Shahbaz says resolution will be scrapped
RAHIMYAR KHAN: Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that the passage of the resolution against the media was not a part of the PML-N policy and vowed that “we will together scrap this resolution”.
Addressing a programme held to distribute lease documents of 2,118 acres land to 123 agriculture graduates here, Shahbaz Sharif said the anger of journalists was valid. “I also said this yesterday that the sacrifices rendered by journalists deserve praise,” he added.
The chief minister said 73,000 acres land had been distributed in the first phase. He said land will be distributed among graduates across the Punjab so that cultivation of land was undertaken using modern techniques. Land will also be given away to graduates majoring in forestry in the days to come, he announced.
Our correspondent adds from Lahore: The committee, set up by the Punjab chief minister, to amicably resolve the issue between the media and the Punjab Assembly members, has unanimously decided to establish a 10-member (five members each from both the parties) working group for the purpose.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the committee, which was held at the CM’s Secretariat on Saturday and participated by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, MPA Tahir Ali Javed, PUJ President Rai Hasnain Tahir, Senior Vice-President Hafiz Abdul Wadood, Finance Secretary Aamir Suhail, PFUJ Assistant Secretary General Wasim Farooq Shahid, APNEC Central Joint Secretary Rana Shafique Pasroori and Executive Member Rana Shahzad.
The meeting underscored the importance of the freedom of the press for the survival and strengthening of democracy, lauding the efforts of the media for the restoration of democracy and the independent judiciary.
The representatives of the media reaffirmed their commitment to responsible journalism.
It was also decided that the meeting of the joint working group would be held as soon as possible to resolve the issue between the media and the members of the Punjab Assembly amicably.
Source: The News