Jang-government row almost settled: adviser

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Editor Jang, Karachi, Mehmood Sham opined that this latest battle against the government would definitely yield a fearless environment, wherein no government could dare challenging the freedom of press.

Speaking at a seminar on 'Jang-government row' on Sunday, Mehmood Sham deplored the intentions of the ruling party on hiring and firing of editors in Jang group as its the prerogative of its owners.

Speaking on the occasion, Media Adviser to Prime Minister Nusrat Mirza stated that no government would ever tolerate any group going strong enough to dictate its own terms to the government and it would not be a matter of pride for the government to knock down daily Jang. He assured the audience that the newspaper would not be closed down, besides claiming that the Jang-government row or tussle has almost been settled.

In his welcome address, Chairman Mass Communication Department, University of Karachi, Dr Nisar Zubairi, opined that decisions and actions taken in haste have further compounded the Jang-Government row.

President PFUJ(D) Afzal Mohsin said the situation being faced by the press was not new but the modus operandi of the tactics had changed this time. President KUJ Virasat Hasnain accentuated the importance of realising the real potential of newspaper employees and giving them their due rights for a real freedom of press. Chief reporter of daily Jang Zahid Hussain and chief reporter of daily Star Mazhar Abbas also spoke on the occasion.

The News International Pakistan