Chief Justice Chairs Meeting for Release of Dues of Electronic Media
Survival and Sustenance of the Media Workers Discussed
Lahore: Chief Justice, Pakistan chairs meeting for release of dues of electronic media.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar chaired a meeting regarding release of pending dues of electronic media. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister Finance, Federal Minister Information, Broadcasting and Heritage, Minister Information, Government of Sindh, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Federal Secretary Ministry of Information, Provincial Secretaries Information, Sindh and Punjab.
Chairman Pakistan Broadcast Association (PBA) and members of its Executive body also attended the meeting.
At the outset of meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan told the participants that meeting is being conducted in the backdrop of salary issue of media personnel that are not paid monthly salaries by their owners and they are being deprived of their jobs.
Most of the media houses are trying to shut their business on account of non-payment of dues by the Federal as well as Provincial Governments. This issue is connected with survival and sustenance of the media workers, right to life which is a fundamental right of every citizen of Pakistan.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan asked to all media houses and owners, not to deprive the media workers of their jobs on account of non-payment of dues by the government.
The meeting deliberated upon issues and discussed in detail different ways and means to resolve the issue. The meeting decided that the Federal Government will verify the claims of media houses and will suggest roadmap for release of dues to the media houses within a period of four weeks.
However, Government Punjab, Sindh and KPK conceded that payments due will be resolved within four weeks subject to verification of claims.
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