ISLAMABAD   -  President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday said that digital media has a critical role in narrative building and countering fake news.

Launching the National Digital Information Platform for digitalization of the state media organizations at the Pak-China Friendship Center here, Dr. Alvi said that digital media has also a critical role in highlighting Kashmir issue, combating Islamophobia and depicting a true culture of Pakistan.

He said media’s role has increased manifold in narrative building and countering fake news. The President congratulated Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and its allied departments for this great initiative towards digitalization. 

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the government is committed to transform the state media to strengthen the state narrative. He said gone are the days when nations were conquered through wars. He said now the world has transformed from physical wars to the wars narratives.

He said Pakistan rendered 70,000 sacrifices in the war on terror, but unfortunately, we cannot apprise the global community about our contributions in defeating the narrative of terrorism.

The Minister said we have shifted Radio Pakistan to internet and started Radio Pakistan Podcast to provide people quality audio and video contents on a variety of topics.

He said Associated Press of Pakistan is being made a digital media news agency at par with the international news agencies. During the ceremony, the president also gave away award of ISO 9001:2015 and 27001:2013 certifications to Managing Director of Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Mobashir Hasan in recognition of the organization’s improved quality standards of management at par with the international level.