September 25, 2019
ISLAMABAD — A senior journalist has questioned the Nawa-e-Waqt newspaper management’s decision to pay July 2019 wages to its staff while not disbursing salaries for the first six months of the year.
Khaleeq Kiani, who works for Dawn, disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the staff was paid the July salary on Wednesday. But he wondered where did the six months of unpaid wages go.
Kiani has regularly highlighted the plight of Nawa-e-Waqt workers who have gone eight months without getting paid.
A one-month wage for cash-starved employees seems too little too late as many of them have reportedly withdrawn their children from schools, and some have sent their wives and children back to their native villages.
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