Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday urged media to play its role with responsibility in the war against terrorism and reiterated government’s resolve to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
He said this after administering oath to the newly elected office bearers of Multan Press Club (MPC) in a ceremony here at the local airport.
The prime minister handed over a cheque for Rs 70 million to MPC President Shakeel Anjum for payment to Punjab Journalists Housing Foundation for the plots allotted to media persons in journalists colony Multan. He also announced a grant of Rs 7 million for the local press club.
Gilani said the work of media was important in war against terrorism as this menace has harmed peace , foreign investment, investment and development in the country.
He said terrorism was opposed to tolerance, patience and peaceful co-existence which are the hallmark of our society.
The Prime Minister said that government would eradicate this menace and would transform Pakistan into a peaceful and investment friendly country.
He said that Pakistan People’s Party Government believes in the freedom of press and it would provide all facilities to media persons.
The Prime Minister said that this gathering of journalists reminded him of the glorious sacrifices media persons had rendered during the Tehrik-e-Pakistan and in the struggle against the dictators for the restoration of democracy.
Democracy was revived and progressing with the support and the sacrifices of journalists and political workers, he said and added the government acknowledges the importance of media as the fourth pillar.
The Prime Minister said that terrorism was the most serious problem for the country and said all those would be punished who were involved in killing innocent people launching attacks on shrines, mosques and educational institutions, committing violence against women, and those who wish to enforce their own version of Shariah.
The Prime Minister said that the problems the country was confronting today were inherited by the Government.
The Prime Minister said the Government was determined to solve all these problems for benefit of the people. Government does not believe in short term solutions and is moving forward to solve them he said and added that it was for this reason that the government had to take some difficult decisions which initially were criticised.
He said that the democratic forces and media will have to play their role to counter challenges for the future generations.