NWFP government assures APNS of dues clearance shortly
KARACHI (September 19 2003): The Frontier government has assured the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) that it would clear the long outstanding arrears, make equitable distribution of government advertisements and resolve the problems faced by the print media in the province at the earliest, a spokesman of the APNS said.
APNS Secretary General Mohammad Aslam Kazi said that the executive committee of the society met in Peshawar under the chairmanship of its President Arif Nizami. The meeting focused on the problems faced by the newspapers in the province.
NWFP Information Minister Asif Iqbal was also present on the occasion on the special invitation to personally note the reservations expressed by the members of the APNS.Pir Sufaid Shah Hamdard, convener, provincial committee, read out the report of the committee on the grievances of the newspapers in the province.
He said that the dues of newspapers against the provincial government worth Rs 35 million were outstanding for long. He also expressed his concern on the scrutiny committee established by the provincial government, whereas no such committee existed elsewhere in the country.
He requested equitable distribution of government advertisements to the genuine newspapers, adding that these advertisements were also being issued to the Punjab-based publications, whereas the Frontier publications were not being released advertisements by other provincial governments.
Source: Business Recorder