Govt withdraws plans to lease out Radio Pakistan HQs after protest
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Ministry of Information on Wednesday withdrew its decision to lease out Radio Pakistan headquarters after the protest of employees. As per details garnered, the notification was issued to withdraw a letter announcing plans to shift the headquarters of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) and give its existing premises on a long-term lease. The letter was withdrawn after Radio Pakistan employees protested against the proposed move and their representatives later held talks with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry. The Radio Pakistan building is located in the Red Zone, a stone’s throw from the Prime Minister’s Office. Earlier today, Radio Pakistan Employees started to march towards Parliament House against government’s decision of leasing Radio Pakistan building. The police started baton-charge over the protesting employees, soon after they started to march towards the Parliament House against the government’s decision. Protestors demanded of the government to take their decision back. On September 24, Employees of Radio Pakistan also held a peaceful demonstration in Islamabad and other Units of the organization across Pakistan in protest against the decision of the government to lease out Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Headquarters building. Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also held talks with the representatives of Radio Pakistan’s protesting employees regarding the Ministry’s proposal to give building of Radio Pakistan’s headquarters on lease and shifting of National Broadcasting House to Pakistan Broadcasting Academy in H-9 Islamabad.