ISLAMABAD – The member of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)’s member Shams revealed that one minister trying to influence the case against Geo News by trying to delay the hearing.
Speaking to media on Wednesday, Shams revealed that one minister (name kept anonymous by him) wanted PEMRA to cancel the hearing against Geo News on May 16.
“Government wants to use its influence. They want us to send the case to ministry of law. It never happened before. Whole nation is looking towards the PEMRA for this really important case. We urge government to let us go ahead with the hearing,” Shams said.
He also maintained that government had no authority to cancel the PEMRA’s hearing. “Only high court can cancel the hearing,” he added.
Shams told that if matter sent to Council of Complaints then it would automatically get delayed. “The members would protest very strongly against any effort of government to influence the case against Geo News. We have numbers of complaints against Geo News. Application of one senior media person was pending since April 22. Let us do everything according to the rules,” he said further.
Previously, PakistanTribe reported that PEMRA 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.