Pemra takes no­tice of Rashid re­marks against an­chor

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

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.

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