Published On: Fri, Apr 8th, 2016

Govt rejects Imran’s demand for PTV address



ISLAMABAD: Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Friday rejected a PTI’s demand for live telecast of Imran Khan’s address to the nation on state-run Pakistan Television (PTV).

“Only President and Prime Minister have the right to address the nation on state television,” Rashid said.

“If we allow one member to use PTV for his address, we will have to give this opportunity to more than 400 members,” he said. “If all are allowed to do so, there will be no end to speeches throughout the year,” he maintained.

He urged Imran Khan to approach independent media for this purpose.

“Media is independent. Imran Khan can address a news conference,” he said. Rashid recalled that Imran Khan used to make live addresses during his sit-in.

Similarly, PTV Chairman Ata ul Haq Qasmi also rejected the PTI’s demand.

“It is beyond my mandate to allow opposition to address the nation using PTV,” he said, adding that information ministry should be approached for this purpose.

News Source SAMA

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