The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Thursday set up a committee to probe Maryam Nawaz’s admission that a viral audio clip in which she can be heard instructing someone to stop ads to certain TV channels was authentic.
The PML-N vice president had admitted in a press conference a day earlier that the audio related to stopping the advertisements for certain channels was her’s, to which federal ministers had strongly reacted.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday had lashed out at the PML-N vice president, alleging that the latter doled out Rs18 billion from national kitty to reward blue-eyed journalists and media channels at federal and Punjab levels during the party’s last tenure.
The inquiry committee would report its findings on any irregularities found in the allotment of advertisements issued to media organisations during the PML-N government’s last tenure.
Fawad had stated that Maryam’s confession of controlling advertisements was another admission of serious financial irregularities and hoped that she would also confess to her properties abroad.
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In the audio that went viral on social media, Maryam can be heard instructing someone that no advertisement will go to certain channels that she named.
A day earlier, Fawad had said admission of Maryam of curtailing or blocking advertisements for specific television channels was certainly an immoral and illegal act.
PFUJ to move SC against Maryam
Hours after PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz confirmed the authenticity of the audio clip, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) came out to vehemently condemn what it described as the act akin to “stifling the media and financial exploitation of journalists”.
In a statement, Rana Muhammad Azeem, secretary-general of the PFUJ, went on to announce that the organisation would move the Supreme Court against the PML-N leader, seeking a trial against her.