October 17, 2018
ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered 11 news channels and media houses to pay off staff salaries, setting different deadlines for them to do so.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar was hearing a case about non-payment of pays to media workers by various news organizations.
The court set an October 31 deadline for Nawa-i-Waqt Group to disburse salaries for September and October. The group was ordered to ensure payments by the 10th day of each month.
The chief justice wondered that the owners of news organizations had properties abroad but did not have the money to pay their staff.
The court ordered Capital TV to submit copies of cheques after disbursement of salaries within three days and told BOL News to ensure payments to staffers all over Pakistan within one month.
Similarly, the Daily Times will be required to pay off salaries within one week.
Royal News and 7 News were among others ordered to clear all outstanding salaries and inform the Supreme Court after doing so.
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