PTI govt not wary of independent judiciary, free media: PM

Premier Imran says his government was being criticised for holding powerful accountable

News Desk September 24, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing Digital Media Development Program (DMDP) in Islamabad. SCREENGRAB

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his rivals and opposition parties had been criticising his government since it came into power because they don’t want rule of law in the country.

“Society can never progress without merit but most important thing is rule of law and bringing powerful people to book,” he said while addressing the launching ceremony of Digital Media Development Program (DMDP) in Islamabad on Friday.

PM Imran said nations that compromise on their dignity by relying on aid and donations “can never become great”.

Speaking about digital media, the premier emphasised on the need to uphold principles of integrity and truth saying it will elevate the stature of the country.

PM Imran said his government was not concerned over independent judiciary and free media as “it is not violating any law or indulging in any wrongdoing”.

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He added that dictators and corrupt political leaders wanted to control the judiciary and media to hide their violations and wrongdoings.

“No government has ever in the history of this country given complete freedom to the media... almost 70 per cent of the content in media is against our government,” he claimed.

PM Imran lamented that some media outlets of the country published the news that Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi was nominated for the slot of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) prime minister on the “basis of horoscope or black magic”. “What could be the biggest slander than this?”

The premier said his government was only against fake news and propaganda as it damages country’s reputation internationally.



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