ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) central spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday urged the government to “wake up and set your priorities straight”.
Addressing a press conference, Aurangzeb criticised the government’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus.
“The country cannot run from telethon(s) and fundraising. Earlier, a show was put up and fundraising was done in the name of the ‘dam fund’. [Use that] dam fund for the media amid the coronavirus,” she said.
Aurangzeb said the government must think of the safety of journalists as they are most vulnerable to the pandemic owing to the nature of their work.
She said that she will attend a meeting of the Information Standing Committee later in the day and raise her voice in favour of a package for media persons. “A media package should be announced for them,” she said, adding that it should be distributed via press clubs.
The PML-N had distributed protective gear among journalists at the Lahore Press Club three weeks ago. “We will do the same in Rawalpindi and Karachi too,” she said today.
She advised journalists to take precautions while reporting and not take unnecessary risks.