PMDA invoice not ‘finalised’ but, Mazari responds to Opp’s criticism


Amid journalists’ protests towards the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) laws, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on Tuesday claimed that the draft has but to be given a “final shape” earlier than being despatched to the cupboard committee.

The minister stated that the draft has not been finalised, including that this has been confirmed by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry as properly. 

The remarks made by the minister got here a day after the opposition leaders, together with PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, visited a protest camp organised by the journalists on the D-Chowk in Islamabad. The opposition leaders had expressed solidarity with journalists and vowed to defeat the invoice in parliament.

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Responding to the remarks of the opposition leaders, Mazari puzzled what kind of invoice was the opposition speaking about because the draft has not been finalised but. She stated the PMDA invoice can be despatched to the cupboard committee that can ship it to the cupboard and after the approval of the cupboard, the invoice can be tabled within the National Assembly.

Furthermore, she urged journalists to urged Bilawal, who heads the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, to approve the invoice pertaining to the safety of journalists. Mazari stated the invoice, drafted in session with the stakeholders, has already been authorised by the sub-committee. 

Moreover, the human rights minister disclosed that Prime Minister Imran Khan has tasked the human rights ministry to carry “consultative meetings” with completely different stakeholders on how the federal government can take care of pretend information, defamation and rise in intercourse crimes.

After taking solutions from journalists, media watchdogs, legal professionals, ulemas, teachers, and rights advocacy teams, the federal government will chalk out a cohesive coverage primarily based on their suggestions.

PMDA invoice postponed?

According to sources, the federal government could postpone the proposed invoice for the subsequent 60 days after journalists expressed their reservations and staged protests over it. They stated that the difficulty can be taken within the federal cupboard assembly on Tuesday (at this time).

Sources stated the media authority invoice will now be dropped at the fore after addressing the reservations expressed by the stakeholders.

Sources within the authorities maintained that the invoice was not being tabled instantly in parliament and that consultations on its postponement had began. They additional stated that some senior ministers had suggested the premier to not “rush” with the invoice.

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