Firdous inaugurates IT lab at Sialkot Press Club
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday night stressed upon the journalist community to forge unity among their ranks and work as a pressure group for holding accountability of political leaders and institutions for assessing their efficiency across the country.
The uppermost duty of journalist community was to highlighting the problems of the society including minorities and women problems through reports and suggests remedial measures to set the directions and enable the concerned to address the issues, she said.
Addressing the members of Sialkot Press Club (SPC) after inaugurating the IT lab and newly renovated building of the press club, she said journalist should suggest the solution of the problems enabling the concerned to take remedial measures.
The Information Minister on this occasion announced that a modern “Iqbal library” would be established in Sialkot Press Club and additional block would be constructed within the premises of the club.
Dr Firdous urged upon the journalist community of Sialkot to come forward and work for projecting the Khudi (egotism) and philosophy of Iqbal among the younger generation.
“It was our moral obligation that we should work on Iqbal as well as to disseminate the message of Iqbal among the masses and journalist community of Sialkot should work on it and fulfil their responsibility to set a unique precedent for other press clubs across the country, she said.
The concept of setting up library in Sialkot Press Club would serve as “gateway” to the younger generation for sharing the thoughts of Allama Iqbal and perception of “Khudi”, she said.
The Information Minister said that sufficient funds would be generated for setting up proposed library and work on this project would be undertaken in near future.
Dr Firdous urged upon the editors of weekly papers to get ABC certification for enlisting their weekly papers on media list for getting advertisements.
She said it was healthy omen that elections of Sialkot Press Club and Sialkot Electronic Media Association were held in accordance with the democracy and members of both the bodies were elected through ballot paper.
The Information Minister said the setting up IT Lab at Sialkot Press Club was aimed at providing modern facilities to the journalist community enabling them to perform their duties in a modern way.
In his welcome address, Sialkot Press Club Chairman Hamayun Iqbal Malik thanked the Federal Minister for Information for providing grant of Rs 2.5 million for the repair and renovation work of Sialkot Press Club building.
The newly elected President of Sialkot Electronic Media Association (SEMA) Khawaja Rehan Naseem presented the address of welcome and said that SEMA members would play instrumental role in projecting problems and difficulties of the masses.
Earlier, the Information Minister administrated the oath to the newly elected members SEMA.
On this occasion the Minister congratulated the newly elected office bears of SEMA and announced a grant of half million for the SEMA.
Earlier, the Minister also inaugurated the IT Lab and newly renovated building of Sialkot Press Club.