Journalists warn govt over apathy
LAHORE: The governing body of the Lahore Press Club has warned of retaliatory actions if the Punjab government does not pay heed to the residential problems facing the club members.
This decision was taken at a meeting of the senior council members held at National Hockey Stadium with LPC President, Arshad Ansari in the chair.
The meeting took strong exception to Punjab government’s apathy towards problems of the journalist community and decided to take tough stance against the government to press for acceptance of their genuine demands.
Arshad Ansari told the meeting that the committee constituted by Punjab chief minister to sort out issues of journalist colony had not met even once despite passage of six weeks due to non-cooperation on the part of its head Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, the provincial minister.
Speaking on the occasion, Ansari, in his capacity as convenor of the Council of Pakistan Press Clubs announced stopping coverage to the Punjab Youth Festival if the government did not resolve their problems in the month of February. Protest demonstrations would also be held in all 85 press clubs across the country, he said, adding that journalists covering the proceedings of Senate and National Assembly would also stage walk out from the press galleries.
He also asked Rana Mashhood to step down as chairman of the committee since he was no longer interested in convening its meetings.