No intention to curtail media’s powers: Dr Firdous

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has strongly rejected the impression that the federal government wants to impose curbs on the media and curtail its powers.

While addressing a news conference in Sialkot on Saturday, she said that any legislation regarding the establishment of Media Tribunals will be brought after consultations with the stakeholders.

It’s worth noting that in its meeting held on September 17 with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Chair, the Federal Cabinet decided to set up Special Media Tribunals to resolve issues relating to media industry and stakeholders.

The media tribunals will replace the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) Council of Complaints, and they will decide a matter within 90 days.

Talking about the prime minister’s visit to the United States, Dr Firdous further told media representatives in Sialkot that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address to the UN General Assembly Session on September 27 will explicitly and effectively present the stance of oppressed Kashmiri people facing worst form of Indian state terrorism.

The special assistant said that the government will not disappoint the nation in protection of its national security as well as the fundamental human rights of Kashmiri people.

Dr Firdous emphatically stated that Pakistan will not hold talks with India unless it lifts curfew and all sorts of restrictions in the occupied valley.

Firdous Ashiq Awan said that Pakistan is a peace loving Country and it is India which has put the regional peace and security at stake through its illegal and unconstitutional steps in the Occupied Valley.