LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday sought personal appearance of the Pakistan Electronic and Media Regulatory Authority chairman to explain that why did media give coverage to the money laundering case of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.

As the hearing started, the petitioners’ counsel Advocate Azhar Siddique appeared before the three-judge bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and pointed out that the country’s media gave full coverage to the money laundering case of Altaf Hussain in London. The counsel also submitted counter affidavits in the court.

On it, the bench ordered the Pemra chairman to appear in person to explain that why did media give coverage to him, and come up with complete record of the case. The bench, however, observed that the court had yet to decide the affidavits of Hussain.

On other hand, an associate of Advocate Asma Jahangir filed an application in the court and sought adjournment. He said Asma Jahangir was busy before the Supreme Court. However, Advocate Ahmad Awais from the petitioners’ side told the bench that the MQM had challenged the restraining order of the LHC before the Supreme Court.

He told the bench that the MQM also requested the SC to transfer the instant case to Sindh High Court and cited security issues.

The bench adjourned further hearing for Oct 16.