Bomb blast APNS slams government for indifference
PESHAWAR- The All Pakistan Newspapers Society condemned the bomb blast at the offices of Nawa-i-Waqt, bomb scare at Jang and Dawn offices and the consistent indifference of the federal government to book the culprits and provide security to the newspapers offices and their workers.
In a resolution, the APNS executive committee, endorsed the decisions taken at the CPNE meeting. The committee considered the letter of the federal information secretary inviting the APNS to hold talks with the authorities, said a press release.
It decided to form a joint action committee comprising the presidents of the APNS and the CPNE to apprise the competent authorities of the demands of the print media.
The committee was authorized to finalize the date of the protest day and chalk out its line of action if the demands of the newspapers industry were not accepted.
The executive committee observed that the situation had so aggravated that it warranted an immediate intervention of Chief Executive Gen Pervez Musharraf.
It regretted that despite the ongoing process of consultations on the press laws, the government had unilaterally finalized the draft of the freedom of information act.
Through another resolution, the members reiterated that the government should immediately withdraw the GST and customs duty from the import of newsprint.