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Cell phone use banned in KP hospitals

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PESHAWAR – Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday banned use of smart phones and electronic equipments in healthcare facilities. In this connection, KP Minister for Health Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan notified a policy on use of smart phones and electronic equipments in the healthcare facilities, banning use of smart phones and tablets in all public health facilities […]

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SC sets aside stay order allowing tobacco advertisements

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a stay order that has acted as an obstacle to remove tobacco advertisements across the country. Mohammad Javed, the project manager at the national health services (NHS) ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell (TCC), told Dawn that letters will be sent to all provinces to remove advertisements as soon […]

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MQM rallies against ban on chief’s speeches

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Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement staged a protest outside the Mazar-e-Quaid on MA Jinnah Road on Sunday against the ban imposed on airing party chief Altaf Hussain’s speeches on TV channels and publishing them or his pictures in newspapers. Speaking on the occasion, MQM senior deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar said the massive rally had […]

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YouTube ban: Reincarnation announced, but resurrection pending

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KARACHI: Google recently launched a localised (.pk) version of YouTube in Pakistan. Many celebrated the development, while a few raised eyebrows. Most thought it now implied a smooth return of YouTube to Pakistan after the hiatus of over three years. But guess what: YouTube’s official entrance is still pending. While it was available through some […]

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CJ asked to constitute larger bench for case on houbara bustard hunting ban

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ISLAMABAD: Threat to vulnerable bird ‘houbara bustard’ from hunters, especially by foreign dignitaries, is serious enough for a larger bench of the Supreme Court to consider. On Thursday a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar referred the review petitions by federal, the Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan governments and by a number […]

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Pakistan looks to check Indian DTH service

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KARACHI: After an endlessly tiring day, Fareeha Khan looks forward to unwinding at home. In the few hours she gets to relax, television seems like the most obvious choice for entertainment. “I like reality TV shows,” she says. “But then there are a lot of Indian movie channels. So I entertain myself with bits of […]

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SC issues notice to federation, other parties

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Islamabad – Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan, on Thursday, issued notice to the federation and other parties involved in YouTube ban case. A petition was moved by the chief of Watan Party, Barrister Zafarullah Khan, which stated that YouTube is a source of knowledge and information for people and should not be banned. YouTube is […]

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LeT banned but JuD and FIF free to work in Pakistan, Senate body told

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Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry informed the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has been declared a proscribed organisation in Pakistan and will not be allowed to operate. However, he said that the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) has not been banned and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) has been put under observation, but has not been banned. The […]

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Press freedom?

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Pemra has reportedly banned media coverage of proscribed organisations, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). According to a circular issued by the media watchdog, the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, under [the] National Action Plan (NAP) have banned all kind of coverage of banned JuD, LeT and […]

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Pemra monitoring TV coverage of banned groups

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ISLAMABAD: Even as confusion reigns among news channels regarding the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) latest directives, the regulator has begun the strict implementation of its recent orders to curtail coverage of all 72 banned organisations. Pemra issued directives on Nov 2, stating, “All satellite TV channels / FM radios are strictly directed not […]

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Ill intent: JuD to challenge media blackout in court

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ISLAMABAD: Days after the top media regulatory body banned media coverage of proscribed groups, including a charity linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) said on Wednesday it would challenge the blackout in court. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Monday directed broadcasters to refrain from covering dozens of […]

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Pemra bans media coverage of JuD, FIF

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ISLAMABAD: The electronic media watchdog has banned media coverage of proscribed organisations, including the Lash­kar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). Following the Dec 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, the government of Pakistan banned LeT on January 14, 2002. After the proscription, the organisation continued to operate, first under the banner […]

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AJK court suspends ban on TV channel

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MUZAFFARABAD: A division bench of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court has suspended the regional administration’s orders for the closure of a cable TV channel and admitted for hearing a writ petition on the matter. On Oct 17, the Muzaffarabad district administration had closed three cable TV channels operating from the regional capital. […]

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Media regulation: PEMRA’s reply sought by Oct 16

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman on October 16 to explain why he had not enforced a ban on media coverage of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s activities. The bench comprising Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu and Justice Erum Sajjad […]

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