: No: 15(2)/2012-PCP : Islamabad: March 21, 2012 : Subject: Message to the Indian Media and Members of the Press Council of India : His Excellency, Mr. Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, New Delhi : Mr. Chairman!, May I avail of this opportunity to express my gratitude for your email and letter sent through Syed Faseih Iqbal, Member, Press Council of Pakistan. Thank you for expressing good wishes / sentiments and acknowledging the role of Pakistani media and Press Council of Pakistan. I feel obliged on being updated about certain developments taking place in the field of media in India.
2. Mr. Chairman! we are passing through the age of media expansion and public diplomacy. No doubt, the freedom of press observed during the past few years has received appreciation world over.
3. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my desire that the Press Council of Pakistan and Press Council of India can play effective role for the promotion of peace and prosperity for the people of the two great countries. We may also set up a common platform for the Press Councils of the SAARC member states on the pattern of World Association of Press Councils (WAPC) in the region.
4. On behalf of the Press Council of Pakistan and Pakistani media, I convey my warm wishes to the Indian media which has always highlighted the social issues as well as issues pertaining to the people of India. I hope that the Indian media will continue to perform its obligation for the people of India. I am sure media from both side can bring people closer to each other. Please convey my good wishes to all the Members of Press Council of India for their success.
With all the best wishes
(Raja M. Shafqat Khan Abbasi)
Press Council of Pakistan, Islamabad
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