Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Monday that at a time when we are facing multiple challenges, the country needs unity but a political party was trying to get political milage from the situation. She was talking to media persons after addressing as chief guest at a training workshop Responsive Reporting During Emergencies organized by National Press Club and National Disaster management Authority here in Islamabad. The minister said that the nation has given a message of unity to the entire world through holding a successful APC, but unfortunately a political party was trying to get political advantage from the situation.She said that it was unbecoming of a leader of major political party like PML-N to criticize the President of Pakistan who is an elected head of state. The minister said that we should not forget that the county is facing multiple challenges and unity was need of the hour. It is regrettable that Mian Sahib just after the APC held the press conference and shattered the myth of unity created by APC, the minister said adding this was an effort to divert attention of the people of Punjab from the problems being faced by them. She said that the president is an elected head of state and criticizing him tantamounts to criticizing the Parliament. The minister further said that it was the beauty of the democratic system that political leaders were criticizing an elected president. It is also beauty of the democratic system that a president surrendered his powers to the Parliament and later federation transferred its powers to the provinces through 18th Amendment. To a question she said that Mian Nawaz Sharif has been making tall claims about achievements of PML-N governments in the past,but media should also highlight the charge sheet of the 1999 when his government was overthrown. While replying to a question about attacks over government property during protest demonstrations against loadshedding,she said that damaging public property was very unfortunate. Earlier while addressing the participants of workshop,Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that capacity-building of journalists working in calamity-hit areas was necessary as media has to play key role in networking mechanism in those areas. On the one hand there is need for capacity-building of district government institutions,and provincial government institutions,on the other hand we need orientation of journalists working in those areas,she added. She said that it was heartening to note that media persons from all four provinces and Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan have been participating in it. She suggested that such workshops should also be held at provincial capitals so that maximum journalists from far-flung areas can be trained. The minister said that when she visited the flood-ravaged areas of Sindh recently, she found that local journalists were also badly affected by the calamity, which also affected their professional efficiency. The minister said that several press clubs in flood-affected areas were flooded by waters. The minister said that lack of proper coverage results in spread of rumours and if the national media fails to highlight the real needs of the affected people,relief efforts are affected and the affected people get frustrated. She said that no government cannot complete rescue, relief and rehabilitation work on its own and it requires assistance from the NGOs and donors. Negative coverage of disaster-hit areas makes people indifferent towards those areas which badly affects relief efforts,the minister added. She said that the government has set up Media Coordination Cell in Sindh so that the media gets correct and timely information about the real situation and relief work. Similarly, she said that at Press Information Department Islamabad, Crisis Communication Centre established recently is working round the clock for providing updated and latest information about the situation of flood in the country. The centre also provides information about relief activities in coordination with its regional offices at Karachi and Hyderabad.