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Bill to end moon-sighting controversies tabled in National Assembly

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ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday introduced five bills in the National Assembly, including the one seeking to regulate the system of moon-sighting and empowering the ruet hilal committee in an effort to end the seasonal controversies over sighting of the crescent. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan introduced the Pakistan Ruet […]


Blasphemy, treason charges similar to death warrant: Islamabad High Court Chief Justice asks why channel’s licence may not be revoked

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ISLAMABAD: The private BOL TV Network suffered an upset when it appealed against the PEMRA orders of fine for airing accusations against the Editor-in-Chief Jang Group. The IHC summoned BOL TV Network’s Chief Executive Shoaib Shaikh in his personal capacity on January 28 in Islamabad, for levelling allegations of blasphemy against Editor-in-Chief Jang Group Mir […]


Transparency International points to abuse of power in PTV-ARY ‘partnership’

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ISLAMABAD: Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has termed the PTV-ARY consortium — to procure the PSL-7 and 8 editions broadcasting rights — a typical case of abuse of power and requested the Pakistan Cricket Board to examine the allegations and cancel the bid if the accusations were correct. The TIP wrote a letter to Pakistan Cricket […]


Revenue department told to recover Rs197m from former PTV chairman, two ex-ministers

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the revenue department to recover Rs197 million from former ministers Pervaiz Rashid, Ishaq Dar, ex-principal secretary to the prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad and Ataul Haq Qasmi in connection with the latter’s appointment as the PTV chairman which the apex court declared illegal. The Supreme Court in […]


Lahore High Court seeks Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority report on media drive about smog

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday sought a report from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on public service messages in the media about smog. Justice Shahid Karim was hearing petitions questioning the failure of the government to implement the environmental laws. Earlier, the motorway police informed the court that 124,000 vehicles […]


Bidding rights for PSL: PTV-ARY ‘consortium’ violates court order

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ISLAMABAD: A consortium of Pakistan Television Network (PTV) and ARY has won a bid for broadcasting rights of PSL-7 and 8 in a clear violation of the Lahore High Court’s 2011 verdict. The state-run television PTV has entered into partnership with ARY without any competition or inviting bids, which is not only a violation of […]


Mohammad Malick show taken off-air

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ISLAMABAD—Hum News has taken Mohammad Malick’s show off the air. The decision came because of the participation of banned journalist Hamid Mir as an analyst, Sami Ibrahim, President & Managing Director BOL News Group, claimed in a video message posted on Twitter. “TV anchor Mohammad Malick’s show went off the air only because Hamid Mir […]


Pakistan and Malaysia agree to enhance cooperation on drama, film and media industry

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Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to enhance cooperation in drama, film and media industry. The understanding was reached at a meeting between Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain and Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah in Islamabad on Sunday. The two sides agreed upon exchange of media delegations and expertise of the film and […]


Rana Shamim case: ARY News misreported hearing, says Islamabad High Court

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah made it clear that ARY News misreported the last hearing. IHC press release also pertained to this private TV channel. The IHC chief justice referred to miscellaneous petition seeking judicial notice and said a plea had been submitted in this regard. During hearing of Rana Shamim […]


Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia jointly launch channel to promote media link: minister

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ISLAMABAD: The government has announced the establishment of a television channel to boost media cooperation between Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday. Speaking to the reporters in Islamabad, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said focal persons for media sharing have been designated and a cooperative media network will be developed. […]


Government to file defamation suit against Wajih over Prime Minister’s household expenses allegations

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ISLAMABAD/ KARACHI: The government on Thursday announced that it had decided to file a defamation suit against former PTI leader Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed, who stuck to his earlier claim that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political companions were paying for his household expenses saying that it was the “truth”. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told reporters […]


The Lahore High Court orders Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to launch smog awareness campaign

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the PEMRA to launch a smog awareness campaign on television channels. A bench of the high court, ruled over a petition complaining absence of steps from the city authorities to curb smog in the provincial capital. “Don’t tell in the awareness message that the Punjab government has […]


Competition Commission of Pakistan warns key media industry players to refrain from violations

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ISLAMABAD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued a order warning key players of the media industry, including the Pakistan Broadcaster Association (PBA), Broadcaster Advertisers Council (BAC), and Medialogic (Pvt) Limited, to refrain from indulging in anti-competitive practices. The order was passed following an inquiry conducted on a complaint filed by BOL Media Network, […]


Pilac to start Punjabi TV channel, two other projects

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LAHORE: The Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (Pilac) is going to start three mega projects, namely a satellite television, a cultural village and a crafts bazaar, to promote Punjabi culture and language. A meeting, chaired by Secretary Information and Culture Raja Jahangir, was held at Pilac some days ago for finalising the details […]