LHC orders Pemra to file detailed reply
LAHORE: Justice Ejaz Ahmed Khan of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to give detailed argument on the next hearing in the case pertaining to cancellation of a private TV channel’s licence.
During the proceedings, Pemra’s counsel Muhammad Arshad Advocate requested the bench to give some time for submitting the reply, saying that he was informed about the court order in the night.
The Jang and Geo management has moved the court for cancelling the TV channel’s licence on the ground that it is airing programmes to scandalise the higher judiciary and judges.
Furthermore, baseless allegations are also levelled against the Jang and Geo management in these shows, against which cases are in process in the courts, while court has also issued a stay order in this regard. But the channel is continuously violating the legal and court orders, and no one is taking any action against the group despite the existing Pemra rules and regulations.
As the Pemra’s lawyer sought time from the court, AK Dogar, counsel for Jang and Geo, raised the objection that the regulatory body wanted to delay the matter intentionally. However, the court rejected the argument, saying the defence should be given time for a reply and adjourned the hearing till February 4.Meanwhile, no one appeared on the behalf of the channel during the proceedings.