EU will send 150 observers to judge Pakistan elections

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad, 12 March 2013 { Diplomatic Reporter } Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium Mr. Peter Claes today called on Press Council of Pakistan Chairman, Raja Shafqat Khan Abbasi in PCP Secretariat, Islamabad and shared news on upcoming general elections in Pakistan and its subsequent coverage in free and independent media and other related issues.

Chairman PCP briefed the distinguished guest about the efforts put up by the Council in promoting ethical coverage of the polls and welcomed EU decision to send 150 foreign observers to fairly and independently judge the state of general elections being held in Pakistan. He said arrival of these foreign observers will strengthen Pakistan’s bilateral relations with the EU countries and will also help them in identifying common grounds and benchmarks in developing free media in this part of the world.

Chairman also presented to the ambassador PCP guidelines for media coverage of elections 2013 and briefed him about the mechanism of monitoring press during polls.

Ambassador of Belgium, Peter Claes appreciated PCP efforts in issuing media guidelines to cover general elections and strengthening development of free Pakistani media with recognized international standards. He said as a member of Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE), Belgium will continue supporting Pakistan as a partner and its cause for developing free media.

Chairman also presented souvenir to H.A Peter Claes at the end of meeting.