GB CM seeks journalists’ help to counter ‘fake nationalism’, sectarianism
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad (TP) January 11, 2021: Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid has sought journalists’ help in countering ‘fake nationalism’ and sectarianism in the region.
The GB chief minister sought this support at the oath-taking ceremony of the office-bearers of the Gilgit-Baltistan Journalists Forum (GBJF) at the GB House in Islamabad on Monday.
Khalid Khurshid, who was the chief guest, administered the oath to the office-bearers of the sole representative body of GB journalists residing in the twin cities. Addressing the ceremony, he said that
“Forces that are trying to mislead our innocent people through negative propaganda will be dealt with iron hands”. Khalid Khurshid said that strict action would be taken against those who defame state security agencies through negative propaganda as, according to him, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan stand side by their security agencies.
The chief minister said that the role of the journalist community was of vital importance for promoting harmony and tolerance in society and strengthening democracy and democratic institutions. “Besides constructive criticism, media had to encourage institutions to do good actions,” he added.
He said tha the journalist community had reposed complete confidence in them and now it was their responsibility to play a more active role in resolving the problems being faced by the journalist community. Khalid Khurshid said that all issues of journalists would be resolved. He urged the journalists to play a constructive role in the development of the country.
He said that the provincial government on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan was devising a strategy to uplift the neglected areas of GB. “We want to increase development budget and reduce other expenditures,” he said. The CM said that his government wanted to promote industrialisation besides uplifting tourism sector to create jobs.
Earlier, general secretary Ali Sher welcomed the chief guest and other guests who attended the oath-taking. He spoke about the problems being faced by the GB journalists in the twin cities. He also highlighted the vision and mission of the GBJF. The swearing-in ceremony was also attended by Minister for Information Fateh Ullah, Speaker Amjad Zaidi, Deputy Speaker Adv Nazir Ahmed, Advisor to CM on Food Shams Lone and a large number of journalists.
Those sworn in were GBJF President Shabbir Hussain, General Secretary Ali Sher, Senior Vice-president Jaffer Balti, Vice President Tanveer Abbas, Vice President (women) Shaheen Akhtar, Joint Secretary Shahid Nadeem, Joint Secretary Zahid Balti, Finance Secretary Kawish Mehdi, Information Secretary Irfan Mehdi and Office Secretary Ashfaq Ahmed.