October 24, 2018
ISLAMABAD - The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar chaired a meeting regarding payment of dues of electronic media employees on Wednesday, says a press release.
Federal ministers for finance, and information, broadcasting and heritage, information minister of Sindh, federal secretaries Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Information, provincial secretaries of information Sindh and Punjab attended the meeting. Also present was chairman of Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) and members of its executive body.
At the outset, the chief justice told the participants that the meeting is being conducted in the backdrop of salary issue of media persons who are not paid monthly salaries by their owners and deprived of their jobs.
Most of the media houses are trying to shut their businesses on account of nonpayment of dues by the federal as well as provincial governments. This issue is connected with the survival and sustenance of the media workers, the right to life which is a fundamental right of every citizen, he said.
The chief justice asked all media houses and owners, not to deprive the 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 house decided that the federal government will verify the claims of media houses and suggest a roadmap for the release of dues to the media houses within four weeks.
However, the Governments Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa conceded that payments dues would be resolved within four weeks subject to verification of claims.
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The Express Tribune, November 11, 2016