Fawad Chaudhry’s Soft Reminder to Media On Dec 16 Related Responsibility, Responsiveness

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ISLAMABAD; Dec 16, 2018 — Pakistan’s Minister for Information reminded the country’s electronic media of December 16 being a tragic day in country’s history when back in 2014, six terrorists stormed the Army Public school in Peshawar and martyred around 150 students and teachers–the massacre united the whole nation against a common enemy.

After this tragic incident, the civil-military chalked out the National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate terrorism from the country once for all.

NAP comprised policy initiatives aimed at wiping out terrorist outfits across the country, integrating security efforts of the federal and provincial governments by engaging all the stakeholders, dismantling terrorist networks and ensuring deterrence by utilizing available capabilities and resources of security organizations to overcome internal threats to state security.

TV channels inadvertently did not suspend their comedy programs today–invoking poignant response from the minister reflecting a collective observation of the nation in mourning.

In his tweet, the minister said even on December 16, the dreadful day, when APS attack took place that left around 150 people, mostly school children and teachers dead in 2014, the TV channels had not suspended their comedy programs.

The minister and his ministry have lately been facing criticisms from major media houses for slashing the government advertisements budget due to austerity drive and to do away with handing out advertisements as politically-motivated ‘giveaways’ and ‘takeaways’.

“If such issues are highlighted, it is being said that the information minister is against media,” Fawad continued in his tweet.

He asked TV channels to show responsibly, as such callous attacks like the one at APS–it was the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history–are national issues and not related to any single political party, he added.

A memorial was arranged at APS Peshawar today to pay homage to the martyred students and teachers of the school. Similar events were also held in other parts of the country.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also shared a message via the Inter-Services Public Relations’ Twitter account: “Remembering and praying for our APS Martyrs. Salute to the brave parents. Nation has bravely faced challenges at heavy cost to come out successful. We stay united and steadfast to carry forward Pakistan to its rightful destination of peace and prosperity, IA.”

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