LAHORE - President Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) and Editor The Nation Arif Nizami has said that after the restoration of judiciary, media is yet to achieve its goal as the real destination is far away and a lot still needs to be done in this regard. The media has achieved freedom after a long struggle and it was not offered in a platter. He expressed these views while addressing a seminar Restoration of Chief Justice and Role of Media held under the aegis of Press Institute of Pakistan (PIP) in collaboration with Pakistan College of Law here on Monday. The seminar was presided over by Arif Nizami and State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Samasam Ali Bokhari, while former advocate general Punjab Ashtar Ausaf Ali was the chief guest on the occasion. Other speakers included Principal Pakistan College of Law Prof Hamayun Ehsan, journalists Iftikhar Ahmad, Salman Ghani and Tariq Bucha. Arif Nizami in his address said he did not agree with the people who say that media should play the role of opposition. He said rather media should be free in its role and instead the political parties must play the role of opposition. He was of the view that role of media could be established with the strength of institutions in the country, adding that various political parties failed to perceive the role of media. The importance of electronic media first surfaced during the two-year struggle for the restoration of Chief Justice of Pakistan, he said and added that although Musharraf provided freedom to the media but it was very much clear that he was not happy with the phenomenon, as he could not control it according to his wishes and the step taken on November 03, had proved as the last nail in his governments coffin. Arif Nizami said he loved PPP but it had failed to conceive the role of media. And that was why Sherry Rehman resigned from her office as the media was snubbed. He said PPP itself was a victim of controlled judiciary and that was the reason Prime Minister Gilani said killing of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto being a judicial murder should be reinvestigated. Arif Nizami said the role of Nawaz Sharif for a free judiciary is now a glorious part of the history. But it remained to be observed to what extent he tolerates the free judiciary when he comes into power. He opined that the responsibility of media had been doubled after the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar. Samsam Ali Bokhari in his speech said our judicial history is black and we must talk of the voiceless people. He said the political forces should not politicise the terrorism for gaining their own vested interests. Meanwhile, after the seminar while talking to the reporters Samsam Ali Bokhari said the perpetrators of the unfortunate Swat incident ought to be brought to the justice and government was not under any pressure in this regard. He said foreign hand in terrorist activities within Pakistan could not be ruled out. Praising the role being played by the media, he said the government would restore the trust of the masses into the state controlled media as well. Glorifying the role media played to strengthen the movement for free judiciary, Ashtar Ausaf said after the restoration of the chief justice, the role of media has not been culminated, as it was just a dawn of a beginning. Journalist Iftikhar said it was not a time to celebrate, as those who dragged the chief Justice were still unpunished because they were affiliated with establishment. He said media was not the only platform to resolve all sort of problems and problems of the peoples were supposed to be resolved by the Parliament. Salman Ghani said the role of media in restoration of Chief Justice of Pakistan remained appreciable and if media continued to play such role there would be no martial law or governor rule in the country in the coming future. Hamayun Ehsan said media executed its responsibilities in an integrated manner for the restoration CJP. Tariq Bucha said with the restoration of judges, justice had not been achieved, as it was only a step towards the ultimate goal.