Journalists are our respectable brothers, will find me standing in front line Insha-Allah in safeguarding press freedom: Ch Parvez Elahi

Joint Action Committee headed by Lahore Press Club President Arshad Ansari meets Speaker Punjab Assembly

In the meeting Secretary Punjab Assembly Mohammad Khan Bhatti, Punjab Assembly Press Gallery President Afzaal Talib and Secretary Abbas Naqvi were also present

Lahore: 09-07-2021: A delegation of the Joint Action Committee headed by Lahore Press Club President Arshad Ansari called on Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvez Elahi at his residence here today (Friday).

In the meeting Secretary Punjab Assembly Mohammad Khan Bhatti was also present whereas the delegation included Punjab Assembly Press Gallery President Afzaal Talib, Secretary Abbas Naqvi, Zahid Chaudhry, Javaid Farooqui, Zulfiqae Ali Mehtu, Khwaja Naseer, Raja Riaz, Ziaullah Niazi, Qamar Bhatti, Khwaja Aftab, Abid Khan, Ahsan Zia, Imran Shaikh and Afzaal Abbasi.

Talking to the delegation Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvez Elahi said that the journalists are our brothers and respectable, fully believe in freedom of press, has always stood shoulder to shoulder with the journalists against those obstructing freedom of press, Insha-Allah will also find me in the front line in safeguarding freedom of press.

It was agreed during the meeting that the Members Privilege Bill will not apply to the journalists, in this regard amendment bill in the law will shortly be presented in the Punjab Assembly, journalists will be allowed entry in the Punjab Assembly’s new building, however, due to ongoing construction work the journalists will not go to the under-construction parts, because of building being under construction journalists will be provided clean feed (video footage) at the earliest to the journalists for performance of their duties, already under implementation assembly rules for not telecasting and publishing parts of proceedings deleted by the Speaker.

After successful dialogue with the Speaker Punjab Assembly, the Joint Action Committee withdrew the call for boycott of the assembly session and protest demonstration. #

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