Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti has said that journalism has become very difficult and full of risks in the present situation when terrorism and militancy has hit every nook and corner of the country adding that the role of journalists of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to keep the people informed and to uphold the truth despite unfavorable circumstances and challenges, has been remarkable and laudable.
He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest the oath taking ceremony of the newly elected cabinet of Peshawar Press Club here on Saturday. Besides others, Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Secretary General ANP Arbab Tahir, Secretary Information ANP, Malik Mustafa, Secretary Information Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Azmat Hanif Orkzai, Director Information Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shoibuddin and a large number of journalists attended the function.
The Chief Minister said that the journalist had played a pivotal role in the war against terrorism and the war against terrorism and not have been a success without the active role of the journalist community.
The Chief Minister acknowledged that there had been an important role of journalist in his five years of successful government as the journalists have always appreciated and supported the good decision of the provincial government; and at the same time have pointed out the wrong things which has helped the government to rectify the same and improve its performance.
Extending his congratulations to the newly elected members of the cabinet the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the newly elected president and his team would try their level best to come up to the expectations of the journalist community.
For the first time in the history of the country a democratic setup is going to complete its constitutional tenure, which is a good omen for the better future of the country and stablility of democracy in the country; maintained the Chief Minister.
Regarding the five year performance of the present provincial government; he said that at the stage of time he has nothing to say rather it will be decided by the public as elections were drawing nearer.
Touching upon the care taker setup in the province the Chief Minister said that consultation with the leader of opposition in the provincial assembly were at final stages in this regard. Concensus will be developed in a couple of days on an impartial and sincere name for care taker chief minister ship; he hoped adding that the care taker chief minister will be an impartial person who will ensure fair and transparent elections in the province.
The Chief Minister announced to increased the annual grant of Peshawar press club from three million to five millions.
The chief minister directed the concerned authorities to process a case to allot residential plots in government residential schemes to those journalist who have do not have plots in media colony.
He also directed the commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Peshawar to take necessary steps to specficy suitable place to shift the existing the building of the Peshawar press club as requested by the president of the press club.
Provincial minister Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain also addressed the function. Earlier, the newly elected president of the press club, Mr. Nasir Hussain, while addressing, shed lights on the achievements of the press club and requested the chief minister for financial assistance to the press club as it was facing financial crisis after a suicide bomb blast a couple of years back.
He congratulated the provincial government for completing a successful tenure with brilliant performance. Earlier, the Chief Minister administrated oath to the new office bearers. Sowinears were presented to the chief minister and minister information by the newly elected president of the press club.