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Sherry denies distributing Rs 500 million among journalists

RECORDER REPORT

ISLAMABAD (January 17 2009): Information Minister Sherry Rehman on Friday denied reports of distributing Rs 500 million among journalists from secret agency fund. Responding to a point of order raised by PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal in National Assembly, she said that the ministry is spending funds for the welfare of all the journalists and not on any individual.

She further said that neither the ministry has discretionary funds, nor it has fiscal space for spending money for such purpose. Earlier, Ahsan Iqbal pointed out that it was reported in a section of the press that government has disbursed Rs 500 million among some senior journalists from secret funds of an agency in a bid to please them for not writing/speaking against the government.

Source: Business Recorder

Date:1/17/2009