Lahore PR - APNS has expressed its gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan for withdrawing five percent import duty on newsprint and instructing the ministry of information to clear the advertising outstanding dues.

All Pakistan Newspapers Society President Hameed Haroon and Secretary General Sarmad Ali in a press statement have thanked the prime minister for accepting the request of the APNS to waive off import duty on newsprint to bail out the newspaper industry from the monetary crisis caused by the hike in newsprint prices in the international market.

The APNS had apprised the prime minister that due to high price of newsprint and the depreciation of Pakistani rupee the newspapers are facing acute financial crunch and many newspapers are at the brink of closure. The prime minister very kindly acceded to the APNS request and announced immediate withdrawal of five percent import duty on newsprint. They also thanked the prime minister for instructing the Ministry of Information for settlement of substantial amount of outstanding dues of the newspapers.