Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Tuesday the present democratic government acknowledges the struggle of the journalist community in restoration of democracy in the country and it would take all possible steps to facilitate them in their working.
While addressing journalists on the occasion of a presentation by the contractors on the architectural design and lay out of the new National Press Club building, she said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto sacrificed her life for revival of democracy in the country and in this struggle the role of media community was vital.
She said that the present government wants to bridge the gaps between the institutions and the President and Prime Minister were committed to institution building process in the country.
The minister said that the media is instrumental in highlighting the government policies.
The goal of the government is to provide relief to the masses and construction of the NPC building would make it easier for the media to convey this message to the masses.
The government would try to provide maximum facilities to the NPC so that this model can be replicated in the regional press clubs in future.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that PPP relations with the media are not restricted to the government only as we have struggled hand in hand against the dictatorial rulers.
She said that today is the day of realization of the dream of journalist community. She said that the government had the desire to build modern press club in the federal capital, which will help improve the image of the country in the eyes of the world.
The minister said that the credit for construction of the modern press club would go to the journalist community leadership including Afzal Butt, Asim Qadeer Rana and Pervez Shaukat, who have been struggling for media community rights.
The minister said that the purpose of presentation of the architectural design of the new press club was to give the journalistic community a chance to propose changes in the design, because after finalization of the design, criticism will serve no purpose.