Opposition leaders oppose the bill granting Powers to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulating Authority (PEMRA)
Islamabad, Pakistan: Opposition leaders in Senate blocked the passage of a bill empowering PEMRA to take notice against Telecommunication Channels not paying wages to their employees.
Member of Pakistans People Party PPP Raza Rabbani showed his concerns over the PEMRA.
He said that he did not doubt the intentions of Senator Faisal Javed who moved the legislation. As the bill in its core meaning aims to protect the working right of Telecommunication Channels journalists.
Raza Rabbani said that although the bill aimed to benefit journalists PEMRA has an infamous record of oppression of the factual truth. He expressed his reservation that granting PEMRA the authority, it may misemploy the law.
The People Party PPP senator expressed his own viewpoint that he thinks the media in the country is oppressed, and journalists are being abducted whereas the government said the actor abducting of journalists is a precarious problem.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz senator Pervaiz Rasheed also did not support the bill.
The mover of the bill Faisal Javed stated that the PEMRA bill guarantee signing, renewal, and adjustment of legal contracts between TV journalists and their employers.
He said PEMRA should be given this authority as it will ensure the payment of salaries and protection of legal contracts of journalists.
In Senate as the Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Minister for Information accused the opposition PDM of breaching article 19 of the Constitution in Quetta meeting this Sunday, the opposition made a walkout.
The senator also blamed that PPP senator Raza Rabbani only wants a partial and selective constitution.
The bill could not be passed after the walking out session of the opposition.