September 26, 2018
ISLAMABAD – The government on Wednesday withdrew its plan to lease out the Radio Pakistan Headquarter building after protests by employees.
Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs announced that the government had reached an agreement with the staff members and that the plan to give the building on a long-term lease dropped for the time being.
Last week, the Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had directed the director general of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) to prepare a proposal to lease out the building.
The plan was to shift the headquarters to the Pakistan Broadcasting Academy in H-9.
The radio employees saw the plan as absurd. They pointed out that the H-9 academy did not have space to accommodate the entire headquarter staff and broadcasting equipment.
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