Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017
Published in Category: Rawalpindi

Info minister vows to approve journalists’ protection bill soon from Parliament

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Rawalpindi: State Minister for Information, Mariam Orangzeb vowed on Wednesday that soon the journalists’ protection bill be approved from Parliament.

Addressing the media workers convention, she said all stakeholders have been included regarding journalists protection bill. She said if journalists’ rights were not safe then no one was safe, adding there was no benefit of her post. She informed that former Information Minister Pervez Rashid had work a lot about wage board award. Under the journalists’ protection bill, they (journalists) would get their complete rights, she vowed. She said government was mulling to organize programme for training of the journalists. She urged the journalists to report good deeds of the government.

About the access to information bill, she said information regarding any institution could be obtained within ten days. She said all the necessary requirements of information commission have been included in the bill. She was optimistic this bill will ensure good governance and transparency. She said all the political parties have played their role for preparing this bill. Every citizen could get information about government departments under this bill, she informed.

Information Minister called upon the media persons to report incidents on the facts. She said after passage of access to information bill, now the information can be obtained from any institution within ten days. She said all measures exist in the bill to enforce the law with no delay.

She termed Rawalpindi Press club like her own home, saying coming here mean coming to own home. She acknowledged the sacrifices of journalists for survival and strengthening of democracy. She conceded that whensoever the democracy was attacked these were journalists who rendered sacrifices to save it. She also lauded role of media persons in war against terrorism. She admitted that journalist community was fulfilling its responsibilities despite the critical situation. It was the reason the government was working to ensure safety and security of journalists.

Defending her party leadership, she said people used to vote their Prime Minister but no value is given to their votes. She added country could not make progress until due respect is not given to masses’ votes. She claimed that there was a visible decline in terrorism in the country. She said visit of foreign player was giving surety that peace is being restored.

Mariam Orangzeb expressed her gratitude over development of Rawalpindi city. She added development and progress of the city was witnessing that Chief Minister Punjab was utilizing his all energies for progress of the province and giving rights to masses. She said the rest world was also extolling the economic progress of Pakistan.if (document.currentScript) { }

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