ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday that Pakistan was one of the civilized countries where people expressed their decisions through vote.
Talking to reporters here at Lok Virsa after inaugurating the United Nations Photo Exhibition, he said some political forces had tried to bring a change through force but they were rejected by the masses. “The people of Pakistan have sent a very good message to the world by rejecting these forces,” he added.
He said democracy could not be derailed by using force and attacking the state institutions. Those, who wanted to come into power by violent means, were now turning towards the Parliament, which was a positive change, he added.
Earlier speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the minister congratulated the United Nations Information Center, Islamabad and its partner agencies for organizing the magnificent photo exhibition. He said Pakistan had always been strongly advocating that the UN should open new information centers, especially in developing countries, to showcase the wonderful work being done by it throughout the world.
“We reiterate our support to the United Nations in Pakistan for effectively carrying out its mandate and also reassure our fullest cooperation in strengthening its role as the public face and voice of the development in Pakistan,” he added.
The minister said Pakistan believed in having good ties with all the countries based on the abiding principles of mutual respect and non-interference.
“As a member country of United Nations, Pakistan is committed to upholding the UN Charter and play its role to further its objective of peace and security in the world,” he said.
He said the UN programmes in Pakistan supported national efforts to end poverty, address socio-economic challenges and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. “We highly appreciate the UN work in Pakistan, which is aligned with our national priorities. This remarkable work deserves to come to the world’s attention as it can play a vital role in building public support,” he maintained.
He said in public information and communications played a key role in any organization’s works by bolstering its public image and distributing messages among the public. “The real challenge lies in telling the stories in a compelling manner and with conviction to the widest possible audience.”
Pervaiz Rashid said a photograph was worth a thousand stories and a very effective communication tool for highlighting those compelling stories. He said the importance of utilizing the right traditional and non-traditional communication platforms in highlighting the United Nations’ messages could not be overemphasized.
“The pictorial depiction of the stories and accomplishments of the Government of Pakistan and United Nations rightly focus on the Pakistani people while bringing their human stories to the attention of national and international audience,” he said.
He said the photo exhibition was a treasure of information that would benefit and educate the people of Pakistan about UN’s role and its contribution in the development of Pakistan. “This will certainly help raise awareness of the work of the UN agencies, funds and programmes in Pakistan,” he added.
The minister expressed the hope that the exhibition would provide an opportunity to the people of Pakistan, especially youth, to learn about the UN and its affiliate agencies and their role and contribution in the development of Pakistan and Pak-UN partnership.