Media urged to convey message of love to people of Hazara
PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Transport and Inter-Provincial Co-ordination Mian Iftikhar Hussain has called upon the editors and owners of local newspapers of Hazara Division to convey a message of love and affection and brotherhood to the people of Hazara.
This, he said, while talking to a delegation of Hazara Newspapers Society led by its president Ahmad Nawaz Jadoon at Peshawar on Monday. Other members of the delegation were Sardar Naveed Alam, Dr Chan Muhammad Hazarvi, Sardar Shujah Khan and Amir Shahzad. Secretary Information and Public Relations, Azmat Haneef Aurakzai, Director Information, Shuaibuddin, and Regional Director Information Abbottabad, Muhammad Tayyab were also present on the occasion.
The minister said that Hazara is Hazara before and after the naming of NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and its status would remain intact. He further said that Hazara was the peaceful division of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and it was our utmost desire that it would remain peaceful forever.
He continued that demand for separate province was the right of the people of Hazara, but they should adopt the legal and constitutional way for it. Mian Iftikhar declared that blocking of roads and business or damaging the life and property or peace of the area was intolerable and it was the responsibility of the government to stop such incidents.
He maintained that we are peaceful people and believe on talks, therefore, we invite the Hazara Tehrik for talks and even we are ready to go there for it. He said that establishment of separate province was a time-taking and tolerable task and this objective could not be achieved on force or agitation.
He said that the present government was taking all possible steps for promotion and encouragement of regional and local as well as small newspapers and government advertisements were issued purely on merit to the press without any favouritism or likes and dislikes.
He asked the owners of newspapers to follow the code of conduct and refrain from issuing such materials that could harm the feelings of others. He assured that the advertisement policy would be reviewed for promotion of the regional and local newspapers and equal distribution of advertisements would be ensured to the press.
Source: Business Recorder