Pak-Afghan journalists constitute joint forum
The participants of three-day Pak-Afghan Journalists Forum has decided the formation of a forum comprising representatives of journalists from both countries and a four-member committee has also been constituted in this regard to prepare targets and procedure for the organisation.
In a joint communiqué issued on the completion of the conference held under auspices of Centre for Free Media here in the University of Peshawar has divided participants of the conference into four groups and invited proposals from them. The communiqué said that the people of both countries have the same religion, culture and language, saying the ongoing lawlessness, social and political instability are affecting social, economic and political aspects of their peoples, which also affecting their bilateral relations. The prevailing situation had put the security of both countries at stake.
It said that for the existence and political, social and economic development co-operation is essential for them. It urged journalists for avoiding the publishing of news which promote negative impression and create hatred between both countries and peoples. For bringing the people of both countries close to each, the participants of the conference demanded of the stakeholders not to force journalists for obtaining their personal objectives and respect journalist for provision of correct information and proper guidance of the people. The participants also demanded of the Pakistani and Afghan authorities and rulers to play effective role in the promotion and stabilisation of bilateral relations between the journalists of both countries and encourage the exchange of journalists.