Dr. Shahid Masood programme banning case in IHC

Dr. Shahid Masood programme banning case in IHC

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed Chairman, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to depute an officer, not less than rank of director, to explain under which authority it imposed ban on programme "Live with Dr. Shahid Masood " for 45 days.

Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzaib issued notice to the PEMRA for August 17 after hearing the arguments by Faisal Chuahdry, counsel for the petitioner in an appeal moved by ARY Media Communications (PVT).

Chuadhry argued that Chairman violated the PEMRA rules while banning the programme as he took suo-motu notice of the programme whereas rules says that until any complaint,no action would be taken, he added.

He further said that as per law authority could only impose fine, maximum to Rs.10 million or could warn the respondents instead of banning telecast of the programme.

Counsel said that his client on July 19 also wrote a letter to the chairman PEMRA in response of the Show-Cause letter and said that in his programme Shahid Masood never targeted any judge or citied any name in his and denied the allegations.

He further requested to set aside the orders.

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