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HAFIZABAD

State Minister for Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar stressed the need for joint efforts by all segment of society to make the country strong and prosperous.

She was addressing a reception hosted in her honour by union of Journalists/Press Club Hafizabad at Jinnah Hall here on Monday. MPAs - Malik Fayyaz Ahmad Awan and Ch Asadullah Arain, DCO Muhammad Usman, DSP Muhammad Zubair Dareshak, Additional District Collector Noman Hafeez and DO (HRM) Allah Ditta Warraich also attended the reception. She emphasized the need of pro-Pakistani thinking by everyone. She declared that journalists were eyes and ears of society and they should desist from sensationalism and strive for reforming society through pinpointing irregularities to resolve problem of the masses.

The state minister said that the present government led by PM Nawaz Sharif was making all-out efforts to mitigate sufferings of people by eliminating hunger, disease and unemployment in the shortest time possible. The government has been taking prompt measures to reduce loadshedding in the shortest time possible. She urged the newsmen to create positive thinking among the masses and refrain from publishing stories which might affect the image of the country. She said that during the recent flood the government spared no effort to provide compensation to the affectees.

She said that government was launching anti-polio vaccine to save the kids from crippling disease but regretted that some disgruntled persons were even creating hurdles in the campaign and also attacking the vaccination staff.

She called upon all segment of society to create awareness among the people regarding the utility of anti-polio campaigns being launched by the government periodically.

Earlier, newly-elected President of the Press Club Rana Muhammad Saeed while presenting welcome address called upon the Chief Guest to explore possibility of housing colony for journalists at Hafizabad and adequate grant for the renovation of the press club.