ARY Anchor Arshad Sharif lands in big trouble

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ARY Anchor Arshad Sharif lands in big trouble

ISLAMABAD - Top ARY Anchor Arshad Sharif lands in big trouble as Supreme Court grills him over discussing a subjudice matter in his talk show.

The Supreme Court (SC) had issued a show-cause notice to ARY News anchor Arshad Sharif for discussing a sub-judice matter in his talk show regarding an affidavit, the other day, submitted by former president Asif Ali Zardari pertaining to his assets in the NRO case.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had taken a suo motu notice regarding the said programme wherein the affidavit of Asif Ali Zardari was discussed.

During the show it was questioned as to whether Asif Ali Zardari submitted a false affidavit in National Reconciliation Ordinance case (NRO).

On Wednesday, a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed the hearing into the matter and issued show cause notice to the channel host besides directing the Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to submit video clip of the said programme.

The court also issued notices to Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Pemra as well as Attorney General. During the hearing, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry and anchorperson appeared before the court.

The chief justice asked the anchorperson as to how he could discuss in his show cases which are pending before the court. The chief justice further asked that despite the fact that two of his guests he had invited to the show were reluctant to discuss the sub judice matter but he kept on forcing them to comment.

The chief justice further said that the court had already advised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against inadvertently or intentionally defaming individuals who are subject to accountability inquiries.

The chief justice while addressing the anchorperson said that comments made in his show are prejudicial to court proceedings, adding that strict action could be taken against him. “You have nothing to do with the court’s matter”, the CJP asked the anchor questioning as to whether he is a judge or a court of law. Justive Saqib said that they cannot discuss sub judice matter in the TV talk shows.

The chief justice observed that such comments in TV programmes could influence the court proceedings, warning that action could be taken against him. The chief justice said that they issued notices to Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) and all media houses asking them to inform the court as to what the code of conduct for media is.