Cable Network case: Hearing July 5 -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Cable Network case: Hearing July 5

PESHAWAR- The two member Division Bench of the Peshawar High Court comprising of Mrs Justice Khalida Rashid and Justice Tariq Pervez, have adjourned the hearing in the closure of Cable Network Services in Hayatabad to July 5.

The case was adjourned after the application for making the Ulema a party in the case was admitted by the learned court. The application was admitted submitted by Qazi Mohammad Anwar, Advocate, on behalf of the Ulema including Maulana Bashir Shah, Maulana Amanullah, Maulana Qadir Jafri, Maulana Ishraq, leader of Jamat-I-Islami and ulema from different parts of the City.

Qazi Jameel, Ali Jamil Qazi and Barrister Bacha appeared as Counsels on Behalf of the petitioners and arguing the case said that the petitioners had been granted licences and allowed to do business in providing cable television network services to the clients by the Federal Government under the Pakistan Telecommunications Reorganising Act 1996.

They said that the licencees were showing censored programmes while the people were watching uncensored programmes telecast through dish antennas. They said that the Governor had ordered closure of business to seek favour of the Ulema but had clarified the next day that he wanted closure of illegal licencees.

The Counsel, Qazi Jameel said that as it was a Federal Governments matter, the Governor, Deputy Commissioner or the special Magistrate had no powers to close the CNS business or seal the equipment etc.
Source: The Nation
Date:6/30/2000