'PBC officials visit abroad to discharge duties' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

‘PBC officials visit abroad to discharge duties’

ISLAMABAD: A news story published in The Nation on February 1 regarding foreign visits of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) officials is misleading and distorted.

A press release issued by the PBC says facts and figures about the issue have not been correctly reported.

The factual position about the visits of PBC officials abroad to cover the visits of the president and prime Minister was laid before the Senate on Tuesday. It shows that there is nothing to hide on behalf of the PBC as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan clearly stated that it was mandatory for the national media to cover the official visits of the head of state and chief executive to foreign countries.

The PBC officials travelled abroad to fulfil their official responsibilities.

The PBC director-general PBC accompanied the president six times and not thirteen times as claimed in the story to cover the visits.

It is pointed out that he visited Mongolia, India, Japan, China and Vietnam as the head of PBC as the organization is a member of ABU and AIBD and is on their administrative bodies. Therefore, its head has to attend the meetings of these organisations.

The present Director-General, Murtaza Solangi, is also the vice-president of ABU.

It is also pointed out that Murtaza Solangi never visited Switzerland, Belgium, UAE, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, the Netherlands and Kuwait on official visits as impression given in the story. He only visited the US, China, Russia, Turkey, Jordan, and Uzbekistan to cover the visits of the president.

Source: The Nation