Media played vital role in informing public about government policies: Firdous

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ISLAMABAD, April 25 (APP):Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday said media had always played a vital role in informing the masses about government’s policies.
Media was a major information tool in the country, she said while talking to a private news channel.
It was government’s responsibility to help resolve issues faced by the print and electronic media, she added.
Dr Firdous said she was in contact with all the journalists organizations for resolving the issues faced by the media industry.
On the directive of the prime minister, she said immediate steps were being taken to resolve the issues faced by media industry and a long term policy would also be made in that regard.
To a question, she said Wage Board Award had been finalized for providing urgent relief to the media workers and its summary was being sent to the prime minister for approval.
She said efforts were being made to improve the security of journalists and to provide them health cards at the earliest.
Replying to a question, she said when the Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf (PTI) took charge of the government, the national exchequer was empty.
To another query, she stated that present leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had made Benazir Bhutto’s national party a local level entity.
She observed that opposition’s criticism on the word ‘Sahiba’ was unnecessary, saying the PPP had itself linked Bilawal’s name with his mother Benazir Bhutto.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had clarified the use of that word yesterday, saying it did not mean to insult anyone.
She said the Wednesday’s visit of Imran Khan to Wana was aimed at bringing the people of the area in the mainstream. The people of Wana had a lot of expectations from the present government, she added.
She said Nawaz Sharif’s disease drama had reached its climax with his application for treatment abroad.
She said that Shehbaz Sharif was giving lectures to the nation from abroad and asked him to return to Pakistan with his family members.