Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani reiterated government’s commitment to strengthen democratic institutions and introduce a parliamentary culture of tolerance, so as to develop healthy traditions. This resolve of exhibiting patience and accommodation is in accordance with the vision of reconciliation given by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.
The Prime Minister was talking to a six member APNS delegation which met him this afternoon here at the PM’s house, to receive the cheque of Rs 25 Million as 1st instalment for the construction of APNS House in Karachi. An amount of Rs.50 million was announced by the Prime Minister last month during APNS Convention in Lahore.
The Prime Minister said that listening to the Budget Speech is the right of every citizen of the country since the announcements relate to each and every section of the society. The Pakistan People’s Party, he added, would show restrain when the Budget is presented in the Punjab Assembly in order to establish healthy parliamentary traditions.
The Prime Minister said that great sacrifices have been made by the political forces and the people for the restoration of democracy. The government, he added, believes that democracy is most essential to help resolve the national issues as well as the problems of the people of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that freedom of expression is an essential ingredient of democracy, however, demonstration of patience and tolerance to listen to the views of others is also important. His government, he added, has always respected the freedom of Media and has tried to establish a healthy and professional relationship with the journalists’ community.
The members of the APNS delegation thanked the Prime Minister for the support extended by the government to the APNS and other representative bodies of the Media. They appreciated the spirit of tolerance exhibited by the members of treasury bench during the Budget Speech and agreed that healthy parliamentary traditions have to be built for the future of democracy in the country. The delegation also appreciated the Budgetary proposals announced by the Finance Minister in his speech and apprised the Prime Minister that the people at large consider the Budget as balanced and realistic.
The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mrs Hina Rabbani Khar, Secretary Information and senior officials were present on the occasion.
The APNS delegation included Mr. Mehtab Khan, Acting President, APNS, Ms. Remeeza Majid Nizami, Joint Secretary APNS, Mr. Ghulam Akbar, Executive Member, Mr. Munir Jilani, Executive Member, Mr. Danish Iftikhar, Executive Member and Mr. Muhammad Waseem, Executive Member.
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