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IHC moved for ban on TV channel

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ISLAMABAD: Former president of Islamabad Bar Association Chaudhry Muhammad Akram here Thursday moved Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking directions to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to cancel licence of the ARY TV for ridiculing former chief justice of Pakistan and superior judiciary.

The petitioner made MIB, Ministry of Law and Justice, Pemra, ARY TV and Mubashir Luqman, anchor of programme ‘Khara Sach’ respondents in the petition. He adopted before the court that Mubashar Luqman on May 06, 2014, aired a programme from ARY TV that was derogatory and contemptuous against former chief justice.

He said the programme was aimed at defaming the former CJ and creating an impression that he was the most dishonest and corrupt judge of the superior judiciary.The programme was aired to defame Pakistan’s judiciary and judicial system and spread hatred among the general public.

The petitioner adopted that this type of programmes has been a threat for the independence of judiciary. He said MIB, Ministry of Law or Pemra has not taken any action against the said TV channel so far.

The petitioner contended that constitution of Pakistan provides protection to every judge of the Supreme Court, living or dead. If a TV channel airs a programme that is aimed at ridiculing or defaming of a judge, it would be considered as an insult to the Supreme Court. He prayed to the court to direct the authorities to cancel licence of ARY TV channel and ban its transmission. Furthermore criminal case may be registered against Mubashir Luqman, he said.

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