Zardari holds meeting with Karachi journalists
KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that although the country was beset with many challenges, the vision of Benazir Bhutto was serving as an inspiration for the government to work for progress and prosperity of the nation.
The president was talking to office-bearers of journalist bodies at Bilawal House.
Mr Zardari referred to Pakistans role in the war on terror and its impact on the country.
He said Pakistan must start planning for the future, saying that the population was projected to rise to 300 million in three decades.
“If we don’t plan for that now, survival will be difficult.”
The president said the government was not averse to criticism, adding that “it (criticism) strengthens our resolve to serve the people through a democratic dispensation”.
The journalists’ representatives apprised the president about problems being faced by the fraternity.
They urged Mr Zardari to take up with officials concerned the matter of development work in journalists’ society at Hawkesbay. The president said the government would look into the possibility of providing soft loans to journalists for constructing houses.
Among other issues discussed at the meeting were creation of a journalists foundation, delay in implementation of the Wage Award and unusual delays in disposal of cases by labour courts.