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PFUJ condoles death of Mustansar Abbas, condemns Public News

ISLAMABAD: G.M. Jamali, President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Secretary General Rana Muhammad Azeem have strongly condemned Public News for not paying salary for 4 years to its Lahore-based journalist Mustansar Abbas, who was financially destroyed and due to extreme stress ultimately died of cardiac arrest on Friday 13th March.

PFUJ leadership, while expressing their heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved family of deceased journalist Mustansar Abbas, have demanded the authorities to take action against the owners of the Public News who were responsible for Mustansar’s death and pay compensation to his family. G.M. Jamali and Rana Azeem said that Government should take action against all such media organizations who were not paying salaries to their staff.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz  expressed grief over the demise of journalist Mustansar Abbas. Shibli said the government would take all possible steps to ensure the welfare and protection of the rights of journalists and media workers.

It may be recalled that this is not an isolated case. Such tragedies had occurred earlier too. For instance, in the month of January, 2021 too Capital TV Cameraman Fayyaz Ali died due to non-payment of salaries. He too was suffering from severe stress due to financial crisis as his employers had not paid him salaries for the last ten months. He suffered from cardiac arrest when termination letter was handed over to him and died the next day.

At that time too G. M. Jamali and Rana Azeem had condemned the owners of Capital TV for their anti-worker policies. They said that the management of Capital TV should be held accountable for the tragedy. They demanded the government to initiate legal action against the management. They said that voice would be raised at all the possible forums in order to get justice for Fayyaz Ali.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.