PESHAWAR - On the demand of owners of local newspapers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations Mian Iftikhar Hussain has announced withdrawal of proposed 16 per cent GST on advertisements in newspapers and magazines. He made this announcement in the presence of Provincial Minister for Finance Engr Humayun Khan during a meeting with the owners and editors of newspapers at Peshawar on Wednesday. Secretary Information Azmat Hanif Orakzai and Director Information Shuaibuddin were also present. The owners told the minister that the newspapers industry was also on the verge of collapse due to prevailing terrorism and deteriorating law and order situation in the region and the proposed 16 per cent GST would be the last nail in the coffin of this industry. The owners, on the proposal of information minister, agreed on a health package for the working journalists in their respective newspapers. The information minister directed the high-ups of his department to immediately take up the issue of health package of working journalists with the owners at the earliest so that this could be practically materialised as it was the longstanding demand of the journalists. He said the workers are backbone of any organisation therefore all possible facilities should be provided to them. Mian Iftikhar said the provincial government did a lot for the journalists in its own capacity. He, however, said it was the prime obligation of the organisation to take care of their workers also. He thanked the owners of newspapers to accept the proposal of health package for their workers. The newspapers owners thanked the government particularly Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Engr Humayun Khan for accepting their demand of withdrawing the proposed GST on newspapers and assured their full support to the government.