Relations between govt & press cordial -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Relations between govt & press cordial

LAHORE – There are cordial relations between the government and the press, and the steps pointed out by the press may lead the government towards making rightful decisions.

Punjab Law and Local Government Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja said this while speaking at a luncheon hosted by Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi for the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) here on June 19. However, the Chief Minister could not attend the luncheon due to his official preoccupations.

Basharat Raja further said that the press has always played a pivotal role in strengthening relations with governmental institutions for which the government was highly indebted.

Talking about the provincial budget, he said huge funds have been earmarked for providing facilities to the people in the fields of education, health, agriculture and industries.

“It was a tax-free budget, which reflected public aspirations that would result in raising quality of life of common man. The government has infused a new spirit amongst public by envisaging ‘Literate Punjab’ and this dream would be realised in short span of time.

It has always welcomed the criticism by the press, as it had contained reform element,” he added.

While appreciating the passions of the minister for the press, Arif Nizami, on behalf of the APNS, said cordial relations between the government and the press was inevitable for establishing a democratic society in the country. He also highlighted problems confronting the APNS.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:6/20/2004