LAHORE: PML-N Central leader MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif gave away cheque of Rs 1 million to the son of senior journalist Akhtar Hayat who had died in a road accident in November last.

The amount was announced by the Punjab government to financially assist the legal heirs of the deceased who had served the profession for about 35 years both on print and electronic side. The cheque was given to Yashir Hayat.  The Electronic Media Reporters Association (EMRA) which had played a vital role in the announcement of financial assistance to the bereaved family, has thanked Hamza Shahaz Sharif for attending to the problems of the journalists and providing them help in difficult times. Acting President of the Association, Hasham Yousaf and other office-bearers have also appreciated the interest and efforts made by Punjab Secretary Information Momen Agha to enable legal heirs of the deceased get the assistance.