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Nawaz Sharif should wait for his turn as Prime Minister: Gilani.

LAHORE, October 18, 2011 (Frontier Star): Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani has advised PML-N head Mian Nawaz Sharif to wait patiently for his turn as PM of Pakistan, and not seek any shortcuts to rule. Addressing the oath taking ceremony of newly elected office bearers of Lahore press club at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, Gilani said that the government would complete its legal tenure upto 2013, and expressed his pride at the fact that he would be the first elected PM to table fifth Budget of Nation to masses. He also said that this was the first ever democratically elected government, whence COAS and DG-ISI briefed Parliamentarians at the Parliament. He also expressed his great pride at his participation in the oath-taking ceremony of media representatives, and while extending them his congratulations over their elections, reminded that PPPP and press enjoyed strongly bonded brotherhood between themselves. Reminding Lahores journalism as being of significant importance, he cited references of such journalistic landmarks like Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, Shorash Kashmiri, Hameed Nizami, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, Z. A. Suleri, Professor Waris Mir, Safdar Mir, Zaheer Kashmiri, Hanif Ramay, Majeed Nizami, Zahoor Alam Shaheed, and Arif Nizami among others. Lauding the equally selfless sacrifices by media for noble causes of democracy, he paid glowing tributes to 1200-strong Lahore Press club as being the largest in Pakistan, and home to intellectual fraternity of Nation from whence streams intellectual, educational and literacy-oriented intelligentsia. Reminding the participants of the fact that democracy and press were entwined in deep inseparable bonds, he cited the famous saying of Quaid-e-Azam that Nation and press rise and fall together; a philosophy proved by Pakistans National history. The PM also said that ever since its inception, PPP always struggled for evolution and freedom of journalism in Country, besides striving for welfare of journalists. He reminded of an Ordinance in 2002, which sought to stifle freedom of speech of journalism, but which had been terminated. He also reminded that no journalist, author had ever been detained during this regimes tenure. Among many other successful endeavours for evolvement of journalism in Country, he also cited the recently introduced Press Council of Pakistan, which would hopefully bridge an effective coordination between press and masses, eventually evolving as one of major journalistic institutions at global platforms. The PM also cited numerous grants and financial aid to various press clubs, for better welfare of journalist community, especially plots for families of journalists falling/fallen prey to terrorism. Inviting all to pledge their solemn support and struggle for evolving Pakistan into an exemplary progressive, democratic, Muslim -oriented welfare state, as envisioned by Allama Iqbal and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he also announced a Rs. 100 million grant for Lahore Press Club.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Oct 18, 2011
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