Haider Hoti demands Geo transmission restoration
MARDAN: Awami National Party (ANP) provincial president and former chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti on Saturday said that the government should take steps to restore the transmission of Geo television channel all over the country.
Talking to The News, Haider Hoti, who is also member of the National Assembly (MNA), said the ANP didn’t favour banning television channels. “When the licence of Geo TV was suspended some of its rival channels were jubilant, but we had warned that they could also face similar situation if they didn’t show maturity,” he recalled.
The former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister said the government should now ensure that the transmission of Geo TV was restored as channel had completed the 15-day suspension period and paid the fine.
“The government should come up with a code of conduct for the media and make sure that the ethics are followed in letter and spirit,” he added.
Haider Hoti added that though the government didn’t take the political parties into confidence before launching the military operation in North Waziristan, the political parties should support it in the larger national interest. “Military operation isn’t the solution to address the issue of militancy. We will have to take steps to change the mindset,” he added.
Haider Hoti said the federal government should take steps to remove the trust-deficit between Pakistan and Afghanistan in a bid to bring stability to the region. The former chief minister said the government should make a comprehensive plan to deal with the post-operation scenario and launch extensive development work in North Waziristan.
Haider Hoti said that the ANP neither supported Imran Khan’s ‘tsunami’ nor Tahirul Qadri’s slogan of revolution. “The ANP supports the democratic process,” he added.
He said Imran Khan had insulted the mandate of the Pakhtuns by suggesting that he would dissolve the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.