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Director news PTV convicted in sexual harassment case

ISLAMABAD: The government ombudsperson against provocation of ladies at working environment on Thursday indicted the director news Pakistan Television (PTV) in a lewd behavior case recorded by six ladies commentators of the state-run TV.

The ombudsperson, retired Justice Yasmin Abbasi, forced a Rs250,000 fine on Athar Farooq Bhuttar, the executive news PTV, and reprimanded him in the inappropriate behavior grumbling.

The news analysts in the dissension had blamed Mr Bhuttar for inappropriate behavior, mortification and applying offending conduct against them too different anchorpersons.

On June 8, the anchorpersons had composed a letter to the government serve for data and broadcasting expressing: “A few respectable female commentators sexually bugged, mortified and forced by the sitting executive news.”

As indicated by the letter, on the protests of the anchorpersons, a few years prior the then MD PTV, Mohammad Malik, had expelled Mr Bhuttar from the post. Notwithstanding, he was reestablished following a couple of months.

It said male grapples additionally had challenged the chief news for bringing about mental badgering to them. “The DN utilized notices and issued clarification letters to trap grapples,” it charged. Taking after the letter, the data service constituted a group, containing senior PTV authorities, to test the matter. While the matter was pending with the request group, the anchorpersons documented an objection with the ombudsperson.

Mr Bhuttar, then again, denied the affirmations and asserted under the watchful eye of the court that he was not liable. All the publication staff of the newsroom upheld Mr Bhuttar for the situation.

In an application, 80 correspondents, makers, sub-editors, interpreters and news editors – representing the vast majority of the article staff – asserted that “Mr Buttar is very expert and committed specialist who is serving the office throughout the previous 25 years. Not a solitary female colleague or subordinate made such assertions against him amid that period.”

It included: “The main issue which over and over brought on pressure in the newsroom is the late landing, inaccessibility, wrong elocution and state of mind of the reporters. The individuals who play out their obligations have never found any issue with [Mr Buttar].”

Whenever reached, Mr Bhuttar told Dawn that he would document a request against the ombudsperson’s request with the president of Pakistan.

He said the ombudsperson granted him a minor discipline and just rebuffed him.