Me­dia urged to con­trib­ute in erad­i­cat­ing ex­trem­ism

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion, Broad­cast­ing and Na­tional Her­itage Sen­a­tor Per­vaiz Rashid Wed­nes­day urged me­dia and jour­nal­ists to launch a pen­sive Zarb-e-Azb for get­ting rid of the menaces of ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism per­ma­nently.

"A suc­cess­ful mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb is un­der­way against ter­ror­ists, in which their (ter­ror­ists) in­fra­struc­ture, fac­to­ries and train­ing cen­ters are be­ing de­stroyed, be­sides mak­ing ar­rests of their han­dlers and fi­nancers. But, on the front of con­flict re­port­ing, there is a need of launch­ing a pen­sive Zarb-e-Azb against the ex­trem­ist el­e­ments," he said. The min­is­ter was ad­dress­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of a four-day me­dia train­ing work­shop cov­er­ing con­flict ter­ror­ism and de­fence is­sues here at the In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice Academy (ISA).

High­light­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity of me­dia men, he said with­out the pen­sive Zarb-e-Azb, it would be dif­fi­cult to com­pletely wipe out the dis­grun­tled el­e­ments from the coun­try. Per­vaiz Rashid said Holy Prophet Hazrat Muham­mad (Peace Be Upon Him) al­ways taught His fol­low­ers to pro­mote love, brother­hood and peace­ful co-ex­is­tence.

Un­for­tu­nately, he said, fol­low­ers of other re­li­gions across the world were tak­ing guid­ance from the teach­ings of the Prophet (PBUH) and pro­gress­ing, but "We have for­got­ten them." The min­is­ter said the jour­nal­ists should file news sto­ries based on facts with­out any bi­ased com­ments and ap­proach, so that they would be re­garded as good re­porters in fu­ture, con­trary to those who filed dis­torted sto­ries dur­ing the war be­tween Soviet Union and Viet­nam and faced crit­i­cism by the later gen­er­a­tions.

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