ISLAMABAD- Islamabad High Court (IHC) has restrained Mubashar Luqman, anchor person of a private TV channel from conducting Khara Sch program and broadcasting his program from any other channel.
The court while summoning Mubashar Luqman, chairman PEMRA and secretary information has adjourned the hearing of the case till next week. A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui took up Shuhada Foundation of Pakistan case for hearing today.
The petitioner Ehtesham Ahmad and his counsel Kalsoom Akhtar appeared in the court. Shuhada Foundation had taken plea in its petition that an anchorperson of a private TV channel had not only criticized judiciary and sensitive institutions several times in his program but also a campaign against the former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) and senior judges of judiciary was unleashed in systematic manner. This led to denigrate the judiciary in Pakistan and all over the world.
It was further pleaded in the petition that the said anchorperson of private TV channel had aired programs against attributes of Islam and Ahl-e- Bait several times. The court is requested to initiate action against this anchorperson of private TV channel.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that an anchor person of private TV channel has not only launched a campaign against the judiciary but also against the sensitive institutions. Neither the government nor PEMRA has taken notice of it so far.
Justice Siddiqui further remarked “the constitution does not allow any anchor person of private TV channel or any TV channel to continue campaign against the judiciary or sensitive institutions in his program while sitting in media. Justice Siddiqui further said in his order the anchorperson of private TV channel neither can conduct his program Khara Sch nor can he screen it from any other TV channel till the decision of this case.
The petitioner said in his writ petition that anchorperson of private TV channel had initiated a campaign against former CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and particularly Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and fabricated program were aired. The hearing of the case was adjourned till the last week of June.