ISLAMABAD - Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rasheed Monday said media represents the wisdom and intellect of any democratic society and it should encourage the implementation of laws and constitution to make it a common reference for all.

Talking to the representatives of APNS, CPNE and PBA in a meeting here on Monday, he emphasised the need for focusing on the national agenda of revival of economy, resolution of energy crisis and elimination of terrorism for ensuring the progress of the country.

Haroon Hameed, Chairman PBA Mian Ammir Memmood, Secretary General Sarmad Ali, President APNS Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Information Secretary Dr Nazeer Saeed and other official of ministry of information attended the meeting.

Earlier, Rasheed in a meeting with Sun Weidong, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, said that media can play an important role in transmitting Pak-China friendship to new generation. He said both countries enjoy unique relations that are time-tested and this relationship has been further strengthened since the ascendancy of new democratic dispensation in the country.

Rasheed specially thanked the government of China for providing $32 billion investment in the field of infrastructure, energy and industry, which would help bring economic stability and prosperity in Pakistan. He said Pakistan will warmly welcome the upcoming visit of Chinese premier to Pakistan as it will go a long way for further deepening bilateral ties between the two countries. He said that the Kashgar-Gwadar trade corridor would not only help in regional connectivity but would also give boost to economy.

The minister said that the government condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as it considers it a threat to regional peace and security. He said that Chinese nationals working on projects in Pakistan are asset for the government and providing them security is the top priority of the government of Pakistan. The government is taking solid steps to ensure their safety, as it is its obligation to create conducive atmosphere for Chinese nationals to work in Pakistan, the minister added.

The Chinese ambassador said that cooperation in the field of media would help bring the people of both countries closer to each other and provide an opportunity to understand each other’s culture and values.

Both the ambassador and the minister reiterated their resolve to respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and to support each other on issues of national security. They agreed to form joint Pak-China media forum and put emphasis on the need of media exchange programmes so that both countries could learn from each other’s experiences and best practices. The minister also stressed on the need for implementation of existing MoUs between the two countries in the field of media and information.