Iftikhar seeks media support against militancy

PESHAWAR Provincial Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has urged
the media to support government in its efforts to curb militancy and insurgency
in the province and perform their duty while keeping in mind national interest
in high esteem.

This he said while addressing a ceremony held at Peshawar Press Club (PPC)
for distribution of 10 marla plots to journalists at Durrani Media Colony here
on Thursday.

He said government is serious in providing facilities to newsmen. The present
government, he added, has earmarked an amount of Rs. 30 million in current
year’s ADP for carrying out development work in Durrani Media Colony.

Information Minister said war against militancy is not the war of any
specific group or government, but of all whole segments of society and every one
has to cooperate with government in winning this ongoing war.

In this regard, the Information Minister also requested the opposition
parties to cooperate with government. Referring to the complaint of opposition
parties that they were not taken into confidence, the Information Minister said
government had arranged a briefing for opposition parties about the decision
taken by government for combating militancy.

Similarly, he added, opposition parties would be informed and taken into
confidence in future also.

The opposition members cannot be ignored in important issues because they are
also elected representatives and enjoys public support, the Information Minister
added.

Coming back to the topic of insurgency, Mian Iftikhar said the ANP led
government believes in table talk and negotiation for finding out resolution of
every dispute.

He said the government top priority for curbing militancy was table talk and
in this regard negotiations were held with local Taliban and peace agreements
were also reached despite facing a lot of pressure from within and outside the
country, he added.

He said government’s sincere efforts for peace were sabotaged by some
anti-state elements and action was taken against the militants and insurgents as
lost option.

The government, he added, is constantly issuing strict directives since the
operation is started to fully avoid collateral damage so that innocent people
could not suffer.

Information Minister expressed the resolve of provincial government that the
ongoing war against militancy would be won and insurgency would be curbed.

He said government has not bowed down to the threats of militants and the war
against terrorism will continue till its logical conclusion.

Earlier, the Information Minister distributed allotment letters of 10 marlas
plots in Durrani Media Colony among 340 journalists.

He said government is serious in providing facilities to newsmen. The present
government, he added, has earmarked an amount of Rs. 30 million in current
year’s ADP for carrying out development work in Durrani Media Colony.

He also accepted some demands of newsmen presented by Chairman Press Club, M.
Riaz in his welcome address.