Govt to probe Maryam’s media cell ‘confession’: Fawad

Responding to PML-N chief Maryam Nawaz’s “confession” of controlling the commercials of stories channels, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday mentioned that the federal government has determined to provoke a “serious inquiry” into the operations of the celebration’s media cell, being run by the previous.

Addressing a presser in Islamabad flanked by Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar, he mentioned Maryam doled out Rs18 billion from nationwide kitty to reward “blue-eyed journalists and media channels” at federal and Punjab ranges throughout PML-N’s final tenure.

Initially, Fawad mentioned 15 members had been made a part of the media cell and later, Rs20 million had been allotted for added recruitment and the cell was mandated to run focused media campaigns, he added.

“Handling of public funds by a private person is a crime under the jurisdiction of the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency), but also liable of disqualification,” he mentioned whereas mentioning that Maryam had already been disqualified below Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

The minister mentioned Maryam’s admission had proved as to how the PML-N carried out ‘systematic manipulation’ of the media throughout its final tenure.

While responding to a query relating to her audio tape about media commercials throughout a presser earlier right now, Maryam had admitted that, “I was operating the media cell then, and I haven’t said that it is a fabricated audio clip”.

She mentioned that the “leak audio clip” of former chief justice Saqib Nisar was proof of ex-top decide’s involvement in influencing the case in opposition to former premier Nawaz Sharif. The PML-N chief additional mentioned that Nisar had “murdered justice” and this alleged audio of his proved it past an inexpensive doubt.

Fawad in right now’s presser mentioned: “The [PML-N] media cell was responsible for selling advertisements worth Rs15 to Rs18 billion to certain news channels, and different journalists and media groups”.

“We will share updates of the inquiry with media in the next few days, as well as updates on the action taken [in this connection],” he added.

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According to Fawad, Maryam’s assertion was a “confession of running the notorious cell and using public funds for this purpose, which was both unethical and illegal”.

According to him, “the cell was used to reward some channels and punish others, in form of awarding the ads”.

Earlier, the data minister had mentioned in a tweet that this was one other confession of significant monetary irregularities from Sharif household.

“Maryam says that she was running the media cell of the party… after this confessional statement, I hope she and her family will also acknowledge owning the foreign properties… the nation is waiting,” he wrote on his official Twitter deal with.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib additionally mentioned in an announcement on social networking web site that Maryam Nawaz had admitted that she was the one who blocked the commercials to manage the Pakistani media.

“In what capacity Maryam Nawaz was using taxpayers’ money to protect her personal interest and theft… her hypocrisy on media freedom has come to the fore,” he tweeted.

PML-N’s response

Meanwhile, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has issued a clarification on the matter, saying that Maryam’s assertion was associated to celebration commercials. “It is an old audio in which Maryam Nawaz boldly told the truth,” she defined.

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Aurangzeb additional mentioned it was the celebration management that decides in regards to the commercial. “She [Maryam Nawaz] admitted it because there was nothing to hide. When something is not wrong, it is openly admitted.”

She added that there was no must create a storm on this audio clip and the main focus shouldn’t be diverted from the “real issue”.

The PML-N spokesperson urged the rulers to answer the alleged leaked audio clip of former chief justice which she mentioned pushed the 220 million folks of this nation into “the hell of inflation and unemployment”.

(With enter from APP)

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