Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif reiterated on Sunday that the government has no intention of restricting freedom of media and expression.
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Addressing a delegation from the Council of Pakistani Newspaper Editors (CPNE), the Prime Minister also assured that journalists would be afforded all possible protection against wrongful actions under the PECA Ordinance and other related laws.
He said the Department of Law had already been instructed to review the PECA order.
Hailing CPNE’s role in media freedom, strengthening democracy and advancing democratic institutions in the country, the Prime Minister said the government was keen to engage constructively with CPNE and other media representative bodies for the protection of journalists’ rights and the promotion of responsible journalism in the country.
During the meeting, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Information Secretary Shahera Shahid, Chief Information Officer Mobashir Hasan and other officials were present.
The CPNE delegation included President Kazim Khan, Senior Vice President Ayaz Khan, Vice President Punjab Irshad Ahmad Arif, Secretary General Aamir Mahmood and other members.
The prime minister said the government is taking all possible steps to ensure electricity generation and supply, so that public issues can be resolved.
The previous government had doubled the country’s debt over the past four years, which had made the lives of the poor miserable, he said, adding that he was trying to provide basic necessities, including food. flour, health care and medicines at subsidized rates.
He regretted that during the reign of the previous government, special provision was not made at PKIL like facilities to give free treatment to poor and deserving patients.
The Prime Minister stressed the nation’s solidarity in resolving the current economic challenges for the well-being of the people and said that holding a march, in this situation, amounted to injustice and the creation of fissures within of the nation.
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He observed that electoral reforms were essential for the holding of transparent elections in the country.
The Prime Minister also expressed his determination to work effectively on the CPEC and Riko Diq projects.
He also reaffirmed to maintain ties with all sister nations and other countries on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interests.
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