KARACHI – MQM Coordination Committee Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar has said that the party would continue to raise its voice for the rights of the journalists’ community as they also belonged to the poor and middle class segments of the society. He said it was necessary to give the reigns of the country into the hands of the educated and qualified people from the poor and middle segments of society in order to bring it back from progressive degradation. He expressed these views at a reception given in honour of office-bearers and workers of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Karachi Union of Journalists, and All-Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation at Lal Qilla Ground, Azizabad.Sattar said that the problems being faced by journalists were of critical nature, and hence practical steps should be taken to resolve them. The MQM, he added, had always raised a forceful voice for the long-standing issue of implementation of wage board award for journalists. He said that the long march of January 14 would bring a wind of change in the country.Speaking on the occasion, Haider Abbas Rizvi said it was necessary to empower the journalist community for a durable solution of their problems. He said it was necessary to infuse confidence among journalists. He added that the MQM would continue to raise its voice in support of the journalists’ community whether it was in power or not.PFUJ President Pervaiz Shoukat said the MQM had always given importance to problems being faced by journalists and its positive role could not be forgotten. He said the MQM was a principled political party and it had always raised its voice for the oppressed people. He recognised that the MQM was the only political party that raised the issue of the implementation of the wage board award in the higher echelons of power. Shoukat said that journalists also belonged to the poor and middle class segments of the society and their problems were similar to those faced by the common man. He said the MQM had supported journalists at every platform for which the journalists’ community were highly grateful to it.PFUJ Secretary General Amin Yousuf said MQM’s role for resolution of problems of journalists was very clear. He hoped that the party would continue giving priority to problems facing the journalist fraternity.KUJ General Secretary Faheem Siddiqui said that no one could deny the positive role played by the MQM for the rights of journalists.MQM Coordination Committee Deputy Convener Nasreen Jalil and other members, MNAs, MPAs, senators, office-bearers of different wings of the party attended the reception.