ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Wednesday that government considered media as an important partner in the development of the country and welcomed constructive criticism as democracy and independence of media were mutually connected.
He stated this during a meeting with Chinese Media delegation here. Pakistan and China are tied in a unique bond of friendship, which is based on mutual trust and convergence of views on all regional and global issues, he added.
The minister said that Pakistan and China were close friends and strategic partners and their friendship was valued as all weather and time tested.
High level visits by the top leadership of both countries were reflective of the desire to further enhance the existing brotherly relationship between the two partners, the Minister stressed.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the democratic Government of Pakistan believed in freedom of expression and was fully committed to the development and promotion of independent and responsible media.
“The frequent exchanges of media delegations between both countries would provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and best practices,” the minister added.
He also emphasized on carrying out fruitful exchanges and cooperation in the field of art, culture, literature and publications as it would not only help in understanding each other’s culture but would also establish cultural linkages between the strategic partners.
The Minister directed the officials concerned of the ministry for early implementation of the existing memoranda of understanding between China and Pakistan particularly in the field of Information & Culture.
The delegation emphasized on the need of enhanced people to people contact between both countries and proposed a joint media cooperation forum. The minister assured the delegation to consider their proposal positively and to extend his support in this regard. The delegation also appreciated the level of independence provided to media in Pakistan.