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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Pemra initiates action against cable operators showing Indian content

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ISLAMABAD: The field staff of Pemra is taking action on dissemination of Indian content on TV by cable operators. This drive is in continuation of Pemra chairman’s orders. Pemra regional offices, including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi Sukkur, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa South and North Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan under the supervision of regional general managers have […]


‘Playing with law won’t be allowed’

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ISLAMABAD: Journalist Matiullah Jan, who went missing for 12 hours on Tuesday, linked his abduction to the contempt case being heard by the Supreme Court, while the apex court observed that no institution has the right to take law into its own hands. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar […]


Freedom of Press: Journos need to show spirit they exhibited in Matiullah Jan case

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It could be a message for all ‘critical voices’ not merely journalists but people from a cross section of society. The pattern was not something journalists were not used to. It happened with many of them in different circumstances, some were not as lucky as my colleague and the independence of judiciary and rule of […]


AJK people tell foreign journalists tales of pain caused by Indian firing

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MUZAFFARABAD: A group of Islamabad-based foreign correspondents visited Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Wednesday to gain first-hand knowledge about the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) amid “unrelenting and unprovoked” ceasefire violations by the Indian army. According to sources, the media persons visited the Chirikot sector in Haveli district. They were shown the […]


Senior journalist Matiullah Jan abducted in broad daylight and released after twelve hours

On July 21, senior Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted from the country’s capital Islamabad. Twelve hours later, Jan was released, however, there has been no explanation provided for his abduction. According to family sources Jan was released by unidentified persons in a deserted area in Fateh Jung, outside the capital. Press reports added that […]


Newspaper vendors’ problems to be solved: minister

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said the problems of newspaper vendors will be solved on a priority basis. The minister held out the assurance during a meeting with secretary general of the All Pakistan Newspaper Vendors Federation Tika Khan, who along with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on CDA Affairs […]


PTA urged to reconsider action against TikTok, Bigo

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KARACHI: While the government is clamping down on “immoral” content online, digital rights experts and social media users have termed the recent bans on digital applications a threat to creative expression by youths who are otherwise devoid of entertainment. In a statement on Monday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Autho­rity (PTA) announced it had issued a “final […]


Cabinet defers proposal to increase TV licence fee

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ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday deferred the proposed increase in the television licence fee charged from the country’s electricity consumers and also approved amendments to money laundering and terror financing acts as well as the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 to meet Financial Action Task Force (FATF) requirements. The cabinet, which met with Prime […]


Senior journalist Matiullah Jan returns home after alleged abduction in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: Senior journalist Matiullah Jan, who was allegedly abducted from the federal capital’s Sector G-6 earlier in the day has been released late Tuesday, family sources confirmed. He was released near Fateh Jang, a small town in Punjab. Jan, who is said to be in a stable condition, has left for his home with his […]


HRCP terms govt response to Covid-19 unsatisfactory

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has declared the government’s response to Covid-19 unsatisfactory but the latter again claimed that apart from Karachi the situation across the country is under control. While replying to a call attention notice in the National Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary on National Health Services (NHS) Dr Nausheen Hamid said […]


Wali Babar murder accused goes on trial in illegal weapons case

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The administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts on Monday tasked the ATC-XV to dispose of the illegal weapons case against Wali Babar murder accused Kamran, alias Zeeshan Shani, who was on the run for nine years to evade capital punishment. Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon had disclosed to a news conference last month that […]


Live streaming app Bigo banned in Pakistan

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) banned live streaming application Bigo and issued a “final warning” to video-sharing service TikTok over obscene and immoral content on the platforms. TikTok is a Chinese social networking app that allows users to make video clips, lip sync to songs and create short videos. Last week, a civil miscellaneous […]


SC to hear contempt case against journalist over ‘derogatory’ tweet

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will hear a contempt of court case against journalist Matiullah Jan over his alleged derogatory tweet against the court and its judges. The tweet in question had claimed that former president Ziaul Haq hanged ousted premier Zulfiqar Bhutto through former’s “tout judges”. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice […]


Increase in fee to put PTV on path of development

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ISLAMABAD – The steps being taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan for development and stability of national institutions will have positive results in the form of national development. With the approval of the increase in PTV licence fee by efforts of Federal Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz, Chairman PTV Arshad Khan and Managing Director Amir […]