SC to hear petitions against vulgarity in PTV
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court is likely to hear two identical petitions against vulgarity in the Pakistan Television (PTV) programmes, today (Monday).The attorney general has been issued a notice, seeking his legal opinion about the criteria followed by the PTV management to okay programmes, particularly dramas, which are viewed by millions of people. The petition was filed by a Supreme Court advocate Fazal Illahi Siddiqui who said that the state-owned media was producing vulgar programmes that trampled the Islamic values and cultural norms.
A three-member bench consisting of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi and Justice Sayed Saeed Ashhad will hear the case subject to the dissolution of an 11-member larger bench, comprising the above-mentioned three judges, that is adjudicating a petition to resolve a dispute over the Supreme Court Bar Association elections. The Supreme Court heard an identical case in 1992 and then chief justice Afzal Zullah had constituted a committee to prepare a report on the code of ethics to be followed in PTV programmes production, but that case is still pending. Fazal Siddiqui’s petition is likely to be associated with the previous case for fresh adjudication.
Source: Daily Times