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Pakistani state-owned company PTV fires 17 officials for failing to cover PM’s event due to unavailability of laptop

In line with standard operating procedures, a VVIP team of journalists and producers is responsible for covering the Prime Minister

In line with standard operating procedures, a VVIP team of journalists and producers is responsible for covering the Prime Minister

Pakistan’s state-owned company PTV has suspended 17 civil servants for failing to provide “proper” coverage of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Lahore due to the unavailability of a state-of-the-art laptop.

The newly elected prime minister visited Kot Lakhpat prison and Ramazan bazaars in Lahore last week.

However, a Pakistani Television (PTV) team failed to provide “proper” coverage due to the unavailability of an advanced laptop needed to upload the footage via File Transfer Protocol ( ftp), the Dawn reports the newspaper.

In accordance with standard operating procedures, a VVIP team of journalists and producers is responsible for covering the Prime Minister. The team is equipped with the latest gadgets, including laptops for live streaming and timely uploading of footage from any event, according to the report.

The core team is stationed in Islamabad and travels with the prime minister across the country and abroad, he added.

When the PTV Lahore center was informed of the visit, it requested the PTV headquarters to provide an advanced laptop, he said.

Also earlier on April 18, Lahore center wrote a letter to headquarters saying, “Since we don’t have a laptop editing facility in Lahore center, we have rented a laptop with the Editing facility…but as a permanent arrangement we have to own the same facility in the center.However, public television did not pay attention and suggested to hire one again.

In response to this situation, the Lahore center arranged a staff member’s personal laptop. After coverage, when the team attempted to transmit the footage, they found that the laptop’s battery was drained.

The next day, the PTV administration suspended a total of 17 officials, including VVIP Deputy Coverage Controller Imran Bashir Khan. Additionally, the administration suspended various engineers and cameramen for alleged negligence.

The suspended employees claimed to have been scapegoated by the administration appointed by the previous regime in order to save bigwigs, the report added.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.