Tribal journalists meets governor
PESHAWAR, January 18 2006: The NWFP Governor Khalil-ur-Rehman has urged the FATA journalists to forge unity in their rank and file and thrash out the differences to become one single group through a democratic process. “Unless you are free from these internal skirmishes, you cannot do any good work for FATA as well as the nation”, he added.
The Governor was talking to 26 member delegation of one of the groups of Tribal Union of journalists headed by Nasir Mohmand which called on him here at the Governor’s House on Tuesday January 17. Secretary FATA Mohamad Shahzad Arbab, Secretary to Governor Arbab Mohammad Arif and DG Media FATA Shah Zaman Khan were also present on the occasion. The Governor assured the delegation that the Govt. would facilitate the FATA’s journalists in their professional endeavors. He urged them to shun their differences and speak from one platform so that their voice could gain more strength.
Referring to the prevailing situation in the tribal region the Governor urged the tribal journalists to play their positive and constructive role in its improvement. He said that the journalists should keep the national interest above all other considerations while filing their stories and they should be positive and objective in their approach rather than sensational and critical for the sake of criticism.
“Positive and objective reporting shall be more rewarding in your profession”, he added. The Governor was hopeful that the tribal journalists would also highlight the unprecedented development work going on in FATA.
Turning to the demands, the Governor assured the delegation that the govt. and the respective administration were striving hard to locate and recover the kidnapped journalist Hayatulah.
He also updated the delegation on the efforts so for taken in this regard and said that our sympathies were with his family and it is equally a cause of concern for us.
On a demand the Governor directed to arrange a refresher course for the tribal journalists in the Information Services Academy Islamabad.
The Governor also responded positively to other demands of the delegations and assured to look into it. However, he said they will have to forge unity to avail the facilities and to get their problems resolved.
Source: The Frontier Post