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Army lauds media role for restoration of peace in Swat

Mingora—Spokesman of the Pakistan Army in Swat Colonel Arif Mehmood has said that media had played a major role in the restoration of peace in Swat and through sacrificing their lives the journalists had written a new chapter of history. Addressing a function held in his honour in Swat Press Club Monday, he said that after the restoration of peace, the media continued its positive role and was extending full support to the army in the rehabilitation and reconstruction process. The world, he said, should acknowledge the services of the journalists of Swat.

Those present on the occasion were included chairman executive committee, Swat Press Club, Ghulam Farooq Khan, acting president Swat Union of Journalists, Shehzada Alam, former chairman, Shahabuddin, Mehboob Ali, Sherin Zada and Essa Khankhel. In their speeches the journalists lauded the services of Colonel Arif Mehmood and paid tribute to GoC Swat Major General Ghulam Qamar for initiating development schemes in the press club. They also paid tribute to the spokesman of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Colonel Arif Mehmood for establishing close contacts with media and people in Swat.

Speaking on the occasion, Colonel Arif Mehmood said that the respect and love, which the people and media of Swat had extended to Pakistan army, will not be forgotten. He said that media had played very positive role in the restoration of peace and proved to be the real spokesmen of the people of Swat. He said that the chapter created by the journalists of Swat with sacrificing their lives will be always remembered.

He said that after the restoration of peace, Pakistan army is playing full role in the reconstruction and promotion of tourism in the area. He also appreciated the role of media in this regard.

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