TV anchor slams ‘show-cause notice’ by PFUJ


Taking exception to a ‘show-cause notice’ issued to him by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), senior journalist and talk show host Nusrat Javeed has responded strongly to the four-member PFUJ special following allegations of corruption leveled against him, according to social media websites.
Addressing Muhammad Amin Yousaf, chairman of the committee and the secretary general of the PFUJ, Nusrat said he did not feel too good with the tone of the chairman’s letter. “In your letter I have been projected as if belonging to a dirty group of journalists who are found habitually involved in financial scams/blames/charges.”
The PFUJ had constituted a committee to probe allegations of corruption against 19 journalists who allegedly took plots of land, cash and other favors from property magnate Malik Riaz. Nusrat’s name was also on that list. “While issuing a visibly strong-worded ‘show cause notice’ to me, you have invoked Article XXII and Rule 3 of the PFUJ’s constitution. Doing this, you simply ignored a fundamental principle of justice which clearly suggests that allegations only attain some worth if appropriately put before an appropriate forum,” wrote Nusrat who works for Aaj TV. “My inclusion in a list of media persons allegedly getting money from Bahria Town owner was generated through social media. No one owned it, but in my specific case it was widely spread by Dr Awab Alwi, the son of a PTI leader in Karachi and his supporters who are found diligently engaged in spreading the revolutionary message of Imran Khan.