KARACHI (PR) The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) Monday held an emergency session chaired by APNS President Hameed Haroon in response to what was described as an 'astonishing and ill-conceived resolution against media passed by the Punjab Assembly on July 9. While rejecting the controversial resolution, the publishers at the packed session described its contents scandalising the national media as 'a crude attempt to divert public attention from the 'unseemly number of fake graduation degree-holders present in the Punjab legislature. The APNS members were also of the unanimous opinion that the Punjab govt had failed to institute timely security measures to prevent the Data Darbar mayhem in Lahore. Rather than reflecting upon the failure, the MPAs had resorted instead to demonstrating 'an inability to assume responsibility in response to the subsequent public outrage. The virtual absence of parliamentary oversight demonstrates an unforgivable criminal neglect. Why chose this very moment to blame the national media for your own failures? was the question rhetorically posed by the APNS president. 'The burning issue today is the unbecoming conduct of the Punjab legislature. Why attack freedom of the press, when upon oath, you have undertaken as members of the Punjab Assembly, to defend Article 19 to the fullest? the APNS President concluded in his address. The APNS members, as per the resolution unanimously passed at the emergency session, felt 'embittered at the self-serving allegations hurled by the Punjab Assembly members, with respect to 'regional and ethnic discrimination and irresponsible reporting prompted by 'vested interests in the national media. Meanwhile the Punjab Chief Minister, the Speaker and the government benches representing both the PML-N and the PPP and even the opposition PML -Q collectively - as if by prior arrangement - observed a silent acquiescence during the passage of the resolution. The APNS resolution unreservedly declares, The Punjab Assembly in its transgression of constitutional proprieties and by virtue of an irresponsible conduct - has demonstrated that it - rather than the national press represents a threat to a smooth progression of the democratic ethics. And in another meeting, organised by the Council Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), the media representative bodies demanded the govt to issue a notification regarding making the Pakistan Press Council (PPC) functional within seven days and ensure implementation of the law concerning access to information. It also called for constituting a committee comprising the media organisations and civil society members to keep as eye on the process of laws formulation for media. Referring to the Punjab Assemblys resolution, the meeting warned that attempts were underway to ensue clash between the institutions and asked the parliamentarians to act in a cautious manner. Representatives from APNS, Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (APNEC) and others attended the session.