ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has issued a clarification on story 'Poor PBC celebrates Jashn-e-Jamhuriat but surprisingly it even didnt touch bottom line of the story. According to the content of the story, it was clearly mentioned that PBC celebrated musical evening but on the other hand they were depriving their employees (Contractual and daily wages) of due rights. These employees reportedly have been waiting for salaries for the last around two and half months and PBC is organising musical evenings. However in the clarification PBC did not deny the basic point of the story that the employees were deprived of their salaries. The PBC administration in its clarification denied the report published on April 27 saying that Radio Pakistan did not spend a single rupee on arranging the musical show titled Jashan-e-Jamhuriat. It was a completely sponsored programme having absolutely no financial implications for PBC, clarification said. However, the clarification did not mention the name of sponsors even when the scribe contacted, Spokesman PBC Mubashir Majoka said that it was not in his knowledge but different organisations sponsored the programme. He also promised the scribe to give the names of sponsors to the scribe today (Wednesday). In the clarification PBC wrote, Under the journalistic norms the reporter should have confirmed the actual position by PBC officials in this regard before filing the story. It is, however, to remind PBC that the scribe tried to contact DG PBC but he could not available, as it mentioned in the last paragraph of the story: TheNation tried to contact DG Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation on his cellular phone to confirm the report, however, he was not available for his version despite several attempts. In the clarification it is said Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation categorically rejects the report Poor PBC celebrates Jashan-e-Jamhuriat published in daily TheNation on 27th April, 2010 as speculative and misleading. PBC says that in the report by Maqsood Tirmizi it has been mentioned that PBC spent hundreds of thousands of rupees on arranging Jashan-e-Jamhuriat which is totally baseless and contrary to the facts. The statement says that Radio Pakistan did not spend a single rupee on arranging the musical show titled Jashan-e-Jamhuriat. It was a completely sponsored programme having absolutely no financial implications for PBC. Thus the allegation levelled that the report is totally unfounded and baseless. Under the journalistic norms the reporter should have confirmed the actual position by PBC officials in this regard before filing the story. PBC may be poor in financial terms but not in talent and professionalism. Despite financial constraints it is not oblivious of its national obligations. The prime duty of Radio Pakistan is to provide information and entertainment to the masses and it is custodian of cultural heritage of the country. Any objection on PBC for arranging a music show is totally misplaced as it is responsibility of Radio Pakistan to promote cultural activities and provide entertainment to the common man especially to the overwhelming majority who have no access to TV or cannot watch TV Channels due to load shedding. In the far-flung areas of the country Radio Pakistan is the only source of the entertainment for the people. It is pertinent to mention that PBC also arranged music and cultural shows last year in the face of alarming security situation to spread the message of peace and harmony and to raise funds for the IDPs. The PBC employees had also donated Rs 6.3 million to the Prime Ministers Relief Fund.