Pemra summons TV channel on June 3
ISLAMABAD: The media watchdog Pemra has summoned the ARY TV administration in contempt of court case on June 3.Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the judiciary were made target of contempt in an AYR programme.
According to the complainant, Chaudhry Akram Advocate, the Pemra has summoned him and the ARY TV administration on June 3 in contempt of court case. Notices to this effect have been issued to both the parties.
According to the complainant, Pemra Legal Department in charge Zahid Malik on May 21 said during hearing that they will summon the ARY TV administration, owners and anchor Mubashar Luqman on the recommendation of Council of Complaints. The ARY TV on May 6 made the former chief justice, the judiciary and judicial verdicts target of contempt during a programme.
Former vice president of Islamabad High Court Bar Association Chaudhry Akram pleaded with Islamabad High Court to cancel the licence of ARY TV for contempt of court.He contended that Mubashar Luqman on May 6 disrespected the former chief justice and tried to fan hatred among the masses against the judicial system.
He pleaded with the court to stop this practice, as it was dangerous for an independent judiciary. He said the Information Ministry and Pemra had taken no action against the ARY.Justice Shaukat Siddiqui of IHC converted his application into a complaint and sent it to the authority. He ordered that the matter be probed and action be taken against those responsible.