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Concern over move to relax timings on PTV

ISLAMABAD – The Network for Consumer Protection has expressed concern over a recent debate held by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information on relaxing timings on the state-owned Pakistan television for airing tobacco advertisements. Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad on August 9, executive coordinator of the Network Dr. Zafar Mirza said the plea […]


Najam likely to be PTV World GM

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Television (PTV) management has decided to appoint Khawaja Najamul Hassan, the General Manager of PTV, Islamabad centre as General Manager of PTV World, it is learnt. A source said, Khawaja Najamul Hassan would assume the charge on August 16. He said, Farmanullah Jan is expected to replace outgoing GM of PTV, Islamabad […]


PPF & TAF Workshop, Sukkur

Date: August 10 — 12, 2004 Location: Sukkur A three-day Journalism Training Workshop was organized by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in collaboration with The Asia Foundation (TAF) at Interpak Inn, Sukkur from August 10 — 12, 2004. The theme of the workshop was Media and Democratic Governance with special focus on Peace. This was the […]


Separate varsity for women demanded

KARACHI – The aim of the government, it seems, is to invite women and girls out of their homes. This was stated on August 8 by speakers at an event held by the Islami Jamiat-i­Talibaat in connection with its movement for establishment of a women’s uriversity. Speaking as chairperson of the event, MPA Kulsoom Nizamani […]


50 PTV channels by November

ISLAMABAD – The Managing Director of Pakistan Television Akhtar Waqar Azeem said that they would start PTV Direct to Home (DTH) from November 26 Fifty channels will be broadcast in first phase. He said that nine parties were interested in PTV DTH but it had scrutinised three. He said that they would hold meetings with […]


Journalist demands arrest of son’s killers

HYDERABAD – Senior journalist Mevo Khan alias Perwano Bhatti has criticised failure of Qasimabad police to arrest known killers of his on Gul Bhatti who was killed by three persons at outer gate of Abdullah Center Qasimabad on July 28, 2004. Addressing news conference in Hyderabad on August 6 he said Dr Mazhar Memon and […]


7th wage award issue will be solved

PESHAWAR – Provincial Information Minister Asif Iqbal Daudzai on August 7 said the issue of 7th Wage Board Award would meet its logical end as the sub-committee formed by the federal cabinet was working on the matter and likely to come through with its recommendations shortly. He was speaking at a function held in Peshawar […]


Women performing good in NWFP judiciary

PESHAWAR – Female judges and lawyers across the NWFP, which has always been wrongly criticised for injustice with woman folk, are performing much better in judiciary and have become role model for those youngsters who are keen to play their role in providing justice to the public. The NWFP is the first province of the […]


Defamation a criminal offence

The government of Pakistan on July 29, introduced proposed amendments in the defamation bill in National Assembly under which defamation had been declared a “criminal offence”. Seeking amendments in the Defamation Ordinance 2002, the bill proposes to increase the imprisonment from three months to one year and the fine from Rs 50,000 to Rs 300,000 […]


Pakistan Govt proposes defamation bill

The government of Pakistan on July 29, introduced proposed amendments in the defamation bill in National Assembly under which defamation had been declared a “criminal offence”. Seeking amendments in the Defamation Ordinance 2002, the bill proposes to increase the imprisonment from three months to one year and the fine from Rs 50,000 to Rs 300,000 […]


CPNE rejects changes in defamation law

KARACHI – The Sindh Committee of the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) at a meeting held in Karachi on August 3 adopted a resolution rejecting the amendments proposed by the federal government to the Defamation Ordinance of 2002. The meeting decided to convey the viewpoint of the committee on the amendment bill to members […]


APNS, CPNE criticize defamation bill

KARACHI – The All-Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have severely criticized the Defamation Bill presented by the government in the National Assembly. Rejecting the bill, the APNS said that while the country was facing a ‘high tide of terrorism’, the government had chosen to ‘terrorize’ the press by […]


Govt out to terrorise press, says APNS

KARACHI – “While the country is facing high tide of terrorism, the government has chosen to terrorise the press by further blackening the existing draconian Defamation Ordinance 2002,” stated spokesman of All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS). Syed Fasih Iqbal, acting President and Muhamamd Aslam Kazi, Secretary General, APNS rejected both the motivation and rationale contained […]


ARD files two amendments

ISLAMABAD – The Alliance for Restoration of Democracy on August 2 filed two separate amendments with the National Assembly to the proposed Defamation (Amendment) Bill-2004. ARD Parliamentary Group Secretary Izhar Amrohvi told Business Recorder in Islamabad that through the amendments, ARD proposed that the bill be referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology, as the […]