Employees oppose govt plan to take over Radio Pakistan’s land

Published July 18, 2021
The protesters announced that the PBC employees would not allow anyone to take over the precious land of the low power transmitter (LPT) and would resist the provincial government’s move. — Dawn/File
The protesters announced that the PBC employees would not allow anyone to take over the precious land of the low power transmitter (LPT) and would resist the provincial government’s move. — Dawn/File

QUETTA: Employees of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) have protested against what they claimed the Balochistan government’s plan to take over the precious land of Radio Pakistan and close some programmes from the Sariab transmitter.

A large number of the protesting employees, led by PBC’s United Staff Organisation chairman Ahmed Nawaz Niazi, gathered outside the PBC building here on Friday, carrying placards and banners inscribed with their demands. The protesters chanted slogans against the government and marched on roads.

They announced that the PBC employees would not allow anyone to take over the precious land of the low power transmitter (LPT) and would resist the provincial government’s move.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Niazi, organisation’s secretary general Mohammad Ejaz and president of Quetta zone Akhtar Baloch announced that the union would go to any extent to resist the provincial government’s plan to discontinue the Sout-ul-Quran transmission.

They said that 64 acres of precious land was purchased by Radio Pakistan from private owners for establishing the LPT transmitter in 1954 and since then it had been relaying radio programmes in different languages, including Brahvi, Balochi, Persian and Pashto, and defending the national narrative of Pakistan. “Radio Pakistan is guarding the frontiers of Pakistan through its regional and national programmes,” Mr Niazi said.

Published in Dawn, July 18th, 2021

Opinion

A crisis of trust?

A crisis of trust?

Most damaging fallout of the constant demonisation of opponents by political leaders is erosion of public trust in politicians.

Editorial

An unseemly dispute
08 Aug, 2022

An unseemly dispute

THERE is clarity, but perhaps not of the kind that Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial hoped to achieve when...
Unfair on taxpayers
Updated 08 Aug, 2022

Unfair on taxpayers

Unfair move has drawn valid criticism as it coincides with drastic increase in income tax on salaried people and corporates.
Polio nightmare
08 Aug, 2022

Polio nightmare

AS if the resurgence of polio in southern KP were not enough, officials and international monitoring bodies must now...
Political stunt
Updated 07 Aug, 2022

Political stunt

The former PM is attempting to make a very expensive point with his decision to contest all 9 NA seats going up for by-election.
Monsoon emergency
07 Aug, 2022

Monsoon emergency

AS another wet weather system has entered Pakistan, and the federal government has declared a “monsoon...
Taliban’s denial
07 Aug, 2022

Taliban’s denial

THE Afghan Taliban’s recent statement denying any knowledge of the now deceased Al Qaeda chief Ayman...