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Senate committee to grill PTV bosses over live broadcast of minister’s speech

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ISLAMABAD: A committee of the upper house of parliament will take up a privilege motion against Pakistan Television (PTV) on Monday for broadcasting the speech of a minister live without the permission of Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani. The privilege motion against PTV — the first of its kind — is part of a four-point agenda […]

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Draft of ‘Right to Information’ law finalised

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ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians from across the political divide have succeeded in drafting a very powerful Right to Information (RTI) law which, if passed, will change the information landscape of the country. The draft “Right to Information Act, 2014”, a copy of which is available with The News, not only binds the government to share information about […]

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Senate committee on human rights initiates 3-day discussion

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GILGIT: A delegation comprising senators intending to probe human rights issues in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) kicked off its three-day discussion in Gilgit on Monday. The nine-member committee is being led by Senator Afrasiab Khattak while senators Farhatullah Babar, Mushahid Hussain, Nasreen Jalil, Talha Mahmood and Zahid Khan are also part of the delegation among others. The […]

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Senate committee asks govt to unblock YouTube

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights on Monday recommened that the government unblock the YouTube in Pakistan. A resolution, which was passed unanimously, said the ban be overturned as no such provision was in place in any other Muslim country. Committee chairman Afrasiab Khattak of the Awami National Party, while reading the resolution, […]

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Senate Committee to hear details of 3G, 4G auction today

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ISLAMABAD: A Senate Committee will today listen to the version of the government on various key matters related to the 3G and 4G auctions. The committee will hear about the “legal justification of constituting the auction committee that supersedes the powers/authority of PTA” (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) “in violation of the laws.” The forum on information […]

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Registration of anti-terrorist case against TV channel against freedom of expression: Senate committee

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ISLAMABAD: Expressing its displeasure over registration of a case under anti-terrorist law against a private TV news channel, the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Monday directed the Balochistan government to refrain from registration of cases against media. The committee meeting chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha said that FIR against a private TV […]

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PTV accused of steering clear of bidding process

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Monday lambasted the management of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) for its failure to purchase the broadcasting rights of two upcoming cricket series against South Africa and Sri Lanka and rejected PTV’s argument for not bidding in the process. The Senate committee has also summoned former […]

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