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Misuse of budget stopped in Information Ministry: Pervaiz


Saturday, 15 February 2014   09:53:55

Misuse of budget stopped in Information Ministry: Pervaiz    

      ISLAMABAD, Feb 14 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting
and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid Friday said that the misuse of ministry's budget had been stopped completely.
      The minister told the National Assembly's Standing Committee
on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, which met here
at the Parliament House with Marvi Memon in the chair, that financial discipline was strictly being followed in the ministry.
     Not a single penny would be misused in future, he added.
 The committee issued directives to its sub-committees to provide
their proposals for their respective areas for the upcoming budget.
      Marvi Memon formed a sub-committee, headed by Naeema Kishwer, MNA,
on the issue of journalists' security and advised it to collect data
about the killing incidents since January 1, 2011.
     She also tasked it to ensure payment of compensation to murdered
media persons as early as possible. She said the sub-committee would
also work for creation of safer environment for media persons in
the country.
      Earlier, Marvi Memon said media persons were being targeted in
all parts of the country, which was regrettable.
      The Information Minister said all citizens of Pakistan were
facing problems due to bad law and order situation. Pakistan could
not become a peaceful country overnight and it was the collective responsibility of the society to work for peace and tranquility, he
added.
 He appreciated the role of media in the ongoing crisis and said
it would have to play its positive role in future too.
 Pervaiz Rashid said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had
already formed a two-member ministerial committee on the issue of
security for media houses and journalists, which had held its
meeting. The government was fully committed to fulfil its
responsibilities in that connection, he added.
      Police representatives from all provinces and the Federal
Capital presented their reports regarding attacks on media persons
and the action taken by law enforcement agencies.
      Tahir A Khan, representative of Pakistan Broadcasting Association
(PBA), said media persons were threatened by the extremist forces.
      Jabbar Khattak of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors
(CPNE) said media persons were facing great difficulties in
performance of their duties.
      President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Rana Azeem
and Secretary General Amin Yousuf presented their reports on the
killing of journalists in the country. Since 2002 over 100 journalists
had been killed, but in most cases no proper First Information Reports
were registered, he added.
      Parvaiz Shaukat, Adviser to International Federation of
Journalists, demanded that the law enforcement agencies should
increase the level of security for journalists, who were
continuously being targeted for the last few years.
      Shaheryar Khan, President of National Press Club (NPC)
Islamabad, said the security provided to the NPC had been
withdrawn recently, making it unsafe.
      Marvi Memon also informed the meeting that a website of the
committee had been launched, where all information and presentations
given by various government departments would be uploaded as part
of access to information policy.
      The meeting was attended by members of National Assembly (MNAs)
Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry, Perveen Masood Bhatti, Azhar Jadoon, Marriam Aurangzeb, Leila Khan, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Talal Chaudhry, Imran
Zafar Leghari and Naeema Kishwar.
      Senior officials of the Ministry of Information and attached
departments were also present in the meeting.