ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage (IB&NH) Senator Pervaiz Rashid has urged the media and people engaged with media institutions to launch a pensive Zarb-e-Azb for getting rid of the menaces of extremism and terrorism permanently.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of a 4-day media training workshop covering conflict terrorism and defence issues at the Information Service Academy (ISA) here on Wednesday, Pervaiz Rasheed said that successful military operation Zarb-e-Azb was underway against terrorists, in which their (terrorists) infrastructure, factories and training centers are being destroyed, besides making arrests of their handlers and financers. But, on the front of conflict reporting, there is a need of launching a pensive Zarb-e-Azb against the extremist elements, he added.

The Information Minister highlighting responsibility of media men said that without the pensive Zarb-e-Azb, it would be difficult to completely wipe out the disgruntled elements from the country.

Pervaiz Rashid said Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) always taught His followers to promote love, brotherhood and peaceful co-existence. He said that it was our misfortune that followers of other religions across the world were taking guidance from the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) and progressing, but "We have forgotten them."

He said the journalists should file news stories based on facts without any biased comments and approach, so that they would be regarded as good reporters in future, contrary to those who filed distorted stories during the war between Soviet Union and Vietnam and faced criticism by the later generations.

The Information Minister appreciated the National Press Club (NPC) for arranging the workshop for journalists and said this would help the budding journalists discharge their professional duties in conflict zones in a secured way.

NPC President Shakeel Anjum and former President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Afzal Butt thanked the ministry for extending cooperation in arranging the workshop.