ISLAMABAD – Today is the last day for the federal government to produce before the Supreme Court final draft of the Swiss letter amended in line with the verdict in the NRO case. The court had directed the federal government to revise the draft letter, to be sent to the Swiss authorities, in accordance with the directions given in para 178 of the NRO judgment by October 5, otherwise contempt of court proceedings would be resumed against the PM. During the last hearing, the law minister had placed before the bench a revised draft, but that was rejected and October 5 was set as a deadline to comply with court directions. Accepting the request of the law minister for further amendments in the draft, the SC bench had however observed that no adjournment beyond October 5 would be given. In that, today would be a crucial hearing. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Thursday that the government, in line with directions of the apex court, will present in the court an amended draft of the letter to be dispatched to the Swiss authorities.Talking to the media at the Parliament House after attending a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, the minister affirmed that the government was sincere and wanted to settle the matter to the satisfaction of the Supreme Court. Asked about the government’s strategy for today’s hearing, he however said the law minister would share the government’s viewpoint with the media since it was a legal matter. Earlier, the minister, during the committee meeting, said that there was no plan to make any changes to the present advertisement policy. The Information Ministry had written a letter to Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, seeking proper implementation of the present policy, Kaira recalled while adding that the prime minister had issued the directions for implementation of a centralised advertisement policy in letter and spirit.He said the issue of outstanding dues of newspapers figured up time and again as some institutions get their advertisements released without having fund allocation for the purpose. “Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has directed that rules of the government should be followed and all advertisements to newspapers should be released through the Press Information Department,” Kaira said. “All advertisements cannot be given on the base of circulation only as the PID releases the same keeping in mind target readers.”The minister was dismayed that some private televisions were displaying the caricatures of respected institutions and politicians in the name of infotainment. He was of the view that “humour and irony was one thing, but in our country certain TV channels were involved in the character assassination of political figures.”He further said the government had not implemented the code of conduct of the Musharraf-era for the media, as it had been trying to reach a consensus before tabling a code of conduct in Parliament.He regretted that the Pakistan Broadcasters’ Association objected to some points of the code, prepared by an independent committee under Justice (retired) Fakharuddin Ibrahim.About the defamation issue, the minister said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) could take any action against the televisions involved in the display of caricatures of political figures.