Radio, PTV directed to provide equal time to all political parties: Zafar

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ISLAMABAD, Jul 21 (APP):Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Barrister Syed Ali Zafar Saturday said that Radio
Pakistan and Pakistan Television have been instructed to provide equal time to all political parties to freely present their manifestos, programmes and agenda on national medium.
Responding to a commenced motion in Senate, he said official media is providing ample
opportunities to country’s political parties to present their future programmes.
Categorically rejecting the allegations levelled on official media, he said that the government did not believe in
censorship and articles 19 and 19A were being religiously followed. Pakistan
Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and official media has been granted
complete independence by the interim government.
He said the basic responsibility of Pakistan Army is to provide enabling
environment to voters in polling stations. Pakistan Army officials deployed for
election was also following the code of conduct. Some designated Armed forces
officers have been granted the magestrial powers but not those who will be deployed at the
polling stations. The list of these officials will be submitted to Senate Secretariat.
He said the Returning Officers (ROs) would directly send the snapshots of their results to election
commission. Security issues were foremost importance during the elections. Such
allegations were also leveled in last general elections as enemies wanted to create
a wedge in the society. Holding free, fair and transparent elections is the constitutional
responsibility of Election Commission.