LAHORE - Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Friday said journalists could be the guiding source for both government and the opposition by making constructive criticism.

“Sacrifices rendered by journalists for restoration of democracy are appreciable,” he said.

He was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected body  of the Punjab Assembly Press Gallery Committee at the assembly’s cafeteria.

Speaker said that in the modern times, the media had emerged  as the most important source of information for masses. He hoped the newly-elected office-bearers of the press gallery would play an effective role in letting people know the assembly proceedings in an accurate way.

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah also spoke on the occasion, while Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu and Parliamentary Secretary for Culture Rana Muhammad Arshad were also present.

The newly-elected office-bearers vowed to protect the rights of journalists at any cost and said that they would act as a bridge between the parliamentarians and journalists.

The services of outgoing President Zaheer Shahzad were also lauded by the members of the committee.