Alvi directs SRBC to pay Rs 10.32m outstanding dues to security company.

ISLAMABAD -- President Dr Arif Alvi has directed the Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company (SRBC) to pay outstanding dues of Rs10.32 million to a company in lieu of security services, which SRBC had regretted to pay due to financial crunch.

He further directed the Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ensure payment of outstanding dues in monthly instalments within one year and, if necessary, seek approval of the competent forum within six months.

The President gave these directions while rejecting a representation filed by SRBC against the decision of the Wafaqi Mohtasib (WM) that directed it to pay Rs10,320,800 to a security company (the complainant company) on account of security services received from it.

The SRBC had admitted the outstanding dues but had expressed its inability to pay the outstanding amount, even in easy instalments, due to financial constraints faced by it since 2020.

Feeling aggrieved, the security company approached the Wafaqi Mohtasib, which passed the orders in its favour.

The SRBC, then, filed a representation with the President, which was rejected.

In his decision, the President said that it was strange that SRBC had adopted the stance before the President that it did not fall under the definition of 'the Agency', which as per President's Order No 1 of 1983 meant a Ministry, Division, Department...

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