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LHC seeks Pemra’s reply on violation of ban on Altaf’s statements

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LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday gave four days time to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to explain why television channels violated the ban on broadcasting of interviews of exiled Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. Pemra Chairman Absar Alam was ordered to submit a report on enforcement […]

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PEMRA, govt to submit replies: LHC seeks update on Altaf’s TV speeches ban

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought replies from the federal government and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) about the implementation of ban put on the live broadcast of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s speeches. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Anwarul Haq, heard several petitions seeking implementation of the ban […]

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Altaf should move British court: Shujaat

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LAHORE: PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain should approach a British court against the BBC report as he himself did in 1991 and won the case against a British newspaper for publishing incorrect news. “[The British newspaper] which is in no way less important as compared to the BBC […]

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Altaf rejects BBC report, says it is media trial

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KARACHI: Under pressure from the establishment, government and political parties over its alleged link with India as claimed by the BBC in a recent report, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) vowed on Thursday ‘not to surrender’, calling the foreign media reports against and criticism of the party as part of ‘media trial’ and ‘conspiracy to […]

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Viewers of Geo facing difficulties, says Altaf

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WASHINGTON: The MQM chief Altaf Hussain said on Sunday that those staging sit-in should show some flexibility and the government should also move two steps back to end the ongoing political crisis in the country. Altaf said if the current political crisis escalated, the military will be left with no option but to defuse it […]

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Altaf calls for restoration of TV channels

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KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief, Altaf Hussain, called upon the cable operators to restore Geo TV and other channels on their original numbers forthwith across the country and told them they should not accept the pressure being exerted from any quarter. He said that the cable operators should restore the Geo News and […]

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Ban on Geo excessive, one-day suspension was enough: Altaf

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LONDON: Altaf Hussain, the exiled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), has strongly condemned the suspension of Geo’s licence saying that the decision by Pemra was excessive as the ban could have perhaps been slapped “for a day”. He suggested that the Geo licence suspension was an attack on the free press and expressed […]

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Altaf lauds journalists’ sacrifices for Pakistan

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Karachi: Altaf Hussain has said the importance of journalists and media in today’s world cannot be denied, and praised the role of the journalist community in the development of the country. In his message on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on Saturday, the founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said journalists had […]

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Altaf expresses concern over threats against journalists

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LONDON: Founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has expressed concern over threats made against journalists. He has demanded that the government should take a serious notice of the threats and provide protection to senior journalists and anchor-persons. In a statement issued from London, Hussain said, “It is on the record that the […]

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MQM stages protest outside BBC in London

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LONDON: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has called for an end to what it called the “media trial” of its London based leader Altaf Hussain, urging the UK authorities to adopt a neutral and “unbiased” approach in dealing with at least four investigations the party faces in Britain. During a demonstration outside the BBC headquarters […]

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Freedom of speech or treason!

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Altaf Hussain, a British national, gets live coverage from all private television channels, delivering a speech in which he threatens to carve out a new state, if his demands are not met and yet PEMRA finds nothing wrong with this. Does this qualify as freedom of speech guaranteed by constitution? I am afraid the Constitution […]

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Altaf focus of British media again

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By: OWEN BENNETT-JONES GEO TV generally has little difficulty recruiting staff. And yet there was one vacancy recently that it could not fill. The channel wanted a look-alike for a popular satirical show in which actors play the parts of leading politicians. It was a job offering instant stardom and good money. And not a […]

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BBC confirms MQM report will not be put on its website

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By: Murtaza Ali Shah LONDON: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has found itself embroiled in a serious controversy of editorial independence after the editorial managers decided not to publish online the full investigative report of Owen Bennett-Jones, the BBC reporter who led investigations into the Muttahida Qaumi Movement for the flagship Newsnight programme. A BBC […]

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MQM workers manhandle their leaders, journalists

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KARACHI: Charged workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) roughed up members of the coordination committee, some lawmakers-elect as well as some journalists during a telephonic address by party chief Altaf Hussain from London in the small hours of Sunday. With the media barred from covering the hooliganism, witnesses said certain MQM leaders had been […]

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