by Sindh Irrigation and Power Minister Nadir Akmal Leghari, Planning Minister Shoaib Ahmed Bukhari, IT Minister Mustafa Kamal, CM’s Advisor on Information Salahuddin Hyder, Sindh Information Secretary Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, and others.
The PFUJ office-bearers and delegates including Central PFUJ President Ahfazur Rehman, Apnec Chairman Parvez Shaukat, PFUJ Secretary-General A.R. Shamsi, KUJ President Ayub Jan Sarhandi besides over 100 delegates and office-bearers from Abbotabad, Faisalabad, Karachi, Khyber Union, Punjab, Rawalpindi and Islamabad Unions of Journalists.
On the occasion, the chief minister presented traditional Sindhi caps and Ajraks to guests. The delegates from NWFP thanked the chief minister for Sindh’s donation of Rs 50 million for rain and snowfall affected persons in their province.The chief minister was invited for a visit to Peshawar by Khyber Union of Journalists and address the journalists there.
The journalists from Balochistan and Abbotabad thanked him for his financial help for the people of Balochistan and Azad Kashmir and those from Punjab for the people of Punjab.
The journalists from the Punjab felicitated him for his bold initiatives and decisions.Dr Arbab said: “We all should help each other in the hour of trial and instead of depending on foreign help should share each other’s grief and sorrow.
The delegates from the Punjab told the chief minister that for the steps taken by him, the people of Punjab have great respect for him, they too invited Dr Arbab for a visit to Lahore.
Source: Business Recorder