=> SUKKUR: Members of the standing committee of the C
SUKKUR: Members of the standing committee of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) on Friday visited the Sukkur Press Club, where they lit candles in front of a big portrait of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, kept on a platform of the club.
On arrival at the club, they were warmly welcomed and given a round of the club’s different sections, after which they had an extensive discussion on topics of mutual interest, including the issues of press freedom, Pemra laws, etc with the members of the governing body of the club and the Sukkur Union of Journalists.
The CPNE delegation included group editor coordination, Jang, Shaheen Qureshi, president Safma, Sindh, Aamir Mehmood, Inqilab Matri, Ghulam Akbar, Dr Jabbar Khattak, Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah, editor Kainaat, and others. Senior PPPP lawyer Farooq Naik also came along with the CPNE delegation and attended the candle-lighting event.
The delegation appreciated the role of the Sukkur press and the Sukkur Press Club in the ongoing struggle for the press freedom and for undoing the black and harsh press laws.
They called for complete unity and discipline within the press community and newspaper organisations for achieving the goal.
The delegation condemned the continued ban on Geo TV channel, and held that no restrictions whatsoever would be tolerated and there would be no compromise on principles.
It was also agreed that the CPNE and the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) would hold their meetings from time to time in Sukkur as this would be helpful for close interaction of newspaper organisations with the media of interior Sindh.
Speaking on behalf of the press club and the SUJ, Khawaja Jawed Ahmed, Lala Asad Pathan, Shahid Ali and Jan Mohammad Mahar assured the CPNE delegation that their organisations would play host to their meetings whenever they were held in Sukkur.
Earlier, the CPNE standing committee members drove to Naudero and Garhi Khuda Buksh for offering condolence to Asif Ali Zardari and for Fateha at the grave of PPP leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
According to a press release issued by the secretary general CPNE Khushnood Ali Khan, CPNE president Arif Nizami led the delegation.
On this occasion, Asif Zardari said the country was at dangerous crossroads and the situation demanded that a broad-based consensus be worked out for peaceful holding of elections and also it should continue after the elections.
Zardari said if the PPPP got a majority in the upcoming elections, his party would implement the philosophy of broad-based political consensus, and especially the PML-N, ANP and the nationalist parties of Balochistan would be included in it.
He said this consensus would cover the main political, economic and social issues in PPPP policymaking, and these would be the basis of future governance.
Zardari termed the assassination of Benazir Bhutto a conspiracy, which was aimed at igniting linguistic, political and sectarian hatred to pave the way for the country’s dismemberment.
Zardari complimented the political awakening of the people, who had foiled the conspiracy, which he regarded was a homage to Benazir Bhutto.
He said they had displayed patience and tolerance and had forgotten their past differences.
Commenting on the persisting power shortage, he said the PPP government had concluded power agreements of 24,000 megawatts, which would have got investment of around $25 billion, but these were later repealed when the government was toppled in 1996.
He was of the view that water shortage problem could be overcome without the construction of dams because under the present irrigation system, plenty of water was wasted, which could be saved by water management.
He also appreciated CPNE decision of construction of a Shaheed Minaar at the assassination site and for naming the Murree Road as Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Road.
Source: The News