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Spokesman attacks media for reporting govt lapses

ISLAMABAD: An official spokesman of the government has taken strong exception to the contents of the story published in The News, titled ‘Govt defied SC on 15 occasions’ on Tuesday.

A press release issued by the Press Information Department said the reporter has tried to create an impression that government has many a time defied orders and decisions of the Supreme Court. The spokesman said the subject report is nothing but a mound of disinformation aimed at discrediting the government and fulfilling wishful desires of the reporter in pitching the government against other state institutions.

There was no question of defying the orders of the Supreme Court by the government, the spokesperson said.

The cases inferred in the report which, according to the correspondent, have been defied, are the orders or decisions of the Supreme Court which have either been implemented or the government has filed their reviews in the relevant courts, the spokesman said.

The government has always held the courts in high esteem and yet believed in the trichotomy of powers laid down in the Constitution of Pakistan. Judiciary is one of the custodians of the Constitution and government would continue to respect the honourable courts, the spokesperson said.

Also commenting upon other similar reports and analyses being scripted in a particular section of media, the spokesperson said that such items have in fact become nuisance for the readers to go through these diatribes again and again. Such stories are carved out to merely making headlines and enhancing stall value of the publications, he said. The spokesperson regretted that this media group has launched a deliberate vilification campaign against the government whose sole purpose is to harm its reputation and disenchant the people from the democratic system. “This is not only against the norms of journalism but also a conspiracy against the government and democracy,” he concluded.

Usman Manzoor adds: The spokesman has issued another proforma clarification without going into the specifics given date-wise in our report. It has become a habit that such a generalized rebuttal is issued by the Government and all the specific points raised are ignored.

This is understandable because the government has nothing concrete to say in its defence except blaming the messenger and attacking the media.

It would be better if the government focuses on showing some respect to the highest court of the country and government servants are not used to mislead the people through wrong clarifications which malign the independent media or try to teach them how to do their job.
Source: The News
Date:3/16/2011