ISLAMABAD: Commenting on the statement of PML(N) Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Thursday said the government believes in consultations and not in dictation. Addressing a function organized by PBC Staff Union at National Broadcasting House in Islamabad she said that the government believes in politics of consultations to resolve all problems.
The Minister said negotiations and dialogue is the only way forward to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions. She said the government is pursuing the politics of consensus as it wants to promote democratic culture in the country.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said the country is passing through a difficult period and “it is the duty of every one of us to help promote national solidarity and safeguard country’s national interests. She that said instead of indulging in divisive trend of political point-scoring we should, we should extend support for tackling national challenges”.
The Minister appealed to the political parties to extend a helping hand to the Government in realizing its commitment to present and pass a people-friendly budget despite various odds and security challenges. It may be noted that PML-N Quaid Nawaz strongly condemned of the government of not consulting of commission for probe into PNS Mehran base and he also warned to take out the streets.
Turning to the state-run radio performance, she said that the Information Minister said that Radio Pakistan is playing a crucial role in presenting a soft image of the country and it will be effort of the government to do everything possible to strengthen this national institution. She said a plan has been prepared to restructure and revive Radio Pakistan. She said President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani want to see Radio Pakistan as a progressive and vibrant institution. The Minister said during her visit to Saudi Arabia, she held talks with the Saudi authorities to broadcast an Urdu bulletin from Radio Jeddah in collaboration with Radio Pakistan.