ISLAMABAD – After Geo Network’s fiasco, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had issued show cause notice to ARY for broadcasting the programme against one top judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Jawad S Khawaja.
The notice has been dispatched on Friday, authority confirmed.
The anchorperson of ARY talkshow Khara Sach Mubasher Lucman had revealed in his programme that Justice Jawad S Khawaja was in fact the relative of Geo Network’s owner Mir Shakeelur Rehman. His stance was then reiterated by the guest present in the show.
Justice Jawad S Khawaja was accused of holding biased against the plaintiffs. Its pertinent to mention here that ARY’s bureau chief Sabir Shakir presented the objection in Supreme Court on Thursday over the composition of the bench which would hear the case of Geo News.
In the objection, it was maintained by Lucman that as the top judge had relations with Mir Shakeelur Rehman so he must disassociate from the case.
Accepting his relationship with Mir Shakeelur Rehman, Justice Khawaja refused to leave the bench citing his right to hear any case. Although he remarked that judges are not holy cows who cannot be opposed but also asked PEMRA’s representative that what action had been taken against the talkshow that maligned the judiciary. Thus, on Friday, PEMRA officials sought an explanation over the programme on the immediate basis.
PEMRA has directed that programmes with objectionable content and those against the judiciary should not be broadcast. A notice has also been issue to ‘Ab Tak’ news channel for airing a controversial programme.