IHC registrar’s office puts objections on ARY plea against Pemra

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court has raised objections over the private TV channel’s petition against a fine of Rs100,000 imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). The petitioner has been asked to remove the registrar office’s objections and submit the petition again. ARY News had moved a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Tuesday challenging imposition of Rs100,000 fine by the Pakistan electronic media regulatory authority (Pemra) over allegations of inciting the armed forces to move in and take control of the government.
In the petition filed by ARY, besides Chairman Pemra, council of complaints and the complainant Shanila Sikandar (on whose complaint Pemra imposed fine) have been nominated as respondents. The ARY counsel has pleaded not guilty and requested the court to set aside the fine ‘illegally’ imposed by the electronic media watchdog.
In February this year, Pemra had recommended imposition of Rs 100,000 fine on ARY News on charges of incitement to dislodge the democratic set-up.
Pemra’s Council of Complaints, which met with Prof Shamim Humayun in the chair had heard the complaint Shanila Sikandar against ARY News programme “Sawal Ye Hai”. The meeting had taken serious note of the act of the host (Dr Danish) especially his comments in which he had appealed to the army chief to come and take over the country and topple the democratic set-up.

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