A 13-member delegation of Nepali journalists on Saturday said law and order situation in Pakistan was not as being projected by the Western and Indian media.

The delegation, which has been here since Thursday, said before coming to Pakistan they had the impression as if bomb blasts were taking place everywhere. But they said during their stay in the Islamic republic they noticed that some parts of the country were certainly facing the law and order problem but the life was normal elsewhere.

The delegation members expressed these views at separate meetings with TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami and Editor Salim Bokhari at their offices.

Mr Gopal Khanal, Chief of the News Section of The Kathmandu Post, led the delegation.

During their interaction both with Mr Nizami and Mr Bokhari, the delegation members asked questions about the political situation and the press freedom in Pakistan.

“It is something different from what we were told. There are blasts in some parts of the country, but not everywhere”, a member of the delegation said while giving his impressions about the law and order situation here.

The Nepali journalists said that Muslims in their country enjoyed much more religious freedom than they had in India.

About the press freedom, The Nation Editor-in-Chief said, the media in Pakistan had been facing difficulties since the very inception of the country. Also, he said, the four martial laws also had their own impact on the press freedom.

While highlighting the role of the government advertisements, Mr Nizami said, although they were like the backbone of newspapers, various governments had been using them as a tool to advance their own agenda. The media, he said, was now free in Pakistan, although opportunists had been there every time.

TheNation Editor-in-Chief told the Nepali delegation that Kashmir was like jugular vein of Pakistan and relations between Islamabad and New Delhi could not be normal unless the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with the UN Resolutions.  The visiting delegation presented a Nepali cap to Mr Nizami.

“Media can do what the governments can’t”, he said while highlighting the role of the media in strengthening relations between the countries. One of the delegates asked Mr Bokhari if he believed the elections would be held on time. TheNation editor said although the law and order situation was not normal in some regions, he wished the electoral process completed according to the schedule. “I am for elections”.

Replying to a question, Mr Bokhari said in Punjab the real contest was between the PML-N and the PTI. “Imran Khan is a new phenomenon. He is getting positive response”.

 Meanwhile a delegation of Mass Communication students from the University of Gujrat called on TheNation Editor Salim Bokhari on Saturday. WaqtNews Director Hafz Tariq and Anchorperson Freeha Idrees were also present.

The students asked questions about the working of the Nawa-i-Waqt Group, its policies, the comparison of the group with the rival organizations and its future prospects.