Islamabad, Sept 28 :- The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has constituted a five-member committee, headed by its President Mr. Pervaiz Shaukat , to ascertain truth, facts and background of news aired by a TV Channel about the resignation of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik from his office and departure of his family abroad.
The other members of the committee include Shamsul Islam Naz, Secretary General PFUJ; Mr. Ashfaq Sajid, President, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ); Mr. Tahir Rathore, former President RIUJ, and Mr. Asim Rana, General Secretary, National Press Club, Islamabad.
The committee has been constituted on receipt of a complaint from Interior Minister Rehman Malik, in which he claimed that "on Sept 27, ARY News Channel aired a news item to the effect that Senator Rehman Malik, has resigned from his cabinet position."
Rehman claims in his complaint that "this news item was totally false, fabricated and concocted and was against all norms of journalism. I would, therefore, like to place the matter before the PFUJ Council, to look into the matter with a view to uphold the principles of free, fair and responsible journalism, and to investigate the background and reasons of this story , the minister asserted."
"I wish to assure PFUJ of my firm faith in your august body and I request you to kindly look into this matter and take necessary action against those who have tried to defame me," Senator A Rehman Malik, pleaded.
Taking cognizance of the complaint, the PFUJ with the consultation of its members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has constituted a five-member committee to assertain the truth of the news item.
Shamsul Islam Naz
PAKISTAN FEDERAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS
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