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IHC adjourns contempt case against Nawaz Sharif till Feb 26

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday adjourned the contempt of court case hearing till February 26 in order to wait for a verdict of Lahore High Court in a similar case. The IHC judge, Justice Aamer Faroq heard contempt petition against Nawaz Sharif that seeks to restrict former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from making…

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Love is In the Air….Or Not?

By Gulrukh Tausif I am sure this is going to be a highly unpopular blog especially among the younger people but the fun and beauty of writing blogs is that I can put across my ideas and opinions with complete freedom and others are equally free to agree or disagree with my perspective. As soon…

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PEMRA bans “promotion” of Valentine’s Day on media

NEWS DESK: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued instructions to all TV channels against airing any programme promoting Valentine’s Day on February 14 in light of the Islamabad High Court’s order dated February 13, 2017. Here’s the notification issued by Pemra on Wednesday:  

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LHC declares appointment of PEMRA chief void

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday declared appointment of Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam void, Samaa reported. Justice Shahid Kareem of LHC announced the verdict on Monday verdict. The judge, in his remarks, said that an advertisement should be placed for the appointment of new PEMRA chief. “The new PEMRA…

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Transmission of news channels restored: Pemra

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has restored transmission of all News and Current Affairs satellite TV channels. According to a press release issued by the authority, all distribution networks have been directed to restore these channels on their original positions immediately. The federal government has also issued policy directives asking the Authority to…

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At least five dead as protests across Pakistan continue

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: At least five people have been killed and over 150 people have been injured in clashes between protesters of a religious parties and security forces in different parts of the country, Samaa reported. In the federal capital, the protesters have gathered at Faizabad Interchange whereas the main roads of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are closed…

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Bill for security of journalists to be presented soon: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says a comprehensive bill for ‘security, safety and protection’ of journalists is being prepared and will be presented before the cabinet for approval soon. Speaking at the National Assembly’s standing committee on Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad today, she said that inputs of the bill…

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We are ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’ in disguise

By: Faizan Afzal As the plight of the Rohingya’s Muslim of Burma goes from bad to worse, opinions in Pakistan is same like the rest of the world. Everyone here want the atrocities of Rohingya’s to end and a permeant solution of the crisis, acceptable to all stakeholders including Rohingya’s and Myanmar state, on the…

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Contempt of court petition filed in IHC against Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: A contempt of court petition has been filed at Islamabad High Court (IHC) against ousted premier Nawaz Sharif on Saturday. The petitioner has been filed by Advocates Abrar Hussain and Makhdoom Niaz. It was mentioned that Sharif, in his 12 questions, ridiculed the judiciary and military. “The main aim of raising the question was…

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LHC asks PEMRA to stop airing anti-judiciary speeches

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday directed the country’s electronic media regulator to prevent TV channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches of the Sharif family and PML-N leaders till it rules on the maintainability of the case. The court issued the order while hearing a contempt of court petition filed by Amaan Welfare Foundation President…

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SC says it seems Nehal Hashmi committed contempt of court

ISLAMABAD: Hearing a suo-motu case against PML-N Nehal Hashmi in connection with threats to Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Supreme Court of Pakistan said he apparently committed contempt of court. The judges expressed displeasure on the Pemra for submitting incomplete text of Hashmi’s speech and did not mentioned the contemptible phrases in the text. Responding…

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Bakhtawar criticizes channels over airing Ehsanullah Ehsan interview

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari lashed at media agencies over showing and publishing interviews of terrorists, Samaa reported. In her tweet, Bakhtawar stated that it was heartless to glorify Ehsanullah Ehsan on television. She stated stated it assures those terrorists – thos who follow his ideology – that they will become…

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PM office, COAS pledge full security for PEMRA chief, employees

ISLAMABAD: The federal government and army have taken notice of threats made to PEMRA Chairman Absar Alam and employees assuring him of full support. They have promised that strict action will be taken against those who are creating hurdles in establishing the writ of the regulatory authority. Mr Alam shared this information during the Regional…

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Pemra plans fresh crackdown, predicts Dr. Qadri

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri Tuesday dismissed the statement by Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (Pemra) Chairman regarding threats given to the regularor. Reacting to the press conference conducted by Pemra chief Absar Alam, the PAT chief said the Pemra is ‘Sultan Rahi’ of the world of media; hence, who can threaten…

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If you can’t grant authority to PEMRA, shut it down: Absar Alam

ISLAMABAD: PEMRA chairman Absar Alam said on Monday that the federal institution’s employees were being threatened and its authority was being undermined. He said that if powers could not be granted to PEMRA, then the institution should be shut down. Addressing a press conference, chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Medua Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam…

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PEMRA bars TV channel from airing interview of Ehsanullah Ehsan

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…

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Samaa’s transmission closed in Karachi

KARACHI: Viewers in largest city of Pakistan were deprived of country’s most popular television channel, Samaa, on Friday as its transmission was shutdown in different parts of Karachi. Reports received from across the city said the broadcast was closed by unknown people in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, F.B Area, North Nazimabad and North Karachi this afternoon. The…

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Sin or Swim

By: Zara Maqbool Last night I had the misfortune of coming across a morning show. I had the choice of quickly changing the channel but the unexplainable and obnoxious dance number taking place made my fingers powerless to change the channel. Also the deadline of submitting a blog breathing down my neck every week piqued…

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Effective mechanism in place to check obscene, immoral content: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurengzeb on Monday assured the Senate of an effective monitoring mechanism at Pakistan Electronic Media regulatory Authority (Pemra) to check obscene, sectarian and immoral content. Winding up discussion on a motion regarding content management by Pemra, the minister said she will personally review the…

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LHC allows TV channels to show Indian movies

The Lahore High Court (LHC) Tuesday allowed private channels to show Indian movies as per their terms of agreements with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The court granted permission in the light of PEMRA’s 2002 ordinance that television channels were allowed to run Indian films. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued the order after…

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Top 10 Twitter trends of the week

By Noman Naushad Lalani 1.#WaqarZaka Pakistan’s prominent reality TV host, VJ and stunt performer Waqar Zaka was badly beaten up outside a restaurant in Clifton area of Karachi late Friday night. The video of the assault has gone viral on social media websites. In the video which was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter, unknown…

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