ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday termed the release of Wikileaks reports as a conspiracy to harm relations among the Muslim countries.
“Wikileaks’ aim behind the release of the reports is just to disturb the relations among the Muslim countries,” noted all the members of the NA committee at a meeting, which was held in the Parliament House under the chairmanship of MNA Belum Hasnain.
Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Mansoor Suhail informed the committee that disbursement of government advertisements to newspapers was made judiciously and transparently as well as on equitable basis to promote the interests of the regional papers.
He added that the government advertisements were released only to those newspapers which were linked with the central media list.The secretary said that the ministry was making its best efforts to make the payments to newspapers/advertising agencies on account of government advertisements at the earliest. He said the government has made payment of Rs 971 million as dues to various newspapers.
The committee observed that the performance of Pemra was not satisfactory which needed to be evaluated as it was not monitoring the display of foreign content especially the Indian television channels telecast on the local television channels which were opponent to our cultural and Islamic values.
The committee asked Pemra to make effective monitoring system on such programmes. The secretary informed the house that a sophisticated system to monitor such programme has been installed.
The committee while being briefed on the Pakistan Press Sections abroad opined that the press sections are needed to be opened in the African and Latin American countries which have the potential economy.
The secretary informed that summary has been submitted for the approval for opening press sections in Nairobi (Kenya) as well as in certain Latin American countries. He informed that press sections and appointment of press officers in the Italy is in the process.
Samina Mushtaq Pugganwala, Rana Nazir Ahmed Khan, Begum Nuzhat Sadiq, Shireen Arshad Khan, Bushra Rehman Farhat Muhammad Khan, Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, and Shahzada Muhammad Mahboob Sultan also attended the meeting.