Govt to protect interests of newspaper employees: Firdous
ISLAMABAD: The present democratic government will keep on pursuing policy of safeguarding the interests of journalists and workers affiliated with the media industry.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan stated this during a meeting with the delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), led by its President Pervaiz Shaukat.
Welcoming the decision of Supreme Court on implementation of 7th Wage Board Award, the minister said this would remove hurdles in the implementation of the Wage Board Award, which was envisioned by the Pakistan People’s Party leadership.
The minister said that economic well-being and independence of media go hand in hand and the government would take all possible steps for resolution of financial problems of the journalists and workers in the media industry. She said the government would play the role of a bridge between the newspaper employees and the proprietors for resolution of their differences.
The PFUJ delegation thanked the government for its cooperation on the issue of wage board award. They expressed the hope that the PPP leadership following the vision and policy of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto would play its role in early implementation of Wage Board Award.
PR adds: The PFUJ, meanwhile, expressed its gratitude to the lawyers who pleaded their case before the Supreme Court of Pakistan including leading counsel young barrister Salman Akram Raja, senior most lawyer Abid Hasan Manto, Asma Jehangir and Shaukat Siddqui.
Acknowledging the efforts of Rasheed A Razvi, Akhtar Hussain and Faiz Ghangro advocates before the High Court of Sindh which rendered a historic judgment which was ultimately held by the apex court, PFUJ President Parvaiz Shaukat and Secretary General Amin Yousuf said in a statement that community is short of words to praise the untiring efforts of these lawyers who represented the journalists, newspaper workers and other staff before the superior courts.
Source: The News