ISLAMABAD:(APS)Feb 13,2017-Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Radio Pakistan is making a positive image of the country.Radio Pakistan is a credible medium engaged in promotion of positive image of the country.
She was addressing a ceremony organized by News and Current Affairs channel of Radio Pakistan in connection with World Radio Day at the National Broadcasting House in Islamabad on Monday.
She said Radio Pakistan began its journey with the creation of independent Pakistan and since then has been instrumental in boosting moral of the nation and raising a ray of hope through thick and thin. She said be it natural disasters or wars, Radio played its role well during critical junctures of our history.
She announced the launch of one-year communication campaign to celebrate the seventy years of Pakistan and Radio Pakistan.
The Minister of State said that Radio Pakistan will also start “Pakistan This Week” program to highlight the development work including the CPEC and infrastructure projects. The youth will also be engaged in the program
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that a weekly program titled National Heritage and Culture of Pakistan is also being started to acquaint the youth with the rich culture and heritage of the country.
The Minister of State also announced Radio Pakistan’s internship program for the youth which will enable the graduating students to complete their community projects.
She suggested that the next year the world Radio Day should be organized at an educational institution so that the youth could also be engaged in such events.
The Minister said that a weekly program will also be launched in order to raise awareness about the sustainable development goals and framework of Vision-2025.
She paid tribute to all those who remained associated with Radio Pakistan in different capacities and played their part in the process of nation building.
Marriyum Aurangzeb particularly referred to the contribution of Radio Pakistan in motivating the youth to engage in positive pursuits. She acknowledged the role played by the private media but pointed out that Radio reached to those as well who had no access to any kind of information medium specially in the remote and far flung areas of the country.
The Minister of State said Radio Pakistan has been complementing efforts of the Government towards realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, and efforts for provision of health, education and infrastructure facilities to the masses. It also contributed a lot towards the goals of gender equality, women empowerment and now projecting different aspects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General Radio Pakistan Saba Mohsin Raza said Radio Pakistan has been rendering exemplary services for the masses.
She said even in the era of advanced technology, Radio is the source of credible news and information.
UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan Neil Bohne said Radio has the credit of reaching every nook and corner of the world and enables bridging the differences that arise out of vast diversity on the face of the earth.
Director UN Information Center in Islamabad, Vittorio Cammarota said Radio Pakistan has made a salutary contribution in augmenting the linkages between the policy makers and the masses towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
Later the Dutch ambassador to Pakistan Jeannette Seppen in her address highlighted the importance of radio for youth and stressed the need for enhanced youth engagement and awareness through radio.
Deputy Head of Mission, European Union Delegation to Pakistan Anne Marchal highlighted the importance of community radio stations as a podium for the local community to raise their voices.