Petition against PTV and cable operators for "obscenity" -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Petition against PTV and cable operators for “obscenity”

PESHAWAR: A lawyer filed a writ petition in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) against the Pakistan Television (PTV), and cable operators for airing what he claimed “obscene” programmes. Nijauddin Khan, a resident of Mardan district, filed the writ petition under Article 199 of the constitution. The petitioner made the federal government, Muhammad Ali Durrani, the federal minister for information and broadcasting, the PTV general manager of Islamabad, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) chairman, the federal minister for information and technology, the NWFP government, and Asif Iqbal Daudzai, the NWFP information minister, respondents in the petition.

The petitioner stated that the electronic media, including the PTV and cable operators were spreading “obscenity and vulgarity” in the country of which the country’s constitution did not permit. “The obscene programmes, including the PTV dramas and other commercial programmes and cable channels are corrupting the youth and children. Screening “obscene” programmes on the state-run television and allowing cable operators to run “obscene” channels is against the teachings of the Holy Quran and the constitution,” Khan stated in the petition. The court was adjourned until October 10 for hearing.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/10/2006