I have not resigned from party post: Sherry Rehman

KARACHI: Former Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sherry Rehman has said she has not resigned from the party post, Geo news reported.


Govt won’t compromise on establishing writ: Sherry Rehman

PESHAWAR: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms. Sherry Rehman said Saturday that the government would create employment opportunities for the displaced people of the militancy hit areas and would make them stakeholders in the whole process for introducing sustainable development in their areas.

She expressed these views while talking to media persons here during her maiden visit to the Kacha Garhi Refugee Camp set-up for the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies.

Sherry Rehman said that provision of shelter, education, schooling, health, washrooms, clean drinking water and other basic amenities of life to IDPs are top priority of the government and these are being ensured to the displaced people in these refugee camps.

The Minister said that it is responsibility of government to make sure that shelter, health facilities, schooling, education must be provided and these camps are being set-up to provide a comprehensive welfare package to these communities, she said, adding that although it was not an easy task yet it was being done.

People, Khasadars, police, army and other law enforcement agencies have rendered great sacrifices in the fight against extremism and militancy and the morale of the IDPs was high as they recognize the efforts of the government in this regard, she said.

In reply to a question, she said that the present government believed in political dialogues and wants to solve problems through negotiations. However, she added the government would not compromise on its writ as it can’t bear brutal violence against innocent and law abiding citizens.

She denied the impression that the IDPs of Swat were being neglected, saying that camps were being set up at Miadam, Malakand

and other areas to facilitate the displaced persons of restive Swat valley.

Federal Minister commended the efforts of the Provincial government with regard to IDPs saying that insurgency was a humanitarian problem of large proportion and the government would seek the help of foreign donor agencies to help ensure basic facilities of daily life to these people at the camps.

She said that the government’s policy was crystal clear on the war against terror and was working on three-pronged strategy of dialogue, development and use of force as last resort. Refusing to give any timeframe for halting operations in Swat and other restive areas, she said that media needs to present the real picture of the multi-faceted problems in these areas so as to help people understand the intricacy of the situation.

She said that government wants to provide a sense of security in the insurgency hit people and underlined the need for responsible and well-coordinated efforts to meet the challenge.

Regarding lack of facilities at the refugee camps, she said that no matter how hard the government and other donor partners try the dearth of facilities would remain in the refugees camps, which cannot be substitute to home.

However, the government was responsible to provide moral and economic and political support to the affected people.

Earlier, she asked Relief Commissioner Afghan Refugees Jamil Amjad and General Manager NADRA Mir Alam Khan to expedite the process of female registration at the camps so as to ensure financial support under BISP to the female of the deserving families.

Camp Commissioner Jamaluddin while giving briefing to the Federal Minister Ms Sherry Rehman about the existing facilities at the camp said that 2392 families of Mohmand and Bajaur agencies were living in the camp and the total number of displaced persons was 16227.

He said that water tanks, washrooms and community kitchens facilities were being provided to the refugees at the camp besides providing blankets, flour, ghee, and pulses on monthly basis in collaboration with World Food Program.

Similarly, with the assistance of UNICEF and other agencies arrangements was made for education of the displaced children. He said that the basic problem confronting refugees was shortage of fuel.

The minister after her visit to the camp to review the health and other facilities there, directed the camp commissioner to present a list of requirements and the financial deficit for the Federal Government so as to ensure their timely provision.

source : jang.com.pk

President Zardari chairs high-level meeting in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: President Asif Ali Zardari arrived Friday on a maiden two-day visit to Peshawar.

According to sources, President Zardari is presiding over a briefing at the Governor House about overall security situation in Fata and NWFP. Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti and other officials are also present on this occasion.

While Interior Adviser Rehman Malik, Federal Minister Sherry Rehman, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Arbab Alamgir and other top officials are also attending the briefing.

Earlier, the President was received by the governor and the chief minister at the Governor House.

Strict security armaments have been made in the city to prevent any untoward incident.

source : jang.com.pk

Pakistan demands access to Mumbai attacks sites

ISLAMABAD: Despite official rejections of the dossier handed over by India on evidence of the Mumbai attacks, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Sherry Rehman has said the government is still processing the evidence.

Speaking exclusively to foreign T.V channel Sherry said, “Pakistan will wait until its investigations are complete, and that it would like its investigators to be given access to the sites of the terror attacks in Mumbai.”

source : jang.com.pk

Sherry urges end to war of words

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sherry Rehman calling for end to war of words has stressed for coordinated efforts for the elimination of terrorism.

She expressed these views while talking journalists after attending the condolence ceremony and Quran Khawani organized in connection with the 81 birth anniversary of late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, founder of the PPP here at PPP’s secretariat on Tuesday.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sherry Rehman has expressed her surprise at the varying statement of Indian Foreign Secretary. She said that Pakistan would not allow terrorists to use its soil for terrorists’ activities.

We all have to work jointly to tackle menace of terrorism, she said by adding that war of words would give nothing to anybody rather it would create further complexities for the both countries.

She further said that one must also have to avoid giving statement at the time when the entire region was passing through critical time.

Similarly, she said it is due to countless sacrifices of Bhutto family that International Republic Institute has declared it as the ’Champion and Heroin of the Democracy’.

Former MNA Zamurd Khan, Dr. Israr Shah, Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and Chaudhry Manzoor Hussain and other office bearers of the party were also present on the occasion.

source : jang.com.pk

Pakistan calls for access to Mumbai attacks’ sites

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan demanded Tuesday that India should give access to the Mumbai attacks’ sites.

Federal Information Minister Sherry Rehman said there should be no war between the two nuclear powers. She urged that India should respond to the Pakistani offer of joint probe over Mumbai attacks.

Rehman said it was important to inspect he places targeted in Mumbai.

source : news.yahoo.com

Govt to go after elements spreading rumours

KARACHI: The government has decided to take action against the elements spreading rumours against it.

The decision was taken at a Pakistan People’s Party meeting held here at Peoples Secretariat on Thursday.

The meeting presided over by Federal Information Minister, Sherry Rehman was also attended by district information secretaries of PPP Sindh besides spokesman of Bilawal House Aijaz Durrani and Sindh Secretary Information Waqar Mehdi.

The performance of Sindh Information Secretary also came under review at the meeting.

source : jang.com.pk

No differences between PM, President: Sherry Rehman

KARACHI: The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sherry Rehman, has strongly dispelled the impression created by certain elements regarding any differences between the President and the Prime Minister.

“ There are absolutely no differences”, she remarked in reply to a question while talking to reporters here at the Press Information department (PID) on Tuesday.

The Minister said that such an impression is being created by mischievous hands.

Sherry Rehman stated that there is absolutely no question of any differences and that the President and the Prime Minister are working seamlessly together. In fact, all the institutions are working seamlessly, she added.

She said that this seems to be the kind of situation that arises when there is a political and elected, democratic government. The Minister said that the PPP government does not believe in any sort of restriction on the media.

She stated that the present government is striving for the resolution of the problems being faced by the media. Sherry Rehman referred to her Tuesday’s meeting with the editors of the Sindh newspapers at the PID Karachi.

She was of the view that the regional press should also be encouraged.The Minister said that in the prevailing situation when there is tension on the borders, the hands of the government should be strengthened.

She further said that we will have to make the region a place of peace and also rid the country of the menace of terrorism. Sherry Rehman said that the government does not believe in an atmosphere of tension and confrontation.

source : jang.com.pk