Tribal Journalists meet Barrister Saif


Ashrafuddin Pirzada

PESHAWAR: Advisor to Chief Minister Barrister Dr, Muhammad Ali Saif on Thursday said that the nation would remember the sacrifices rendered by journalists for the sake of homeland in Pakistan.

Barrister Saif was talking to the delegation of the Tribal Union of Journalists(TUJ) at his office. TUJ interim president Qazi Fazalullah led the delegation. Journalists from all merged tribal districts and Frontier Regions(FRs) were also present. Barrister Saif said that they were awarded of the journalist’s problems and issues they face.

Barrister Saif said the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was taking a keen interest to address the journalist’s community problems. Saif said they would resolve tribal journalists’ problems. He said professional training was a must for disciplined and professionalism. He said the Orakzay journalist’s issue with the PTI lawmaker would be resolved soon. He said tribal journalists played a vital role in peacekeeping in the ex-Fata areas. He added that a number of journalists lost their lives while dozens of others were wounded in militancy-related incidents in erstwhile Fata.

Barrister Saif said a large number of journalists fled from their hometowns to save their life due to militancy. The CM advisor said still a number of journalists from various parts of tribal districts were Temporarily displaced persons (TDPs). He said the current Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government issued two million rupees in grants to each press club in merged districts. He said the FM radio stations which were abandoned for years were reactivated in most of the merged districts. He congratulated the tribal journalists for the revival of their union after ten years.

Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif urged the journalists to play their due role in the development of the merged districts. He pledged soon to start work on the construction of the district press club in Landikotal. He said they would coordinate with various departments to arrange professional training for the merged districts-based journalists.