PM promises PTV coverage for parliament
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali told the National Assembly on Friday that the government was drawing up a new policy so that the parliamentary proceedings would be covered by Pakistan Television (PTV).
“The government is making a new policy for the coverage of the parliamentary proceedings, but it (proceedings) will not be included in the regular news bulletin. One hour will be allocated for the purpose,” the prime minister said, responding to a call-attention-notice moved by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).
Prime Minister Jamali assured the house that the new policy would be designed in consultation with the opposition members.
He advised the members not to be egotistic about the PTV coverage issue. He said that under the rules, the members could not argue with the speaker. After the prime minister’s statement, MMA’s Maulana Asadullah Bhutto did not press the motion and the speaker disposed of it.
Earlier, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that it was not possible to cover every member’s activities in a short news bulletin. He rejected criticism by MMA’s Akbar Chitarli for giving seven hours to cricketers and ignoring people’s representatives. “PTV has earned Rs 2 million from the Pakistan-India cricket matches,” he retorted. —Shaukat Piracha