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August 20, 2014

Journalists vow to protect democracy at all costs

 
August 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Tuesday vowed that it would put in all-out efforts to protect democracy and would never allow anyone to derail the democratic process in the country.
Addressing a “Long Live Democracy” rally, PFUJ President Afzal Butt said that the journalist community always rendered sacrifices for democracy and it would continue to support the democratic process as it was the only way to put the country on the path of progress and prosperity.
The rally was attended by a large number of journalists, traders and members of the civil society that marched from the National Press Club to the Super Market, carrying banners and placards in support of democracy.
Butt said: “We have contributed towards the judicial movement and never paid attention to continuous threats by pro-dictator elements. When Geo Television was victimised by some elements, then we also extended our support to journalists and their media house. Now some elements are posing threats to democracy, so we will pursue our mission to protect the democratic process at all costs.”
Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) President Ali Raza Alvi said democracy was not given as a gift because whenever martial law was imposed in the country, then people of Pakistan rendered sacrifices and snatched back their freedom from the clutches of dictatorship.
“The journalist community will play its vital role to protect democracy in Pakistan that is already facing various threats at internal and external fronts. We hope all segments of the society would realise the intensity of the situation and support the democratic institutions in the great interest of the nation,” he said.
The Rawalpindi Islamabad Bureau Journalists Association (RIBJA) president said the people of Pakistan faced dictatorship at different points of time and if history was a guide, then everyone could see that they always opposed the dictatorial rules and staged

protest movements against it.
“Now the situation demands us to get united and extend our support to the democratic institutions,” he said. Those who also spoke on the occasion included social activists Marvi Sirmed, Jamal Shah and Farzana Bari, human rights activist Amna Masood Janjua; and legal practitioners Ashraf Gujar and Junaid Akhtar.
They said that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and there was a need to develop a consensus among all segments of the society to help promote the democratic institutions in the country.