Information minister says no rifts among institutions

Minister says books spreading extremism should be dumped

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has said that there are no rifts among the state institutions and that they stand with those who talk with reason.

“All institutions are honorable. We have a relation of love with the media and have deep faith in our national security institutions,” the minister said while talking to journalists here on Tuesday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif personally met senior journalist and anchorperson Hamid Mir at the hospital in Karachi, he said.

He said that all the state institutions were playing their role under the parameters set by the constitution. No institution opposed any matter on national agenda in the past five years, he added. To a question, he said that the deadlock in talks with the Taliban was part of the dialogue process.

Earlier, addressing a ceremony in connection with the National Books Day, the information minister stressed the need to promote book and knowledge for eradication of hatred and extremism from the society. “We need to dump all those books, which are spreading extremism. He said the book reading can transform the society into cradle of peace.

The minister said books promote love, peace and harmony among human beings. He said hate materials can lead society to disharmony and chaos. He said good books encourage dialogue, tolerance and listening to others viewpoints. The language of books should be preferred on language of guns, he said.

He directed the National Book Foundation to make arrangements for digitizing Pakistani literature, which is essential for promotion of books.  He also urged for organization of such events in other parts of the country.

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