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NWFP govt to launch TV channel

PESHAWAR— NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that the significance of media is an established fact and in present critical circumstances its importance has increased manifold, adding the Frontier government is planning to establish its own TV channel.

This he stated while inspecting under-construction building of Information Office, Islamabad, at Pukhtoonkhwa House, Islamabad. Mian Iftikhar said that the provincial government was in close contact with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in this regard.

He added that restructuring of Information Department and a project of establishment of TV channel and extension of Radio Broadcast to the entire province had been included in the coming comprehensive development strategy of the provincial government.

The Information Minister said that the government was thankful to media for supporting it in war against terrorism, extremism and militancy in the province, adding that media had a great role in the successes of security forces in restoration of peace in Malakand Division particularly in Swat.

He maintained, keeping in view the importance of media in the present era, the provincial government has decided to activate and harmonize the Information Department and equip it with latest facilities.
Mian Iftikhar continued that special funds had been earmarked in ADP for equipping information offices at divisional level and acquisition of land was being underway for constructing modern information offices in the province.

Similarly, test transmission of Radio Pukhtoonkhawa has been started and its regular transmission would be started very soon. He added that broadcasting capacity would be extended to the entire province for bringing peace and defeating militancy and extremism in the province.

Secretary of Information and Public Relations Azmat Haneef Aurakzai, Director Information Shuaib-ud-Din and Regional Director Information Islamabad Bahramand were present on the occasion.
Source: The Nation
Date:3/18/2010