Journalists’ demands to be accepted: Memon
KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Innam Memon said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had always honoured just-demands of journalist fraternity. Honouring the demands presented by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Thursday Minister assured their demands especially for insurance cover to the journalists would be accepted and implemented.
Talking to the journalists, who had under the banner of PFUJ staged a sit-in outside the Sindh Assembly Building seeking acceptance and onward implementation of their demands. PFUJ General Secretary Khursheed Abbasi, Karachi Press Club President Imtiaz Khan Faran, representatives of journalists unions from across the province, Sindh Transport Minister Ejaz Jakhrani, member provincial assembly Gayan Chand and Imdad Pitafi were present on the occasion. The Minister informed the journalists their demands were just and PPP accepted and supported them and would take steps to see the demands were actualised and implemented in the vast interest of the journalist fraternity. He said Sindh government had taken all steps for security of media houses and walk-through scanners were being installed at Karachi Press Club.
Government would continue providing security to the media houses and Karachi Press Club. Sindh government would include budgetary allocation in coming annual fiscal budget for insurance cover to the journalists. He assured the journalists Sindh government would pay the compensation money to the journalists, who would be injured or dead during execution of their professional duty and would also table a resolution regarding demands of PFUJ in Sindh Assembly on Friday (today). He said Sindh government had always been ready to conduct local government elections but a particular political party had caused delay in conduction of local government polls as the said party had moved higher court on the issue of delimitations.
The Minister refuted reports about confrontation between federal and Sindh governments and said such reports were baseless and misleading.