Govt accountable before nation not media groups: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said that the nation has the right of accountability rather any media organization.

Addressing the ceremony of SAFMA, the PM said that the democracy is the only solution of all problems being faced by the country, adding the governance has become a very complex phenomenon in this regard. This is precisely because of the fast-paced changes and evolutionary processes that have come to characterize the functioning of a modern nation-state, he added.

Gilani said that the emergence of new centres of power such as robust private sector, media and civil society organizations has given birth to new imperatives of governance. He further said that globalisation has served to make nations interdependent requiring corresponding policy response and effective governance tools for mutual benefit.

The PM stated that the governance is a shared responsibility and the goal of good governance cannot be achieved as long as all organs of the state at all levels do not duly contribute their share to making it possible. The efforts to impose a uniform system without being alive to these realities have failed miserably in the past, he added.

Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the government is aware of the fact that without comprehensive economic reforms, neither can economic growth be achieved nor poverty and unemployment can be cut down. He opined that the elected government’s reforms include political ownership to war on terror, creation of national consensus against terrorism and militancy, empowerment of parliament, Aagaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment & Self-Governance Act and Benazir Income Support Programme are strengthening the democracy in the country.

He said that the primary and basic role of the media is to provide news and information to the people in a fair and objective manner. Its professionalism gets hugely compromised when it resorts to speculations that create fear and panic among the public. It should not try to become a creator of news and act as a judge. People are the best and ultimate judges who have the requisite credentials and qualities to pass a final verdict and hold any individual, party and government accountable for their actions, he reiterated.

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