The Chairman Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting sought details of advertisements received by the channels during the PML-N regime. Senator Faisal Javed said that how is it possible that TV channels run the data of old advertisements and the committee has nothing.
Senator Irfan Siddiqui demanded an inquiry into the advertisements given during the rule of former President Pervez Musharraf.
According to details, a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Faisal Javed Khan. A prayer for forgiveness was offered on the demise of senior journalist Zia-ud-Din. Standing Committee postpones action on Access to Information Bill 2020 The bill was processed due to the absence of a dynamic bill.
Briefing the meeting, Minister of State Farrukh Habib said that some special media groups have been awarded in the past. In what capacity can a former prime minister’s daughter talk about advertising or not? Some channels get more ads than they need, while others get less. The details of the advertisements of the previous governments and the present government are going to be revealed.
He said that the daughter of a former prime minister had also accepted the call and was telling the facts that the media houses which were being asked not to give advertisements had really received less advertisements. Senator Irfan Siddiqui said that right now you are finalizing the report and making allegations against someone first without any evidence. If you want to check the quality of advertisements, then check from 1999. We are grabbing the collar of political governments but why not grab the collar of dictator Pervez Musharraf’s era.
Farrukh Habib said that this issue would not have arisen immediately if the phone call of a party’s vice president had not come to light. Let us first take a look at how the governments of the three parties gave advertisements. The initial record that exists is ready to give. The Minister of State said that media workers were committing suicide due to non-receipt of salaries for ten months.
Senator Irfan Siddiqui said that so far we have not got the record of this data. You can’t say anything until something comes up.