fy terrorism, saying the menace was one of the biggest challenges facing the country at the moment. -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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fy terrorism, saying the menace was one of the biggest challenges facing the country at the moment.

“The government is taking action only against those killing innocent people in Swat. If the media presents terrorists as heroes and glorifies the menace, it would have negative impacts on society,” she said while talking to newsmen at the Expo Centre after visiting an exhibition.

The exhibition was organised by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in collaboration with a local media group.

When asked about the current political friction between the federal government and Punjab’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Rehman said that she was the representative of the federal government and has left Punjab politics to local politicians.

“The federal government believes in the policy of national reconciliation and wants to take along all political and religious forces for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan,” she said.

The federal minister refused to comment on the probe launched by the government with regards to Mumbai terror attacks and said that, whenever the investigation was completed, it would be made public in accordance with the government policy.

Rehman said that the government believes in freedom of expression and wants to protect the rights of working journalists.

She asked the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) to formulate a code of conduct acceptable to all stakeholders including working journalists, ensuring protection of their interests. Earlier, the information minister visited various stalls at the exhibition.
Source: The News
Date:1/31/2009