Bilawal should seek guidance from PM Nawaz: Marriyum

KARACHI, Dec 4 (APP): Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb Sunday said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should seek guidance from Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as he was a ‘novice’ in practical politics.
Speaking here at ‘Meet the Press’ programme of the Karachi Press Club, she said instead issuing ‘big warnings’ the PPP chief should better talk to the federal government on national issues.
The fate of all those who had hurled such warnings in the past, was known to the public, she added.
She said the next prime minister as a result of 2018 general election would be the one, who had served the masses in real terms.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the positive results of the effective policies being pursued by the prime minister had started coming to the fore. There was substantial decrease in loadshedding whereas foreign exchange reserves had touched the highest level, she added.
Mega development work, she said, was being carried out in the country that included new projects in energy sector as well as motorways for the betterment and prosperity of the people. No government in the past had embarked upon such a journey for improving the lot of the masses.
Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), she said the game changer would result in huge economic growth in the country as well as in the entire region.
The minister asked Pakistan Tehrik i Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to concentrate on serving the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa instead of misleading them and taking ‘U turns’.
She said today there was marked decline in incidents of terrorism in the country as compared to 2013. This was possible because Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was pursuing policies in accordance with the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Chaudhry Nisar, she said, played his due role with regard to the National Action Plan as evident from the positive results.
She cited that in just three months all the mobile phone SIMs were linked with the computerized national identity cards although the mobile companies had opposed such a move.
She said the Karachi Operation, which was initiated in 2013 in consultation with all the political parties, resulted in a visible improvement in the law and order situation in the metropolis.
She said democracy was being strengthened in the country and the journalists had an important role to play in that regard.
Marriyum said that after assuming as Minister of State for Information she had been visiting press clubs across the country.
The press clubs had funding problems and they should be assisted financially at institutional level and be given the ownership, she added
She said she was well aware of the problems being faced by working journalists and also knew how to solve the same. There were issues regarding their security and the government was working on steps for the insurance of the journalists, she added.
The minister said a proposed draft law had been prepared regarding journalists’ welfare and security. Input of all the press clubs and journalists bodies would be incorporated in the the draft to make it more effective and practical, she added.
Replying to a question about the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, she said there was a platform available for the provinces to raise their issues in that regard.
Last week, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had invited all the chief ministers to discuss issues related to the NFC award, she added.
The minister said difference of opinion was part of democracy. However, there should be no character assassination and negative propaganda against political rivals, she added.
KPC Secretary A H Khanzada and other office bearers were present on the occasion.

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