JournalismPakistan.com August 07, 2015
ISLAMBAD: Shaharyar Khan, President National Press Club Friday dismissed as false a DawnNews Television report that claimed Capital Development Authority (CDA) had fined them Rs30000 for felling trees.
The channel reported nine trees and 11 other plants on the club's lawns were chopped and this could lead to arrests of relevant persons if fine was not paid on time. Talking to JournalismPakistan.com, Khan rebutted veracity of the report saying, “nobody has cut trees on the premises of the club. It is false news.”
He said that if a journalist has got any grievances against the club, he should raise them in the General Body meeting instead of doing false stories.
“The reporter has run the story just to settle a score with the club's office-bearers,” he said, adding that opponents of NPC office-bearers should prepare to contest the next election instead of resorting to blackmailing through baseless stories.
He said the NPC management has planted hundreds of saplings on the club lawns to enhance greenery and vegetation. “We can’t even think of cutting trees. The news run by DawnNews is just propaganda,” he said.
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