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Govt makes changes in draft of Swiss letter: Kaira

October 04, 2012

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman. – File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: On the directives of the Supreme Court, the government would submit an amended draft of the letter to be written to Swiss courts on Friday, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Thursday.

Talking to reporters at the Parliament House after attending a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, he said the government was sincere and wanted to settle the issue to the satisfaction of the court.

He said the law minister would share with media government’s point of view (on the issue) because it was a legal matter.

Earlier, Mr Kaira said at the committee meeting that there was no plan to make any change in the government’s advertisement policy. He said the information ministry had written a letter to the prime minister calling for proper implementation of the present policy. The PM had issued directives for implementation of the centralised advertisement policy in letter and spirit.

He said that the issue of dues of newspapers surfaced frequently because some (government) institutions got their advertisements released without having fund allocated for the purpose.

The directives issued by the prime minister said that government rules should be (strictly) followed and all advertisements should be released to newspapers through the Press Information Department.

He said all advertisements could not be given only on the base of circulation because the PID released some advertisements keeping in mind the target readers.—APP