ISLAMABAD – The former leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Ayaz Amir has maintained that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) would favor the Jang/Geo group in legal fight with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) backed complaint.
In his latest column in the Daily Jang on Wednesday, Ayaz Amir maintained that It was easy to begin a battle, however, less easy to finish it as PEMRA came under the control of federal government.
“PEMRA comes under the federal government, not General Headquarters (GHQ), and people serving in it are ruling party appointees. And the ruling party, now suddenly freedom of expression’s biggest defender, is not about to ban Geo. We can safely bet on that,” he wrote in the Daily Jang.
Ayaz Amir also alleged that pro-ISI rallies being staged by Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa, traditionally close to the ISI because of its Kashmir agenda, and some other dubious outfits.
“Half the media is attacking Geo in the most vitriolic terms, and with great gusto, the red-capped Islamist revolutionary Zaid Hamid doing his bit to stoke up the fires – incidentally, I always find him highly entertaining – and now Dr Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan announcing to launch an anti-government agitation. Is there a pattern to all this or is it mere coincidence? We are entitled to our own guesses,” he said.
The Ministry of Defence approached the head-less Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory (PEMRA) to cancel the broadcasting licence of Geo Television Network for campaigning against the national security institutes.
The decision came just hours later after chief of army staff General Raheel Sharif visited the Directorate General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and received a very important briefing amid Geo’s allegation of dragging DG ISI Lt General Zahirul Islam in the alleged murder attempt on Hamid Mir.