PEMRA sends Maryam Nawaz’s complaint to CoC
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