Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Digital Media Improvement Programme in Islamabad, on September 24, 2021. — PID

The incumbent regime has given “extra freedom than ever” to information organisations, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated Thursday, as he confused his authorities just isn’t towards free media, and solely has an issue with “pretend information and propaganda”.

The prime minister, addressing the the launch ceremony of the Digital Media Improvement Programme, stated: “[Fake news] is degrading for the nation.”

The premier urged the youth to advertise the imaginative and prescient of Pakistan.

He famous that when an individual tells the reality, their stature in society rises, and nobody respects an individual who lies. “The identical goes for journalism. They’ll take benefit by working pretend information, however with time, will probably be discredited.”

The factor that issues is credibility, he stated, including that the PTI-led authorities needs the media to inform the reality.

“My authorities doesn’t concern the media and judiciary,” he stated, including that those concerned in corruption concern them, however his authorities doesn’t.

“You may check out the information, and I assure you that 70% of the programmes are towards us,” he stated.

“I can assure you that the kind of slander that was dedicated towards the prime minister and ministers was not finished in another democracy,” he added.

PM Imran Khan stated when the prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir was just lately elected, three main newspapers ran headlines stating that he was chosen for the place by pseudoscientific strategies reminiscent of numerology.

“What could possibly be greater slander than this? That the sitting prime minister had picked AJK’s prime minister by numerology. If they’d revealed one thing like this in England, I can assure you that I’d have gotten hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in injury and Shaukat Khanum would have gained lots from it.”

The prime minister stated his authorities was not utilizing state media to his benefit, just like the earlier rulers, who “would use it to divert consideration from their corruption”.

Message to youth

PM Imran Khan instructed the youth to “by no means assume any much less of themselves” and “at all times try to hit large targets”.

The prime minister stated alternatives have been opening up for the youth after info and know-how got here into play. “However for that, you must preserve an open thoughts and set a purpose.”

Giving an instance from his cricket profession, the premier stated he had outperformed extra proficient gamers than him as a result of he stayed constant and saved setting targets for himself, and urged the youth to do the identical.

“Some folks go their exams as a result of they’re proficient, however college students who preserve working onerous will get forward of them later,” the prime minister stated.

Shedding gentle on his aspirations, the premier stated he wished the younger technology to advertise Pakistan’s imaginative and prescient, which is “distinctive”. The intention, in keeping with the premier, is to ascertain a self-sufficient nation.

“And we’re heading in direction of this purpose […] earlier than we used to bow down earlier than the worldwide superpowers,” the prime minister stated. “[But now] we’re heading in direction of making Pakistan like Riyasat-e-Madina [a welfare state].”

The premier stated Pakistan had taken an initiative that even the “developed international locations haven’t”, by offering well being playing cards to each household in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with which they will avail Rs1 million in medical insurance.

“It is a step in direction of Riyasat-e-Madina,” he stated, including that the federal government seeks to uplift the poor phase of the society according to the imaginative and prescient of Pakistan.

“Even America doesn’t have such insurance coverage,” he stated.

The premier additionally highlighted that the federal government is establishing shelter houses and offering loans to folks for constructing their houses, which was according to the ideas of a welfare state.

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