ANP to bring resolution for Abaseen TV in KP assembly

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: General Secretary, Awami National Party, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Hussain Babak has said that his party would bring a resolution for launching its own Abaseen TV channel on the floor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in its next session, adding that ANP considered artists’ community as its valuable asset and would continue raising voice for its genuine rights.

“Soon a fully-fledged production house would be set up in Bacha Khan Markaz under the auspices of Bacha Khan Trust to engage the artists and writers of the province,” Mr Babak said.

He was addressing a consultative meeting of the artists and folk singers at Bacha Khan Markaz on Thursday. Representatives of different artists’ organizations attended the meeting where their problems were brought under debate and also constituted a committee comprising of senior artists, including Tariq Jamal, Tauheedullah Qureshi, Zahid Tanha, Irum Sahar, Jahangir Adil and Rashid Khan under the chairmanship of ANP provincial culture secretary Dr Khadim Hussain.

Senior female artists complained that they being most vulnerable had been ignored on every forum, while most actors regretted that they had not been paid up by the state-run TV even elapse of  four months for their work in a Pashto comedy serial.

Dr Khadim Hussain on the occasion said that the consultative committee would contact artists from across the province related to their respective fields and would be united under the umbrella of one organization ‘Malgari Hunarmandaan’ an artists’ forum, adding that earlier Malgari Leekwalaan, a writers’ forum was set up to promote art and culture and also to make artistic activities a source of sustainable development.

Earlier, representatives of the artists’ community shed light on their issues and problems and demanded the heads of political parties, including ANP to raise voice for their rights in both national and provincial assemblies.

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