Islamabad, Sep 19 (TNS): Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has assured that the law relating to the establishment of media tribunals will be formulated after consultations with the media.
He was addressing a ceremony in connection with the oath taking of Parliamentary Reporters Association at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Speaker said no law will be framed which is against the media workers rather their rights will be fully protected.
He said the media workers will be made part of the proceedings of the standing committee discussing the media tribunals law.
Asad Qaiser categorically stated that there is no threat to democracy in the country. He said we are passing through a transitional period and with the passage of time, the democracy will gain strength.
He, however, stressed the need for democracy within the parties through intra party polls. He said the media should raise its voice for strengthening of democracy within the parties.
Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the media being the fourth pillar of state should act with responsibility. She said the Prime Minister is committed to make the media fully functional as this segment of the society guides the government in strengthening the democracy, development and stability in the country.
She said the media is the backbone of the state and it should be empowered because Pakistan could engage the world on any issue through media. She said our media is playing a positive and constructive role regarding improvement in the economy, promotion of investment-friendly environment and other steps of the government.
Dr Firdous said that the Parliament and media should be on the same page for protection of the rights of general public.