ISLAMABAD: Pakistan electronic media watchdog on Thursday barred a private TV channel from broadcasting promo and interview of former TTP spokesman Ehsan Ullah Ehsan.
In a statement, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said that ever since promo of the interview of Ehsan Ullah Ehsan war aired, it has received a number of complaints through WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook, Twitter and PEMRA’s call centre.
The complainants expressed their anger and anguish asking upon PEMRA to stop airing of the programme. Before the situation gets even worse, PEMRA through an order has prohibited the channel form airing the interview of Ehsanullah Ehsan in the said programme as well its promo.
“Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is a terrorist organization and Ehsan Ullah Ehsan has been a spokesperson of this terrorist outfit. During the last several years, he has taken responsibility of mass murder of Pakistani nationals through terrorist activities across the country. Thousands of children, men, women, civil and military officials lost their lives due to the heinous crime of his terrorist organization.
“It is quite heart-wrenching and deeply disturbing for the loved ones of those martyred in terrorist acts to see the member of a terrorist outfit appearing on TV screens in any capacity/mode, a known militant who earlier would claim responsibility for acts of massacre,” it said.
According to the PEMRA, airing of Ehsan Ullah Ehsan’s interview was is a clear violation of PEMRA’s directives that it had issued under the National Action Plan and Section 3(3) of Electronic Media Code of conduct 2015.
The authority warned that in case of non-compliance of PEMRA’s decision, strict action will be taken against the violators under Section 29, 30 of PEMRA ordinance 2002 as amendment by PEMRA Act 2007.