UK opposes curbs on Jang, Geo
ISLAMABAD: The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Philip Barton, says the United Kingdom is a firm believer in the freedom of press and opposes curbs on Jang, Geo or any other newspaper or channel. Barton, who had gone to London in connection with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to London, returned to Islamabad on Tuesday evening.
Talking informally to senior journalists here at his residence at tea, Barton said they had firm belief in the freedom of media.“On World Press Freedom Day, May 3, Britain expressed its firm resolve regarding the press freedom,” he said, adding that press should remain free.
The British envoy further said his country stood by democracy in Pakistan. Barton termed Nawaz Sharif’s tour to the UK very successful and result-oriented, and said the visit had set a firm footing for Pakistan-UK ties. “The leadership of both the countries had a detailed discussion on trade, economy, bolstering investment, security matters, regional scenario and other important issues,” Barton said.
He noted that they would fully support Pakistan in the war against terrorism. On a lighter note, the British HC admired the pleasant weather of Islamabad and remarked that Islamabad was presenting the picture of London.