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ISLAMABAD: The list of the 282 journalists who received payments and gifts from the secret fund of the information ministry was made public following a Supreme Court order. The complete list can be viewed as a PDF here, or scroll down to the bottom of this report. The list of disbursements totals just over Rs177 million. Jasmeen Manzoor, Arif Nizami, Saleh Zafar, Munizhe Jehangir, Rameeza Nizami, Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, Asma Chaudhry, Sherbano Taseer, Raza Rumi, Amir Mir, Sohail Warraich, Nazir Naji and Baqir Sajjad Syed feature on the list, among others. According to the rules and regulations, the purpose of the secret fund is only to obtain or uncover sensitive information necessary to protect ‘national interest/national security’. It cannot be used for any other purpose, such as emergencies or incidental expenses. All withdrawals are supposed to come under specific heads and justifications. Another list of 155 journalists who took gifts and payments from the information ministry will also be made public later. A spokesman of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting clarified that secret funds have no link with Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI),tweeted Radio Pakistan. Background SC Judge Jawwad S Khawja remarked during the April 11 hearing of the information ministry secret funds case that Rs300 million was apparently given away to a private television channel. Journalists and members of the civil society demanded the Supreme Court make public the names of the private TV channel that received Rs300 million from the information ministry and of all those journalists who allegedly received huge payments from the ministry. Complete list

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ISLAMABAD – The broadcast of Capital TV, a private TV channel owned by former FIA deputy director general Ahmed Riaz Sheikh, was shut down across the country just now when a guest on a live talk show insulted Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani.

Sources in PEMRA told Pakistan Today on condition of anonymity that a guest on a talk show hosted by prominent journalist Ijaz Haider insulted the COAS using foul language live on air. The guests on the show were Marvi Sirmed and Amad Khalid, a former personal secretary to Zaid Hamid.

Soon after the episode, PEMRA officials decided to take the channel off air indefinitely.

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Former Expert Advisor to the United Nations on Human Rights, Ansar Burney, has recently stated that he would file a legal suit against Maya Khan for creating a drama and using his worker Sunil without his permission for her Television show.

Mr. Burney tweeted this statement on his official Twitter account on Friday.

“Anchor Maya Khan again created dirty drama by inviting my office worker Sunil to her show without my permission to convert him Muslim,” tweeted Mr. Burney.

Mr. Burney also tweeted that he would send a legal notice to Maya Khan and TV owners of 10 million sterling pounds. “The ‘Burney Legal Solicitors’ London is going to send legal Notice to Anchor Maya Khan and TV owners of 10 million sterling pounds,” further tweeted the former Federal Minister for Human Rights.

Ansar Burney termed the entire “Hindu to Muslim” conversion as a “drama” by tweeting, “my worker has full right of freedom but what Sunil told me is a painful story of Drama so I have to take action.”

According to Ansar Burney, Sunil is a worker within Ansar Burney Trust and who was deliberately used by anchor Maya Khan for a recent Ramzan transmission whereby Sunil was seen converting as a Muslim.

Below is a screenshot of tweets sent from Ansar Burney’s twitter account.

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Lahore: TV actress and anchorperson Ayesha Sana Thursday made an appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira to take notice of high-handedness of MD PTV Yousaf Baig Mirza.Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, Ayesha said Jamila Maqsood and her daughter Sana Mirza are harassing her through phone calls and text messages to stop her from disclosing the birth of Muhammad Mustafa Mirza, a son born out after marriage with Yousaf Baig Mirza.

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Ayesha Sana said, “She entered into a marriage contract with Yousaf Baig Mirza in 2003.” However, we are living separately since 2006 due to certain differences and there is a general impression that we are divorced which is not true, she said, adding “ We have been meeting each other as husband and wife and the reason behind my silence was Yousaf, who has had been pretending that he was trying to settle his family issues.

I gave birth to a baby in US eight months ago and Mirza told me he would soon own the child but he sent me divorce notice on May 5 2012.

She said DNA test proved that Mirza was the father of her child, adding that the PTV MD was now living  illegally with her ex wife Jamila Maqsood.

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to Mehar Bokhari, Mubashir Luqman Mian Amir Mehmodd (owner of Dunya News) Chairman PEMRA and Malik Riaz.

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan issued the notices over a plea moved by Liquat Qureshi Advocate, seeking contempt of court proceedings over the planted interview.

The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks after issuing the notices.

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Lahore: After around two weeks of the infamous footage leak, Dunya TV’s former disgraced talk show host, Mubashir Luqman, broke his public silence in a crudely made YouTube video and tried to defend himself, and the channel as well.

From Moosa Gilani’s call during the show to the charge of hosting a planted interview, an apparently emotional Luqman made his best to justify his position, citing various examples.

He said he resigned from Dunya TV on his own will as the channel was under pressure because of him.

Overall, he praised Dunya TV, but said the only thing for which the channel is to blame is the fact that two anchors of very different natures were brought in the same show which led to some off-camera scuffle.

He said he is not going anywhere and will continue to reside in Lahore.

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Islamabad: Commenting over the nomination of Raja Pervez Ashraf as Pakistan People’s Party candidate for the slot of prime minister, senior journalist Hamid Mir said the nomination of former water and power minister was a clear indication that the PPP was in confrontation mood.

Quoting well informed sources in the PPP, Mir said President Asif Ali Zardari was of the opinion that he was being pushed against the wall and bullied by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Mir said that  how come Raja Pervez Ashraf, who failed to rid the country out of energy crises and indulged in massive corruption, would be able to serve the nation.

The senior anchorperson said senior leader within the PPP and coalition partners including the MQM begged Mr Zardari to avoid nominating Ashraf but to no avail.

Mir said that Raja Pervez Ashraf is known as Raja Rental and even a leading English daily (Dawn) called him Raja rental in its Friday headline.

Senior journalist and Editor The News  Muhammad Malik claimed the MQM agreed on Raja’s name only after PPP assured them of giving home ministry of Sindh.

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