Fawad Chaudhry—the Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage said on Wednesday that the Radio Pakistan Headquarters building would be given on lease for the construction of Pak Media University and regarding this has asked for proposal from the concerned department.
In response to a letter shared in the official WhatsApp group of the Ministry of Information which mentions that a proposal might be drafted on giving Radio Pakistan Headquarters on a long-term lease and the shifting of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation headquarters to the PBC Academy in H-9, Fawad Chaudhry said that just like the PBC headquarters there are a lot of dead properties which would be utilised for the generation of funds.
Previously, some senior officials of the ministry rejected this move and termed this letter as “fake”. However, a quick and unpredicted response of the information minister himself in the official WhatsApp group revealed all.
Chaudhry said that the Radio Pakistan building was constructed back in the year 1950 when there was the need of large transmitters. But, now the radio Pakistan could be operated from just one room so there is no more need of a large land. He said that Pakistan requires research institutes instead of all these things.
The federal minister faced media criticism as he failed to provide the current year of the building’s construction.
In the meantime, he said that two universities of international standards would be formed in the red zone, one would be opened in the Prime Minister House and the second would be in the PBC building. He added that without having universities as per the foreign standards Pakistan could not grow.
He informed that the lease of the PBC building would be done with the consent of the Ministry of Planning.
Fawad Chaudhry also informed that an amount of one million dollar would also be used for upgrading Pakistan Television (PTV).