Pemra takes notice of Rashid remarks against anchor
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has taken notice of a complaint against federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid, filed by a television anchor who claims the minister threatened him on air.
Dr Shahid Masood, who hosts a political talk show on a private TV channel, maintained in the complaint that the information minister threatened him in a speech aired on public and private TV channels. "The complaint has been referred to Pemra Council of Complaints for further action," a Pemra spokesman said in a statement released Sunday.
"These comments, which went on air in the absence of a time-delaying mechanism and lack of editorial control by certain TV channels, have hurt the feelings of Dr. Shahid Masood." Masood claims the information minister's remarks were an attempt to damage his reputation and credibility across the globe.
He said people from all over the world expressed concern after the information minister's "threats" went on air. He requested Pemra to take action against the minister per the regulatory body's laws. Rashid, in his speech, had said Masood issued a warning to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar about his imminent arrest at least '10 times during his show.