Minister seeks resolution of APP’s issues in light of BoDs directive

ISLAMABAD, Jun 28 (APP): Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi on Tuesday raised the issues of the journalist community including Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), a national news agency, whose staffers were staging their protest at the Constitutional Avenue for their due rights.

Speaking in National Assembly (NA), he urged the authorities concerned to meet the valid demands of the APP staffers as per directive of its Board of Directors (BoDs) such as disparity allowance, conversion of their grades to Basic Pay Scale (BPS) and honorarium etc.

He also pointed out the manhandling of court reporters by B4U – a private investment company’s owner Adnan Malik and his accomplices at the Accountability Court Islamabad’s premises while they were covering a particular case.

NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf also urged the ministry concerned to look into matter and address the journalist community’s issues on priority.

Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA) President Siddique Sajid along with the journalists walked out from the NA proceedings in a bid to bring the journalist fraternity’s issues in the limelight of the august House.

NA Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani accompanied with his colleague Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry approached the PRA president in the Press Lounge and heard the grievances of the journalist community.

The PRA President Siddique Sajid urged them to fulfill all the legitimate demands of APP staffers on the immediate basis as their BoDs was already approved.

He further asked to take action against the culprits who brutally attacked the court reporters belonging to various media houses including Haseeb Malik, Tahir Naseer, Rizwan Kazi and Usman.

Zahid Durrani and Junaid Chaudhry assured the journalists’ respective forum’s president for their support and