ISLAMABAD  - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday turned down the Geo TV channel's petition in which it had prayed the court to halt Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) proceedings started on the request of Ministry of Defense for maligning Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI).

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan dismissed the petition moved by Independent Media Corporation and Mir Ibrahim through their counsel Akram Sheikh Advocate.

During the hearing, Sheikh adopted before the court that a murder attempt to kill Hamid Mir was carried out in Karachi on April 19 and the incident was covered internationally.

He contended that Geo did not level allegations against any institution rather it only aired the allegations of victim's brother Amir Mir.

The counsel informed the court that a judicial commission comprising three judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan has initiated its proceedings to probe the incident.

He told that the channel received a show-cause notice from PEMRA on April 23 while the complaint of ISI was sent to PEMRA on April 22.

Sheikh contended that PEMRA sent the show-cause notice to the channel only 12 hours after receiving the complaint without reviewing it.

The counsel said that ISI alleged in the complaint that Geo channel ran campaign against it and its senior officer after the attack on Hamid Mir.

He argued that PEMRA is working without its chairman, therefore, it can neither receive any complaint nor it can issue show-cause notice on any complain.

Therefore, he prayed the court that it may declare the show-cause notice of PEMRA as illegal and null and void.

He further requested the court that it may pass the orders to halt the proceedings of PEMRA in this regard.

Later, the court announced its verdict and dismissed the petition.