HAFIZABAD-Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has stressed upon the journalists to use their pen in a responsible way to promote positivity at national and international levels.

Administering oath to the newly-elected office bearers of District Union of Journalist/Press Club, she said that media enjoyed full freedom and excess to information so it had to play its vital role in removing the obstacles of distrust and transforming it into a force to strengthen democracy.

She said that ensuring freedom of expression and allowing flow of information had been top priorities of the PML-N government since it came to power. She said that striving to create congenial atmosphere for the media to play its desired role was also vital for reviving its image. She said pen is a trust and the journalists should distinguish between truth and falsehood.

She further said that due to the vision of former PM Nawaz Sharif, terrorist incidents in the country have been decreased to a great extent. Moreover, CPEC is the biggest gift of the former prime minister which would change the destiny of the nation, she hoped. She added that 50 billion dollars investment came into Pakistan due to the project.

The present regime has also overcome loadshedding and added 11,000 megawatts to the national grid.

She said that apart from reviving the economy, the government has also restored peace in the country due to the unmatched sacrifices offered by the Pak Army and other law enforcers.

She said although corruption of not even a single rupee had been established during the tenure of PM Nawaz Sharif in the Panama case yet he had been sent home in Iqama. The verdict had not been accepted by the masses, she said, adding that only her party would come to power in the next elections as it had served the masses.

She slated the opposition leaders seeking power from backdoor were only wasting the time of the nation and they have no future in politics. They were only blocking the path leading the country to prosperity.

The minister said that the PML-N would emerge as victorious during the upcoming elections due to its performance which is visible across the country.

She termed Saira Afzal Tarar Minster for National Health Services as “lioness” of Mian Nawaz Sharif due to her courageous leadership and performance in her ministry. Marriyum said that she had ensured the best possible healthcare, introduced health card at union council level and fulfilled all her promises she had made to the people in 2013 general elections. She congratulated newly elected office bearers of the Press Club and pledged that efforts would be made for their protection. She announced computer lab for the Press Club Hafizabad. She also assured them that substantial funds would be provided for the Press Club for its extension.

Saira Afzal Tarar urged the journalists to improve their perception and shun negativity. She assured the local media that she would resolve their problems.