Govt firmly believes in freedom of expression: Information Minister

 
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Islamabad: June 29, 2020 (TNS): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Shibli Faraz has said the government firmly believes in freedom of expression and will take all possible steps for resolving financial problems of the working journalists.

He was speaking at a cheque distribution ceremony among deserving media workers and press clubs in Islamabad.

The Minister appreciated the role of media in creating awareness among masses to observe precautionary measures in the ongoing fight against coronavirus.

Expressing the government’s determination in providing all possible facilities for the up-gradation of press clubs, he said for this purpose more funds will be allocated in coming years.

Shibli Faraz said it is Prime Minister Imran Khan’s longstanding desire to support deserving working journalists. He said it is the responsibility of government to protect rights of journalists.

Meanwhile, addressing a news conference along with Minister for Communications Murad Saeed and Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar in Islamabad, Information Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s steadfastness has restored the global identity of the country and the nation.

He said opposition parties are not sincere with country and the public as they have always safeguarded their personal interests.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said the PTI led government is well aware of the problems of the people and it is working on fast track to provide all possible facilities to them.

200 Panagahs across the country have been established on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide shelter to the labour class.

He hoped that the country will move forward in the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan with support of the nation.

Minister for Production and Industries Hammad Azhar said criticism of opposition on increase of petroleum prices is baseless as petrol prices are still lower in Pakistan as compared to other regional countries.

He said to meet the challenge of global pandemic, the government ensured provision of Ehsaas Emergency cash to over 16 million deserving families across the country.

He said the relief package was also announced for over 3 million businessmen to overcome their financial difficulties.