PEMRA directs ARY to respond to allegations against IB Chief

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PEMRA directs ARY to respond to allegations against IB Chief

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday directed  ARY News to respond to a complaint filed by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) against its report on a list of lawmakers suspected of links with banned militant groups allegedly compiled by the IB.

The ARY programme aired a report on Sept 25 claiming that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the IB on July 10 — three weeks before his disqualification — to keep watch on the listed legislators, mostly belonging to the PML-N.

The list is said to contain the names of over 37 lawmakers suspected of having links with banned terrorist and sectarian outfits.

According to a Pemra press release, the complainant, the IB, said that 'Power Play' host Arshad Sharif "aired a fabricated news story alleging initiation of a report by the IB and displayed a fake document with regard to linkages of 37 parliamentarians with defunct and militant organisations" on Sept 25 and 27.