KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Pakistan Broadcasters Affiliation (PBA) have rejected the claims of Federal Info Minister Chaudhry Fawad that half of the dues of media trade had been paid to media homes.
Fawad Chaudhry in his assertion stated, “Half (Rs0.6 billion) of the $9.6 million (Rs1.three billion) have been launched to media homes who saved all the cash for themselves as a substitute of paying their journalists.”
The press launch said that “Such statements are false and might create battle inside the media trade.”
The APNS stated that federal and provincial governments owed over Rs8 billion not Rs1.three billion. Furthermore the federal government hasn’t even launched 10 % of the quantity quoted by the data minister.
The APNS additional said that out of the Rs8 billion, round Rs3 billion is overdue for greater than four years, and the remaining Rs3 billion is overdue by 9 months to 15 months. The bulk a part of dues of media trade pertains to federal and Punjab governments.
Earlier, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar referred to as a particular assembly relating to the settlement of media dues. The CJP requested the federal and provincial governments to clear the undisputed dues inside 30 days. Nonetheless, even after 60 days the dues nonetheless stay unpaid.
APNS and PBA in a joint assertion strongly condemned the remarks of the data minister, as his assertion not solely being inaccurate and deceptive but in addition not befitting a federal minister.
The APNS and PBA requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to advise the involved ministries to implement his orders with respect to dues of media homes.