PEMRA sends Maryam Nawaz’s com­plaint to CoC

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (PEMRA) has sent the com­plaint of Maryam Nawaz against Chan­nel 24 pro­gramme “Khara Such” to its Coun­cil of Com­plaints (CoC) for fur­ther ac­tion. Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by PEMRA here on Tues­day, Mariyam Nawaz in her com­plaint had stated that the host of the Chan­nel 24 pro­gramme raised base­less al­le­ga­tions against her.

She said that dur­ing the pro­gramme a photo was shown al­leg­ing that in the ab­sence of the Prime Min­is­ter, she was chair­ing a meet­ing of the fed­eral sec­re­taries, but the pic­ture shown was of Jan­uary 14, 2014 when she was chair­per­son of PM’s Youth Loan Scheme and was chair­ing a meet­ing with re­gional heads of the Na­tional Bank of Pak­istan at Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice.

Dur­ing the pro­gramme Mubashir Luc­man showed a two and a half year old pic­ture and claimed that she was is­su­ing di­rec­tives to the cab­i­net mem­bers and in the ab­sence of her fa­ther Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, who had un­der­gone heart surgery in Lon­don re­cently, was run­ning the affairs of the state.

The an­chor said that bud­get al­lo­ca­tions were be­ing made on the rec­om­men­da­tions of Mariyam Nawaz Sharif. He also claimed that Nawaz Sharif had vi­o­lated of­fi­cial se­crecy act and should he not be tried un­der Ar­ti­cle 6? In the pro­gramme, the host claimed that Mariyam Nawaz also had the codes of Pak­istan nu­clear pro­gramme, which is not pos­si­ble as per law and the Con­sti­tu­tion. Lev­el­ling of such an al­le­ga­tion with-out any proof can raise sev­eral ques­tions about Pak­istan’s se­cu­rity and in the eyes of the world.

Through this pro­gramme ef­fort has been made to create doubts in the eyes of the world, the press re­lease men­tioned. The PEMRA has re­ferred the com­plaint to its Coun­cil of Com­plaints for fur­ther ac­tion, the press re­lease con­cluded.—APP

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