Peshawar: Journalists Welfare, Safety and Development Foundation (JWSDF); Pakistan has decided to support the orphans and widows of the martyred media persons and to make arrangements for education, healthcare, livelihood and shelter for the terrorism affected families. This decision was taken in a meeting of the foundations cabinet which was held at Peshawar Press Club with its chairman Ali Hazrat Bacha in the chair on Wednesday.
The foundation patron Syed Bukhar Shah Bacha, Vice Chairman Rehmatullah Khan, Joint Secretary Wajidullah Khan, Press Secretary Khalid Ghani and Office Secretary Sajid Shah discussed the issues in detail and distributed assignments for achieving the objectives.
The meeting decided that in the first phase complete data will be compiled about the deceased media persons to know about present source of income of the bereaved families. Similarly, data of the ailing, jobless journalists will also be collected so that they could be supported financially. For the purpose data form was prepared to be submitted to the JWSDF’s cabinet for onward process.
The meeting extended the date for submission of membership form upto March 31, 2014 and after this date the process would remain closed till next March. The participants stressed the need to further strengthen the coordination with rest of press clubs and journalists unions. Special attention would be given on security and professional training of the media persons to enhance their skills in different fields.
The foundation’s website would be upgraded and a delegation would meet the police high ups to discuss the problems and important issues with them. The meeting emphasized upon fund raising to meet the challenges. It was decided that different committees including advisory council, monitoring committee and coordination would be announced once the process of membership was completed till end of the month.