PEMRA slaps three-day ban on Amir Li­aquat’s ‘Inam Ghar’

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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