CM orders officials to pay media dues

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PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Saturday ordered the Information and Finance Departments to clear media arrears within a month.

He was chairing a meeting on the provincial government’s media strategy, an official document said.

Provincial Cabinet Members Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Shaukat Yousafzai, Kamran Bangash and Lawyer Muhammad Ali Saif, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, Information Secretary Zakaullah Khattak and others attended the meeting .

Mahmood Khan ordered officials to prepare a plan for the payment of arrears within a month. The Chief Minister instructed his Principal Secretary Amjad Ali Khan to convene a meeting of senior officials from all departments to finalize things.

The meeting discussed issues aimed at informing the public about the achievements of the provincial government over the past four years, with particular emphasis on public welfare initiatives, institutional reforms and measures taken under the strategy. of good governance.

The meeting decided to highlight Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s problems with the federal government by formulating a media strategy.

He decided to engage journalists and their representative bodies so that the issues of the province, especially the merged areas, can be effectively raised through media platforms.

It was also decided to form a core group comprising the members of the provincial cabinet so that the provincial government’s narrative can be promoted in the media.

The Chief Minister said that the federal government is doing injustice to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the newly merged districts. He said the federal government had cut the development budget for tribal districts instead of increasing it. He said the federal government is considering excluding KP development projects from the public sector development program.

Mahmood Khan added that his government would not compromise on the province’s rights and would use all available forums to make its voice heard.

He called media platforms the most effective way to make the provincial government’s voice heard on the issue, and asked the authorities to work out the modalities of the new media strategy as soon as possible.

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