MQM joins journalists in protesting PA resolution -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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MQM joins journalists in protesting PA resolution

KARACHI: MQM Member National Assembly Haidar Abbas Rizvi and Member Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan have said that their party not only criticises the resolution against media in the Punjab Assembly, it also sees it against the independence of media.

The MQM will move resolutions in the National Assembly and Sindh Assembly to condemn this resolution, they said. They said that the development of any country depends on the democracy and the image of democracy is not possible without independence of media.

They expressed these views while first addressing the participants of a protest rally taken out from the Karachi Press Club to the Sindh Assembly under the aegis of Karachi Union of Journalists and later while talking to media on Thursday.

Haidar Abbas Rizvi said the resolution against media in the Punjab Assembly and later on torture on journalists was an open and declared attack on journalism and democracy. He said the sacrifices of the journalists in promoting democracy cannot be forgotten at any cost. Therefore, the MQM, while deeming that the resolution is against media, will move a resolution in the Sindh Assembly to condemn it and also raise voice in this regard, and, if needed, the MQM will move a resolution against it in the National Assembly and for this other parties will be contacted to achieve a consensus, he added.

Haidar Abass Rizvi said Quaid-e-Tehrik Altaf Hussain considers journalism and democracy as strong pillars of this country and declares the role of media in the recent accountability process as positive. He said the role of the media against social evils is not less than any jihad and no conspiracy against media will be allowed to succeed.

He said democracy and media are the two wheels of one vehicle and those who think that they are serving the democracy by blighting journalists and journalism, in fact are living in fools paradise.

On this occasion, Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan said MQM leader Altaf Hussain was the first to issue statement against this resolution and our struggle with journalists will continue.
Source: The News
Date:7/11/2010