Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has congratulated the newly elected president of Peshawar Press Club and other members of the cabinet elect and governing body for their success in the annual elections of the press club.
In his message of felicitation to the newly elected president and his cabinet, he termed the success of Nasir Hussain as president of the press club for two consecutive period as an honour and the reflection of the confidence the journalist community reposed in him and said that the newly elected president and his cabinet would strive hard to come up to the confidence of the journalist community.
The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the newly elected president and his colleagues would utilize their qualities for the welfare of journalists, uplift of the press club and upholding high journalistic values.
He said that the role of Peshawar and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa based journalists had been remarkable in the war on terror adding that they had rendered great sacrifices in this war and a number of journalists from this region had even laid down their lives in the discharge of their professional duties that the nation is really proud of.
He urged upon the journalists to play their vital role in projecting the negative impacts of the American proxy war against terrorism on this province and the sufferings of people in the national and international media and to support the provincial governments efforts in ensuring durable peace in this region so that the severely affected economy of the war-torn province could be revived and people could be provided with livelihood.
Pervez Khattak termed the media as the fourth pillar of the state and said that media and democracy were indispensable for each other and without a vibrant and free media, democratic institutions could not flourish in the society; and hence the provincial government fully believed in the freedom of expression and media.
“The provincial government considers media as its right hand in translating its change agenda into reality”, the Chief Minister maintained. “We give the credit of 18th Constitutional amendment and provincial autonomy to the last government but how much it was implemented during the reign of that very government till now is known to everyone”, he lamented adding that laws and rules are framed to be implemented and not to put in cold storage. Mr. Khattak maintained that following abolition of concurrent list, the federal government with held many assets of the province, the admitted right of net hydel profit was not being given and even control of the province on its own resources was being refused which could develop a sense of deprivation in the masses adding that it was the spirit of democracy that the federal units, should be given their due rights. He called upon the media to highlight such issues of the province at national level.
He urged upon the journalists to project the positive steps of the provincial government aimed at public welfare and at the same time point out its weaknesses so that the same could be rectified. He assured that his government would not only welcome the positive and constructive criticism from the media but will also take effective measures to improve its performance in the light of criticism.
The Chief Minister expected that the newly elected president of PPC and his cabinet fellows would make the best use of the pen to project the economic, social and public issues of the metropolitan and the province at national level. He expressed good wishes for the success of the new cabinet of the press club.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has also congratulated the newly elected presidents and cabinets of Katlang and Shabqadar Press Clubs for their success in the annual elections of the press clubs.
In his separate messages of felicitation to the newly elected president of Katlang Press Club, Mohammad Gul and President Shabqadar Press Club, Haji Khaista Rehman and their cabinet members, he expressed hope that they would strive for welfare of local media community and highlighting the local issues.