Govt to announce new advt policy in few weeks

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information & Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan displaying cheques of arrears of media industry in the presence of APNS members, representatives of Journalists' bodies and the Principal Information Officer, here Friday. - PID photo

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has said the government will announce new advertisement policy in the next few weeks after consultation with all the stakeholders.
She was speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad on Friday in connection with the release of advertisement funds to the media houses.
The special assistant said the new advertisement policy will ensure protection of rights of media workers and their job and social security.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said the federal government is releasing today an outstanding amount of 190 million rupees to the media houses and it will gradually clear the entire pending amount.
She pointed out that the Punjab government has already released funds to the media houses while the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will also release the funds very soon.
The special assistant urged the media owners to release salaries to the media workers before Eidul Fitr.
She said an independent and sovereign media is important to strengthen the foundations of Naya Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday stated that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz expressed her frustration with indecent language.
In a tweet, Dr Firdous said that Maryam Nawaz is afraid of Imran Khan’s success as prime minister.
Earlier, Dr Firdous said the purpose of amnesty scheme was to provide an opportunity to the people for legalization of their black and grey money.
She said the present government wanted to bring back the money of those hiding their suspicious accounts abroad. This step would help reduce inflation besides improving the national economy, she added.
The special assistant said that those found involved in concealing their accounts abroad, would be dealt with iron hands.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said the purpose of amnesty scheme is to provide an opportunity to the people for legalization of their black and grey money.
Talking to a private news channel, she said the present government wanted to bring back the money of those hiding their suspicious accounts abroad.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the step would help reduce inflation besides improving the national economy.
To a question, the special assistant said that those found involved in concealing their accounts abroad, would be dealt with iron hands.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his important message to the nation, urged all Pakistanis to take advantage of the asset declaration scheme, and save themselves from any kind of trouble.
“Today I want to speak with you on an important issue facing the country. Out of 220 million Pakistanis, only one per cent are tax filers, which means this one per cent Pakistanis were bearing the burden of the total 220 million,” Khan said in his video message.
“This is impossible. No state can serve its people if they do not pay tax. Because of the fact that people do not pay tax, neither can we establish hospitals for citizens, nor the schools for children, the infrastructure cannot be fixed and government has to take loans.”
He said that was why the government brought a scheme for citizens to declare their benami assets.
“This is the easiest scheme, which is valid until June 30. This is a chance for you to declare whichever benami properties or bank accounts you have,” the prime minister said. “You won’t get this chance after June 30.”
He said the tax authorities were receiving bulk of information on citizens with undeclared assets in the country of abroad.
“The institutions have access to all information and they are receiving more information every day.
Pakistanis’ bank accounts and assets abroad and within the country, institutions are getting all this information,” Khan said.
“It is much better for you to serve your country by declaring your assets. That would help us secure future of our children, we can help the country stand on its own and uplift the poor, and above all you can also sleep in peace.
“You won’t be worried as to some institution might trouble you, once your assets are declared. This is good for all,” he said further.
The prime minister said if the people declared their undeclared assets, then this would also be good for the country too, which was currently facing an economic slowdown.
“In the end the most important thing, this would also steer the country out of this difficult phase,” he said.
“And I guarantee you that the money collected from your taxes would be spent on you and this country,” Khan assured.”I would not let this money to be misappropriated,” he promised. – NNI