ISLAMABAD - All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) President Sarmad Ali on Monday thanked Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid for acceding to their request to extend the last date of renewal of Audit Bureau of Circulation certificates from 15 days to three months.

The APNS president hoped this decision would help its members to get their ABCs renewed in due course of time. The executive committee of All Pakistan Newspapers Society, at its meeting on March 14, had adopted a resolution to request the Ministry of Information to extend the period of renewal of ABCs for newspapers from 15 days to minimum 90 days. The executive committee had noted that the arbitrary decision of renewal within 15 days would have disastrous effects on newspapers as it was not possible by any way to process the renewal within the short period.

The executive committee had asked the APNS president and the secretary general to take up the issue with the information minister at the earliest.