Media will be facilitated in upcoming budget: Dar

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ISLAMABAD, MAY 22 (APP): Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said
Monday that all possible facilitation would be extended to electronic media, which along
with print media, was playing a key role as a bridge between the government and the
masses.
The Minister was talking to a delegation of the Pakistan Broadcasters Association
(PBA),led by its chairman Mian Amir Mehmood that called him here, according to press
statement issued by the Ministry here.
The delegation also included Mir Ibrahim, Secretary General PBA, Shakeel Masood, CEO
DAWN TV, Sultan Lakhani CEO, Express TV, Tahir A.Khan CEO, News One and Duraid
Qureshi CEO Hum TV.
The delegation discussed with the Minister budget proposals regarding taxation on
electronic media and apprised him of certain issues that needed redressal.
Finance Minister said the proposals would be accorded due consideration in the upcoming
budget.
He said all media, especially electronic media has the important task at hand to highlight
government’s efforts for economic development and people’s well being.
He said government fully utilized the feedback that media provides on its measures for
upkeep of different segments of the society.
This in turn helps in reshaping its policies in conformity with the people’s aspirations.
Government would continue to follow its policy of promoting the freedom of media in
letter and spirit in the country as enshrined in the constitution.
The visiting delegation thanked the Minister for a patient hearing of their suggestions
despite his hectic schedule and also lauded the government’s drive for inclusive and
sustainable economic growth and employment generation.
The delegation hoped that the best would come up for the people and media in the
upcoming budget.