ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has assured that appointments to the posts of Chief of Army Staff and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee will be made in accordance with the best interest of the country and in accordance with the constitutional framework.

Talking to the media men here on Tuesday, the minister said that the post the chairman of joint chiefs of staff committee will be filled within thirty days as per the constitutional requirement.

Answering a question about Taliban‚ the information minister pointed out that the country has been facing the curse of terrorism for the last 15 years‚ regretting the previous governments did not make any serious effort to tackle this issue. “It is for the first time that the present elected government has made a serious effort with consensus to resolve this issue,” he added.

To a question‚ Pervaiz Rashid said the government is alive to the challenges and taking difficult decisions to steer the country out of these problems. “We are neither resorting to political expediency nor turning back to the problems rather we are taking practical decisions to put things in order,” he added. He said we have won seats in Gilgit Baltistan and the by-elections.  We accept the mandate and opinion of the people and defeat on one seat of provincial assembly should not be misconstrued as if the people have given verdict against the government.

About Karachi situation‚ the minister said the situation is improving in the provincial capital and it will further improve in the days to come.

To a question‚ the minister said the operation in Karachi will continue till restoration of complete peace. He said the federal government is providing all out assistance to the provincial government for maintenance of law and order.

He said that the law and order situation in Karachi is getting better day-by-day and the traders’ community is more satisfied than ever before. “Before this government, no serious effort was made to restore peace in Karachi,” he asserted while talking to media in Islamabad. Expressing satisfaction on overall law and order situation, he hoped that the city would be more peaceful in coming days. He said the nation will be appraised about the outcome of dialogue with Taliban

Earlier‚ addressing the meeting of Coalition on Safety of Journalist issues‚ Pervaiz Rashid said right to information bill has been prepared which will soon be presented before the Senate for approval. He said there is consensus in the parliament on the issue of freedom of expression and right to information. He said the government believes in the freedom of media for further strengthening of democratic institutions.

He said that we consider media as a watchdog of the interests of the society and is not afraid of its criticism. He said the security situation is not conducive for the journalists but the government on its part will take all possible steps for the protection and security of the journalists. He said it is the top priority of the government to resolve the issues faced by the journalists. The minister also called upon the media outlets to come up with a charter on the safety of journalists.

Speaking on the occasion‚ Director of United Nations Information Centre Vittorio Cammarota said the world body has approved a plan of action for journalists which is aimed at providing safe environment to the working journalists.