ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Tuesday that the army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani holds the post of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at the moment.
Talking to media in Islamabad‚ the minister said that appointments to the posts of Chief of Army Staff and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee will be made in accordance with the constitutional framework.
“According to constitution New CJCCS should be appointed within 30 days. So, the government has decided to follow the constitutional framework,” he added.
When asked about talks with Taliban‚ the Information Minister pointed out that country is facing the curse of terrorism for the last fifteen or sixteen years‚ regretting the previous governments did not make any serious effort to tackle this issue. It is for the first time that the present elected government has made a serious effort with consensus to resolve the menace.
Responding to a question‚ Pervaiz Rashid said the government is alive to the challenges and taking difficult decisions to steer the country out of these problems. We are neither resorting to political expediency nor turning back to the problems rather we are taking practical decisions to put things in order. He said we have won seats in Gilgit Baltistan and the by-elections. We accept the mandate and opinion of the people and defeat on one seat of provincial assembly should not be misconstrued as if the people have given verdict against the government.
About Karachi ‚ the Information Minister said the situation is improving in the provincial capital and the citizens and businessmen in of the city seem to be satisfied with the situation. He said that situation will improve in the coming days because serious efforts for restoration of peace in the city have been made for the first time.
Earlier‚ addressing the meeting of Coalition on Safety of Journalist issues‚ Pervaiz Rashid said right to information bill has been prepared which will soon be presented before the Senate for approval.
He said there is consensus in the parliament on the issue of freedom of expression and right to information.
He said the government believes in the freedom of media for further strengthening of democratic institutions.
“We consider media as a watch dog of the interests of the society and are not afraid of its criticism” the Minister ekmphasised.
He said the security situation is not conducive for the journalists but the government on its part will take all possible steps for the protection and security of the journalists. He said it is the top priority of the government to resolve the issues faced by the journalists.
The Information Minister also called upon the media outlets to come up with a charter on the safety of journalists.
Speaking on the occasion‚ Director of United Nations Information Center Vittorio Cammarota said the world body has approved a plan of action for journalists which is aimed at providing safe environment to the working journalists.