Preparations for joint parliamentary session underway


Preparations for Monday’s joint sitting of both the houses of the Parliament are underway and offices of the lower house of the Parliament remained open on Saturday for finalisation of arrangements.
The session has been convened for the address of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is arriving on a three-day official visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.
The Turkish prime minister is likely to be the lone foreign dignitary having honoured to address Pakistani parliament twice as well as the present parliament. Earlier, he addressed both the houses of the Parliament in 2009.
Well placed sources Saturday told ‘Online a Turkish security delegation paid a visit to the Parliament House to inspect security arrangements and discussed security-related matters with the officers concerned.
Sources further said that the visiting delegation was given a round to the Parliament House and adjacent areas and was also given a short briefing about security measures adopted for averting any unwanted.
According to the tentative schedule, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be received jointly by National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza and Acting Senate Chairman Sabir Baloch on his arrival at the Parliament House.
Later, the visiting prime minister will call on both the the custodians of the house and delegations of both the sides will also be present in this meeting. It is pertinent to note that spouse of the Turkish prime minister is also accompanying him during his visit to Pakistan and around half dozen of his cabinet members and 5 to 6 members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey are also arriving Pakistan along with their the prime minister.
Young journalists urged to concentrate on media ethics: Founding Chairman Department of Mass Communications (NUML) Brig (r) Syed Saulat Raza has urged the young journalists to focus on the sense of responsibility, media ethics and positive reporting to provide guidelines to the people in present scenario.
He was addressing the ‘Alumni gathering’ of former and present students of Mass Communication Department of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).
The gathering was organised by the Mass Communication Alumni Association NUML (MAAN) in which large number of media professionals, journalists, media students, Public relations practitioners and teachers participated.
Syed Saulat Raza termed it a very positive trend that more and more youth were joining media, despite present worst, financial, security and law and order, job security, organizational environment and unemployment conditions across the country.
Despite being at the top, among most dangerous countries regarding journalism, the journalists and media students in Pakistan were giving their best for the sake of the country as well as the nation.
Saulat Raza was of the view that in present conditions the media-men and journalists should play their positive role with dignity, as it was power of media which by highlighting the issues of public could provide nation with better guidelines to deal with problems.
Mufti Jamiludin Ahmed, former head of Department, Mass Communication department of NUML, praised the contributions by the media students and young journalists in the field of journalism terming them encouraging.