By: Sawan Khskheli
ISLAMABAD/BADIN: Pakistan is key stakeholder in current scenario of Afghanistan. The railway track Gawadar to Afghanistan via Mazar Sharif and Tashqand and road projects are part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which can lead the country to economic revolution.
These views were expressed by Federal Minister for Information, Pakistan, Fawad Choudhari while meeting with delegation of Badin Press Club at his office at Pak-China Friendship center along with Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, Dr. Fehmida Mirza in Islamabad.
He said CPEC project would make possibility of access to the European markets which lead the economic development in different countries including Pakistan. The peace and smooth law and oder situation in Aghanistan is important for the success and completion of these projects, he added.
Federal minister said Prime Minister of Pakistan held the consultation rounds with former President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani on formation of Government with participation of all political groups and stakeholders of Afghanistan rather than election as various political groups are existing in the Aghanistan which posed the differences among former president of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He said we were not informed of the exclusion of America from Aghanistan adding that Pakistan is a key stakeholder.
Moreover, Federal Minister added that they even suggested the Taliban to make assure the participation of all political groups and stakeholders of Afghanistan in the current setup of Government as stability to be ensured and internal conflicts to be eradicated.
Adding he told that they suggested to non- Taliban leaders including Ahmed Shah Masood and others to be the part of the current setup of Afghanistan Government.
Federal Minister, while talking about Pakistan Media Authority bill said that there is vacuum in real journalism observed in the country as journalistic organizations seemed to stand with owners of media houses rather than working journalists and media workers.
He pointed out that some media houses were indulged in money laundering cases adding he accepted that no protection was provided to the working journalists and media workers in the past.
He said seven hundred million arrears were released to the media house owners but unfortunately workers and journalists were not being paid their due dues.
He said social media observed uncontrolled adding he underlined the rules and regulations for social media saying that they are ready to compromise with media house owners except protection of journalists, media workers and restriction on fake news.
While talking on issues of Sindh, he added that unfortunately there is lack of implementation of constitution in the province found adding that large amount has been released to the province by the Federal Government in a small span of time but deteriorated situation of the province shows the example of dissatisfactorily progress of the province among the masses.
He said that Badin and Ghotki districts of Sindh province produced natural resources of gas and petrol in huge amount adding that Federal Government released seven hundred arbs to the province in the head of royalty of natural resources, gas and oil which should release to districts for development but Sindh Government foiled to do so adding that when province would not contribute its role and part till no development is possible in the country.
He said that Federal Govt is providing facilities of health cards with free treatment and cure of Rs. one million to the people of province with support of Punjab and KPK governments. He said Federal Government intends to launch same in the Sindh province but Sindh Government is not ready to pay its share.
On the occasion Federal Minister for Inter provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that people of Badin has kept the political senses adding that artificial shortage of water has turned situation of district as worsen and it was being deprived of the due share of water.
Furthermore, she added that journalists of Badin Press Club always highlighted the genuine issues of the masses.
On the occasion, Tanweer Ahmed Arain, President Badin Press Club apprised the federal minister regarding the issues of the journalists of Badin.