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Courts moved in five cities for FIRs against private channels

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LAHORE: While Vehari district and sessions judge ordered the local police to register a case against various private TV channels for broadcasting blasphemous content again and again last month, applications have been filed in other cities including Sahiwal, Kasur, Khushab, Bahawalpur also for the purpose. VEHARI: On the orders of district and sessions judge, the […]

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JUP demands ban on obscene TV programmes

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LAHORE: Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) in its meeting has passed resolutions demanding ban of programmes of TV channels which are vulgar. The meeting held on Monday was presided over by JUP President Pir Ijaz Ahmed Hashmi whereas Sahibzada Shah Awais Noorani, Prof Javed Awan, Qari Zawar Bahadur and others attended. The resolutions passed on the occasion […]

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Geo disallows re-telecast of show Suspends content, production team

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KARACHI: The Geo TV administration did not allow the re-telecast of Dr Shaista’s Programme, ‘Utho, Jago, Pakistan’ aired on Wednesday, which created a controversy over its content.Moreover, taking cognisance of the situation, the Geo administration suspended the programme content and the production team of the programme for an indefinite period.Earlier, the host of the programme, […]

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Dr Shaista says ashamed of unintentional mistake

KARACHI: The host of the morning show ‘Utho Jago Pakistan’, Dr Shaista Lodhi, has said that she is ashamed of the unintentional mistake she made and she and the team of the programme seek an apology from Allah Almighty. She said that she apologised over the unintentional mistake in Wednesday’s programme that had caused an […]

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Sunni Ittehad Council issues fatwa against Geo

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ISLAMABAD: Scholars banded together in the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) issued on Thursday a fatwa (religious decree) against Geo TV for disrespecting religious and cultural values. The fatwa was prompted by an episode of the Geo Entertainment morning show ‘Utho Jago Pakistan’ aired a day earlier, which contained blasphemous content. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory […]

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Issue should be over with Geo apology: Ulema

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LAHORE: A blunder was committed in the Geo morning show which hurt the religious sentiments of the people. However, an immediate apology from the anchorperson and the Geo channel should have resolved the issue and the matter should have not been exploited, said respected Ulema here on Thursday. Speaking in a Geo News programme, known […]

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YouTube ban solution is in hand

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When is YouTube opening? The question has tormented Pakistan’s internet users since the release of the Innocence of Muslims trailer, and the consequent blanket ban in September 2012. The answer was assumedly the responsibility of the then PPP government, which opted instead to let the issue slide and become the incoming PML-N’s headache. To its […]

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No foolproof way to block banned video, says PTA chief

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ISLAMABAD: There is no foolproof way to block access to a video that resulted in the ban on YouTube in Pakistan, according to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Dr Ismail Shah. Dr Shah’s statement on Monday came a day before the Lahore High Court hears a petition seeking the court’s directive to the government to allow […]

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PTA chief pleads for YouTube ban lifting

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ISLAMABAD: The head of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Monday strongly defended before a Senate panel for lifting ban on YouTube before the parliamentary committee decided to move a resolution in the House as well as recommend the government for unblocking the popular content sharing site. Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, which met at the […]

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YouTube localised version not in sight till 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Despite all the efforts of the government, a localized version of YouTube may not be in sight till 2015 because the prevention of electronic crimes bill would become applicable in June 2014 and only after that the website would consider launching a localised version if it finds it feasible in terms of business. YouTube […]

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Senate body on human rights for unblocking ‘YouTube’

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Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Friday recommended unblocking of ‘YouTube’, a social website blocked since a blasphemous movie “Innocence of Muslims” was uploaded on the website. The committee was of the view that political decision should be taken to unblock the YouTube. Blasphemous material is still present on the social website, proving that […]

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A needless ban

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Estimates vary but there are between 30 and 35 million individual subscribers to an internet connection in Pakistan, the majority of those being via a mobile device, either phone or tablet. That figure is going to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. The internet is a crucial business and learning resource nationally, banking and […]

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YouTube access today as remote as it was in 2013

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ISLAMABAD: It was blasphemous content that had pushed the authorities into banning video-sharing website YouTube in the country 16 months ago and in all that time the ground situation hasn’t changed a bit. “The legal environment is not conducive for adopting a localised version of YouTube and unless and until a localised domain is obtained, […]

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PHC seeks documents on YouTube ban

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PESHAWAR: A two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court on Thursday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to produce all documents and details provided to the Lahore High Court in a writ petition challenging the ban imposed on social media website YouTube by the government since 2012. Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk and Justice Yahya Afridi […]

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