Protection of journalists rights Govt’s top priority: Speaker NA

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf in his message on international day to end impunity or crimes against Journalists said on Wednesday that the protection of the rights of the journalist community is the government’s top priority.

He said freedom of the press is essential for stable and strong democracy in the country and therefore the government value press as the fourth pillar of the state.
He presented tribute to the journalists who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and said that their sacrifices will not go waste. He said the parliament believed in freedom of the press therefore all necessary steps would be taken to protect the lives and property of the journalist community.

He also lauded the services of journalist Arshad Sharif who was killed in Kenya last week. Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durani in his message emphasized the need to promote freedom of the press in the country to strengthen democracy.

He said the journalists who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty are the pride of the nation and their services will always be remembered in golden words.

NA Speaker Constitutes 1st ever Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaz Ashraf Wednesday constituted 1st ever Parliamentary Caucus on Child rights under the convenorship of Member National Assembly , Parliamentary Secretary on Law & Justice Ms.Mehnaz Akbar and MNAs , Shaza Fatima Khwaja, Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Saad Waseem, Naz Baloch, Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Asiya Azeem, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Muhammad Abubakar, Shahida Akhtar Ali and Ms. Mohsin Dawad as its members.

The Parliamentary caucus on Child Rights constituted in pursuance of unanimous resolution adopted by National Assembly during its session held on 20th October 2022 . This resolution was adopted to ensure provision of fundamental rights to all Children as the bright future of the country is interlinked with growth and development of children .

The resolution was tabled by Parliamentary Secretary on Law & Justice, Mehnaz Akbar Aziz. It is also pertinent to mention that first-ever Children’s Parliament of the Diamond Jubilee Parliamentary Convention held on August 12, 2022, also adopted resolution for formation of Parliamentary Caucus on Child rights. (APP)