PM Nawaz urges media to play a responsible role

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 8:43:48 by

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) on Saturday acknowledged that the country is currently undergoing immense hardships and responsibility rests with all institutions, including the media, to play their part in steering the country out of all challenges.

The premier asserted that he believes in a free and independent media and judiciary but said it is crucial for the media to hold itself accountable.

“I have profound respect for those journalists who make efforts to protect democracy and the Constitution,” the prime minister said, adding that for the next two years, channels should forego the race for ratings and support the government.

Besides praising journalists for their input in improving Pakistan’s image on the international front, the premier urged journalists to play an “ethical” role and formulate a code of conduct.


‘Sit-ins beyond understanding’


The premier also expressed his disapproval over the protracted Islamabad sit-ins in 2014 that were organised as part of the opposition movement against the government.

“The objectives of the sit-ins are beyond my understanding,” he said.

He added that visits of foreign dignitaries were cancelled due to the instability caused by the prolonged sit-ins.

The prime minister also questioned the agenda of miscreants who vandalised the office of the Pakistan Television Network (PTV) during the sit-ins.


‘Bed of thorns’


Claiming that the leadership of a country in crisis faces immense challenges, he said being prime minister was akin to “a bed of thorns”.

The premier claimed that Pakistan has had to pay a hefty price for its violation of law and Constitution.


National Action Plan


The prime minister in his address advised media to conscientiously contribute in the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) which he said was formulated after consensus of the entire political leadership.

He said that the military operation against militants as part of the NAP has been successful so far and the crackdown will continue until terrorism is completely eradicated from the country.


Energy crisis


Divulging his hope for the energy crisis faced by the country, the prime minister said that the government is resolute in overcoming electricity shortage during its tenure.

He added that the generation of 3, 600 megawatts of electricity through LNG will help alleviate the electricity shortage.

At the end of his address to council members, the prime minister announced a grant of Rs50 million for CPNE giving rise to applause from the audience.

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Lahore News Sources

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