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'PTI legislator demands pension for elderly artistes'.

LAHORE -- A woman legislator of the treasury benches demanded of the government to fix Rs10,000 as pension and ensure the provision of best economic, social and health facilities to the aged artistes who spent their lives in the showbiz.

The demands were made by Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Seemabia Tahir through her resolution she submitted in Punjab Assembly Secretariat.

She contended the previous government had neither done anything for the artistes nor introduced any policy to make their lives easier when they retire from their work. She said these artistes played their role in promoting the culture and tradition of Pakistan.

She said these artistes also contributed a lot in stage, film and drama sectors for the entertainment masses. 'They spent their whole lives in entertaining us but how could we forget them when they need our help,' she remarked.

'It is the manifesto of PTI's government to ensure economic, social, and medical facilities to those who belonged to showbiz life,' she said.

She said the showbiz industry also be given the title of 'industry'.

She said the elderly artistes, who had sought retirement from showbiz owing to being old and weak, also be given the pension of Rs10,000.

Seemabia said these artistes deserve great respect as they were the senior citizens of the nation who served their lives for public entertainment. She said the artists had been ignored by the previous governments but now the time has changed as it was now PTI's government that would look after the artistes and will not let their services wastage.

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Publication:The Express Tribune (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Oct 31, 2018
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