Lahore: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has reiterated his commitment to ensure freedom of press and expression in the country.
Talking to the delegation of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors in Lahore today [Sunday] he said the government has no plans to place any restrictions on media. The Prime Minister reassured the delegation of the provision of protection to journalists against needless action under different laws including PECA Ordinance.
He said that the Law Ministry has been tasked with reviewing PECA Ordinance.
Praising the positive role played by CPNE for protection of democracy and progress of democratic institutions, Shahbaz Sharif said that the present government is willing to work constructively along CPNE and other representative journalist bodies.
He said that the present government is taking every possible measure for power generation and ensuring its transmission to address plights being suffered by the public.
He said that the government is striving hard to ensure provision of basic life needs to poor people, including atta, medical treatment and medicines at cheaper rates.
He said that the previous government doubled the loan burden over the nation during the last four years, due to which the lives of poor people have become more miserable.
The Prime Minister said that the nation needs unity these days so that unusual economic issues can be solved for the welfare of the public.
He said that in these circumstances, taking out the Long March against the present government is unreasonable and tantamount to dividing the nation.
Shahbaz Sharif said that the present government is also working tirelessly to work effectively on all development projects in the country including CPEC and Reckodiq.
He said that the government wants to have foreign relations with all states including brother countries on the basis of mutual respect and bilateral interests.
The Prime Minister also reiterated his commitment that electoral reforms are essential for holding transparent elections in the country.
Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, Secretary Information Shaheera Shahid and high up officials were present on the occasion.
The CPNE delegation included President of CPNE Kazim Khan, Senior Vice President Ayaz Khan, Vice President Punjab Arshad Ahmad Arif, Secretary General Aamir Mehmood among other members.