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Karachi: The Federal Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has established in Karachi the country’s first free studio for social and digital media practitioners.

Federal IT and Telecommunication Minister, Syed Aminul Haque, inaugurated the studio at the Karachi Press Club (KPC).

Speaking on the occasion, Haque said that he had chosen the KPC as the host for the new facility as the aim of the press club was to facilitate the journalists.

He hoped that the new studio facility would help media persons in the discharge of their professional duties.

He said the IT Ministry had spent more than Rs 3 billion to extend internet broadband services to the residents of over 3,000 underprivileged areas of 19 districts in Sindh.

He said these broadband services were expected to facilitate over 10 million residents of these areas.

The Federal Minister said Rs 31 billion would be spent to build a state-of-the-art IT Park in Karachi as the facility was expected to generate employment opportunities for thousands of skilled professionals in the IT sector.

He said similar software technology parks had already been established in Hyderabad and Sukkur in Sindh that had been providing the opportunity to qualified IT professionals to earn hundreds of thousands of rupees every month.

KPC Secretary, Muhammad Rizwan Bhatti, said the new studio facility would not just be available to journalists but would remain open to all freelancers who used digital technology.

He said the studio facility provides all the state-of-the-art technical facilities under one roof that were required to produce finished content and packages for digital media.

He said that if the demand for the facility increased they would keep the new studio open round-the-clock.