PEMRA slaps three-day ban on Amir Liaquat’s ‘Inam Ghar’
ISLAMABAD—The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) slapped on Monday a three-day ban on Geo Entertainment anchor Amir Liaquat Hussain’s show ‘Inam Ghar’ for broadcasting disturbing scenes and controversial content during the Ramazan transmission on the private TV.
The media regulator’s council of complaints recommended a three-day ban (from June 28 to June 30) besides directing Geo TV to air an apology for hurting the sentiments of the people.
“Inam Ghar‘s host Amir Liaquat Hussain should apologise at the beginning of the programme on July 1 besides giving assurance that such irresponsible and unprofessional behaviour will not be repeated in future otherwise the programme will be banned for an indefinite period of time,” a notice issued by the Pemra read.
Earlier, a notice was issued to the Geo TV for airing on June 6 scenes of a girl committing suicide and a participant of the programme abusing during the show.
The show host had provoked people to do strange activities and show anger in Punjabi language, said the Pemra statement, adding that airing such content was in clear violation of rules set by the regulatory body on June 1.
The council also took notice of the footage where the programe host can be seen wearing Pakistan Army uniform.
“It has been decided to link usage of army uniform for commercial purposes with the prior approval of the ISPR and PEMRA,” said the handout.
Some serving officers of the Pakistan Army had complained against Liaquat’s promotional advertisement in which he was shown as a soldier.
The officers expressed their sadness for using using Pakistani flag and army’s uniform for commercial incentives.