By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Provincial minister for information & culture (I&C) Ahmed Waqas Riaz called on the caretaker chief minister punjab Dr Hasan Askari at his office here today. During the meeting, chief minister appreciated the performance of directorate general public relations (DGPR) and information department for facilitating the media men during elections and arranging necessary coordination with the stakeholders. He also congratulated information minister Ahmed Waqas Riaz and his team for best media management.
Talking on the occasion, the chief minister said that officers and staff of DGPR & information department performed their duties in a professional manner. They arranged best coordination with the media men to carry out the responsibilities, he added. The performance of the department was satisfying and I am of the opinion that officers of DGPR and information department will continue to work with same zeal, passion and hard work to serve the nation in future as well.
Dr Askari said the media industry is of vital importance to keep the people informed in the present era. The national media has played a positive role during the electoral process and immediate actions were taken to redress the complaints highlighted by media during the elections. The media played an effective role during the elections and kept the people informed about facts, he added.
It is satisfying that role of the media is important with regard to sensitizing the people about importance of right to vote, he added. The print and electronic media created necessary public awareness about importance of casting vote through effective messages. That is why voter turnout remained satisfactory, he added.
Dr Askari further said that pivotal role of media cannot be ignored for continuity and sustainability of democracy in the country.
Media has set a good tradition by following the code of conduct of the election commission and it has given a proof of professional competence for continuity of democracy while coordination between media sector and information department remained exemplary, concluded the chief minister. Provincial minister Ahmed Waqas Riaz briefed the chief minister about the performance of information and culture department.