Peshawar: The Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has called upon the journalist community to put hands together with the PTI-led provincial coalition govt to reform the society and bring about durable changes in the existing system, improve the performance of service delivery outlets and eliminate corruption from the govt machinery adding that the joint efforts of the govt and media to this effect will yield the desired fruitful results that the people expected.
He further said that his govt would always welcome positive criticism whereas the media would have to play its role in promoting objective journalism as well as discourage yellow journalism from our society. He was talking to two separate delegations of Mardan and Takht Bhai Press Clubs that called on him led by its respective heads SafiUllah Khan and Hayatullah Akhter at CM Secretariat Peshawar. Provincial Minister Information Shah Farman Khan, Minister Education Atif-ur-Rehman, MPAs Iftikhar Mashwani, Tufail Anjum, Secretary Information Tariq Jameel, Principal Secretary to CM Ashfaq Khan, Director Information Behra Mand and governing body members of the press clubs were also present.
The Chief Minister assured that his govt would take practical steps to solve maximum problems of the journalist community while he also issued on spot directives to the concerned authorities in this regard. Pervez Khattak while highlighting the reforms policy of his govt, steps taken, results achieved so far and future strategies, said that we did not want to appreciate our steps by ourselves but instead want people to acknowledge it and express satisfaction on it.
He while terming the journalism a fourth pillar of the state assured that our PTI-led govt would leave no stone unturned to strengthen this pillar, do everything for welfare of the journalist community and help them discharging their professional obligations. However he said that we also wanted media to work under set laws and code of ethics as other organs of the state were doing and obeying it.
He said that the media always played due role in highlighting problems of the people and raising the issues to solve it and mould the public opinion. He said that PTI govt and our coalition partners believed in democracy. We always welcomed positive criticism as; he said it was important for reformation and betterment of the society.
The Chief Minister asked the journalist community to give priority to professionalism in their duties as he said that ignoring the aims and targets gave birth to misunderstandings and complications in the masses many times that he added were not only harmful for all of us but injurious to the health of our province and country. He said that slanting and twisting facts was not service to society but in fact was negation of responsible journalism.
He said that we were also complainant of our media that it projected our mistakes with exaggeration that we never committed but our single good step was not appreciated and even our positives steps and policies were ignored in the media that he said was also injustice to the people and this province. He said that the law on right to information (RTI) introduced by the present govt was testimony to our sincerity in this regard.
This law he said would not only ensure transparency in performance of the govts department and institutions but a layman could demand any information from any department that would have to be provided within set period of time. Similarly Ehtesab Commission Bill was being introduced with the aim to wipe out corruption and nepotism from the govt machinery while other such laws would further strengthen system of the govt so much so that any person could complain against a minister or even myself and could make us accountable for our any misdeeds. He said that all this was aimed to provide a devoted leadership to the people, stop wastage of public resources, ensure judicious and transparent use of funds and make the departments to deliver to the public accordingly.
The Chief Minister said that provincial govt was endeavouring to pave way for durable peace and create conducive atmosphere for investment in the province. He said the investors and even overseas Pakistanis were eager to establish industrial units in various parts of the province wherein contacts with our provincial govt have also been started.
He said that provincial govt would solve the energy issue on priority basis and would establish energy generation units to produce cheap electricity that would not be sold to WAPDA but would be provided to the local industries on subsidized rates.
He asked the journalist to visit police stations, Patwars, hospitals and schools to see whether change was there or not and if they had any complaint then inform us to address it and improve performance of the govt sectors accordingly. The journalist acknowledged that changes were visible in various sectors of the govt owing to the realistic and concrete steps of the provincial govt. They assured that media would support the govt in pinpointing the social evils and eliminating it from society. They thanked the Chief Minister for evincing keen interest solving their problems.