RAWALPINDI (APP) - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated Saturday a Media Town for journalists at Lohi Bheer, a housing project of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Press Club. In a speech he stressed that a country that had achieved nuclear prowess could overcome the current problems through unity, establishment of justice, sound policies and collective efforts to achieve economic targets. Secretary Housing Pervez Rasheed, MNAs including Malik Ibrar, Haji Pervez Khan, Muhammad Hanif Abbasi and Aqeel Anjum, MPA Raja Hanif and local leaders of Muslim League (N) and a large number of journalists along with their families attended the well-organized ceremony. Shahbaz Sharif said he was happy to inaugurate the project, land for which was provided by the Punjab government during dictatorship. Now there was democracy in the country and he suggested the project should be renamed as "Democratic Media Town." The Chief Minister said whatever policy was adopted for this colony would also be applicable for similar housing schemes for journalists in other parts of the Punjab. Shahbaz Sharif lauded pivotal role played by journalists for the cause of democracy, promotion of democratic institutions and the yet to be achieved restoration of judiciary as it was on November 2, 2007. He said the journalists had made sacrifices in the struggle for return of democratic rule. A number of them were punished while some others lost their lives while performing their duties, he added. The Chief Minister said the journalist community helped bring about the mandate the nation had given on February 18 that ended dictatorship. "It is obligatory upon us to respect this mandate by making all out efforts to resolve public grievances and to provide them basic amenities of life at their door step," he said. The Punjab chief executive that the unpaid plot installments of journalists who have died and their heirs cannot not pay the same would be written off. He assured sympathetic consideration after due consultation to other demands of journalists, including facility of bank loan on easy terms for house building and accommodating left out journalists in the Media Town. Shahbaz Sharif invited a delegation of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Press Club led by Mushtaq Minhas to come to Lahore to discuss the demands and said he would be pleased to provide up to 200 more plots for journalists instead of 150 as demanded.