ISLAMABAD: SC summons Geo Jang Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to appear before it tomorrow (17th day of April) to explain why his media group’s employees had not been paid last three month salaries.
The bench was hearing case about the media commission formed by SC back in 2013 in order to review major points of concern in the industry against the Court Formulated Terms of References (ToRs).
CJ told some reporters who had approached him were hired for only Rs. 12,000/m even that amount at times was not paid for months.
Illegal TV channel turned down by PEMRA
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Tuesday taking action against illegal television (TV) channel registered
According to PEMRA notification, the FIR was filed by Deputy General Manager PEMRA maintaining in the report that Malik Muhammad Yamin Awan was broadcasting illegal TV channel from a residential building in Faisal Town, Lahore with different names of GTV, Sabz Baat, Great which was a violation of PEMRA Ordinance article 19.
It is pertinent to mention that Awan was frequently issued notices by the Authority, however, his company never replied.
His channel was also involved in publicizing foreign content and the company was operating with various names.
It tried to evade the Authority by uplinking from different locations, the notice added.
PEMRA has written a letter to PAKSAT reminding it that the company’s broadcast is illegal and should suspend its uplinking with immediate effect. The Authority has also canceled Mohammad Yamin Awan’s Cable TV license for violating PEMRA laws.
PTI govt gives priority to national security: Afridi
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi Tuesday said national security remained at stake during the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government as all the borders of the country were not secure.
The statements given by former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the parliament in that regard were part of the record, he said while talking to a private news channel.
He said the incumbent government was giving top priority to the national security and taking concrete measures for the purpose.
The minister said during the previous governments, state land was used by the elite as their personal property and on the other side, the common man remained deprived of basic necessities of life, particularly clean drinking water.
Contracts of government projects, he said, were awarded to the blue-eyed as e-tendering was not in vogue during the past regimes. PEMRA ordinance and other laws were violated by the PML-N government, he added.
Shehryar Afridi alleged that PML-N’s finance minister Miftah Ismail had presented wrong figures in the parliament regarding the economy, and facts and figures in that regard would be presented before the nation.
Replying to a question, he said Saudi Arabia would become a big partner in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. It would invest almost $10 billion in the project and a high-level Saudi delegation was due here in a couple of days. he added.
He said the opposition had the right to criticise government policies as it was the beauty of a democratic system, but it should not be for point scoring. The opposition was criticizing only those persons, who had always supported Prime Minister Imran Khan. Zulfi Bukhari, who was a pride of the country, was one of them who was under criticism for standing with his leader, he added.
He said Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar hailed from the middle class and he would prove that he was capable of the office entrusted to him by Imran Khan through his performance and good governance in the province.
Pak-Swiss FMs discuss cooperation: UN
MANHATTAN: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday discussed with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis steps to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly taking place in New York. An official statement said, they discussed a wide range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest and expressed satisfaction on the current state of relations.
The two foreign ministers agreed to celebrate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in a befitting manner.
Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated the development work undertaken by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) in the socio-economic sectors in Pakistan.
He emphasized the need to increase bilateral trade, encourage investment, promote education, augment business linkages and facilitate people to people contacts.
The two foreign ministers agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in all areas, including political, trade and economic, defense and security, cultural and educational relations, the statement added.