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Arif Alvi

President advises media against reflecting personal liking, disliking

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday said that personal liking and disliking was natural but media should not allow it to reflect in journalism to show responsibility while enjoying freedom.

In a meeting with a delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers and Editors Forum (APNEF) and Pakistan Journalist Forum (PJF), the president said independent media was a valuable component of developed societies, said a President House statement.

He viewed that no government system was bad until it consisted of effective and transparent governance.

The president said media could shape the contours of the future scenario through effective campaigns.

He observed that Pakistani media was better than that of India and was fulfilling its duties independently. He said responsible media corrected its mistakes by its own.

The president told the delegation that Pakistan was heading forward and the country had overcome terrorism consequent to unprecedented sacrifices and unity.

He suggested that there should be an insurance scheme for those martyred in the incidents of terrorism.

During the conversation, he remarked that protection of women rights was inevitable for social development and media must play its role in this regard.

President PJF Zulfiqar Rahat apprised the president about the projects for the training and welfare of the journalists. Zulfiqar Rahat and Rana Imran Latif also presented shield to the president.



M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.