Issuance of production orders to benefit Opp: Elahi


LAHORE: Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said that for the first-time law was made in the province for issuing production orders which benefitted the opposition.

He said this while talking to a delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) which called on him at his residence on Sunday.

The delegation included Mehtab Khan, Mujibur Rehman Shami, Tameeza Mizami, Khushnood Ali Khan, Sarmad Ali, Jamil Akhtar, Mumtaz Tahir, Usman Majeed Shami, Bilal Mehmud, Shahid Mehmood, Humayun Gulzar, Rehmat Ali Raazi, Dr Tanveer Tahir, Naveed Chaudhry, Sardar Khan Niazi and Imran Ather among others.

Elahi said that the problems faced by the society are genuine, and he wants them to be solved soon as a large-scale dismissals of media workers are a source of concern.

He said that the media should not only do criticism but also guide the government and the opposition. “As a speaker my role is neutral, for the first time in the history of Punjab Assembly in-camera briefing was held on Sahiwal-like incident,” he added.

Elahi further said that the law for issuing production orders was in all the assemblies but there was no such law in the Punjab.

The APNS delegation praised Elahi’s tenure as the chief minister and termed it a golden era, particularly for the media, and said that system of newspapers and television was going on very smoothly, establishing the colonies for the journalists are such works which can never be forgotten. They recalled historical reforms for the welfare and well-being of the people, including Surgical Tower in Mayo Hospital, burn centres, setting up of cardiology hospitals, among others.