COAS holding charge of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Comittee, Pervaiz Rashid

Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has assured that appointments to the posts of Chief of Army Staff and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee will be made in accordance with the constitutional framework.

Responding to the queries of media persons here Tuesday on the appointment of new military leadership‚ he said currently chief of the army staff is holding the acting charge of the chairman of joint chiefs of staff committee and this position will be filled within thirty days as per the constitutional requirement.

When asked about talks with Taliban‚ the Information Minister pointed out that country is facing the curse of terrorism for the last fifteen or sixteen years‚ regretting the previous last governments did not make any serious effort to tackle this issue. It is for the first time that the present elected government has made a serious effort with consensus to resolve this issue.

Responding to a question‚ Pervaiz Rashid said the government is alive to the challenges and taking difficult decisions to steer the country out of these problems. We are neither resorting to political expediency nor turning back to the problems rather we are taking practical decisions to put things in order. He said we have won seats in Gilgit Baltistan and the by-elections.

We accept the mandate and opinion of the people and defeat on one seat of provincial assembly should not be misconstrued as if the people have given verdict against the government.

About Karachi situation‚ the Information Minister said the situation is improving in the provincial capital and it will further improve in the days to come.
Earlier‚ addressing the meeting of Coalition on Safety of Journalist issues‚ Pervaiz Rashid said right to information bill has been prepared which will soon be presented before the Senate for approval.

He said there is consensus in the parliament on the issue of freedom of expression and right to information. He said the government believes in the freedom of media for further strengthening of democratic institutions.

He said we consider media as a watch dog of the interests of the society and is not afraid of its criticism. He said the security situation is not conducive for the journalists but the government on its part will take all possible steps for the protection and security of the journalists. He said it is the top priority of the government to resolve the issues faced by the journalists.

The Minister also called upon the media outlets to come up with a charter on the safety of journalists.

Speaking on the occasion‚ Director of United Nations Information Center Vittorio Cammarota said the world body has approved a plan of action for journalists which is aimed at providing safe environment to the working journalists.

To a question‚ the Information Minister said the operation in Karachi will continue till restoration of complete peace. He said the federal government is providing all out assistance to the provincial government for maintenance of law and order. He said the nation will be appraised about the outcome of dialogue with Taliban.

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