Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin, Editing Director of Jang Group of
Publications, offered his thanks to the Indian guests, the Freidich/Naumann Foundation,
Dr. Rene Klaff and Dr. Rainer Adam.
In response to the criticism that such seminars do not
touch the common man (who do not understand English, the language used in this seminar),
he said that the flagship of Jang Group of publications was the Urdu daily Jang and it was
providing excellent and comprehensive reporting of the proceedings of this seminar.
He also emphasised that the Jang Group had taken the
initiative of this seminar and that this seminar had been funded equally by the Jang Group
and the Freidrich Neiman Foundation and not solely by the foreign sponsor. He also thanked
his Editor- in -Chief, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman for taking interest and providing support.
He said that this seminar had been different from other
such seminars because a lot of thought had been put in the design of the seminar as well
as the choice of the speakers. They had only invited people whom they felt were genuinely
interested in civil society issue, were experts in their respective field and not just
anyone off the street. He felt that a lot has been learnt and exchanged and many useful
things have come out of it which need to be built upon and pursued further.
He said that the Jang Group of Publications also had a
civil responsibility of "Public Jounalism" to fulfil and arranging this seminar
has been a step in that direction. He said that" An open society is the vested
interest of the print media" He assured that the proceedings of this seminar would be
translated into both English and Urdu and published in the form of books.
Lastly, he thanked the Indian guests for
their co-operation and said that he looked forward in future such support from them.