Nawa-e-Waqt Group withholds journalists, workers’ salary for seven months
Islamabad (TP) August 29: Journalists and other employees working for the country’s oldest media house Nawa-e-Waqt Group have written a joint letter to Chief Executive Officer Rameeza Majid Nizami, asking her to release their seven-month pending salary.
In the letter, they have drawn her attention to the fact that they and their families were economically struggling and increasingly find it difficult to make both ends meet. They said that they were going to the dark side with each passing day due to the non-payment of the salary.
The Nawa-e-Waqt Group also publishes English daily The Nation from multiple stations including Islamabad.
The unpaid journalists and other workers, who have been working with the group for almost nothing, have said that owing to non-payment of fee, their children risk being expelled from schools and those intending to get their children admitted to schools have no money to pay the fee or purchase books for them.
The working journalists have said that the non-payment of salaries was also taking a toll on their professional duty, which calls for arduous and gruelling trips from one location to location but they don’t have money to even pay the fare or fill up petrol and gas in their vehicles.
The employees said that they have exhausted all avenues to borrow money from relatives and friends to ensure their presence in the office but now they have been pulled to the complete dark side.
They have asked the owner of the group to release the whole pending salary in one go, unlike the past practice of payment of half or a one-month salary, so that they could continue with their work and feed their starved children and other family members wholly and solely dependent on them.
Sources in the information ministry said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government had released pending dues of different media houses including the Nawa-e-Waqt Group on the promise from owners that they would pay the outstanding salaries and dues of their employees.
According to sources, the government, under the head of dues, had released over Rs200 million to the Nawa-e-Waqt Group on the condition that the owner, Rameeza will pay salaries on the first instance. However, after receiving the cheque, Rameeza did not release even a single month salary to the employees, who are in hundreds in number in the Islamabad office alone.