Lahore: Chairman of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rashid, submitted a privilege motion against Federal Information and Broadcating Minister Pervaiz Rashid in National Assembly today over opposition’s blackout on government run Pakistan Television (PTV).
Privilege statements submitted are that, Pervaiz Rashid has deceived the house on the issue of PTV’s blackout of opposition’s speeches or state run channel Pakistan Television are not giving space and broadcasting the opposition speeches.
The Privilege further said that, Information minister intentionally directed the blackout of opposition’s speeches and deliberately told a lie on the floor of National Assembly.
The move comes two days after National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq also restrained Pervaiz Rashid’s claim that he had stop the live coverage of opposition’s speeches in the ongoing session.
National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq said that, “I did not stop Pakistan Television from telecasting the speeches of opposition members said that there was no issue of assembly’s rules regarding live coverage of the session”.
Khursheed Shah send letter to National Assembly Speaker. The letter said the opposition’s news coverage was ‘discriminatory, selective and biased’ and recommended that live Internet streaming of the house proceedings may be started at the earliest so that the supporters can watch the views of their representatives.
Moreover Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) also submitted an adjournment motion to the National Assembly Secretariat on the PTV’s blackout of opposition speeches.
Shah said it was disappointing that the PTV often telecasted selective coverage of the National Assembly debates.
He said the national channel PTV usually focus and broadcast the government’s point of view and gave little to the speeches of opposition.
The opposition leader said he had stressed this issue several times on the floor of the House and even pointed out the date. He said that recently on February 16 in answer to that a meeting was summoned in the speaker’s chamber on this issue in which Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid had assured that such discrimination will not occur in future.