Taseer Demands Withdrawal Of Resolution
GOVERNOR Punjab Salman Taseer demanded withdrawal of the resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly supporting curbs on media.
In a handout issued on Friday, the governor said the passage of a resolution in the presence of chief minister Punjab in the House was regretful. He said the role and struggle of media for the restoration of democracy in the country could never be ignored and it deserved tremendous praise for it.
Salman Taseer said that PPP had always been a supporter of media freedom. He stressed that the resolution must be withdrawn.
On the other hand, support of PPP MPAs to the controversial resolution tabled by PML-N had annoyed PPP provincial organisation, which believes party MPAs had spoiled a golden opportunity to rebuild its image in media by saying no.
Party sources said PPP organisation was irked by the unnecessary war of words waged against media by some PPP MPAs, including Nazim Hussain Shah, the senior most legislator of party. By this, an opportunity to expose PML-N for its traditional stance and temperament towards media was lost.
Punjab Senior Minister and Parliamentary leader though escaped criticism of the party organisation due to his sudden departure to his home city, Faisalabad, yet the derogatory remarks of Nazim Hussain Shah, Shaukat Basra and a few other members against media proved enough to shift the focus of public criticism towards PPP which otherwise could only have hit PML-N, the mover of the resolution and party which has the largest number of fake degree cases so far in Punjab.
A PPP cabinet member, who requested anonymity, admitted that the party divided over the issue but being in coalition with PML-N, the party was left with no other option but to support the resolution.
Deputy Secretary Information PPP Hyder Zaman Qureshi while talking to this scribe stated some remarks made from the PPP side were not at all the party policy rather they were merely some sort of ‘colleague to colleague’ arrangement. He said PPP firmly believed in the freedom of media and have always supported media freedom but the passage of a resolution in the presence of chief minister Punjab showed that it was a pre-planned move. He added the tolerance level of PML-N towards media was evident to all and it had further been exposed due to the resolution tabled by its legislator supporting curbs on media.
He added that PPP stood with media and discouraged any such move, which demanded any sort of curbs on media or a blow for freedom of press. FAIZAN BANGASH