Govt opposes live telecast of opposition leader’s speech


ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Monday opposed the move by Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah for telecasting his speech live through the Pakistan Television (PTV).
He said that during the past ten years, it has just happened once that any such speech was telecast live adding that no other precedent was there and advised the opposition leader to go by the tradition of the parliament.
Minister for Law and Justice informed that there was no justification to allow live telecasting of the speech adding that even in the tenure of Pakistan Peoples Party no such speech was allowed to be telecast live.
Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb also apprised the National Assembly that there was no tradition to telecast live
speech of leader of the opposition and other members except the budget speech of the finance minister by Pakistan Television (PTV) during the budget session.
the minister said no speech was broadcast live since 2008 and assured that full package of the opposition leader’s speech would be telecast on PTV News, PTV National and PTV Global
later in the evening.
She said she had great respect for the leader of the opposition and no effort was being be made to stop his speech. However, she said even last year the budget speeches were not telecast live.
The minister said as per routine the national television had been following a proper plan and timetable and sudden change by telecasting the parliamentary leaders’ speeches would disturb all its schedule and interrupt its commercials.
Earlier, leader of the opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said the whole proceedings of the parliament should be telecast live.
He said that the nation should know what is happening in the parliament.
He requested the speaker that being the custodian of their rights, he must allow him to speak live.
However, the speaker said that he should have to go by book and check the record of proceedings from 2008-13 and then from 2013-16 to check had there been any such live telecast. The opposition members walked out of the house in protest– Agencies


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