ISLAMABAD, May 31 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday paid farewell visits to the subordinate departments of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and met officers and staff.
The minister appreciated the performance of officers of the ministry, heads of institutions and staff and thanked them in supporting her in performance of official matters.
Secretary Information Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera, officers of Information Ministry and heads of subordinate departments paid tribute to the services and endeavours of Marriyum Aurangzeb as Information Minister.
On completion of the constitutional tenure of the present government, the minister visited Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Radio Pakistan, Pakistan National Council of the Arts and Press Information Department.
During her visit to APP, she inaugurated APP Global, APP website, Social Media Desk, English Magazine and website.
The minister praised the efforts of state media APP, PTV and Radio Pakistan to highlight the positive image of Pakistan.
When the minister reached the headquarters of APP, she was received by Managing Director Masood Malik, Executive Director Akhtar Munir and Directors Akram Malik and Qamarullah Chaudhry. The Managing Director briefed the minister about the two day international conference of News Agencies. The conference was attended by delegates from 18 countries including China, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Romania, Oman, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Sudan, Tunis, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
The conference recommended establishment of a Secretariat and launching of APP Global portal on which news among member countries will be exchanged.
Marriyum said youth should be given opportunities and seniors in the news agency should guide the newcomers.
Press Information Officer (PIO) Saleem Baig and other officials of Information Ministry greeted the minister during her visit to the Press Information Department and Directorate of Electronic Media Publications (DEMP). Speaking at a meeting, the ministry provided her an opportunity to highlight the positive image of Pakistan.
She said the website Gateway to Pakistan of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was an exemplary project, adding in the leadership of Secretary Information Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera PTV was improving and more needs to be done to boost performance of PTV.
She said Information Services Academy has an important role in training of capable information officers and from this platform journalists should also be given training.
She said External Publicity Wing of the ministry played significant role in projecting positive image of Pakistan abroad.
During her farewell visit to Radio Pakistan, she talked to Dhanak Radio and said it was her wish that Radio Pakistan should start a music channel. This channel will be helpful in finding new young talent. She said Radio Pakistan introduced many great artists in the past.
She said the government worked on record development projects for prosperity of the people and such kind of development in five years was not done in the last 66 years. The electricity generation was at the highest level, huge progress was witnessed in development of road network and infrastructure, adding the government broke the back of terrorism and restored the national identity of Pakistan.
She said the aim of everybody should be progress and prosperity of people of Pakistan. Marriyum congratulated people on completion of ten years of democracy. On her arrival at PNCA, DG Jamal Shah welcomed the minister.