Sharmila fetes newspaper owners, journalists
KARACHI: Adviser to CM on Media Sharmila Faruqui hosted a dinner in honour of bodies of newspapers owners (APNS), editors (CPNE) and different bodies of journalists including—PFUJ, KUJ and KPC—at a local hotel on Sunday.
One minute silence was observed for the departed souls of victims of target killings in Karachi and those soldiers and civilians who are under the avalanche in Siachen Glacier.Speaking on the occasion, she said that media is her extended family and people in media have always supported her struggle for democracy whether she was in the government or not. This support will continue, she added.
Sharmila said it was not an official dinner and she has hosted this dinner in her personal capacity.Sindh Minister Rafique Engineer, Special Assistance Rashid Rabbani, Special Assistance to CM Waqar Mehdi, Managing Director PBC Murtaza Solangi, Secretary Sindh Information Qazi Shahid Pervez, President All Pakistan Newspapers Society Sarmad Ali, general secretary Masood Hamid, former president APNS Hameed Haroon, Qazi Aslam of KTN, Asif Zuberi, Ilyas Shakir, Mukhtar Aqil, Tahir Najmi, Jabbar Khatak, KPC president Tahir Hassan Khan, president KUJ, G M Jamali.
Hameed Haroon said it was a unique day as associations of owners, editors and journalists were together in a function under one roof.Sarmad Ali said that APNS will serve as a bridge between the newspapers owners and the government. Rafique Engineer said that owners of newspapers and journalists have always waged a struggle against Martial Laws and dictators and fight for the freedom of press.