ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) failed to take any action against Geo News for maligning Pakistan security forces and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and at least two members distanced citing biased attitude.
According to the sources, the PEMRA now sought Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led ministry of law to advise on the matter when its 12 member committee itself failed to even discuss the issue.
The meeting of PEMRA was held for the hearing of the notice issued to Geo News, after a application was submitted by the Ministry of Defence.
The meeting was attended by 10 members, instead of all the 12, during which debate continued for 2 hours, but the notice against Geo TV and the resumed filed by channel’s administration was not included in the agenda.
Sources told that instead of focusing on Geo’s campaign against ISI and the application submitted by the Ministry of Defence, other aspects were discussed.
It was further told that Israr Abbasi objected over the recommendations of the Fact Finding Committee not being discussed by the members, after which Israr Abbasi and Shamsur Rahman boycotted the meeting.
The meeting continued even after the boycott of two members and sought advice from the Ministry of Law against Geo TV.
Sources told that at first it was decided that matter will be forwarded to the Council of Complaint, but afterwards seeking an opinion by the Ministry of Law was decided by the members, as Israr Abbasi and Shams ur Rahman had warned of resigning from their posts, if the matter was forwarded to the Council of Complaint.
PEMRA meeting was postponed until next Friday.