The list of the 282 journalists who received payments and gifts from the secret fund of the information ministry was made public following a Supreme Court order.
Another list of 155 journalists who took gifts and payments from the information ministry will also be made public later.
The full list is available in PDF format, or scroll down to the bottom of this report.
The list of disbursements totals just over Rs 1.7 billion. Top of the list is M. ASHRAF AZIM President, Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), Islamabad with 61.45 Million! (www.irs.org.pk). 37 Million Paid to MIDAS for Benazir Bhutto Song!Jasmeen Manzoor, Arif Nizami, Saleh Zafar, Munizhe Jehangir, Rameeza Nizami, Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, Asma Chaudhry, Sherbano Taseer, Raza Rumi, Amir Mir, Sohail Warraich, Assadullah Ghalib, Nazir Naji and Baqir Sajjad Syed feature on the list, among others.
According to the rules and regulations, the purpose of the secret fund is only to obtain or uncover sensitive information necessary to protect ‘national interest/national security’.
It cannot be used for any other purpose, such as emergencies or incidental expenses. All withdrawals are supposed to come under specific heads and justifications.