ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Ch. Fawad said here today the use of modern digital technology was imperative for media advancement.
He was addressing the launching ceremony of Medialab, a private sector venture aimed at identifying, supporting and accelerating early-stage innovative media start-up ideas focused on technology-based innovation in digital media and creating original content, or other digital media products. He said both the electronic and print media should adopt a business model depending on market forces to reduce their dependence on government advertisements. He said the government had added digital media in advertisement tools and one-third of the government advertisements were being allocated to digital media. Chaudhry Fawad said he had asked Facebook to open its office in Pakistan and it was keen to do so. He said the digital media market was expanding in the country but the problem was that money was going abroad and there was a need to tackle that issue. He said that newspapers were closing because the proprietors were unable to change with the passage of time. The advertisement scope for formal media was shrinking and shifting to digital media, he added. The minister urged the media industry to initiate research to know the effects of digital media on the formal media. He said the government had decided to transform the Associated Press of Pakistan into Digital Service of Pakistan.
The government was bringing a framework to regulate web TV, social media, and other media through one platform namely Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA), he said adding that one of the reasons behind the decision to constitute PMRA was that there was no remedy for the workers sacked by media houses. He said that the previous government increased the media budget which added its dependence on public sector advertisements which disturbed the feasibility of many media houses. He said that an Indian company had purchased a Pakistani drama serial for $ 450,000 dollars which were a good omen for local drama industry. He said that with the start of Pakistan Super League this month a major chunk of advertisements would go to sports channels instead of news channels. He said at a time when the government was unable to give subsidy to Hajj pilgrims, it would be impossible for it to take the burden of media and other businesses.
Later, talking to media informally, he said that as soon as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) personnel informed senior Punjab Minister Aleem Khan about his arrest, he immediately sent his resignation to the chief minister, which was a manifestation of culture difference between Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and other political parties. He said that the opposition used to claim that NAB did not arrest anybody from the government side, but now what excuse would it have after the arrest of Aleem Khan. The PTI fully supported the process of accountability and it stood by the national institutions as the strengthening of institutions would strengthen Pakistan, he added. To a question about the issuance of NAB notice to former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, he said that NAB was doing its job and the government had nothing to do with it.
PM Khan authorises armed forces to ‘respond decisively’ to any Indian misadventure
ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee has categorically denied Pakistan’s involvement in the Pulwama attack in which over 40 Indian troops were killed.
An NSC meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was held in Islamabad on Thursday.
The state is capable of protecting its people, PM Khan said, authorising the armed forces to “respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India”.
The NSC said that Pakistan has sincerely offered India its assistance to investigate the terror attack in Kashmir. Pakistan expects India to positively respond to its offer, the council said.
Pakistan will take action against anyone found using its soil for terrorism if India provides tangible evidence, the committee said.
MBS visit: Monday will be holiday in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Monday (February 18) will be a holiday for Islamabadians as the district magistrate has announced a ‘no work’ activity across the federal capital ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s visit to the country.
The public holiday has been declared within the revenue limits of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) for everyone but the offices of essential services.
These essential service offices include the MCI, CDA, ICT administration, ICT police, IESCO, SNGPL and hospitals.
MBS will arrive in the federal capital tomorrow (February 17) on a two-day visit following the invitation by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Science and technology park in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Science and Technology is all set to establish Science & Technology Park here to provide modern facilities facilitating scientific research.
The Park would be established in the federal capital in collaboration with COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), said an official while talking to the Media today. The government, in this regard, has allocated Rs50 million, the feasibility report of the project has been prepared by a renowned company.
Rector COMSATS University, Dr. Raheel Qamar held that Science and Technology Park would provide up-to-date facilities for scientific learning under one roof helping promote science and technology-related education. It would also help increase entrepreneurship across the country, he added. The project would be started soon as its feasibility report has been prepared.