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Freedom of expression; Beauty of democracy: PM

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that freedom of expression and access to information serve as the basis for meaningful engagement in public debate and decision making processes which directly impact the lives of the people.

The freedom of information therefore represents an important instrument for the public to hold the government and other institutions accountable. The media in Pakistan had played and continues to play its due role in this regard.

The PM said on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day falling on Monday (today) in his message said that the freedom of information therefore represents an important instrument for the public to hold the government and other institutions accountable. The freedom of expression encompasses the concept of freedom of information as duly recognized by the United Nations as early as 1946, he added.

He further said that the access to information has long been enshrined as part of basic human right of freedom expression in major international instruments like the Universal Declaration of Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani stated that the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

He expressed that freedom in any form has limitations meaning thereby that it has to be discharged with responsibility. People need to strive together and reiterate our resolve that every one of us would use our rights and fulfill our responsibilities for the greater benefit of our people and our country.



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  1. It is a tribute to democracy that, despite the challenges of security and economic downturn due to the fight against extremism and terrorism, the government of Pakistan has succeeded in meeting major challenges. Of course, in doing so it enjoyed the support of the masses and the major political forces in the country. It was the charisma of democracy that government succeeded in its campaign to reorganise the war on terrorism. Also There is a marked improvement in relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Unlike the Musharraf-Karzai tiff, there is positive chemistry between President Zardari and President Karzai while Pak-US strategic dialogue, although in its fourth session during the past five years, entered into forward gear for the first time with structured discussion on 10 substantive issues encompassing security, economic, defence and cultural cooperation as well as cooperation in the energy sector. Balochistan Package, Aghaz-e Huqooq-e Balochistan (Initiation of Balochistan’s Rights), is a historical initiative by the government that enjoys the support of all the political forces in the country. The National Finance Commission (NFC) Award is another major success of the present government, a step that enjoys the support of all the provinces as well as all major political parties. The unanimous adoption of the 18th Amendment by the National Assembly and the Senate is another major feat for the government that steered the constitutional reforms process after President Zardari’s first address to the joint session of parliament in 2008. The recent step to empower the workers and fix their minimum salaries to seven thousand in a month is also a great achievement of democratic Government. G iven the challenges faced by Pakistan, the achievements of the democratic government in a short span of two years cannot be underestimated. Our brand of democracy may be noisy, but it delivers!

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