Mushahid calls for establishment of press council -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Mushahid calls for establishment of press council

RAWALPINDI, JANUARY 14 (NNI): Information Minister Mushahid Hussein Syed on Sunday said Pakistan is the only country having no press council.

Addressing a reception hosted y the co-ordinator Muslim league Youth Wing, Reza Khan in honour of the office-bearers of the Press Club here on Sunday, he said, the government wants he establishment of the press council_ comprising the journalists and newspaper owners. The government should not have any representation in it as the Muslim League government, he claimed , is democratic, coming into power through democratic means.

He termed the journalists as downtrodden community having no legal and economic protection, But the Muslim League government, he said, is making sincere efforts to resolve the problems of the journalists.

The government, he said, is ready to move the bill for abolition of contract system in the newspapers in the parliament but urged journalists to draft it by themselves.

The incumbent government has got Pakistan included in the list of seven nuclear powers of the world. Mushahid said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a four-member cabinet committee to be in touch with the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leadership and keep them informed on successful foreign policy of the country. Pakistan, he said, would continue its political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri masses. The successful foreign policy of the country, he claimed, has resulted in projecting the Kashmir issue on international level.

The Prime Minister, he said, took the Kashmiri leadership and masses into confidence for the first time during country’s history on the eve of the visit of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Lahore. The Kashmiri leadership was informed about the talks between the Prime Ministers of the two countries after Vajpayee’s visit, he said. He said the government is committed to resolving the 50 years old Kashmir problem. He ruled out any compromise on Kashmir.

Source: Business Recorder

Date:3/15/1999