SHC knocks down Pemra’s ban Aamir Li­aquat show to con­tinue as usual

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

KARACHI —The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tues­day an­nulled the Pakistan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity’s (Pemra) no­ti­fi­ca­tion in which the reg­u­la­tory body had ear­lier banned Aamir Li­aquat’s Inam Ghar show on Geo TV for three days.

SHC’s Jus­tice Shah Nawaz Tariq, while hear­ing the case on Tues­day, termed Pemra’s ban as in­valid and al­lowed Geo TV to air Inam Ghar pro­gramme as usual with­out any in­ter­rup­tion.

The reg­u­la­tory body had barred tel­e­van­ge­list and talk show host Aamir Li­aquat from host­ing his Ra­mazan show ‘Inam Ghar’ for three days on Geo En­ter­tain­ment.

Af­ter which Geo Tele­vi­sion had moved SHC, plead­ing against Pemra’s de­ci­sion.

It is­sued a show cause notice af­ter the June 6 episode, which showed a reen­act­ment by the show’s host of a girl com­mit­ting suicide.

The episode aired also had a guest who used abu­sive lan­guage while on air. Show cause notice was is­sued on June 14, added the state­ment.

Dur­ing the June 25 trans­mis­sion of the show, a fe­male caller’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate phone call was also re­viewed by the reg­u­la­tory author­ity.

A mem­ber from Pemra’s Coun­cil of Com­plaints, also shared a video of Li­aquat hug­ging a pole while singing a song.

Pemra said it had re­ceived hun­dreds of com­plaints from view­ers, af­ter which they took ac­tion. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Geo En­ter­tain­ment has sought 15 days to sub­mit a de­tailed re­ply re­gard­ing the many com­plaints re­ceived dur­ing the show’s trans­mis­sion.

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