SC directs Pemra member to submit reply today
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the suspended Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) member Mian Shams to submit reply till Friday (today). A two-member bench headed by SC Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk and comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim resumed hearing of the Pemra case.
During the course of proceedings, Hashmat Habib, counsel for Mian Shams sought two days time for submission of reply and stated that his client did not receive any notice as he read in the newspaper that he was directed to submit reply.
On this chief justice replied that court could not give more time as it was published daily in the newspapers. Irfan Qadir, lawyer for Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) said that PBA was a representative body of all TV channels and pleaded that court should pay attention to their stance.
Chief Justice remarked that the court was hearing the matter of two notifications which were suspension and PBA application was violation of high court’s interim order. Irfan Qadir pleaded that the apex court should order the high court for early settling the matter and issue appropriate order in this regard. The chief justice replied that the apex court was only to see that the suspension of notification was right or wrong. The apex court accepted the PBA plea and adjourned hearing of the case till August 11.