Legal Expert, Journalists Express Solidarity With Jang and Geo Group

Legal Expert, Journalists Express Solidarity With Jang and Geo Group |

ISLAMABAD – Legal experts and journalists condemned the decision of Gilgit-Baltistan court against Geo and Jang group, PakistanTribe reported.

Lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jehangir, who has just received the Right Livelihood Award in Sweden, told Geo News that press freedom is in danger in Pakistan. She said the Gilgit court’s decision against Geo set a bad example. She said “I was astonished to read the decision of the Gilgit’s court”.

She said people will not recognize the courts if they do not stand for press freedom and the rule of law. She said fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution have to be respected and the Gilgit court decision is political in nature.

She said this decision is not only against Geo but against press freedom which we have achieved after a tough fight and for which our elders sacrificed their lives. She called for accountability of those who are supposed to deliver justice.

Top legal and constitutional expert S M Zafar has said that justice has become a joke in Pakistan now. “Multiple cases on the same crime could have been consolidated at one place but it was not done. Multiple cases regarding the same crime should not be registered and only the first such registered case should be processed,” SM Zafar stated during a talk show hosted by Munib Farooq.

Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood said that the court will have to examine how this case against Geo falls in the ambit of “terrorism”. “It is a new trend now that one will become a complainant, will interpret law, will become a lawyer and will also become a judge by oneself and will even announce the judgment on ones’ own complaint.

Senior journalist Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said that everyone admits that the Gilgit Baltistan courts don’t have jurisdiction in Pakistan. “A Pakistani cannot even purchase a piece of land or property there so we must acknowledge that there is a serious issue of jurisdiction,” said Shami.

Shami said no court in AJK or Gilgit Baltistan had ever given any decision which could endanger media independence in Pakistan. “You can’t even get the membership of their bar,” Shami said.

Earlier, anti-terrorism court of Gilgit awarded 26 incarcerations each to the owner of Jang and GEO network accompanied with, Shaista lodhi, Veena Malik and her Husband Asad Bashir Khatak.

Court also fined them with Rs. 1.3 million, court also given the orders to confiscate the passport and property of Mir Shakeel ur Rehman.

Court sends the warrant of Mir Shakeel ur Rehman to Inspector General (IG) of Islamabad, IG Punjab and IG Sindh.

Geo Television Network conferred with grave accusation of blasphemy for allegedly insulting family of Holy Prophet Mohammed PBUH during the marriage drama of Veena Malik.

The religious cleric of all sects joined their voices against the ‘heinous’ act by the Geo Television Network where a Qawali was played during the staged ceremony of Veena Malik’s marriage on morning show at Geo Entertainment.

Shia Muslim cleric Allama Abbas Kumeli also condemn and said that Geo did it really wrong when it played a sacred Qawali over such an occasion.”

The leader of Sunni Itehad Council Sajzada Hamid Raza announced to gave religious decree (fatwa) over Geo’s ‘heinous’ act. They issued the fatwa against Geo’s program.

After this program the host of Geo’s morning show Dr Shaista Lodhi accepted her mistake.

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Ummer Faizan

Ummer Faizan is currently working as a Web Producer at Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. He is the Mass Communication undergrad and holds keen interest in analyzing current state of affairs with the perspective of Pakistani youth.

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