Friday, July 7, 2017

Pakistan: With help from justice system, turtle dance between PEMRA, Aamir Liaquat continues


Before that a lawyer Jibran Nasir had moved Pemra’s council of complaints (CoC) for Sindh alleging that the anchor has been running a defamatory and life threatening campaign against him.

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By The News | July 7, 2017

ISLAMABAD: In a matter alleging blasphemy against certain citizens of Pakistan, calling them traitors, atheist etc. through a private channel, Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given time to Pemra for producing record on which basis the media regulator had imposed a ban on Amir Liaquat's programme.

Last date of hearing on May 31 IHC bench had directed Pemra to produce the record. Today's hearing Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) sought time to submit record that was granted and hearing was adjourned till after summer vacation.

Pemra through a notification dated January 26 had said that Pemra has prohibited the said anchor's programme with immediate effect under section 27 of pemra ordinance 2002. As per Pemra’s said notification it took the decision after receiving hundreds of complaints with regard to the hate speech being made in the programme.

Before that a lawyer Jibran Nasir had moved Pemra’s council of complaints (CoC) for Sindh alleging that the anchor has been running a defamatory and life threatening campaign against him. The lawyer maintained that the anchor hurled baseless allegations against him and even termed him an ‘atheist’ besides accusing him of running ‘anti-Pakistan’ and ‘anti-Islam’ agenda. The anchor, he said, levelled against him allegations of blasphemy along with accusing him of being the admin of ‘Bhensa’ page.

On February 28, IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui suspended ban on the anchor and then pemra filed an appeal before the Supreme Court.  Supreme Court on March 6 conditionally allowed the anchor to continue with his programme that must be devoid of hate speech. The anchor had assured the apex court that he would not make a hate speech in future. Supreme Court then directed him to submit reply within three days time to the Pemra and directed media regulator to decide the matter in the light of the anchor's reply.


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