BAHAWALPUR-Punjab Minister for Cooperatives Malik Iqbal Channer has said that positive and constructive role of media is vital to ensure religious harmony and peace in the society.

Addressing a press conference at Commissioner Bahawalpur, he said, “Media persons’ vibrant, vigorous and effective role has hugely contributed to ensure peace which has cemented religious harmony , brotherhood. The role of media in promoting the culture of peace is our glorious asset.”

Channer maintained that media would maintain its glorious tradition to promote peace and tranquillity during Muharram. He further said that for effective implementation of security plan and municipality services, the government attached special significance to the constant input and vibrant guidance of the media.

He further said that he would personally monitor the security arrangements for processions and Majalis.

To a question, he said that elected representatives and Chairman of Union Councils would also play their role along-with other stakeholders for ensuing peace during Ashura.

Commissioner Bahawalpur Division Saqib Zafar and Director Public Relations Rana Ajaz Mehmood and a large number of Media Persons were present. The commissioner said that security arrangements and other relevant measures have been finalised for 1,400 Majalis and 516 processions in Bahawalpur Division. He further said that control rooms at divisional and district levels have also been established for the implementation of the security plan.

He maintained that arrangements have also been finalised for sustainable supply of information by ensuring the presence of focal persons of media at these control rooms. He stressed a need for proper verification of facts by the media persons through the facility of control room and focal persons of the administration.

During the press conference, the media persons presented various proposals for ensuring peace. The officers welcomed their proposals and thanked them for their constructive and positive input in this regard.