QUETTA: Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi on Saturday vowed to strengthen the state media by equipping it with the latest technology and digital tools.
The caretaker government has an open media policy and the state media, under the clear instructions of the caretaker set up was free to report independently, he made these remarks during his visit to Associated Press of Pakistan Quetta Bureau.
Murtaza Solangi said that the caretaker government was well cognizant of its constitutional responsibilities to pave the way for the conduct of transparent, peaceful and free elections in the country. However, the issues falling under its constitutional purview could be taken up for the smooth running of the affairs of the country, he added. Reiterating the government’s resolve for introducing durable reforms in state institutions, he said that efforts were afoot to revamp the public institutions.
In this connection, he said a concerted strategy has been devised to bring the state media including APP at par with international media organizations. The minister reaffirmed the commitment of enhancing the capacity building of employees of the Information Ministry and its attached departments. With capacity building measures and refresher courses, the overall performance of the employees could be improved, he maintained.
On this occasion, Bureau Chief APP Nazar Muhammad Jamali gave a detailed briefing to the minister on the working of the premier news agency.
Meanwhile, the Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi also said that radio was the main source of news and entertainment to the people in remote areas of Balochistan. The federal government will use all resources to further improve the services of Radio Pakistan in the province, he said during a detailed visit to Radio Pakistan Quetta station.
On this occasion, the minister was given a detailed briefing by Station Director Anisur Rahman regarding Radio Pakistan in Balochistan.
Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi also said that the Press Information Department (PID) was an important institution and measures were indispensable to develop it on modern lines to ensure fast dissemination of information.
The minister who paid a detailed visit to PID in Quetta was given a detailed briefing by Director PID Abdul Manan Babar regarding the performance and infrastructure of PID. The minister also visited various sections of the PID office and met the employees and inquired about their problems.
The caretaker federal minister also visited the Pakistan Information Center, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Information, in PID Quetta, where the in-charge PIC Arsalan Qureshi informed the minister about the trainings given to journalists on various topics during the last one year. The federal minister expressed his satisfaction on the performance of the institution.