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Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that the clash between institutions is unfortunate but it will end soon. The media has supported the Sindh government during the targeted operation and it should help in bringing investment to the province as well, he said.
Addressing a dinner hosted by Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon in the honour of office-bearers of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors and Pakistan Broadcasters Association on Thursday night, he said the crime rate in Sindh had dropped because of the operation in which many target killers, extortionists and terrorists had been arrested.
He said all forces of the country should work towards forging unity and cohesion. The chief minister said some ‘friends’ had reservations about the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) but it should be implemented for at least three to six months so that the rate of crime could be substantially reduced.
He said investment in Sindh was increasing and the opportunities in the province were not less than any other province. Meanwhile, Sharjeel Memon said the government had always done everything it could to clear the dues of the print and electronic media. He appealed the APNS and other organisations to form a committee to scrutinise dues, pointing out that one of the reasons of delay in payments is delayed billing by newspapers.
He said that the APNS demand to issue advertisements to eveningers (evening newspapers) will be fulfilled.
Hameed Haroon, Sarmad Ali, Ejazul Haque, Abdul Jabbar Khattak, Qazi Asad Abid, Muhammad Aamir, Ghulam Nabi Chandio, Hamid Abidi, Ilyas Shakir, Mukhtar Aqil and others thanked the information minister for inviting them.
Patron-in-Chief of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said his party will not compromise on freedoms of speech and will stand shoulder to shoulder with media community whenever it is attacked.
“The Pakistan People’s Party and the journalist community have always fought together against martial laws and gagging of press since last four decades. Freedom of press is one of the key part of our struggle to strengthen democracy and supremacy of the constitution,” Bilawal stated this in his message on World Press Freedom Day being observed under UNESCO the world over today.
He said his party was proud that the former prime minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto threw away the blacks laws in 1988 opening new opportunities for media expansion to ensure freedom of expression.
The PPP patron-in-chief said scores of journalists had been killed since last two decades while performing their duties making Pakistan one of the most dangerous country for them. “It is unfortunate that Kalashnikov culture introduced by Zia’s dictatorial regime is taking its toll and almost every peaceful segment of our society is being targeted by same culture,” he added.
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Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon on Friday said that action would be taken against those who deteriorated law and order in the city.
Talking to newsmen, he said all those who forcefully get the shops and markets closed were also terrorists. “We shall arrest and punish the people involved in the killing of the MQM workers,” he said. The minister clearly said that no law enforcement agency was involved in the kidnapping and killing of MQM workers. He was not happy over the strike, saying millions of the people were daily wagers who suffered great loses to the strikes. Memon also said that several banned outfits were present in the city.