Govt in opposition to faux information, not free media: PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Digital Media Improvement Programme in Islamabad, on September 24, 2021. — PID
  • PM Imran Khan says faux information is “degrading for the nation.”
  • Says “70% information programmes” run anti-govt content material.
  • Urges youth to advertise the imaginative and prescient of Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday mentioned his authorities is just not in opposition to a free media, and solely has an issue with “faux information and propaganda”, claiming the incumbent regime had given “extra freedom than ever” to information organisations.

“[Fake news] is degrading for the nation,” the prime minister mentioned, as he addressed the launch ceremony of the Digital Media Improvement Programme.

The premier urged the youth to advertise the imaginative and prescient of Pakistan.

He famous that when an individual tells the reality, their stature in society rises, and nobody respects an individual who lies. “The identical goes for journalism. They will take benefit by operating faux information, however with time, it is going to be discredited.”

The factor that issues is credibility, he mentioned, including that the PTI-led authorities desires the media to inform the reality. 

“My authorities doesn’t worry the media and judiciary,” he mentioned, including that those concerned in corruption worry them, however his authorities doesn’t. 

“You possibly can check out the data, and I assure you that 70% of the programmes are in opposition to us,” he mentioned.

“I can assure you that the kind of slander that was dedicated in opposition to the prime minister and ministers was not completed in every other democracy,” he added.

PM Imran Khan mentioned when the prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir was just lately elected, three main newspapers ran headlines stating that he was chosen for the place by pseudoscientific strategies equivalent to numerology.

“What could possibly be greater slander than this? That the sitting prime minister had picked AJK’s prime minister by numerology. If they’d revealed one thing like this in England, I can assure you that I might have gotten tens of millions of {dollars} in harm and Shaukat Khanum would have gained loads from it.”

The prime minister mentioned his authorities was not utilizing state media to his benefit, just like the earlier rulers, who “would use it to divert consideration from their corruption”.

‘By no means suppose any much less of your self’

PM Imran Khan instructed the youth to “by no means suppose any much less of themselves” and “at all times try to hit huge targets”.

The prime minister mentioned alternatives have been opening up for the youth after data and expertise got here into play. “However for that, you’ll want to preserve an open thoughts and set a objective.”

Giving an instance from his cricket profession, the premier mentioned he had outperformed extra gifted gamers than him as a result of he stayed constant and stored setting targets for himself, and urged the youth to do the identical.

“Some folks move their exams as a result of they’re gifted, however college students who preserve working exhausting will get forward of them later,” the prime minister mentioned.

Shedding mild on his aspirations, the premier mentioned he wished the younger era to advertise Pakistan’s imaginative and prescient, which is “distinctive”. The intention, in line with the premier, is to determine a self-sufficient nation.

“And we’re heading in direction of this objective […] earlier than we used to bow down earlier than the worldwide superpowers,” the prime minister mentioned. “[But now] we’re heading in direction of making Pakistan like Riyasat-e-Madina [a welfare state].”

The premier mentioned Pakistan had taken an initiative that even the “developed nations haven’t”, by offering well being playing cards to each household in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with which they’ll avail Rs1 million in medical insurance.

“It is a step in direction of Riyasat-e-Madina,” he mentioned, including that the federal government seeks to uplift the poor section of the society in keeping with the imaginative and prescient of Pakistan.

“Even America doesn’t have such insurance coverage,” he mentioned.

The premier additionally highlighted that the federal government is establishing shelter houses and offering loans to folks for constructing their houses, which was in keeping with the rules of a welfare state.

The federal government’s ‘flagship initiative’

In a tweet, the Digital Media Wing Pakistan described the Digital Media Improvement Programme as a flagship initiative in keeping with the prime minister’s imaginative and prescient.

“Ministry of Data & Broadcasting [is] specializing in improvement and progress of the digital media ecosystem of Pakistan,” the tweet added.

United Nations Improvement Programme, in a tweet, mentioned it was proud to assist the flagship initiative by the Pakistani authorities which goals to “empower the youth of Pakistan in enhancing their digital abilities and gaining employment alternatives”.

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