US citizen also implicated in case against Geo TV
KARACHI: A local court ordered the registration of a case against Geo TV employees, including an American citizen.
Besides registering a case against the Jang Group owner, Geo TV Vice President Dr Amir Liaquat, anchorperson Dr Shaista Lodhi, singer Mohsin Rizvi, Actress Veena Malik, her husband Asad Khattak and others, the court ordered implicating George C Zoley, allegedly responsible for airing the ‘Manqabat’ on Geo TV.
The court of the District and Sessions Judge (South) Ahmed Saba passed an order to register a case under Section 22-A after a local lawyer, Mirza Asif Beg, had moved an application seeking orders for the registration of a case.
The applicant had claimed that patron-in-chief George C Zoley and others had violated the rules and provisions dealing with the sanctity of sacred personalities that hurt the feelings of Muslims.
According to police, after the registration of the FIR, the investigation has been handed over to Meethadar Police Station, while the petitioner lives in Liaquatabad.Besides Karachi, cases were also registered in Gujranwala, Lahore, Hafizabad, Shekhupura and Chishtian.
In Gujranwala, Civil Lines police have registered two FIRs against Geo officials under 295 A, 295B and 298 A, on the orders of Additional Sessions Judge, Gujranwala, Mansoor Ahmad Khan. One case was registered on the report of PML-N district Secretary-General Nasir Inayat Advocate while the other was registered on the application of Shehla Chohan Advocate.
In Lahore, Old Anarkali Police registered a case against Geo officials on a report of Sardar Aftab Advocate under Section 298. The FIR number is 215.Meanwhile, filing of petitions in the courts against Geo TV continued as yet another petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday by a lawyer Ch Tanweer Akhtar seeking suspension of the Geo television transmission and complete ban after an inquiry if the TV channel is found guilty.Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC would hear this petition today (Thursday).
In Lahore, meanwhile, Additional District and Sessions Judge Nadeem Ansari adjourned the hearing by May 28 of a private complaint filed by ARY anchor Mubashar Lucman against Jang Group officials over the charges of launching a vilification campaign against the anchor.